Our national Thanksgiving holiday has taken on a host of meanings, including gatherings with family and friends, favorite dining delights and Black Friday shopping, but for many of us, it's also still a time to pause at least briefly and count our blessings. In that spirit, is there something connected with our national parks that you're thankful for this year?
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National parks have served as backdrops for countless movies. Death Valley National Park played a role in Star Wars, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, of course, was prominently featured in North by Northwest, and Thelma & Louise drove through parts of Canyonlands National Park. Which movie, with a national park in a cameo role, is your favorite?
Which of the Civil War battlefields preserved by the National Park Service appeals to you most, and why?
As summer gives way to fall, and fall to winter, we usually have more time to read, as there's less daylight outside. So what related to the national parks are you reading these days?
Reader Participation Day: Should The Hetch Hetchy Valley In Yosemite National Park Be Drained And Restored?bootstrap
Should campground reservations be mandatory in the National Park System, or should all campsites be on a first-come, first-served basis?
Reader Participation Day: Will The Hantavirus Outbreak Affect Your Plans To Visit Yosemite National Park ?
Much of the recent news from Yosemite National Park hasn't focused on the area's spectacular scenery, but rather on an outbreak of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS). Thus far, eight people who spent at least one night in the park this summer have been stricken, and three have died. Has this situation caused you to reconsider plans to visit Yosemite?
Are there any pieces of music that remind you of a national park – or a park experience? Some compositions, such as Grofe's Grand Canyon Suite, have clear connections to a park. Others, such as "Rocky Mountain High," might bring to mind a specific park - or a whole state with lots of great parks. How about you? Do you have any favorite songs that you associate with national parks?
Reader Participation Day: Should The National Park Service Ban Solo Hikers In Grizzly Bear Territory?
Does the National Park Service have to rethink its rules when it comes to backcountry travel in known grizzly bear habitat? That question grows in importance in the wake of last week's fatal mauling of a backpacker in Denali National Park.