Parks in the News

"Changing Seasons" Discussion Topic At Joshua Tree National Park This Saturday

The science around the change of seasons will be the topic of a one-day workshop at Joshua Tree National Park this Saturday.

Bryce Canyon National Park Schedules Open House On Transportation Plan

An open house is scheduled for March 5 at Bryce Canyon National Park to discuss the park's environmental assessment on a "multimodal transportation plan" that would link the park with Bryce Canyon City.

Interesting And Overlooked National Parks In America

It very likely is true that one person's overlooked national park is another's jewel.

New Study Finds Many Appalachian Trail Hikers Are Unable To Identify Key Sign Of Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease is a common and serious tick-borne illness that can be difficult to diagnose, and both early recognition of infection and prompt treatment are important. Unfortunately, a new study says many hikers on the Appalachian Trail are unable to recognize one of the key indicators that an individual may have contracted the illness.

Handling Of Acadia National Park's Concessions Contract Contested In Federal Claims Court

The long-time concessionaire at Acadia National Park, saying a "flawed evaluation process" was used, is appealing the loss of its contract.

Can The Tourism Industry Help Save Africa's Wild Elephants?

Tourism is big business in Africa, and one of the major draws is the wildlife in the continent's national parks. By almost any measure, however, the future of wild elephants in Africa is bleak unless major strides can be made against poaching fueled by the demand for ivory. Now a new campaign called S.A.F.E, (Safeguarding a Future for Africa’s Elephants) hopes to mobilize the tourism industry to help save the elephants.

Commemoration Of Gen. Sherman's "Meridian Campaign" Planned At Vicksburg National Military Park

It was 150 years ago when Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman and his troops swept down on Meridian, Mississippi, to capture a Confederate supply center. That "Meridian Campaign" will be revisited next week at Vicksburg National Military Park.

Turn Down Your Volume Near Old-Growth Forests In Redwoods National Park

Shhhhhhhh! That's the urging at Redwoods National Park in California, where officials intend to ban loud music within 500 feet of old-growth forests during part of the year.

Talks On Maritime History Coming To Salem Maritime National Historic Site

Maritime history and how it ties into the port of Salem, Massachusetts, will be the focus of two talks coming up at Salem Maritime National Historic Site.

Rocky Mountain National Park Seeking Input On Proposal To Open Short Trail To Mountain Bikes

Public input is being sought on a draft environmental assessment that examines a proposal to open a 2-mile-long trail at Rocky Mountain National Park to mountain bikes.

Unseasonably Mild Weather Ends Snowmobile Travel In Parts Of Denali National Park

The unseasonable weather that has stricken the Sierras in California is also impacting Alaska, where warm, rainy weather has brought an end to snowmobiling for traditional activities in parts of Denali National Park and Preserve.

Satellite Photos Show How Dire Snow Conditions Are At Yosemite National Park, Sierra Range

How skimpy are snow levels across the Sierra Nevada this winter? The above satellite photo pretty much sums things up.

Touring The National Parks: What Does It Take To Get Into An RV Today?

When we first hatched our plan to visit all 59 National Parks in sprint-like fashion, we really didn't know how were going to do it logistically. About the only thing we knew for certain was that we wanted to take our Maltese puppies Bubba and Lilly. Everything else was on the table.

Celestial Stargazing Comes To Paramount Ranch In Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

For over 70 years, there was plenty of "star gazing" at the Paramount Ranch. Located near Los Angeles, the Ranch was used for filming more than 150 movies and TV shows featuring some of the biggest names in the industry. Now part of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, the ranch will host a chance for the public to enjoy a more timeless type of star gazing during a winter sky star party on the evening of February 8.

Black History Month Brings Diverse Programs To San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

A diverse sampling of maritime history will be on display in February at San Francisco Maritime National Historical in honor of Black History Month.

Study Points To Value Of Protecting Migrational Routes Between National Parks

The need to prevent national park units from turning into biological islands, cut off from other wild lands by development, is not a new worry. But a recent study reinforces the value of ensuring migrational corridors survive.

Gray Wolf Shot At Inholding Within Grand Teton National Park

An investigation was ongoing Tuesday into the shooting death of a gray wolf on the grounds of a private inholding within Grand Teton National Park.

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park Has Plenty To Entertain You With In February

Planning to find yourself in Hawaii next month? Check out the following roster of activities in February at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park.

Canyonlands National Park The Latest To Move To Online Backcountry Permitting

Add Canyonlands National Park to the growing list of parks that are moving their backcountry permitting process to the Internet.

What Is National Parks Traveler's Role?

What is the role of National Parks Traveler? For long-time readers, that might be easy to answer, but it has evolved and continues to evolve.

Everglades National Park Mulling Acquisition Of Power Transmission Corridor

Everglades National Park officials are mulling an option to acquire a transmission corridor along roughly 7 miles along one edge of the park, and are collecting public comment through mid-March on the matter.

Burnside Bridge At Antietam National Battlefield Closed Due To Partial Collapse

A section of stone has fallen out of the historic Burnside Bridge at Antietam National Battlefield, forcing closure of the pedestrian bridge while its condition is analyzed.

Trust For National Mall Building Campaign To Revitalize Constitution Gardens

Constitution Gardens long has been a focal point of the National Mall, in Washington, D.C., but it also long has suffered from lack of proper maintenance. An ambitious campaign mounted by the Trust for the National Mall aims to revitalize the Gardens, though it won't happen overnight.

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Nominated For Inclusion On World Heritage List

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, along with the Alamo, has been nominated by the U.S. government for inclusion on the World Heritage List, which recognizes the most significant cultural and natural sites on the planet.

Kruger National Park Officials Explain Need To Euthanize Elephant That Flipped Vehicle

An elephant that attacked a vehicle in Kruger National Park in South Africa late last month was put down because it posed a risk to other park visitors, park officials said.

Shifting Quinault River Threatening Historic Structure At Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park officials are trying to figure out the best way to save the Enchanted Valley Chalet, a historic structure being threatened by the shifting main channel of the East Fork Quinault River.

Volunteers Can Help Count Humpback Whales At Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

Visitors and residents are drawn to Hawaii for many reasons, but the chance to see and help count humpback whales may not be one that comes immediately to mind. On three Saturdays this winter, volunteers are encouraged to help in an annual project at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park and others sites around the islands to monitor and count these impressive mammals.

Monday Brings Free Entrance To All 401 Units Of National Park System

If you're lucky enough to have Monday off in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, treat yourself with a visit to your nearest national park. Monday is the first of nine days this year when entrance fees to the parks will be waived.

Photo Op Coming To Tumacácori National Historical Park

Here's a little advance warning for a photo op -- good weather prevailing, of course -- for Tumacácori National Historical Park in Arizona. Artists and photographers looking for a chance to capture the magical light of early morning at Tumacácori can set aside two days in the coming months.

Finally, Enough Snow For Play At Paradise In Mount Rainier National Park

How can you tell the Pacific Northwest has been enduring a drought? There hasn't been enough snow -- until just recently -- to open the snow play areas at Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park. But they'll open tomorrow.
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