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
We recently returned for a stay of several nights in Isle Royale, one of America’s most lightly visited national parks. Based on our memory of the previous trip nine years ago, pretty much everything was unchanged, and that was fine with us. The park remains quiet and uncrowded with beautiful vistas, friendly people, and cool temperatures.
Finally. The long days of summer are upon us in Estes Park, the base camp for Rocky Mountain National Park. There’s plenty of daylight to really put some miles under your boots, take a hike with your kids and listen to nature, or even take a multi-day backpack trip to the high lakes and solitude. There’s a hike for every skill level, and every length of stay, from the lazy amble to epic mountaineer routes.
Cody, Wyoming, is a legendary Western frontier town with the personality to match. Cody was founded by William “Buffalo Bill” Cody, the famous Wild West showman and Army scout, and sitting adjacent to Yellowstone National Park, the town still sports his wild and adventurous nature.
A few months ago, when Mongolian national park director Tumursukh Jal was on an official visit to the Grand Canyon, one of his hosts asked a simple question: “How many national parks do you guys have there in your home country?” When Tumursukh mentioned there were 99 of them, his U.S. colleagues seemed a bit nonplussed. “That many, really?”
Crossing the powder-blue bridge spanning the Potomac River at Point of Rocks, Maryland, I feel like I’ve time-warped to another century. With my husband and two children in tow, we have left behind the bustling Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., to stay in a historic lockhouse along the C&O Canal. For one weekend at least we hope to experience what life was like for a 19th-century lock tender and his family, whose livelihood was tied to the daily rhythms of moving boats and goods. If history had gone in a different direction, however, our stay would have been impossible.
In this Father's Day tribute to her father, photographer Rebecca Latson writes about the man from whom she inherited her love of the camera, travel and the national parks.
Beginning July 9, every Saturday through August 13, Homestead National Monument of America will host outdoor evening concerts at 7 p.m. at the Homestead Education Center. During 2016 Homestead is celebrating its 80th Birthday and the Centennial of the National Park Service.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park will continue accepting comments through July 12 on a proposal to increase fees at frontcountry campgrounds and picnic pavilions along with proposed changes to the management of three campgrounds by adding them to the national reservation system through Recreation.gov. The proposal, titled “Recreational Fee Proposal Information Document,” has been available for public review since May 26. The comment process has been amended to allow anonymous comments.
National Park Service Superintendent Trish Kicklighter says that as crews continue to assess flood impacts to campgrounds, parking lots, boat launches, beaches, roads, and trails at New River Gorge National River, Bluestone National Scenic River, and Gauley River National Recreation Area, a few additional closures have been added to the West Virginia sites.
Fires, fire danger, and pretty big crowds will greet visitors in some corners of the National Park System this holiday weekend, and park officials are asking for both patience and great care while you're enjoying the parks.
A congressional effort has been launched to block a plan by Biscayne National Park officials to set aside 6 percent of the park for a marine reserve in a bid to restore and protect a stretch of the only tropical coral reef system in the continental United States, and the boating and fishing industry has quickly jumped on board in support of the legislation.
Canada Day is the perfect time to connect with nature, learn about Canada’s history and celebrate this great country with Parks Canada! To celebrate this day on July 1st, access to all national parks and national historic sites managed by Parks Canada will be free.