National Parks Traveler
- Week of: Nov 22 2015 | Walking Into the Queen's Garden | Photographer: Kurt Repanshek
- Week of: Nov 16 2015 | Summertime Memories From Cape Hatteras National Seashore | Photographer: National Park Service
- Week of: Nov 16 2015 | Making Tracks At Lassen Volcanic National Park | Photographer: National Park Service
- Week of: Nov 16 2015 | Warm Waters Beckoning In The Virgin Islands | Photographer: Anne Finney
- Week of: Oct 31 2015 | Jewels In the Rockies | Photographer: Jacob W. Frank
- Week of: Oct 26 2015 | Swept Away By Fall Colors At Gulf Islands | Photographer: National Park Service
- Week of: Oct 14 2015 | Heading Out For Halloween | Photographer: Peter Jones, NPS
- Week of: Oct 12 2015 | A New Day Is Dawning.... | Photographer: Rhea Cone
- Week of: Oct 7 2015 | Waiting On Winter At Mount Rainier National Park | Photographer: Gary Vogt
- Week of: Oct 6 2015 | Fading Fall Colors At Rocky Mountain National Park | Photographer: Harold Jerrell
How did I miss what may be the largest, most significant ecological restoration project ever to occur in a national park?
In northwest Montana stand some of the world’s most beautiful natural spires — snow-capped peaks that gleam like diamonds. It’s no doubt not surprising that this area is called the Crown of the Continent, though it’s more commonly known as Glacier National Park. In winter this place of natural magnitude is also a place of serenity and wonder for those who enter its borders. And the nearby creature comforts in Kalispell make a Glacier National Park vacation a true adventure and retreat.
It was just a dusting, but when the first snow of the season fell in the high country of Rocky Mountain National Park in August, it was an alert to begin the transition to a new season.
There are no faint-hearted interpreters at Glacier Bay National Park.
Otherworldly. The spires, buttes, and indescribable angles on badlands formations that rose inexplicably out of the flat plains caught my attention, but it was the weather that felt otherworldly. All night long winds shook my tent as I shivered in a 0° sleeping bag covered by a 30° sleeping bag. Despite the sub-zero temps, by noon the thermometer in my car read 50°. Fifty wasn’t what I was expecting for winter temperatures in Badlands National Park.
What role did the nation's rail industry play in the national park movement? Dr. Alfred Runte, in response to those who believe it was minimal, maintains the railroads not only helped substantially push the movement along, but opened the Western landscape to many who might not otherwise have seen it.
In a rebuttal to National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis' contention that packrafting shouldn't be allowed to more waters than presently allowed in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, the American Packrafting Association is challenging his arguments in a letter of its own to U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop.
In December you'll be able to tour parts of Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado the way the ancients did -- by the glow of flickering lights.
The Colorado and Green rivers. Jackson Lake beneath the Tetons. These bodies of water offer some of the best paddling experiences, in some of the greatest settings in the National Park System, and you can experience them in 2016 with your fellow park travelers during a trip with National Parks Traveler. What better way to mark the centennial of the National Park Service?
The Tombigbee Pioneer Group will demonstrate pioneer era crafts and skills at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.on Saturday. The presentations will show the challenges faced and creative solutions developed by those Americans who lived in the area from the 1700s to 1840.
The Colorado River flows the length of Canyonlands National Park in southeastern Utah, but the highlight seems to be Cataract Canyon if you listen to paddlers. While some outfitters negotiate a roughly 100-mile stretch of the Colorado River from near Moab to Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in a day or two, and others in six days, the main attraction is Cataract Canyon with its bucking white water.
Whether captured in words, photographs, or illustrations, national parks are wondrous places, vibrant and breathtaking in their scenery and history. To drive that point home, Joel Anderson and his son, Nathan, of the Anderson Design Group have just released a book that displays the 59 "national parks" in unique posters.