Which National Park Drives Are On Your 2014 Calendar?

With the travel season not too far off, you should be planning your national park adventures. If you're looking for a great scenic drive, we offer the following for your consideration.

Around The Parks: Ice Bridges At Isle Royale, Sea Turtle Record At Dry Tortugas, Scotty's Castle Delays

Watching Lake Superior ice at Isle Royale National Park, counting sea turtles at Dry Tortugas National Park, and road work woes for Scotty's Castle visitors at Death Valley National Park are just some of the other stories around the National Park System this week.

Christmas Bird Count Coming To Death Valley National Park On Saturday

Christmas is past, but counting birds is not. At Death Valley National Park, the annual Christmas Bird Count is scheduled for this coming Saturday.

Essential Park Guide: Winter Doesn’t Have To Mean Cold, Snow And Ice During Your National Park Adventure

Cold, snow, and ice aren’t the only backdrops to a winter’s visit to the National Park System. There’s a flip side to the Glaciers, Yellowstones, and Mount Rainiers of winter park vacations. They’re found in the Caribbean, south Florida, and even Nevada and Arizona.

First Death Valley Natural History Conference Coming November 15-17

The inaugural Death Valley Natural History Conference is drawing more than 30 researchers, who will be making presentations on a range of natural science topics in Death Valley National Park.

Updated: National Parks Just Hours Away From Closing

With Congress at odds over whether to pass a Continuing Resolution to keep the federal government in business, National Park Service and concessions staff were preparing Monday for possible closure of the National Park System.

Just How Big Is Wrangell-St. Elias National Park? Take A Look

Just how big is Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve? To give you an idea, check out the accompanying map. It shows how Wrangell-St. Elias would swallow a number of parks you might have considered to be large themselves.

Chaco Culture National Historical Park Earns Designation As An International Dark Sky Park

Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico is home to both outstanding archeological resources and an increasingly rare treasure—dark nights that allow for outstanding viewing of the night skies. The park has just become one of only a dozen Dark Sky Park's recognized around the world by the non-profit International Dark Sky Association (IDA).

Heavy July Rains Washed Away Many Roads In Death Valley National Park

Heading to Death Valley National Park any time soon? If so, and you're planning to explore some of the more remote areas of the park, you should know that a good handful of roads have been washed away by unusually heavy (for Death Valley) July rains.

Death Valley National Park Announces Plan For Managing The Park's Wilderness And Backcountry

The website for Death Valley National Park accurately describes this vast desert area as "Hottest, Driest, Lowest," and a couple of other superlatives would apply to the park as well. Death Valley is the largest NPS area in the Lower 48 and the park has recently announced completion of a plan to manage the "largest area of designated national park wilderness in the contiguous United States."

Around The Parks: Hot Times In Death Valley, Teachers At C&O Canal, Yellowstone Visitation, And Riding The Train

The world's hottest day will be recalled at Death Valley National Park next month, while the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park is seeking teachers, Yellowstone National Park is watching visitation climb, and Steamtown National Historic Site trains will be running to the Delaware Water Gap late this month.

Wildfire Skirts Scotty's Castle At Death Valley National Park

A wildfire approached Scotty's Castle in Death Valley National Park, but firefighters managed to keep the flames from reaching the historic complex.

Some Campground Fees Proposed For Increases At Death Valley National Park

Having replaced the entire water and sewer system of the Furnace Creek Campground, added a new bathroom, and expanded electrical service for RVs, Death Valley National Park officials are now proposing an increase in camping fees to help cover the costs of providing electricity to the campground.

Around The Parks: Audio Tour At Paterson Great Falls NHP, Monumental Politics, Death Valley's Organ

Audio tours at Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park, potential political tinkering with the Antiquities Act, and reviving the organ at Scotty's Castle in Death Valley are among the items in this week's roundup from around the parks.

