Visiting the Parks

Enjoy A Video Preview Of Great Basin National Park

Great Basin National Park long has been on my to-do list, and the following 30-second video explains why. The mix of landscapes -- towering mountains, intricately carved caves -- seems like a fascinating place to explore.

Fort Stanwix National Monument To Offer Candlelight Tours Of 18th Century Fort

If you find yourself in upstate New York for the long Thanksgiving Day weekend, treat yourself to a candlelight tour of Fort Stanwix National Monument.

Yosemite Nature Notes: Fall In Yosemite

Winter is on its way, and has already arrived in some parts of the country, but vestiges of fall remain elsewhere. Take a few minutes to enjoy the fleeting colors of fall in Yosemite National Park via this video produced by Steven Bumgardner as part of his Yosemite Nature Notes series made possible by the Yosemite Conservancy.

Holiday Open House At Mesa Verde National Park Set For December 5

The soft glow of luminarias will guide visitors through some of the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park on December 5 when the park holds its Holiday Open House.

Walking Le Chemin De St. Jacques In France - How Can You Do It?

A pilgrim and his donkey
Le Chemin de St. Jacques, also known as GR 65, is a 440-mile trail in France, leading to the El Camino in Spain. How can you start planning for your walk through SW France?

Lottery For Float Permits Through Dinosaur National Monument Going Online

One of the most exciting and intriguing ways to experience Dinosaur National Monument is from a raft floating down either the Green or Yampa rivers as they course through this magnificent landscape. And if you want to land a permit for a private float trip, the Park Service is making it a tad bit easier by moving the application process online.

The View From Clingmans Dome At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

National park vistas often are breathtaking. They practically beg you to head off into the landscape. The way Andy Drinnon captured the view from Clingmans Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park does just that...but it also stands on its own as a thing of beauty for the way he captures nature.

Star Party This Friday At Pipe Spring National Monument In Arizona

A star party will be held Friday at Pipe Spring National Monument in Arizona, where the importance of the stars overhead to ancient cultures will be discussed.

Canoeing The Buffalo, Finally

Fall might seem an unusual time to paddle the Buffalo National River, but you can be rewarded with incredible solitude and beauty.

Free Art Lessons At Arches National Park On Saturday

You can receive some free instruction on your art talent this Saturday at Arches National Park in Utah, where the park's resident artist will offer lessons.

Walking Le Chemin De St. Jacques In France - Part 1

Scenery in the Aubrac
Le Chemin de St.Jacques in France, also the Grand Route 65, is a pilgrimage and hike, a segment of the El Camino de Santiago. You walk through forests and villages and past farms. This is part 1 of the 440-mile trail.

Special "Night Museum" Returning To Andersonville National Historic Site

Military prisons during the Civil War were horrifying places during the daylight hours, and even more so at night. You can gain some insights into the conditions during a special "Night Museum" program coming to Andersonville National Historic Site next month.

Celebrate The Christmas Season At The Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park

How did President Lyndon B. Johnson and his family celebrate Christmas during his boyhood days in Texas? Find out during the coming holiday season by visiting the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park to experience "Christmas at the LBJ Boyhood Home."

Pipe Spring National Monument Has Busy Fall Schedule

Through the month of November the staff at Pipe Spring National Monument in northern Arizona will be celebrating National American Indian Month.

A Day At Chateau d'If And The Frioul Archipelago In The French Mediterranean

Chateau d'If
Just off shore from Marseille lie two jewels of the French national park system, one a national monument that lives immortally in literature, the other a national park comprised of four islands.

Fall In Zion National Park, Magic And Majesty

There is only one word to describe Zion National Park in the fall and that is, magical. Or, would it be majestic?

A Duo Of Dunes: Indiana Dunes And Sleeping Bear Dunes

They share the same lake waters, but you can spot the differences between Indiana Dunes and Sleeping Bear Dunes national lakeshores.

Notes From The Field: Acadia National Park From The Sea…Not

Acadia National Park from sea...can you see it?

Travel Into The Wilderness Of Olympic National Park And Listen To The Sounds Of Nature

Have you ever stopped in the backcountry of a national park and just listened tothe nature around you? The following video from Olympic National Park lets you not only listen to nature, but gaze across the park's wilderness.

Glamping Far And Away In Yellowstone National Park

If you have ever stood on the shores of Yellowstone Lake and looked way across the water to the southeast, into that area of the park where few visitors go, and wished to experience life in the backcountry without hiking with a heavy backpack, go glamping!

Is This Park The Most Unique Unit Associated With The National Park System?

This park focuses on the life of an American President, but it owns no land in the U.S.A., staff members are not employees of the National Park Service, and you'll need a passport to go for a visit. Can you identify this site which may qualify as the "most unique unit associated with the National Park System?

Late-Season Deals On Rafting, Mountain Bike Trips In The National Parks

It's August, school is around the corner, do you still have time for a national park adventure this summer? The folks at Holiday River Expeditions are making that possibility enticing with some discounts on some of their rafting and mountain biking trips in Dinosaur National Monument and Canyonlands National Park.

Learn About Past Figures Prominent In The History Of The Grand Canyon

Behind Grand Canyon's stunning landscape there are stories of people who lived off the land, explored, mined, and exploited it, raised a family and business, and fought to protect it for future generations.

Hike Into The Wilderness Of Theodore Roosevelt National Park This Sunday

An adventure to the geologic past will be the focus of the third Wilderness Hike of the summer this weekend at the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park Offering Special Hikes For Next Two Months

Wondering how to enjoy a day at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park? For the next couple of months the park will be marking the tenth anniversary of the Kahuku Unit by offering free programs to introduce visitors to the park's southernmost section.

Rocky Mountain National Park's Trail Ridge Road, Not A Good Place For Vertigo

Driving Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park is not for those who suffer vertigo. No guardrails will stop your vehicle if you edge off the pavement, and the flanks of the mountains drop away quickly, and steeply.

Enjoy Bluegrass Music Along The Natchez Trace Parkway

Traveling the Natchez Trace Parkway through the South later this month? Consider stopping at the Williamson County Courthouse in Franklin, Tennessee, for some bluegrass.

Wildflower Festival Coming To Cedar Breaks National Monument

At 10,000 feet and above, wildflowers bloom a wee bit later than, for instance, at sea level. That's why Cedar Breaks National Monument's 8th Annual Wildflower Festival is just beginning this Saturday.

Shuttle Bus Service Resumes In Glacier National Park On July 1

Glacier National Park’s free optional shuttle system that provides shuttle services along the Going-to-the-Sun Road will begin operations July 1 and run through Labor Day.

The David T. Vernon Collection: Living History Comes Home To Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park, known for craggy peaks, wildlife, and adventure sports, also ranks among the country’s top spots for Native American art and artifacts. When Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott first arrived in 2004, she was amazed to discover the incredible David T. Vernon Collection, one of the most diverse Indian art collections in the world.
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