Acadia National Park Working On Transportation Plan For The Future

Zion National Park has a shuttle that works on a mandatory basis during the high season. Bryce Canyon National Park works with an optional shuttle. Acadia National Park long has seen the Island Explorer help move people around the park, but is there a better option?

Acadia Then And Now: 40 Years Is Too Long Between Visits

As I gazed out on the bay and up to the roof of Acadia National Park, it was hard to believe that it had been 40 years since I first set foot on Mount Desert Island. I was only about nine or 10 years old at the time, and on my very first trip to a national park. I didn'€™t understand Acadia National Park, or know what to expect. To me it was just our family vacation.

Park Partners Invest Heavily In National Parks, Corporate America Not So Much

Skim down through the list of centennial projects that will help paint buildings, repair trails, restore fisheries, help giant sequoias thrive, involve youth in the parks, and you have to give thanks to park friends groups. Corporate America? Not so much.
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Traveler's View: Economic Engines Are Nice, But Let's Not Overlook The True Value Of National Parks

On a day set aside to celebrate the Earth and the environmental movement, the Interior Department and National Park Service gave us dollars and cents.

Birding In The National Parks: Don't Overlook The Acadia Birding Fest

You’ve heard about the birding festival in Acadia National Park in this space before, but it’s worth mentioning just one more time. This year’s Acadia Birding Festival is destined for greatness.

Acadia National Park Opens Loop Road For The Summer Season

Winter must be over at Acadia National Park in Maine, for officials have opened the Park Loop Road for wheeled traffic, a kickoff to the summer high season.

Mount Desert Island Road Trip Loop: Schoodic Peninsula, Saint Croix Island International Historic Site

Springtime finds many flocking to the warmer climates and sun, desperate to break free of winter. But put off bathing-suit season for just a while longer and head north to Maine and Acadia National Park in late April or early May to beat the summer crowds.

National Park System Visitation Statistics: Where Did All The Backpackers Go?

Glance through National Park System visitation statistics for a few years, and some puzzling numbers surface. For example: Doesn't anyone like to backpack?

Thunder Hole Viewing Area Closed At Acadia National Park

It's one of the main attractions at Acadia National Park, and perhaps that's why crews need to make repairs to the viewing area at Thunder Hole.

National Park Week: April 18-26

National Park Week, 2015 edition, is just a handful of weeks away. While any day is a great day to visit a national park, during this special week April 18-26 there will be more than a few events and activities to take part in.

Birding In The National Parks: New Festivals For Birders In National Park Settings

Looking for a birding festival in the National Park System? You can add the woods and shorelines of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, which is hosting its very first birding festival this May.

National Park Service Maintenance Backlog Approaching $11.5 Billion

The backlog in maintenance across the National Park System is approaching $11.5 billion and touches many areas of the visitor experience, from campgrounds and trails to visitor centers and roads and bridges, according to the National Park Service.

Springtime At Acadia National Park: It Could Be Cold, Wet, And Frozen

The cold and snowy winter that buried New England in feet of snow could likely leave some calling cards around Acadia National Park for spring visitors, according to park officials.

National Park Turns: The Slides Of March

All signs point to spring: warm winds, green budding trees, flowering bulbs, and... skiing? Sure enough! Spring’s a great time to spend some time sliding around on those broad bowls, snow-covered roads, and long ridges. The weather is mild, the skies are blue, and the days are long: it’s just a lot more comfortable spring-skiing than going on a mid-winter slog in a blizzard through deep snow.

Don’t Let “Mud Season” Keep You From The Parks

Mud season is here. In most national parks above the Mason-Dixon Line, and quite a few south of that line, it can be a messy time. Choosing a destination can be problematic due to the weather in general and the snow line specifically.

Spring Is No Season To Be Cooped Up

Springtime is a bit of an “in-between” season. It’s somewhere between the longer, warmer days of summer, and the cooler and muddier days of a late winter. Hopefully you’ll find your place farther from winter’s cold and closer to summer’s breezes.

