National Park Service Sitting On Half-A-Billion Dollars Of Concessions Obligations

Across the National Park System, the National Park Service has an estimated half-a-billion-dollars of obligations owed concessionaires who run lodges, restaurants, and even some activities. It's a sum that, while agency officials say it's manageable, has seemingly stifled concessions competition in some parks and diverted tens of millions of dollars from others to reduce debts.

National Park Turns: The Slides Of March

All signs point to spring: warm winds, green budding trees, flowering bulbs, and... skiing? Sure enough! Spring’s a great time to spend some time sliding around on those broad bowls, snow-covered roads, and long ridges. The weather is mild, the skies are blue, and the days are long: it’s just a lot more comfortable spring-skiing than going on a mid-winter slog in a blizzard through deep snow.

Yellowstone National Park Thermal Regions Harbor Rare Plants

Gift shops in and around Yellowstone National Park are filed with postcards, videos and guidebooks featuring grizzly bears and gray wolves. But you’d be hard-pressed to find a photograph—or even a passing mention—of three much rarer species found only in Yellowstone.

New Look Starting To Appear On National Park Websites

As we told you early this week, the National Park Service is revamping its websites in advance of the agency's centennial next year. Some of the changes can already be seen on a number of park websites.

Thinking Of A Seasonal National Park Job? Here's Where To Look

It's bitterly cold, you're tired of snow and ice, and a seasonal job in a beautiful, and warm, location somewhere in the National Park System sounds ideal. So where do you look?

National Park Service Centennial Will Include Revamped Websites

While the 100th birthday of the National Park Service won't officially arrive until August 25, 2016, it's not too early to work on improving the agency's many park websites. And the agency's webmeisters are doing just that.

Obama Administration Offers Year-Long Free National Park Access To Fourth Graders And Their Families

With a goal of luring more youngsters, and their parents, into the National Park System and onto other public lands, President Obama on Thursday announced the Every Kid in a Park initiative that will provide every fourth-grader in the country a park pass good for one full year of free access to the nation's public lands.

Reader Participation Day: Where Are The Best National Park Campgrounds?

Summer really isn't as far off as you might think. With that in mind, is anyone thinking about camping? And, in particular, are you thinking about your favorite campground in the National Park System?

Some Parts Of Yellowstone National Park Running Out Of Snow For Snowmobiles, Snowcoaches

While New England is setting records with its snowfalls this winter, Yellowstone National Park has been enduring a poor snow season. So poor, in fact, that a lack of snow has forced the park to shut down access to some snowmobilers and snowcoaches.

Photography In The National Parks: Capturing The Essence Of The Wild Animal

One day I saw an image of a fox with its head buried in the snow and only its butt and tail visible, and thought, why can't I get something like that? No, wait, my true thought was, why haven't I ever seen something like that?

Congresswoman Takes Another Shot At Opening Up Paddling Opportunities In Grand Teton, Yellowstone National Parks

Legislation to open up paddling opportunities in Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks has been reintroduced by a Wyoming congresswoman, but it contains too many flaws the National Parks Conservation Association believes.

Conserving Wild Bison: Finding Space For An American Icon

There's a success story to be told about bison at Yellowstone National Park. Though there's controversy over how the population is managed, there was a time when it was feared these iconic animals would be lost.

Historic Yellowstone Novel Offers Romantic View Of Park From Bygone Era

You don’t have to go far in Yellowstone National Park to find a romantic spot that would be the perfect setting for an epic love story. From sweeping overlooks to hot springs and waterfalls to historic hotels and cabins, the park is full of beautiful places that would inspire passion in even the coldest heart.

10 Great Paddles In The National Park System

You want to get out on the water, preferably for a few days at least. Scenery, wildlife, and solitude are on your checklist. Here’s where to go in the National Park System.

