Spring Road Trip: From Dunes To Caves To Mountains In The Southwest

Find yourself deep in the Southwest in spring and you’ll enjoy the mild weather, perfect for this trio of parks.

Around The Parks: Friends Support Voyageurs National Park, Aspiring Writers At Everglades National Park, Fall Colors At Guadalupe Mountains National Park

A quick glance around the National Park System finds a celebration coming to Voyageurs National Park, gifted writers at Everglades National Park, and fall colors at Guadalupe Mountains National Park.

The Great Park Time Zone Puzzle, Or...."What Time Is It, Anyway?"

In an ideal world, those of us on a trip to a park could take off our watches, never glance at the time on our electronic devices, and not even care what day of the week it is, much less the hour of the day. That's unfortunately not always the case, of course, so it's important to know there are some parks where the answer to "What time is it?" may not be what you expect.

Traveling Mural Of Guadalupe Mountains National Park Part Of Anti-Gang-Drug Coalition Project

Guadalupe Mountains National Park has completed a partnership with the Carlsbad Mural Project, a project of the Carlsbad Community Anti-Gang-Drug Coalition, with the creation of a traveling mural of the park.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park Shares Superintendent With Guadalupe Mountains National Park

For the next three months, Guadalupe Mountains and Carlsbad Caverns national parks in New Mexico and Texas will share a superintendent.

Interested In NPS History? New "National Park Electronic Library" Offers A Great Resource

The ability of the NPS and other government agencies to maintain some useful websites is proving to be a serious challenge in the face of budget cuts, and that trend seems unlikely to change. Now a pair of private citizens has stepped forward help fill that gap with a new national park history site called "National Park Electronic Library."

Guadalupe Mountains National Park Continuing To Recover From September Storm

More than a month after a storm battered Guadalupe Mountains National Park in Texas crews are still assessing and repairing damage to the trail system.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park Continues To Dry Out, Open More Facilities

More and more areas of Guadalupe Mountains National Park in Texas are being opened as the park continues to dry out following last week's rain storms.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park Slowly Reopening After Flood Closures

Some areas of Guadalupe Mountains National Park, closed Thursday by flooding, were reopened Friday while park staff headed out to assess what damage was done.

Heavy Rains Lead To Closure Of Guadalupe Mountains National Park In Texas

Guadalupe Mountains National Park in Texas was closed Thursday afternoon due to heavy rains that were causing flooding in the park.
On the Desert On the Desert's Edge is a book for all those who cherish wild places. It is a collection of anecdotal essays, poetry and photos by Dale Pate and Ron Kerbo, present and former National Park Service cave specialists who have 36 years of combined experience living, working, and exploring in and around Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe Mountains National Parks.
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.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park Christmas Bird Count Coming....In January

Planning to be in West Texas early next month? If so, consider heading over to Guadalupe Mountains National Park to join in the park's annual Christmas Bird Count.

High Fire Danger Leads To Special Precautions At Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Unseasonably warm weather, coupled with a lack of moisture in far West Texas and southeastern New Mexico, has led Guadalupe Mountains National Park officials to raise the fire danger rating to "high" in the park.

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.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park Seeking Input For Visitor Amenities At Salt Basin Dunes

What, if anything, should the National Park Service do to enhance visitor amenities at Salt Basin Dunes in Guadalupe Mountains National Park in Texas? That's the question the park staff has for you.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park Preparing For 40th Birthday Celebration

A barbecue, music, and living history presentations are just part of the celebration being planned to mark the 40th anniversary of Guadalupe Mountains National Park.

Consider A Foot Path From Canada To Texas Through The Great Plains

We already have footpaths that cling to the spines of mountain ranges in the East, the West, and along the Rocky Mountains, but what would you think of one that roamed the prairies from Canada down to the high peaks of northwestern Texas?

"State of Birds" Report Points To Value of National Parks, Other Public Lands For Birds

The Interior Department's 2011 "State of the Birds" report focuses on the importance that national parks, and other public landscapes, provide for hundreds of bird species.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park Growing By Nearly 200 Acres Thanks to Nature Conservancy Donation

A nearly 200-acre tract of undulating sand dunes surrounded by land managed by the National Park Service is being donated to Guadalupe Mountains National Park by The Nature Conservancy.

The Hunt for Red (and Yellow) October. It's Officially Fall - Let the Quest for Color Begin!

McKittrick Canyon in the fall.
Fall is officially here in the northern hemisphere, and for many travelers that means getting outdoors to enjoy the weather—and some fall color. Most of us are familiar with areas that are justifiably famous for their annual display of red and yellow leaves, so here are a few suggestions for some lesser-known options.

Predictions for the 2009 Wildfire Season

Firefighter and brush fire.
What might 2009 hold for wildfires, in parks and other areas? Experts at the National Interagency Fire Center have issued a fire season outlook for the next several months that provides an educated guess.

Best Solitude in the National Park System? Here Are Traveler's Choices

Solitude. Who doesn’t treasure some from time to time? And some of the greatest draws of national parks is their peacefulness and the ability for you to pass through an entrance gate and escape the pressures of day-to-day life. Where can you find some of the best solitude in the National Park System? Read on for some of the Traveler’s top picks for solitude.