National Fossil Day Celebrated In National Parks Next Week

Fossils large and small will be the stars of the National Park System next week when National Fossil Day is celebrated on Wednesday.

Ancient Dinosaur Fossil Damaged By Thief At Dinosaur National Monument

Someone with a hankering for a prehistoric dinosaur bone, but with poor theft skills, did considerable damage to a fossilized bone on the Fossil Discovery Trail in Dinosaur National Monument. Anyone who provides information as to the thief that leads to their conviction will be rewarded with $750 from the National Park Service.

Floating Through The Gates Of Lodore In Dinosaur National Monument

Western rivers are the lifeblood of the landscape, threading through canyons and sweeping past the plains. The Green River is one such, born high in the Wind River Range of Wyoming and flowing steadily down to its confluence with the Colorado River in Canyonlands National Park. In Dinosaur National Monument, the Green has cut through the Uinta Mountains, creating the Gates of Lodore.

"Bone Digger" Interns Fuel Their Passion At Dinosaur National Monument

Ben Otoo and Nicole Ridgwell are spending the summer living a dream as they scramble and climb among the remains of the long dead. These young paleontologists are photographing and mapping the world famous deposit of ancient bones at Dinosaur National Monument.

Float The Last Undammed River On The Colorado With National Parks Traveler

Join National Parks Traveler as we spend five days floating the Yampa River, the last undammed tributary of the Colorado River, through Dinosaur National Monument in northwestern Colorado and northeastern Utah.

Keep An Eye Out For Mountain Lions At Dinosaur National Monument

While mountain lions are magnificent animals, they can also be dangerous. That's why Dinosaur National Monument officials want visitors to know that there has been recent mountain lion activity in the Echo Park area, where a fresh kill was spotted July 22.

Dinosaur National Monument Adds Visitor Programs

You really don't need any incentives beyond the spectacular beauty of Dinosaur National Monument's river corridors, fossils, and geology to convince yourself to visit this intriguing unit of the National Park System. But there are more incentives now that the park has added a variety of public programs from guided hikes and campground evening programs to the very popular Junior Ranger Program.

Traveler's View: National Parks Are Boring, Outside Magazine? Really???

Did you hear the news? National parks, those wondrous and scenic expanses of Nature's eye candy, those wild and rumpled landscapes that test your skills and will kill you if you're not careful and prepared, or maybe just in the wrong place at the wrong time, are boring. They've been transformed -- or, perhaps, kept since their creation -- as "drive-through museums."

Some Suggestions For Where To Float In The National Parks This Summer

Spring has set in throughout the country, perennials are reappearing, if they haven't already started to bloom, and summer vacation for some could be just weeks away. If you need some suggestions on where to float in the National Park System, we have them.

Float With The Traveler In The Wake Of John Wesley Powell Through Dinosaur National Monument

Float in the wake of Major John Wesley Powell down one of West’s iconic rivers with the Traveler this July. For four days we’ll follow the meanders and crash the rapids of the Green River as it flows through Dinosaur National Monument in Utah.

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.

Dinosaur National Monument Expanding Hours For Travel Season

Longer days mean more hours to enjoy Dinosaur National Monument.

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.

Lottery For Float Permits Through Dinosaur National Monument Going Online

One of the most exciting and intriguing ways to experience Dinosaur National Monument is from a raft floating down either the Green or Yampa rivers as they course through this magnificent landscape. And if you want to land a permit for a private float trip, the Park Service is making it a tad bit easier by moving the application process online.

Special Deal On Private Chartering Of River Trips Through Dinosaur National Monument

Got a large, extended family, or a great group of friends you like to hang out with? Act now and you can all go on a river trip through Dinosaur National Monument next year at a special rate.

Traveler's Gear Box: SPOT's Global Phone

Think you're in the market for a satellite phone? Think very carefully.

Star Programs At Dinosaur National Monument

Dinosaur National Monument rangers and visitors will be looking to the heavens this weekend, as a special star-gazing program is held at the park's Quarry Visitor Center.

"Blueprint" Calls For Balance Between Resource Development, Recreation, And The Environment On Public Lands

Is the country’s approach to public lands management balanced, or is it skewed toward resource development at the expense of the environment and recreation? A coalition of conservation groups believes it is skewed, and wants the Obama administration, and Congress, to provide that missing balance.

Late-Season Deals On Rafting, Mountain Bike Trips In The National Parks

It's August, school is around the corner, do you still have time for a national park adventure this summer? The folks at Holiday River Expeditions are making that possibility enticing with some discounts on some of their rafting and mountain biking trips in Dinosaur National Monument and Canyonlands National Park.

Traveler's Gear List: Paddling In The Parks

Paddling trips in the national parks take more than a little planning. To help ensure you cover all the bases and leave nothing necessary at home, here's Traveler's gear list for overnight paddling trips.

Jones Hole Trail At Dinosaur National Monument Still Closed Due To Rock Slides

A section of the Jones Hole Trail in Dinosaur National Monument remains closed to hikers and anglers until geologists can determine whether a cliffside has stabilized after releasing several rock slides last month.

Fire Restrictions Instituted At Rocky Mountain National Park, Dinosaur National Monument,

A blast of unseasonally hot air, coupled with extremely dry forests, has led to fire restrictions being put into effect at Rocky Mountain National Park and Dinosaur National Monument.

400-Foot Rockfall Closes Trail At Dinosaur National Monument

Repeated rockfalls, including one that featured pickup-truck-sized boulders that fell as much as 400 feet, have forced Dinosaur National Monument officials to close a stretch of the popular Jones Hole Trail.

Camping In The Parks: Dinosaur National Monument's Gates Of Lodore Campground

It takes a concerted effort to reach the Gates of Lodore Campground in Dinosaur National Monument, but the payoff is a peaceful, historic setting with a river out your tent or RV door for evading summer's heat.

Around The Parks: Fire Update, Mesa Verde SAR, Tribal National Park

Crews were gaining the upper hand Monday on a fire at Rocky Mountain National Park, while teams were dispatched to battle a backcountry blaze at Dinosaur National Monument. Meanwhile, a search for a missing visitor at Mesa Verde National Park was scaled back, and the Oglala Sioux Tribe was moving closer to managing the southern half of Badlands National Park.

New Organization Rises Up To Warn About Energy Exploration Impacts On National Parks

As the country endeavors to become more and more energy independent, new techniques for extracting oil and gas from beneath the landscape are greatly expanding the footprint of energy exploration in the country. These efforts have greatly increased the production of oil and natural gas in the United States, and they also are creating problems when the drilling operations turn up on the doorsteps of national parks.