Wolf Spotted At Grand Canyon, Killed In Utah, Was From Yellowstone Area

Genetic analysis has concluded that a wolf that had been seen on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon last fall, and was shot and killed in Utah late in December, had been fitted with a radio collar outside of Yellowstone National Park in January 2014.

Free Entry To Entire National Park System This Presidents Day Weekend

Make an executive decision to visit a national park this Presidents Day weekend. All 405 national parks will offer free admission February 14-16.

Reader Participation Day: How Would You Build A "Top 10" National Parks List?

Recently, a website that will go unmentioned put together a list of "the nation's worst national parks." While that list was soundly, and justifiably, ridiculed and dismissed, it brings to mind this question: What are the nation's best national parks? If you were to compile a Top 10 list of national parks, which would you include on it?

Grizzly Bears Emerging At Yellowstone National Park

Here it is, not even mid-February, and grizzly bears are starting to emerge from their dens at Yellowstone National Park. Just in time for Valentine's Day, too!

Fleeing Yellowstone & Grand Teton Crowds by Sea Kayak

Had we been ashore, our feet might have been badly scalded, or worse, if we had absent-mindedly stumbled into a hot spring. But here, in a sea kayak just off the West Thumb Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park, the bubbling waters popped to the surface of Yellowstone Lake, merely a harmless marvel to watch.

Backcountry Users At Yellowstone National Park To Pay A Little More

Disappearing into the backcountry of Yellowstone National Park is going to cost you a little more beginning in May when the park moves to a fee structure designed to help offset the costs of operating the backcountry permit system.

Yellowstone National Park Elk Herds On Rebounding, Up Nearly 25 Percent

Elk herds in Yellowstone National Park are on the rebound, with the annual winter survey indicating an increase of nearly 25 percent in the northern herd to nearly 4,900 animals.

President Obama's FY2016 Budget Request Includes $3 Billion For National Park Service

President Obama's budget request for the 2016 fiscal year seeks $2.6 billion for the National Park Service, an increase of $55 million from current funding levels. That request seeks hundreds of millions of dollars for infrastructure needs, such as renovations to the Many Glacier Hotel in Glacier National Park and for safety, efficiency, and access upgrades to the visitor's center at Gettysburg National Military Park.

How Bears Can Help Change Vegetative Landscapes In National Parks

Whether you believe wolves can have an impact on the course of rivers in Yellowstone National Park or not, there is evidence that bears can impact the vegetation of a landscape, simply by eating.

Montana Man Found Dead On Yellowstone National Park Ski Trail

A Montana man out for a cross-country ski in Yellowstone National Park apparently died of hypothermia, park officials said Monday.

Exploring The Parks: Cross-Country Skiing At Tower In Yellowstone National Park

A winter cross-country ski trip into the Towers and Lamar areas of Yellowstone National Park is a spectacular way to see both wildlife and scenery.

20 Years On, Yellowstone National Park's Experiment With Wolves Continues To Evolve

“…A country without wolves isn’t really good country, it's incomplete - it doesn’t have its full spirit,” said Yellowstone National Park biologist Doug Smith during an interview last year with NPR’s Snap Judgement, about wolves, specifically about the life and death of a famous Yellowstone wolf, 832F, or 06.

Can Wolves Alter Rivers In Yellowstone National Park?

While it's certain that wolves are impacting other wildlife in Yellowstone National Park, are the predators also impacting rivers in the park? The folks at Sustainable Man think so, and created the following video to explain their thinking.

Some Costa Rican Politicians Want To Tap Energy Within National Parks

What would you think if the state of Washington cast its eyes on the volcanic furnace room of Mount Rainier National Park to help supply its energy? Or if Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho's lawmakers decided they should tap Yellowstone National Park's geothermal hot spot to generate power?

Bison Removal In Yellowstone National Park Draws Protests

Plans by Yellowstone National Park officials to remove roughly 1,000 bison from the park's herds are drawing criticisms and protests from groups that say the slaughter is unnecessary.