Visiting the Parks

Exploring The Night Skies Over Yosemite National Park

Most visitors to Yosemite National Park come to enjoy the waterfalls and the walls of granite, but there's another dimension that deserves your attention: the dazzling night skies overhead.

Low Water Levels Affecting Boating Opportunities At Grand Teton National Park

Early spring runoff, and low precipitation this summer, has Grand Teton National Park officials planning to halt commercial boating operations on Jenny Lake on Tuesday.

New Camping Option At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

There's a new campsite for you to choose from when you make plans to visit Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

4th Annual Grand Canyon Art Celebration Set For September 8-12

Visit Grand Canyon National Park early in September and you'll be able to watch masters at work as they try to capture all the vibrancy and moodiness of the canyon during the 4th Annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art.

Yellowstone Bear Biologist Debunks Myth That Menstruating Women Attract Bears

A report by a Yellowstone National Park bear specialist allaying misplaced concerns that menstruating women might be at greater risk of bear attack has been drawing headlines this month, perhaps as much for its unusual subject matter as for its findings.

Pompey's Pillar And The Last Trace Of Lewis and Clark

Pompey's Pillar National Monument in southern Montana marks the only remaining place along the Lewis and Clark trail where one of 13 inscriptions Capt. Lewis reportedly made two centuries ago remains.

Start Planning For The Shenandoah Scramble!

Take a hike and help out the Shenandoah National Park Trust. You can do that on September 22 when the annual Shenandoah Scramble takes off!

Trust For the National Mall Looking For A Few (Dozen) Good Volunteers

It's difficult to miss them on the National Mall: They're dressed in yellow shirts and khaki pants or shorts, wear ball caps with the National Park Service and Trust for the National Mall logos, and heft backpacks filled with information and, if you're thirsty, water.

Off-Beat And Unexpected—Assateague Island National Seashore

Most points along the Atlantic shorelines of the United States are polluted by the lights of crowded cities when the sun goes down. When sitting beneath the stars on the fine sands of Assateague Island National Seashore in Maryland, you can become distracted by the gleam of lights from Ocean City to the North. But if you peak above, the sky is a pure midnight black with the constellations brightly shining.

Living History Program Rekindles Civil War At Monocacy National Battlefield

One-hundred-and-fifty years ago, the first Confederate invasion of the North occurred in September of 1862 at present-day Monocacy National Battlefield. You can gain a sense of that event next month when Civil War re-enactors set up a Confederate camp at the battlefield.

Trails At Big South Fork National River And Recreation Area To Close For A Week

Work to improve the safety of visitors traveling the Yellow Cliff Horse Trail and Salt Pine Trail in Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in Kentucky and Tennessee will require that the trails be closed to the public next week.

Nike Nuclear Missile En Route To Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park soon will have its very own nuclear missile. A decommissioned one, that is.

Discriminating Explorer: Enjoy Western National Parks With Tips From National Park Friends Groups

August is on the run, but that doesn't mean the time to get the most out of your favorite national park in the western part of the country has passed by. Take the following tips from friends groups in Big Bend, Glacier, Grand Teton, and Yellowstone national parks to heart and you'll create years of memories.

Fall Is The Best Time To Make Discoveries At The National Parks

If you’re in mood to travel, September and October are wonderful months to spend in the national parks. The crowds have departed, the animals are busy, and the fall color beckons. Now is the time park friends also host an array of workshops tailor-made for life-long learners.

Menor's Ferry Crossing The Snake River Again At Grand Teton National Park

A replica of Menor's Ferry once again is crossing the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial Changing Hours For Fall

With summer's end not too terribly far off, Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota has changed the hours of its Evening Lighting Ceremony in response to the shortening days.

Peaches Ripening At Capitol Reef National Park; Get Ready For Harvest!

There is nothing quite as tasty as eating a juicy peach just picked off the tree. And on August 21, you'll be able to do just that if you show up at Capitol Reef National Park for the opening of the peach harvest in the Krueger Orchard.

Fall Packages Make National Parks Attractive Destinations

With school vacations about to end, now's a great time to begin planning for your fall getaway to a national park. With that in mind, here are some offers from parks around the country.

Star Party Planned For Theodore Roosevelt National Park's North Unit This Weekend

If you find yourself in Theodore Roosevelt National Park this weekend, head for the North Unit where they're going to be having a star party.

Enjoy The Perseid Meteor Showers In The National Parks

This coming weekend will be the perfect time to be camping in the backcountry of a national park, or at least visiting a national park that doesn't suffer from light pollution. That's because the annual Perseid Meteor Showers are scheduled to arrive Saturday, and a dark sky is the best sky to observe them.

Special Rates Offered For Fall, Winter Rooms At Yosemite Lodge At The Falls

Now is a great time to be planning a fall or winter getaway to a national park, and at Yosemite National Park a special lodging rate might be enough to entice you to the park.

Take Some Insider Tips From The Shenandoah National Park Trust When You Head To Shenandoah National Park

Planning to visit Shenandoah National Park? Let the Shenandoah National Park Trust help you get the most from your visit with its insider tips.

Exploring Dinosaur National Monument Via The Green River

If you ever sat down to list the units of the National Park System that are misunderstood and under-appreciated, Dinosaur National Monument would be near the top. That realization can't be ignored if you've ever floated either the Yampa or Green rivers that cleave into and expose the underbelly of Dinosaur.

This Video Sampler Introduces You To The More Than 20 National Parks In Virginia

Which state east of the Mississippi holds the most units of the National Park System within its borders? That would be Virginia, which counts Shenandoah National Park, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and Colonial National Historical Park among its more than 20 units. This video sampler will whet your appetite for visiting Virginia and its parks.

"Civil War Activity Book" Published By Eastern National Helps Youngsters Understand Civil War Parks

A fun activity book filled with puzzles and history will help youngsters gain some insights to the Civil War.

"BioBlitz" Coming To Rocky Mountain National Park In Late August

Rocky Mountain National Park boasts one of the most expansive areas of alpine terrain in the United States as well as beautiful forests and mountain meadows. To better understand, appreciate and protect this national treasure, the National Park Service and National Geographic Society are teaming up to host a 24-hour BioBlitz species count and a two-day Biodiversity Festival in late August.

Exploring Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site

Overlooking the Knife River not far from its confluence with the Missouri, Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site today preserves vestiges of what 200 years ago was the heart of Northern Plains tribal trade.

Collector's Booklet Available To Hold Your Civil War Commemorative Coins

With the nation currently marking the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, a series of commemorative coins has been minted to track the conflict. And now there's a booklet where you can hold those coins.

Where Can You Find Wildlife In Theodore Roosevelt National Park?

Badlands comprise a great portion of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. But that doesn't mean they're lifeless lands. Spend a little time in the park, keep your eyes and ears open, and you might be surprised by what you see.

New Booklet Tracks World Heritage Sites Across The National Park System

There are a surprising number of World Heritage Sites in the National Park System. A new booklet tracks them and explains why they carry this distinction.
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