Horses have a long, long history in America. They came to the New World with the Spaniards, and have carried riders ever since. In many national parks horses are icons, seen as both honorable steeds that carry mounted rangers and as work horses that carry both visitors and gear. But they also have impacts on the landscape, and there have been calls to ban them from the parks. But should they be banned?
Reader Participation Day
What maintenance needs have you seen in your travels about the National Park System? Let's build a list on what needs fixing out there.
Readers Participation Day. The National Park Service has many standards in its interactions with visitors. Have you seen deviations from them? Do they bother you?
If you were given a blank piece of paper, and asked to design a national park, what would you consider to be indispensable?
It's winter, the days for much of the country are more conducive to sitting inside than heading outdoors. So you're spending some time planning your summer vacation in the National Park System. How do you decide where to go?
Is there an overrated unit of the National Park System, one that doesn't quite meet your criteria for being among the properties carrying the tag of national park?
Which unit of the National Park System would you most like to see...but fear you won't for one reason or another (most likely distance and/or cost)?
Visit Mesa Verde National Park in December and you can experience cliff dwellings by the soft glow of luminarias. Head to Yosemite National Park later in the month and you can feast at The Ahwahnee. But what other winter events are there that interest you?
Among the many casualties of the recent government shutdown were cancelled plans for visits to National Park Service areas. Now that parks have reopened, do you have plans for a trip that you'd put on hold due to the shutdown? If so, what are your park destinations"
Many feel the national parks are being used by both parties as "political pawns" during the government shutdown. If that's the case, is the temporary reopening of several major parks likely to shorten or lengthen the shutdown?