Thinking Of A Seasonal National Park Job? Here's Where To Look

It's bitterly cold, you're tired of snow and ice, and a seasonal job in a beautiful, and warm, location somewhere in the National Park System sounds ideal. So where do you look?

Obama Administration Offers Year-Long Free National Park Access To Fourth Graders And Their Families

With a goal of luring more youngsters, and their parents, into the National Park System and onto other public lands, President Obama on Thursday announced the Every Kid in a Park initiative that will provide every fourth-grader in the country a park pass good for one full year of free access to the nation's public lands.

Reader Participation Day: Where Are The Best National Park Campgrounds?

Summer really isn't as far off as you might think. With that in mind, is anyone thinking about camping? And, in particular, are you thinking about your favorite campground in the National Park System?

Official Numbers Point To 2014 As Record-Setting Year For National Park Attendance

2014 was a record-setting year for attendance in the National Park System, where nearly 293 million visitors spent time, a jump of more than 5 million from the record year of 1999, according to official figures. While most of the "name brand" parks were packed, there were still some sites in the system where you could find some solitude.

Call For Papers: National Parks, The Next Century

What path should the National Park Service take as it enters its second century? How can the National Park Service continue to nurture landscapes, cultures, and American history without compromising the world's best collection of parks? In this unique collection of papers, National Parks Traveler will recapture Stephen Mather’s ambition of preserving “the most inspiring playgrounds and the best equipped nature schools in the world.”

Free Entry To Entire National Park System This Presidents Day Weekend

Make an executive decision to visit a national park this Presidents Day weekend. All 405 national parks will offer free admission February 14-16.

Reader Participation Day: How Would You Build A "Top 10" National Parks List?

Recently, a website that will go unmentioned put together a list of "the nation's worst national parks." While that list was soundly, and justifiably, ridiculed and dismissed, it brings to mind this question: What are the nation's best national parks? If you were to compile a Top 10 list of national parks, which would you include on it?

Keep Track Of Events Surrounding Acadia National Park's Centennial Celebration At This Website

The National Park Service isn't the only entity turning 100 next year. So is Acadia National Park in Maine. If you want to stay atop of events surrounding Acadia's centennial, there's a website you should follow.

Birding In The National Parks: Rusty Blackbirds, Where Have You Gone?

We all know about the more charismatic of the endangered and threatened bird species. Trail closures in Acadia National Park and Big Bend National Park remind us that Peregrine Falcons nest on cliffs in parks across the country. Piping Plovers are diminutive shorebirds that bring outsized responses of both appreciation and consternation when their nesting causes beach closures in the national seashores along the Atlantic.

More Charging Stations Popping Up In National Park System For Electric Vehicles

Electric charging stations are beginning to sprout up around the National Park System, making it a bit easier for visitors with electric vehicles to recharge while enjoying the parks.

National Park System Visitation Was Up More Than 20 Million In 2014, To A Record 294 Million

Whether it was due to lower gas costs, better weather, or an improving economy, the bottom line for the National Park System for 2014 was impressive: An increase of more than 20 million visitors over 2013 levels, for a record total of 294 million, according to unofficial statistics.

Now's The Time To Be Making Plans For Summer In The National Parks

Today is not too early to make your summer vacation plans in the National Park System.

National Park Service, Unable To Complete Concessions Contracts On Time, Moves To Extend Dozens Across Park System

Hammering out concessions contracts across the National Park System is not an easy, or quick, job. Failure to reach new contracts before existing ones expired at the end of 2014 prompted the National Park Service to propose extended dozens of contracts for up to a year to keep visitor services operating without interruption.

Photography In The National Parks: Looking Back On 2014

Whether you were looking to improve your technical expertise with a camera, or curious about the thought processes that professional photographers went through in framing their photos, Contributing Photographers Deby Dixon and Rebecca Latson covered the bases for you through the past 12 months. Here for your review, and just a click away, are the columns they wrote in 2014.