Politicians, Staff Heading To National Parks During Congressional Recess

Denali National Park and Preserve seems to be quite popular this August with congressional staffers, though a number of other parks also are destinations for politicians and their staff during the August recess.

Dry Conditions, Fires Lead To Trail Closures, Fire Restrictions In Yellowstone National Park

A handful of fires burning in the backcountry of Yellowstone National Park, along with extremely dry conditions, have prompted park officials to close some trails and backcountry campsites and also reinstate fire restrictions.

Temporary Fishing Closures Instituted In Yellowstone National Park

As has been the case in recent years, officials at Yellowstone National Park have instituted some temporary fishing closures in the park because streams are getting overly warm for fish.

Mishaps And Missteps In Yellowstone National Park Claim One, Injure Others

A series of mishaps and missteps led to the death of one visitor to Yellowstone National Park and left several others injured, including one who received significant burns when he got too close to a thermal area, park officials said.

NPCA Officials Cite Snowmobile Emissions In Criticizing Winter-Use Plan For Yellowstone National Park

Pointing to the National Park Service's own testing as evidence, National Parks Conservation Association officials are criticizing a proposed winter-use plan for Yellowstone National Park, saying testing shows snowmobiles have gotten dirtier and noiser, not cleaner and quieter.

Group Claims National Park Service Planning To Erect Cell Tower In Yellowstone Without Proper Approvals

Charges were raised today that the National Park Service is moving to OK a 100-foot-tall cellphone tower in the middle of Yellowstone National Park without having properly taken all the steps to OK the project, including informing the public along the way.
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Empire of Shadows: The Epic Story of Yellowstone In Empire of Shadows: The Epic Story of Yellowstone, author George Black pulls on three main threads that went into the creation of Yellowstone National Park: America's lust for exploring its new lands, a determination to drive Native Americans from their homelands, and the political backstory of Yellowstone.

Traveler's View: Yellowstone National Park Deserves A Better Winter-Use Plan

Yellowstone National Park, the world's first national park and the place that started the global national parks movement, deserves a better winter-use plan than the one being pushed by park officials.
Peter Greenberg, travel editor for CBS News, featured the Traveler's well-received Essential Friends magazine on his Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio show in late June. Listen to Peter's six-minute interview with the Traveler's Travel Editor Randy Johnson.

So Far Yellowstone National Park Has Avoided Wildfires

Yellowstone National Park, which attracted national attention in 1988 when wildfires burned nearly half the 2.2-million-acre park that hot and dry summer, so far has managed to avoid any fires this summer.

High-Tech Tools Give Researchers New View Of Yellowstone Thermal Features

Yellowstone National Park's many thermal features have captured the imagination of visitors for centuries. But Yellowstone geologists and other researchers are using an array of high-tech tools and techniques for the first time to get a much more revealing look at the park's large-scale hydrothermal systems in action.

Data Seemingly Contradict Yellowstone National Park Claims Of A Cleaner, Quieter Park Under Proposed Winter-Use Plan

Claims by Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk that a preferred winter-use plan will result in a cleaner, quieter park open to more visitors seem to be contradicted by data contained in documents upon which the plan is built.
Atlas of Yellowstone At first glance, the Atlas of Yellowstone is a trivia lover's guide to Yellowstone National Park, with additional insights to neighboring Grand Teton National Park. But the heart and soul of this fact- and map-filled book is Yellowstone and its landscape, its occupants both human and animal, and the reach and impact of this wondrous terrain.

Yellowstone National Park's Winter-Use Proposal Would Allow 110 "Transportation Events" A Day In Winter

A draft winter-use plan for Yellowstone National Park redefines over-snow entries into the park under a system that could increase the number of over-snow vehicles into the park beyond the total that has been permitted in past winters.

Reader Participation Day: How Should The Next President Of The United States Help The National Parks?

Come November, we get to choose the next president of the United States. President Obama might get a second term, or Mitt Romney might get his first. Whoever wins, how best do you think the next president of these United States can best help the National Park System?

Reader Participation Day: Given A Choice, Which State Would You Visit To Tour Its National Parks?

If you could visit only one state to tour its national parks, which state would it be? Would you head to Utah with its five "national parks," to California with its eight "national parks" and handful of other designated park units, or choose Maine with its one national park (Acadia), a stretch of Appalachian National Scenic Trail, and lone international historic site?

Essential Friends: Ensuring Excellence In The National Parks

As lovers of national parks look forward to the 2016 centennial of the National Park Service—guardian of ”America’s Best Idea”—there has never been a better time to profile the rise and role of what may be our “Second Best Idea”—the friends groups, trusts, and foundations that support those parks.

Teen Dies In 400-Foot Fall In Yellowstone National Park On Her First Day of Work

An 18-year-old woman, on the first day of her summer job with a Yellowstone National Park concessionaire, fell about 400 feet to her death into the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

A $25 Hike At Mesa Verde National Park

For $25, you can drive into Yellowstone or Yosemite national parks, your car loaded with family, and spend the rest of the week exploring. At Mesa Verde National Park, after paying the park's $15 entrance fee, another $25 fee will get you -- only you, not your entire family -- on a two-hour hike to either Mug House or Square Tower House.

NPCA Worried That House Legislation Would Open National Park System To Hunting

Is hunting about to spread across the National Park System? Worries that that could be the fallout of legislation that cleared the U.S. House of Representatives prompted the National Parks Conservation Association to seek a legal interpretation of the measure.
Your Guide to the National Parks: The Complete Guide to all 58 National Parks Coming soon to book dealers is a hefty new guide to the national parks -- the 58 "national parks" -- that strives to go a step further than the texts offered by publishers such as Fodor's, Frommers, and Falcon Guides.

Is A Tiny Beetle Causing Haze In Places Such As Rocky Mountain, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, And Glacier National Parks?

Is there a connection between climate change, a tiny beetle, and increased haze in the skies over places such as Rocky Mountain and Yellowstone national parks? Research by an assistant professor at Southern Illinois University seems to connect the dots.

Reader Participation Day: What's The Most Fantastic 20-Mile Ride In The National Parks?

There are plenty of long-distance rides in the National Park System that are fantastic. The 469-mile-long Blue Ridge Parkway is one, and the 105-mile Skyline Drive in Shenandoah Park is another. But where are the best short drives?
Before They In approaching Before They're Gone, A Family's Year-Long Quest to Explore America's Most Endangered National Parks, Michael Lanza desires to take his young son and daughter to places that most amazed him -- national parks -- before climate change alters their appearance too greatly.

Major Lodging Changes Coming To Yellowstone National Park

Significant changes are in the offing for lodging operations in parts of Yellowstone National Park, where officials envision tens of millions of dollars of improvements.

Make Your National Park Visit As Inexpensive As Possible

Travel in these days of a weak economy and high fuel costs can be expensive, but there are some ways that you can trim the costs of visiting your favorite national park.

Take A Vacation To Yellowstone National Park With Programs That Explore Various Aspects Of The Park

Anxious to explore Yellowstone National Park this summer but unsure on how to approach your visit? There likely is a multi-day package trip available that will suit your desires.

South Entrance To Yellowstone National Park Opens Today

Getting into Yellowstone National Park from the south gets easier Friday, when the park's South Entrance gate is scheduled to open to vehicles.

National Travel And Tourism Strategy Provides Justification For More Investment In National Parks

A national strategy for building travel and tourism in the United States, with a goal of enticing more foreign visitors to come to America, touches in no small part on the role national parks play in tourism. And that, says the National Parks Conservation Association, is a perfect justification for investing more in the parks.
Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges Just in time for Mother's Day, as well as Father's Day, is the 7th edition of The Complete Guide To The National Park Lodges. Along with updates in the rundown on park lodges is the insertion of full-color images from lodges and settings in the national parks.