More and more star gazers are finding national parks are perfect locations to practice their hobby. You can definitely count Badlands National Park as one such destination.
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Sport divers are invited to attend a workshop at Biscayne National Park in Florida on how to record archaeologial sites without disturbing them. The course, sponsored by the Submerged Sites Education and Archaeological Stewardship organization, is scheduled for August 20-23.
It is time to rethink the direction and management of the National Park System. It is time to ask if the Ssystem has grown so large that it is unmanageable and not fundable.
A 132-year-old, well-weathered, lever-action Winchester rifle found against a tree in the backcountry of Great Basin National Park is now on display at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Wyoming, where it will remain until fall when it will return to the park.
The United Nations has voted to designate San Antonio’s five Spanish colonial missions – four of them already protected as a national park – a World Heritage Site.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been a quarter-century since the massive fires burned through Yellowstone National Park that summer of 1988. Jeff Henry’s new book is a great look back at those smoke-filled days, especially for those at National Parks Traveler.
Be sure to check out the Statue of Liberty's webcams on Tuesday, when a new LED lighting system will highlight Lady Liberty's best sides while reducing light pollution.
Star gazers can put July 17-19 on their calendar, as that's the weekend when the Badlands Astronomy Festival will be staged at Badlands National Park in South Dakota.
Curious about the nesting of sea turtles? At Cape Hatteras National Seashore on North Carolina's Outer Banks, a special program this summer lets you see inside turtle nests...and possibly encounter a hatching at the same time.
Finding companies to run concessions at Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky is proving difficult for the National Park Service, which in mid-June issued a ninth modification to the original concession prospectus for lodging, transportation, retail, and food services.
Four times a year, National Parks Traveler produces its Essential Park Guides, which offer articles on how best to explore and enjoy the National Park System. Do you have every single issue?
While recent rains have been filling rivers in many parts of the East, playing in those streams is becoming more dangerous, as evidenced by a kayaker who drowned in the Middle Prong of the Little Pigeon River in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The Old Fall River Road is a popular route with visitors to Rocky Mountain National Park who are looking for a scenic drive at a slower pace, but the historic road was badly damaged by major flooding in September 2013. Thanks to emergency funding, repairs to the road have been completed in time for the traditional July 4 seasonal opening of the drive.
The Hazel Creek area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, closed since early June when a backpacker was mauled by a bear, has been reopened to hikers and backpackers.
Like many other units of the National Park System, Golden Gate National Recreation Area in California is expected big crowds this holiday weekend.
While the glaciers interspersed along the peaks of Glacier National Park weren’t responsible for the enormous U-shaped valleys, their gradual disappearance brings a sort of urgency to see these classic icons.
Bison have gored two more people in Yellowstone National Park, bringing to four the number of gorings in the park this summer.
It sounds like a page from the script of Jaws, a blockbuster 40 years old this summer in which a massive great white shark terrorizes a fictional New England beach town during the Fourth of July weekend. No great white sharks are thought to be involved in the attacks at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, and there have been no deaths, but three separate incidents there in the past week have officials warning beach goers to stay out of the water if they fear sharks.
Mid-summer is just about here, but atop Cedar Breaks National Monument in Utah at 10,000 feet, the wildflower season is just kicking into gear. You can enjoy it July 4-19 during the monument's 10th Annual Wildflower Festival.
A proposed commercial pig farm in Wisconsin could greatly affect Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, where the superintendent is worried that runoff would boost phosphorous loads in Lake Superior and also could harm piping plovers, a species listed as "endangered" under the Endangered Species Act.
With heavy visitation expected this holiday weekend at Yosemite National Park, officials are recommending that you arrive early to avoid traffic jams and parking issues.
While thousands of visitors will be racing to Cape Cod National Seashore in Massachusetts for the Fourth of July Weekend and their summer vacations, park officials hope they'll take a few minutes to learn about great white sharks that are showing up more and more often in the seashore's waters.
For the third time in less than a week a swimmer at Cape Hatteras National Seashore on North Carolina's Outer Banks has been attacked by a shark. Seashore officials said Wednesday that the 68-year-old man received a number of injuries from the encounter.
A creek in northwestern Yellowstone National Park is regaining its namesake fish, the Arctic grayling.
Preparing for your visit to the C&O Canal National Historical Park has just gotten a lot easier, thanks to the release of a revised and updated Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Official National Park Handbook.
Planning to visit Grand Canyon National Park over the Fourth of July weekend? You'll need to be patient...and hydrated.
