National Parks Traveler
- 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 | Pink Sky At Night... | Photographer: Harold Jerrell
- Week of: May 3 2016 | Lurking About The Hoh | Photographer: National Park Service
- Week of: Apr 24 2016 | Days End At Banff National Park | Photographer: Rebecca Latson
- Week of: Mar 14 2016 | Death Valley Tea | Photographer: Kurt Repanshek
- Week of: Feb 22 2016 | The Grand Teton | Photographer: Caden Handley
- Week of: Feb 16 2016 | A Mid-Winter's Journey Over Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore | Photographer: U.S. Coast Guard Traverse City
- Week of: Feb 12 2016 | Castles In The Desert | Photographer: Department of Interior
- Week of: Feb 10 2016 | Wishing On A Star From Big Bend | Photographer: Rebecca Latson
The rich cobalt blue waters of Crater Lake are the centerpiece for this national park in southern Oregon. Its geologic birth has left an enormous volcanic caldera, in which the lake rests today. The story of the lake’s birth is as fascinating and striking as the park itself.
I met the bison calf who took a ride in an SUV early one evening as I drove west in Lamar Valley, past the pullout known as “Picnic.” The late afternoon sun on a stormy day landscape was the light that photographers dream of shooting, with wild animals on a horizon and Yellowstone National Park's gorgeous mountains off in the distance.
The National Park Service Centennial in 2016 presents an important opportunity to reflect on the system’s enormous growth and change since its inception. From a mere handful of national parks scattered across the West in 1916, the system now exceeds 410 units stretching across all 50 states and covering roughly 84 million acres.
We stand on the cusp of the National Park Service’s second century, at an intersection of retrospection and promise. It’s the perfect point from which to look back on the first 100 years of the management of the world’s greatest park system, and to examine how it can be improved moving forward into the future.
Despite a few lingering snow squalls, spring has settled over the National Park System, and summer isn't too far off. Road trips, hikes, and exploring the parks are on your to-do list. To help you out with that, turn to our Essential Park Guide Summer 2016.
As Vanessa McDonough scanned the ocean floor off the South Florida coast, she spotted an empty beer bottle among the fish, corals, and sponges protected by Biscayne National Park. Only the bottle wasn’t empty. Upon closer examination, a small fish had swam inside, and pebbles and shells had blocked the exit. “The poor fish was a prisoner in this Corona bottle,” she said.
Much attention has been focused recently on Maine, where there's been great public debate over whether Burt's Bees heiress Roxanne Quimby should give the federal government 87,000 acres of her own land for a unit of the National Park System. Do you support, or oppose, the proposal that calls for President Obama to use the Antiquities Act to designate a national monument on that land?
Visitors to Grand Canyon National Park over Memorial Day weekend can expect long lines, crowds, and full parking lots. Last year, Grand Canyon’s visitation hit an all-time high and the park is already seeing an increase over last year’s numbers. The park anticipates a busier-than-normal holiday weekend.
If you're hoping to snag a permit to drive the Denali Park Road in Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska come September, time is running out to get your application in for the annual Road Lottery.
House Republicans Maneuvering To Drop ESA Protections For Wolves, Keep Disposable Water Bottles In Parks
A draft 156-page bill to fund the Interior Department for the coming fiscal year contains language that would strip Endangered Species Act protections from wolves in Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks and impede the National Park Service's efforts to ban the sale of disposable water bottles in the park system.
Summer's official kickoff is this coming Memorial Day Weekend, and with crowds expected across the National Park System, be sure to pay attention to your surroundings and others in the parks. A Texas woman hoping to photograph a bald eagle near the West Entrance to Yellowstone National Park apparently took her eyes off the road and was hit and killed by oncoming traffic, according to park authorities.
National Park Service director Jonathan Jarvis will provide his vision for the next 100 years of stewardship, community, and youth engagement during the unveiling of a new mural June 1 as part of a centennial celebration at Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska.