Top 10 National Parks: Is Your List Better Than Mine?

People like lists. No, check that, they love them. Particularly when they disagree with them and think they have a better list. So, here's my personal Top 10 list of national parks. How does it match up with yours?

Road Washout Closes Section Of Grand Loop In Yellowstone National Park

Much like an iceberg, the hole in the pavement in Yellowstone National Park was only a small indication of a much larger problem beneath the roadway. As a result, a section of the park's Grand Loop Road has been closed to motorists...just hours after it opened for the summer season.

Federal Land Managers Collaborating On How To Handle Whitebark Pine Issues In Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

A "significant loss" of whitebark pine trees in the Greater Yellowstone Area that includes Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks has federal land managers in the region pledging to work together to find ways to reverse the trend.

Some Interior Roads In Yellowstone National Park To Open Friday

Greater access to Yellowstone National Park is scheduled to arrive Friday, when park officials plan to open the north and west entrance roads for wheeled traffic.

A View From The Overlook: Montana Wowsers!

Everyone thought giving some extra Yellowstone National Park bison to Native American tribes in Montana was a grand idea...except the Montana Wowsers.

Yellowstone National Park Officials Decide To Boost Lodging At Old Faithful Complex

Nearly 70 more nightly rooms will be available in the Old Faithful area at Yellowstone National Park as National Park Service officials have agreed to convert 67 cabins from concessionaire employee housing to rental units.

Study: Development Around National Parks Far Surpasses That In Other Parts Of The Country

Development and population density around units of the National Park System greatly outpaces that occurring around other parts of the country, according to a Montana State University study.
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Got Some Free Time? Frontier Cabins At Yellowstone National Park Going For $99 A Night

They're not the most opulent rooms in Yellowstone National Park, but they're well-located and only $99 a night through May 24.

App Review: Field Guide, Tips For Photographing The American Wilderness

In his first app for the iPad, national parks photographer Ian Shive explores how he captures the best expressions of the American wilderness and leaves you with some helpful tips that can help you hone your photographic skills.

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.