Abandoned mine tunnels and shafts are dangerous places for lots of reasons, so when park officials at Lake Mead National Recreation Area received a call that two people were trapped in an old mine off Northshore Road, there was ample cause for concern. Personnel from several agencies responded, but soon realized this was a rescue with an unusual twist.
There are two essentials for the birder exploring Rocky Mountain National Park. First, make time to look for the tundra birds along the eleven miles of Trail Ridge Road above tree line. Secondly, and even more importantly, make absolutely certain at least one licensed driver in the car does NOT suffer from acrophobia.
While the upcoming holiday weekend no doubt will have crowds descending on Point Reyes National Seashore in California, a short stretch of one beach will be closed to protect nesting snowy plovers.
Five years after the National Park Service found itself mired in corporate politics over a proposed ban on water sold in disposable bottles, free water dispensers are becoming more and more visible in the parks. At Bryce Canyon National Park, the recent installation of six water-filling stations was driven by Vapur, Inc., a California-based company that sells flexible, refillable "Anti-Bottles."
There are many historic trails that are part of the National Park System. If you’re headed out West this summer, take the high route along the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers in Montana and retrace one of our nation’s most historic explorations.
Looking for a good summer outing? Rangers at St. Croix National Scenic Riverway in the Upper Midwest will be leading some kayak trips on the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers this summer.
A classically Western sunset from Canyonlands National Park in Utah.
Andrew Kuhn, National Park Service
While it can be fairly easy to name a poor campground in the National Park System, pointing to some of the best can be a challenge. But the North Rim Campground at Grand Canyon National Park is one of the best in our opinion.
Water water everywhere and not a drink to be had? If you find yourself in that predicament at Lake Powell in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, point your boat to the Halls Crossing Marina, where a floating restaurant and lounge is open for business.
With the Green and Colorado rivers in the neighborhood, it's not surprising that the Yampa River that flows through Dinosaur National Monument is overlooked. And that's not a bad thing.
A teenager cooling off in the waters of Cape Hatteras National Seashore on Saturday was attacked by a shark, with bites to his right calf, buttocks, and both hands.
National parks are as audible as they are scenic, from the crashing waves on the beaches of Cape Cod National Seashore in Massachusetts to the gunshot-cracking of calving of glacial ice at Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska, national parks don't go silently into the night. And at Yellowstone National Park, the soundscapes are going to be captured for future generations.
With construction expected to start soon on a major development plan for Brooks River In Katmai National Park in Alaska, a former park superintendent fears the Park Service is more concerned with visitation to the area than the bears that rely on its salmon-rich fishery.
Though not a long long-distance trail (only about 40 miles), this route through the high country of Grand Teton National Park draws top ratings for its natural beauty.
The connection of the Confederate Battle Flag with the murders of nine church members in South Carolina has prompted the National Park Service to end sales of the flag in gift shops and bookstores located inside parks.
Point Reyes National Seashore, in partnership with the veteran-based organization Team Rubicon, is hosting firefighter training for 75-80 veterans this coming weekend. Successful completion of the training will enable veterans to be deployed around the country to bolster capacity to fight wildland fire.
A campfire ban was implemented in parts of Olympic National Park on Thursday, while other national parks in parts of the West were reminding visitors that it's illegal to use fireworks within their boundaries as hot, dry weather continues to push fire danger higher and higher.
A lawsuit filed in 2011 has led to an agreement designed to reduce pollution impacting national parks throughout the Southwest. Additionally, the settlement reached with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the owners of the Four Corners Power Plant in New Mexico calls for $8.2 million in penalties and other mitigation costs.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Biologists Kill Wrong Bear In Effort To Catch One That Attacked Backpacker
Great Smoky Mountains National Park biologists, who recently killed the wrong bear in their hunt for one that attacked a teenager while he slept in the backcountry, are working with a forensics lab to develop a DNA tracking procedure that could prevent similar misidentifications in the future.
In mid-May, world-class climber Dean Potter and a friend were killed in a BASE-jumping incident in Yosemite National Park. A lengthy New York Times story examined the accident, and raised some contradictions in National Park Service policies.
You won't lack for things to do or see at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., during Fourth of July weekend.
Hot, dry conditions are feeding wildlfires in Alaska and in some National Park System units in the western half of the Lower 48.
A pilot and three passengers on a small plane dropped in for an unplanned stop on a beach at Lake Mead National Recreation Area after the aircraft's engine stopped over the mountains around Lake Mead. All occupants aboard the plane escaped significant injury.
On the morning of June 18 we returned to western Nebraska's Scotts Bluff, where we had the good fortune to witness a special event that takes place at the national monument once each year. The occasion was the arrival of a rider on horseback who was participating in the 2015 Pony Express re-ride from St. Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California.