National Parks Traveler
- Week of: Feb 20 2017 | A Cape Cod Sunset | Photographer: National Park Service
- Week of: Feb 20 2017 | A Bright New Day | Photographer: National Park Service
- Week of: Feb 1 2017 | Dinnertime On The Beach | Photographer: National Park Service
- Week of: Jan 26 2017 | Glacier Aglow | Photographer: Rebecca Latson
- Week of: Jan 26 2017 | Sands Of Time On The Shores Of Fire Island | Photographer: National Park Service
- Week of: Jan 14 2017 | On The Road To Paradise | Photographer: Gary Vogt
- Week of: Jan 3 2017 | Otherworldly At Great Sand Dunes National Park | Photographer: Patrick Myers
- Week of: Jan 3 2017 | Following The Dirt Brown Path Into Canyonlands National Park | Photographer: National Park Service
- Week of: Jan 3 2017 | Wilderness...A New York State Of Mind | Photographer: National Park Service
- Week of: Jan 3 2017 | Enlarging An Island At Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park | Photographer: National Park Service
With all of Washington, D.C.'s political intrigue -- the seeming commercialization of the White House, the administration's mysterious connections to Russia, and President Trump's ability to be both landlord and tenant on a government property -- why is U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz so curious about the planning and forethought that goes into a Twitter tweet? No, the Utah Republican is not sifting through the president's Twitter feed. Rather, his attention was caught by a seemingly innocuous tweet from Bryce Canyon National Park.
David Hurst Thomas had planned to personally carry the "Pueblo Bonito Frog" from its safe storage at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City to Chaco Culture National Historical Park in a remote and dusty corner of New Mexico as the hallmark of a world-class exhibit of Chaco Culture artifacts. But as problems continue to plague the park's new museum, the exhibit has been put off indefinitely and the frog is remaining in hibernation.
It all started with an international snowball fight.
Just two weeks into the Trump administration, one pledged to pursue a vigorous energy development course, Zion National Park officials find themselves in a bind over how to react to proposals to allow oil and gas exploration within a mile of the park.
The arrival of 2017 has opened a new chapter for the National Park Service and the National Park System, one that in the first days of the Trump administration and the Republican-controlled Congress is fraught with concern over both the stability of the agency and the health of the parks.
Investments in the National Park System, from whittling away at the $11.9 billion maintenance backlog to adding personnel and forging strategic partnerships, are among the suggestions the Coalition to Protect America's National Parks has forwarded to the incoming Trump administration.
There's nothing like a good book or two to help you prepare for a national park visit, whether you're looking for some historical background, a trail or two to hike, or interested in the natural resources or local culture. With that in mind, here are a few titles you might consider in preparation of a visit to Glacier National Park in Montana.
As the state’s members of Congress move to quadruple the size of Ocmulgee National Monument and change its name to Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park, a new study commissioned by the National Parks Conservation Association says an even bigger expansion and designation, Ocmulgee National Park and Preserve, would deliver a significant economic boost to communities along the river corridor.
While bat populations face the threat of white nose syndrome, stands of pine trees are under attack by pine beetles. These realities have been felt across the country, but both are being monitored by scientists and students at Fire Island National Seashore in New York.
A logjam in the hiring of seasonal workers for the National Park Service was breaking up Tuesday, as parks were told that the Office of Management and Budget had approved the agency's hiring plans.
Because it runs almost 2,500 miles across the United States, there's wisdom in traveling U.S. Route 66 in bites. Such a strategy not only makes it easier to fit into the typical one- or two-week vacation, but it allows you to take a slower pace to enjoy more of the landscape both directly alongside, and nearby, this iconic highway. If your focus is the Land of Enchantment, a good guide for such a trip is New Mexico Kicks On Route 66.
Every February, the community comes to Denali National Park and Preserve to celebrate all things winter at the aptly named Winterfest, but this year’s festivities will also serve as the 100th birthday party for the Alaska park on February 25 and 26.