Reader Participation Day

Reader Participation Day: When Do You Feel You've "Done" a National Park?

When do you feel you've done a park? Is it when you've been to the visitor center? Spent a day walking its trails?

Reader Participation Day: What's On Your National Park Reading List?

Throughout the year we get a fair number of books related to the national parks for review, but we couldn't possibly keep track of all new -- or old, but good stalwarts -- books with park connections. Which books would you recommend to park lovers?

Reader Participation Day: Rewrite a National Park Warning Sign

Haiku warning signs
Can haiku, limericks, and poems improve on national park warning signs? We're inviting national park travelers to give it a try.

Reader Participation Day: Why Are National Parks So Controversial?

Why are national parks so dang controversial?

Reader Participation Day: Do Your Holiday Plans Include a Visit to a National Park?

The combination of time off from work or school and an appealing destination will entice some Americans to spend at least part of the upcoming holidays in a park. For some it's an annual tradition; for others it's a special, one-time trip. Does a visit to a national park figure into your holiday plans?

Reader Participation Day: Which Is Your Favorite "Historical" National Park?

Tell us, travelers, which is your favorite "historic" or "historical" unit of the National Park System, and why?

Reader Participation Day: Should Economics Be Considered When Adding Units To The National Park System?

When Fort Monroe National Monument and Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park were added to the National Park System recently, officials touted their economic benefits. Which has the Traveler wondering: Should economics be a factor when considering the merits of potential units of the park system?

Reader Participation Day: Is The Current Level Of Visitation To National Parks A Concern?

Latest visitation figures show that tourism to the National Park System dipped somewhat in 2010, dropping from 285.5 million in 2009 to 281.3 million last year. Is that a concern?

Reader Participation Day: How Do You Decide Which National Parks To Visit?

With the snows of winter on their way, most people are bringing an end to this year's travels and looking ahead to 2012. Which has us wondering: How do you decide which national parks to put on your travel calendar?

Reader Participation Day: Where Do You Go To See Fall Colors In The National Parks...And To Flee the Crowds?

It's easy to name colorful parks come fall. Acadia National Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Shenandoah National Park are just three. But where do you go to see spectacular fall colors...without the crowds?

Reader Participation Day: What National Parks In Other Countries Are On Your Agenda?

The United States has not cornered the market on national parks. While it did start the national park movement with Yellowstone back in 1872, many other countries have set aside many spectacular parks. Which has us wondering, which parks abroad are you hoping to visit?

Reader Participation Day: Should More American-Made Products Be Available for Purchase in America's National Parks?

Most souvenirs and other durable goods sold in national park bookstores and concessions are imported. Do you think it's important to offer a greater selection of American-made products?

Reader Participation Day: What Was Your Most Memorable Ranger-Led Experience in the National Parks This Year?

What was your most memorable ranger-led activity in the National Park System this year?

Reader Participation Day: Do Grizzly Attacks Have You Leery of Hiking in Yellowstone National Park?

With two fatal grizzly maulings in Yellowstone National Park this summer, it's understandable if some feel intimidated about hiking in the park's backcountry. Would you cancel a hike because of those incidents?

Reader Participation Day: How Many National Parks Do You Want To Visit In Your Lifetime?

Is 'bagging all of the national parks' a goal you've set for yourself?

Reader Participation Day: Are you a VIP (Volunteer in the Parks)?

Danny in the Smokies
Volunteers are an integral part of the functioning in national parks. We want to know if you're a Volunteer In the Parks.

Reader Participation Day: What's Your Solution When the Weather Doesn't Cooperate During Your Trip?

Any park traveler knows that sooner or later Mother Nature will dish out a generous and sometimes unexpected helping of rain, snow, bone-chilling cold or scorching heat on your park vacation. When that happens, what's your approach to salvaging the trip?

Reader Participation Day: What If You Could Wave a Magic Wand?

What would you cause to happen for the benefit of the National Park System with just one wave of your magic wand?

Reader Participation Day: How Should National Parks Handle Overgrown Vistas?

How should national parks deal with vegetation that has grown up and, in some cases, altered landscapes or blocked views?

Reader Participation Day: Would You Stop Donating To the Parks If You Lost the Tax Deduction?

Would you still contribute to charitable organizations such as the National Park Foundation and park friends groups if you couldn't deduct the donation on your income taxes?

Reader Participation Day: What Lures You To Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Fall Colors Or Backcountry Trails?

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is renowned for its fall colors...and it's also famous for its hundreds and hundreds of miles of backcountry trails. Which do you base a Great Smoky trip around?

Reader Participation Day: Do National Parks Provide Ample Wildlife Warnings to Visitors?

In the wake of last week's fatal grizzly bear attack in Yellowstone National Park, and last fall's fatal goring by a mountain goat of a hiker in Olympic National Park, are park officials doing enough to educate visitors on wildlife?

Reader Participation Day: What Brings You To Yellowstone, Wildlife Or Water Works?

When you sit down to plan your vacation to Yellowstone National Park, do you think first of where best you can view wildlife, or strategize how best to visit all of the park's geothermal areas?

Reader Participation Day: Where Do You Find The Best Art In the National Park System?

Where do you find the best art in the National Park System? We're not talking about cheap, foreign trinkets, but nice artful objects that you take home, and put on display, and which trigger memories of your visit when you gaze at them.

Reader Participation Day: Have Campground Or Lodging Reservations Gotten Too Hard to Obtain In Some National Parks?

Has the difficulty in obtaining a reservation for either a campsite or lodge room in a national park become too much hassle to deal with in some cases?

Reader Participation Day: What Draws You To Yosemite National Park, Big Rock Or Big Water?

When you first enter the imposing valley at Yosemite National Park, your eyes are drawn both to the towering walls of granite that frame the valley, as well as the wispy waterfalls. But which brings you to the park?

Reader Participation Day: What Do You Do When You See A Visitor Doing Something Inappropriate In A National Park?

Dog on the Abrams Creek Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
What do you do when you see a visitor doing something inappropriate in a national park? I struggle with this as I think it is different from breaking the rules on the street.

Reader Participation Day: What Would You Like To See On National Park Websites?

One of the first websites folks head to to research national park matters is, of course, that run by the National Park Service. What suggestions would you make to the agency to improve its sites?

Reader Participation Day: Is It Appropriate For Artillery To Be Used to Control Avalanches In Yellowstone National Park?

Do you think it's appropriate, and in the best interests of its mandate, for the National Park Service to be using artillery to control avalanches in Yellowstone National Park?

Reader Participation Day: Has The National Park Service Been Led Astray By Congress and Become A Catchall Agency?

Earlier this week we had a spirited discussion of whether the National Park Service needs to add a site to honor Cesar Chavez, who orchestrated the farm labor movement in the 1960s. That discussion nips at a larger question: Has Congress led the Park Service astray and turned it into a catchall agency?
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