National Parks Traveler
- Week of: Aug 18 2016 | Sandstone And Snow At Arches National Park | Photographer: Kurt Repanshek
- Week of: Aug 15 2016 | Don't Rush Sundown At Grand Teton National Park | Photographer: David and Kay Scott
- Week of: Jul 30 2016 | Colorful Mount Rainier | Photographer: Gary Vogt
- Week of: Jul 5 2016 | A Fiery Sunset At Fire Island National Seashore | Photographer: National Park Service
- Week of: Jul 5 2016 | Freedom To Paddle In Lake Clark National Park | Photographer: National Park Service
- Week of: May 24 2016 | Follow The Mossy Green Boardwalk.... | Photographer: Harold Jerrell
- Week of: May 4 2016 | Crater Lake's Kaleidoscope | Photographer: National Park Service
- Week of: May 3 2016 | Lurking About The Hoh | Photographer: National Park Service
- Week of: May 3 2016 | Pink Sky At Night... | Photographer: Harold Jerrell
- Week of: Apr 24 2016 | Days End At Banff National Park | Photographer: Rebecca Latson
The candles have all been blown out, the balloons popped, and nothing but crumbs are left from the many birthday cakes that marked the National Park Service’s 100th birthday. Now what?
The designation of Kathadin Wilderness and Waters National Monument was not without contention. When I visited, signs opposing the national monument were common, and the decision will be both positive and negative news to people throughout Maine.
We are nearing the end of a trip of nearly three weeks during which we stayed in or visited 24 national park lodges in Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and Glacier national parks. As a conclusion to three weeks in three of America's most popular national parks we thought it might be worthwhile to offer some thoughts about the trip, the lodges, and the people.
Consider this future scenario: the desire to see the wonders of the American outdoors is considered uninteresting, unfruitful to thought, and an unproductive experience that doesn’t help with life. These thoughts are coming from the parents of the future who pass on their knowledge to their children.
National park leaders today worry about a growing disconnect between national parks and our techno-savvy youth. But our government no longer toils alone with such problems as unemployment and disaffected youth. Today there are hosts of nonprofit park partners and even local communities willing to help. Recently reintroduced to a handful of parks through public spirited philanthropy, the conservation corps for youth is an exceptionally impactful program from the past that should be a part of every national park's future.
When you're done hiking in the park or touring Skyline Drive, these Blue Ridge small towns have much to offer visitors.
Dry Tortugas, Everglades National Parks Returning To Normal, Cape Hatteras National Seashore Prepping For Storm
While Dry Tortugas and Everglades national parks in Florida are returning to normal after bracing for a tropical weather system, at Cape Hatteras National Seashore up the Atlantic Coast in North Carolina officials were preparing for an approaching tropical storm.
Laughing children, teens streaming out of the cafeteria, and elk grazing peacefully on the lawn greeted me as I made my way to check in to the YMCA of the Rockies, a venerable and sprawling retreat cupped in a mountainous bowl sidled up against Rocky Mountain National Park.
Grand Teton National Park Foundation has not only completed, but exceeded, its $14 million Inspiring Journeys fundraising campaign to renew Grand Teton National Park’s most iconic destination in honor of the National Park Service centennial.
Wrecked In Yellowstone: Greed, Obsession, And The Untold Story Of Yellowstone's Most Infamous Shipwreck
A few years back, Editor Kurt Repanshek and I had an opportunity to tag along on a research boat headed across Yellowstone Lake. I remember it vividly, because on the way back an afternoon mountain storm whipped up some foamy whitecaps and our boat started to look pretty small for such a big lake (it covers 136 square miles, at an altitude of 7,700 feet).
A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for setting on fire the historic Wallace Barn that burned to the ground earlier this month in Ozark National Scenic Riverways.
As we celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service, here's a look back to 1916 and the life of Stephen Mather, the first director of the National Park Service.