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.
Canyons and Ice: The Wilderness Travels of Dick Griffith (Ember Press) Dick Griffith might not be the last great American adventurer, but if such a tally is ever made he certainly deserves a place in the top two or three. For more than six decades, Mr. Griffith has been exploring wild and rugged corners of the world, and on the cusp of 86 he's still not finished.

American Rivers: Colorado River Tops List Of 10 Most Endangered Rivers In United States

Despite taking in what the Green, Yampa, and other tributaries large and small contribute, the Colorado River is in a death spiral, over-allocated and a victim of growing climate change, left in a state of constant thirst that has made the river the most-endangered in the country, according to American Rivers.

National Park Rafting, Biking Trips On Sale Now

Who doesn't like saving money? During National Park Week, April 20-28, you can book a trip running the white water through Canyonlands National Park or Dinosaur National Monument and save as much as $200 per person.

Dinosaur National Monument Ready For Spring Visitors

With April having arrived, facilities are opening and visitor center hours are extending at Dinosaur National Monument in Utah and Colorado.

Save On Mountain Biking, Rafting Vacations In National Parks, But You Have To Act Now

Got a hankering to spin your wheels or dip your paddle in a national park setting? Our friends at Holiday River Expeditions have a special on now where you can save up to $250 on such a trip, but you have to act quickly.

Dinosaur National Monument's Split Mountain Campground Group Sites Can Be Reserved On-Line

Group campsites at Dinosaur National Monument's Split Mountain Campground in Utah can now be reserved on-line for spots during the peak months of mid-April through early October.

Poll Shows Westerners Want Protections For Public Lands, Frown on Fossil Fuels, Nuclear

A poll of Western attitudes on the environment shows some disagreement with politicians over public lands stewardship and energy generation.

Dinosaur National Monument Officials Want To Resurface Deerlodge Road

Folks who run the Yampa River through Dinosaur National Monument access the river at Deerlodge Park, and if you've been down that road lately you know it's a bit bumpy. Monument officials want to improve that condition with a rehabilitation project.
The Last Voyageur: Amos Burg and the Rivers of the West Floating boats down rivers came to Amos Burg almost as routine as walking down streets came to others of his generation. But was it the thrill of adventure, or the desire to be a writer of adventure tales, that motivated the Oregon man to paddle the West's major rivers?

A Year In The Parks: From Arches National Park To Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Living in the Rocky Mountains is a great asset when it comes to visiting national parks, for there are so many in just about any direction you head. The past year took me north and south through the region to a diverse collection parks, and I also ventured to Virginia to explore the National Park System.

Winter Closes Roads At Dinosaur, Cedar Breaks National Monuments In Utah/Colorado

Recent snow storms have led to the closure of some roads at both Dinosaur National Monument and Cedar Breaks National Monument for the rest of the winter.

Colorado River Basin Study: Where Do National Parks Fit In?

Seldom Seen Smith has to be rolling his eyes, and George Hayduke just might be thinking of calling the Monkey Wrench Gang back together. Why? A voluminous Interior Department report looking at how best to manage precious water resources in the Colorado River Basin largely ignores national parks the river flows through.

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.

Go Take A Long Hike, It Really Will Help Your Mental Performance

Disconnect for a few days with a trip into the backcountry of your favorite national park and your creativity will flow, according to a study by psychologists.

How Might The National Park System Fare Under A "President Romney"?

With Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee, vague on details concerning his plans for reducing the federal deficit and shrinking government, speculation is running heavy, and it's not encouraging for the National Park System.
Floating down the Green River through the Gates of Lodore offers up an exciting and spectacular perspective of Dinosaur National Monument, one that differs so greatly from the wall of fossilized bones that earned the monument its place in the National Park System.

Two Backcountry Campsites In Dinosaur National Monument Closed Due To Black Bear Activity

With black bears in Dinosaur National Monument working to put on pounds for the winter, monument officials have moved to close two backcountry campsites to prevent human encounters with the hungry bruins.

Exploring Dinosaur National Monument Via The Green River

If you ever sat down to list the units of the National Park System that are misunderstood and under-appreciated, Dinosaur National Monument would be near the top. That realization can't be ignored if you've ever floated either the Yampa or Green rivers that cleave into and expose the underbelly of Dinosaur.

Traveler's Gear Box: DryDudz

River trips inherently involve getting wet. And then getting dry, and getting wet again. Throughout the day. So what you wear is critical to your comfort level throughout the day. And that's where DRYDudz come into play.

Aggressive Black Bear Put Down In Dinosaur National Monument

A black bear that began acting too comfortable with humans and their meals in DInosaur National Monument has been put down by park staff.

List Of "Most Endangered Rivers" Flows Through National Parks

A number of national parks are clustered around some of the 10 rivers whose health is being threatened by mining operations, pollution, dredging, proposed dams, and other impacts that American Rivers found them deserving to be listed as America's Most Endangered Rivers.