Around The Parks: Solar Power At Death Valley, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Tamiami Trail Through The Everglades

Solar power at Death Valley National Park, the Ice Age National Scenic Trail in Wisconsin, and the Tamiami Trail that crosses the Everglades are just some of the items in our roundup of what's going on in the National Park System.

From Mammoth Cave To Death Valley And Back Again In One Career With The National Park Service

Sarah Craighead has come full circle. It took trips through Saguaro and Death Valley national parks, and some other units of the National Park System, but she's back where she started her career several decades ago.

Volunteers Sought To Help Build Birding Database At Death Valley National Park

Planning is under way to develop a bird species baseline for Death Valley National Park, and volunteers are being sought to help with the data collection.
Birding the Southwestern National Parks (W. L. Moody Jr. Natural History Series) Just in case I wasn’t aware that I very badly need to do more birding in the Southwest, a copy of Birding the Southwestern National Parks by former Park Service employee Roland Wauer arrived in my mailbox. Now I find myself checking plane fare to Las Vegas, El Paso, and Los Angeles. This may be one of the most expensive book reviews I’ve ever written.

Death Valley National Park Earns International Dark Sky Park Recognition

Death Valley National Park has joined Big Bend National Park and Natural Bridges National Monument as the only units of the National Park System to gain gold certification as an International Dark Sky Park.

Death Valley Dreamscape

Death Valley National Park has some of the darkest night skies in the country, which make for incredible canvases to watch star shows on clear nights. Don't think so? Check out this video by Gavin Heffernan, Michael Darrow and Rachel Payne of Sunchaser Pictures.

Budget Cuts Forced On National Park Service By Failure To Avert Fiscal Cliff Could Be Crippling

Don't start planning your 2013 national park vacation just yet, for poised like the sword of Damocles over the National Park Service is the looming "fiscal cliff" that threatens to impact not only the agency but anyone considering a trip into the national parks next year.

First Death Valley Natural History Conference Seeking Papers

The 1st Death Valley Natural History Conference will be held November 15-17, 2013, at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center Auditorium in Death Valley National Park, and officials have issued a call for papers.

List Of Candidate Species Under Consideration For Endangered Species Act Protection Include At Least 12 From National Parks

In its annual list of species considered to be candidates for Endangered Species Act protection, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has cited at least 12 species that either can be found, or were found, in the National Park System.

Death Valley National Park Celebrates Updates to Furnace Creek Visitor Center

The Furnace Creek Visitor Center is the primary visitor information facility at Death Valley National Park, and after half a century of use, it was due for some upgrades. A weekend event earlier this month celebrated completion of the project.

Death Valley National Park Now Has Its Own Guide On The Traveler

You can add Death Valley National Park to the list of national parks that have their own "mini-guide" on the Traveler. Visit these pages and you'll find information on hiking, lodging, camping, birding, and more.

Creature Feature: A Fairy Of A Different Sort

Dotting the sandstone floors of the Colorado plateau are countless potholes -- shallow depressions that hold water only for short periods after rains. But during those wet periods, these potholes come to life with a variety of intriguing creatures, including fairy shrimp.

Death Valley National Park

Sand dunes and mesquite by QT Luong, the first landscape photographer to capture images in each of the 58 national parks.

Never mind the heat (although, Death Valley does lay claim to the highest officially recorded temperature on Earth.) It's the geology that captures your mind as you roam this sprawling national park. The sand dunes. The eroded hillsides and carved canyons. The alluvial fans painted scarlet, lemon, orange and purple with wildflowers after wet winters.

Death Valley National Park Officially Recognized As World Champion When It Comes To Hot Temps

How hot can it get at Death Valley? Why, there was a day back in 1913 when it was so hot that "swallows in full flight fell to the earth dead."

Solar Power Is Valuable, But NPCA Report Says It Needs To Be Generated Away From National Parks

Solar energy is one key to sating the United States' energy appetite, but federal officials need to be careful not to overly impact national parks and other public lands when it comes to siting these facilities.