Doggy Daycare Near Popular National Parks: Five Great National Park Destinations To Visit With Dogs

If you and your dog are inseparable, don't let the National Park System's pet rules stop you from taking a dog-centric vacation to our national treasures. A growing assortment of pet sitters, upscale boarding facilities and dog-friendly people hotels are making it possible for pets and humans to have unforgettable adventures in and around popular national parks.

Essential Summer Guide '14: Rocks And Roll Through Canyon Country

For mind-blowing scenery, vast vistas of eroded stone, and rugged topography, Utah is the place. The Beehive State is home to five national parks (Arches, Bryce, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Zion) and five national monuments (Cedar Breaks, Grand Staircase-Escalante (managed by the BLM), Rainbow Bridge, Natural Bridges, and Hovenweep) for good reason. It’s the greatest earth on show.

Exploring The Parks: Musings From Island In The Sky At Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park is divided by the Green and Colorado Rivers into three distinct districts. Needles, Island in the Sky, and the Maze. There are no roads connecting them because the rivers and some very deep ditches are in the way. Island in the Sky is about a two-hour drive north of the Needles. The Maze is another matter. It can be reached only via a very long and circuitous route.

Exploring The Parks: Musings From The Needles District In Canyonlands National Park

It’s hot here. Welcome to the beginning of summer in the Southwest. Two days ago it was raining and near freezing and I was complaining about it at Mesa Verde and now it’s sweat time. But those rains have turned the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park into a veritable flower garden. Everywhere I look there are blooms.

What To Do In The National Parks This Summer? Take A Hike!

Summer can pose a difficult problem for national park travelers: Where do you go and what should you do? Traveler’s Facebook audience had some great ideas for family hikes in the parks, and we’re happy to share them with you.

Stretch Of White Rim Road In Canyonlands National Park To Be Closed In July

If you're planning to mountain bike the White Rim Road in Canyonlands National Park in July, know that a short stretch of the road will be closed for a few days to all travelers.

Dinosaur National Monument Air Quality Problems Believed Tied To Utah's Oil And Gas Boom

Though remotely located in the mountains of northeastern Utah and northwestern Colorado, Dinosaur National Monument goes through days when the air quality is almost as bad as you'd find in major metropolitan areas.
50 Best Short Hikes in Utah With their colorful settings and majestic geology, Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion national parks in Utah rightfully should be explored on foot, even if you only have a few hours to hike.

Some Canyonlands National Park Backcountry Travelers Will Need Bear Canisters

With bears present in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park, backcountry travelers heading into the district will need to use bear canisters to store their food and garbage.

Essential Paddling Guide: Cataract Canyon, Sample The Best Of The Southwest's Rivers

It’s just two days on the river, but the section of the Colorado River that flows through Cataract Canyon in Canyonlands National Park is one of the best not only in the West but in the entire country for whitewater aficionados and admirers of spectacular red rock scenery.

NPCA: States Should Be Repaid For Opening National Parks During October Shutdown

The National Parks Conservation Association is urging Congress to repay those states that made it possible for a handful of national parks to open for business during last October's shutdown.

Essential Paddling Guide: Colorado River’s Flows Threatened By Growing Demands, Drier Climate

“Running on empty” unfortunately is a very apt description of the Colorado River Basin, which long has had its water overcommitted. Today, the vast watershed that stretches from the mountains of Colorado to the Gulf of California and helps nourish some 30 million residents in the Southwest and Mexico is mired in a long-running drought that threatens to dramatically recast the already-arid region.

Snowpack Points To Bodacious White-Water Rafting Season In Southwestern National Parks

With March typically one of the snowier months of the year in the Rocky Mountains, the coming summer float season on rivers through Dinosaur National Monument, Canyonlands National Park, and Grand Canyon National Park will be something to rave about.

Essential Paddling Guide: Explore The Rivers Of Dinosaur National Monument

Dinosaur National Monument's two rivers, the Yampa and the Green, should be justification enough to formally describe Dinosaur as a "national park;" they offer some of the best rafting in the West.

