How To Bag A Reservation In A National Park Lodge

Although it can be quite difficult to get into a room at Old Faithful Inn, Many Glacier Hotel, Yosemite Lodge, and El Tovar during high season, there are ways to improve your chances of bagging a reservation at a national park lodge.

Bears Coming To Life In Grand Teton, Yellowstone National Parks

Grizzly and black bears are starting to come out of hibernation in Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks, prompting officials there to warn visitors about the hungry bruins.

Mark Your Calendars: National Park Week Set For April 21-April 29

You can start planning: National Park Week will fall April 21-29 this year, with activities planned throughout the National Park System.

Higher Angling Fees At Yellowstone National Park To Support Fisheries Program

It's going to cost you a little bit more to fish in Yellowstone National Park this summer, as officials are raising the cost of a license to help support their fisheries program.

Lodging In the Parks: Why There Are No Rooms At The Inn

Can't find a room in the national park inn of your choice? This story explains why that might be the case.

Yellowstone Park Foundation Underwrites $1.4 Million in Projects At Yellowstone National Park

Funding to help fight the lake trout infestation in Yellowstone Lake, educate visitors on the dangers of wildlife, and improve access to the Norris Geyser Basin are among the projects at Yellowstone National Park being made possible through $1.4 million in grants from the Yellowstone Park Foundation.

Yellowstone National Park Wolf Population Numbers Down

Wolf numbers in Yellowstone National Park at the end of 2011 were far off their peak of 174 counted back in 2003, a decline attributed to disease and a smaller prey base.

Michigan Man Fatally Mauled By Grizzly In Yellowstone National Park Tried To Defend Himself

A Michigan man fatally mauled and partially consumed by grizzlies in Yellowstone National Park last summer was hiking through a landscape with a high concentration of bears, some no doubt drawn by the presence of two bison carcasses, according to a Board of Review investigation into the attack.

Snowmobile Runs Into Snowcoach At Yellowstone National Park, Minor Injuries Reported

Minor injuries resulted when a snowmobiler trying to pass a snowcoach in Yellowstone National Park collided with the much bigger vehicle.

Revisiting the Organic Act: Can It Meet the Next Century’s Conservation Challenges?

Can the National Park Service Organic Act of 1916 continue to serve the National Park Service well in its second century? Professor Robert B. Keiter, the Wallace Stegner professor of law at the University of Utah, addresses that question in the following essay.

National Park Foundation Program Addresses Transportation Issues In National Parks

National parks often are the setting for some incredible traffic issues, be they related to "bison jams," lack of parking, or simply high visitation. To help parks find solutions to some of these problems, the National Park Foundation has offered a program that places transportation experts in the parks to brainstorm solutions.

Yellowstone National Park Officials Crafting Framework For Lake Area's Future Development

Yellowstone National Park officials, in looking down the road at how the Lake area of the park might evolve, are leaning towards a plan that could allow the reconfiguration of the RV park at Fishing Bridge and which would permit 121,000 square feet of buildings to be built over roughly 3 acres.

Visit Yellowstone National Park in Winter Through the Lens of Chris Cauble

Wondering what you might encounter during a winter visit to Yellowstone National Park? Check out this short video for a smorgasbord of what awaits you in the park.

Survey of Western Attitudes Shows Strong Support for National Parks, Clean Environment

A survey of Westerners shows overwhelming support for conservation of the landscape, with strong pluralities agreeing that "national parks, forests, monuments and wildlife areas, are an essential part" of their state economies.

Yellowstone National Park Officials Look To Boost Lodging at Old Faithful Complex

Yellowstone National Park officials are proposing to boost lodging space at the Old Faithful Complex by turning 67 cabins that once were eyed for removal into nightly units during the summer season.

Yellowstone National Park Report To UNESCO Outlines Issues of Park's Genetic Isolation, Human Pressures

Ever more human pressures, largely in the form of hunting, development, and ranching, are forcing Yellowstone National Park's managers to be more hands-on in their approach to wildlife in the world's oldest national park.

Yellowstone National Park Extends String of 3-Million-Visitor Years

Strong economy or weak economy, Yellowstone National Park is proving to be a strong attraction, as the park in 2011 attracted more than 3 million visitors for the fifth straight year.
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Boulder Blocking West Entrance Road Keeps Yellowstone National Park Crews Busy

It was big, potentially bad, and fell at the right time -- sometime in the night when there was no snowmobile or snowcoach traffic coming into Yellowstone National Park from the West Entrance.

Interesting National Park Stories That Appealed to Us

Not all stories have to have a hard edge to them to be considered nicely done. What follows are some stories from, or revolving around, the National Park System that we liked for what they had to say, or how they had to say it, or what we learned from them. We hope you enjoyed them, too.

Trails We Hiked During 2011

We managed to get out on some national park trails during 2011 -- not as many as we'd like, but still a few that brought smiles to our faces. Here's a look back at those trails.

A Year In The Parks, From Cape Lookout National Seashore To Glacier Bay National Park

The past year took me across the National Park System, from Cape Lookout National Seashore on the North Carolina coast to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Alaska. The stories that spooled out from these trips into the National Park System told of advocacy and nurturing, of history and recreation, and even of controversy. Here's a look back.
Mark of the Grizzly, 2nd: Revised and Updated with More Stories of Recent Bear Attacks and the Hard Lessons Learned Bear attacks horrify us, and yet they also, in a morbid way, fascinate many. They're evidence that even in today's modern world tragic confrontations with nature do occur and, in the case of bears, demonstrate that man is not always the apex predator.

Yellowstone National Park To Open For Winter Thursday, With Or Without Snow

The gates will open Thursday for winter traffic at Yellowstone National Park, but it's likely a key ingredient will be in short supply: snow.

Motorized, Non-Motorized Groups To Work On Economic Impact Study On Western Recreation

Proponents of motorized and non-motorized recreation on public lands in the West will collaborate on a study to measure their combined economic impact, the Western Governor's Association has announced.

Snowshoeing And Cross-Country Skiing In Yellowstone National Park

While many head to Yellowstone National Park in winter to explore by snowmobile, many visitors also like to get out on foot -- either with snowshoes or cross-country skis -- to move about the park. Here's the rundown on how to safely enjoy those activities in the park this winter.
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Top Six Family Adventures In National Parks

A year's worth of family vacations to national parks led to the following list of top family adventures in the national parks.

Humans, Comfort-Loving Animals That They Are, Are Changing Their National Park Habits With Climate Change

Humans are creatures of comfort, so perhaps it should not be a surprise that warming temperatures associated with climate change are altering the seasons slightly when it comes to visiting national parks, according to a study.

Yellowstone National Park A Week Away From Opening For Winter Season

Snow conditions willing, Yellowstone National Park will open for the winter season a week from today.

100 National Park Quizzes

Traveler has published 100 national park quizzes for your edification and amusement. Here is the master list with hotlinks.

Reader Participation Day: Why Are National Parks So Controversial?

Why are national parks so dang controversial?