A Sweetheart Deal For Couples Who Like To Run Rivers Or Pedal Through National Parks

Does your significant other like to get wet? Surprise them for Valentine's Day by booking a couples'-only river trip through Dinosaur National Monument or Canyonlands National Park with Holiday River Expeditions.

Welcome Traveler's Newest Supporters And Advertisers

Observant readers of the Traveler no doubt noticed some new sponsors and advertisers who believe in our mission to nurture advocates and stewards for the National Park System while exploring how best to get the most out of the park experience.

Canyonlands National Park The Latest To Move To Online Backcountry Permitting

Add Canyonlands National Park to the growing list of parks that are moving their backcountry permitting process to the Internet.

Five Aspects Of Canyonlands National Park To Consider On Your Next Visit

It's so easy to do a windshield tour of Canyonlands National Park by driving up onto the Island in the Sky District and through the Needles District. But here are five reasons why you should do a little more exploring in the park that preserves a wondrous slice of Utah's canyon country.

Audubon Identifies Area Around Canyonlands National Park As "Globally Important Bird Area"

Though located in the arid landscape of the Colorado Plateau, the area around Canyonlands National Park attracts a lot of birds and provides valuable habitat for species such as the Mexican spotted owl. As such, the area has been identified as a "Globally Important Bird Area" by the National Audubon Society

One Park Pass For Four Units Of National Park System

If you like to frequent the national parks in southeastern Utah, and not many others, you might consider spending $25 for an annual pass to Arches and Canyonlands national parks and Hovenweep and Natural Bridges national monuments.

Photography In The National Parks: Winter Essentials

At this time of year, winter waxes as fall wanes, so I thought it pertinent to now emphasize the concerns and rewards of winter photography, be it in the sub-zero temperatures of Yellowstone or along the balmy beaches of the Virgin Islands or the moss-carpeted downed tree trunks of Olympic National Park.

Around The Shutdown: Great Smoky To Open Briefly, Citations At Olympic National Park, State-Run National Parks

Great Smoky Mountains National Park to open Wednesday, citations issued at Olympic National Park, and a call for states to share in national park management are among the issues floating around the National Park System during the ongoing government shutdown.

Around The Shutdown: Which National Parks Are Open Today?

Wondering which national parks have been able to reopen with state funding? Here's a list, and the dates the parks are to remain open...barring some resolution in Washington or more funding from the states.

Coalition Of National Park Service Retirees Worried About Pressure On National Park Service

National Park Service officials have found themselves turned into political pawns, first as the administration's face of the government shutdown and now by being splintered through a handful of park openings.

Seeing The Parks By Webcam During The Shutdown

Among the many casualties of the government shutdown are some of the popular webcam views of locations around the National Park System, since NPS and some other government web services have been disabled for the duration of the dispute. If you enjoy the ability to check in on favorite park locations via those cameras, all is not lost, however, and we'll provide some tips about park webcam views provided by non-government sources.

Utah Reaches $1.7 Million Deal To Open Five National Parks In State

Five national parks in Utah, plus one national recreation area and two national monuments, will reopen, temporarily, under a deal the state reached with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.

Around The Shutdown: Utah Offers To Run National Parks, House Committee Wants NPS Answers, Petition To Stop Oil Production From The Parks

Another state suffering from the loss of fall tourism has raised its voice, House members are seeking answers from the National Park Service, and a Democratic congressman is petitioning to halt the oil flowing out of park units. Those are just some of the topics involving shuttered national parks.

National Parks, Other Federal Lands Generate Big Tourism Income For State Of Utah

How important are national parks, forests, and other federal lands in the economies of Western states? Data recently released in Utah offers a glimpse.

A View From The Overlook: A Tale Of Two Rivers, Part I

There is a thread of commonality in the Colorado River as it flows through the Grand Canyon, and the Potomac River as it flows into Washington, D.C. It revolves around preservation.