The 10 Best of Everything National Parks: 800 Top Picks From Parks Coast to Coast (National Geographic the 10 Best of Everything) In a catchall bid to categorize the national parks, the staff at National Geographic has a new book for you just in time for National Park Week. 10 Best Everything, National Parks, is a book of lists, with the parks as a backdrop for those lists.
Uncertain Path: A Search for the Future of National Parks The challenges facing the National Park Service and its collections of parks are daunting, perhaps more so than ever before due to the implications of climate change. William Tweed examines those challenges in a new book, Uncertain Path: A Search for the Future of National Parks.

Visitation Statistics for 2010 Released

The newly-released Statistical Abstract 2010 details National Park System visitation in 2010 as well as forecasts for 2011 and 2012.

Signs Indicate Federal Government Shutdown Would Save Little In National Park Circles

A shutdown of the federal government, while shuttering most of the National Park System, might not save much money, as local economies would be stung and the National Park Service still would have to maintain some presence in the parks.

Beating the Odds - Life Saved During Severe Winter Storm at Yosemite National Park

A mid-March storm that buried Yosemite National Park and the surrounding area under heavy snow brought beauty and welcome moisture for the approaching summer, but it also created plenty of headaches for stranded travelers and residents alike. For one visitor marooned in the mountains this imperfect storm became a matter of life and death.

National Parks' Closure Being Highlighted In Congressional Budget Impasse

National parks are being wielded to build opposition to the congressional budget impasse that could lead to the first shutdown of the federal government since 1995-96.

Summer Special: Visiting National Parks by Train

If you'd like to visit some parks this summer but don't relish the thought of airport security hassles or long hours in the car, perhaps train travel is the answer. Here's a sampling of options for trips to parks around the country via Amtrak.

Summer Special: Windshield Touring in the Western Parks

The windshield touring season will see motorists from all over America and the world converging on the scenic drives in our national parks. Here are some traverses, loops, and shuttles in the western parks that belong on anybody's short list.

Summer Special: Choosing A National Park River To Float

So many rivers and so many different paddling experiences can be found in the National Park System. So how do you figure out which one you want to float on your summer vacation?

Traveler Welcomes Eastern National and O.A.R.S.

A cooperating association that has been developing educational and interpretive materials for units of the National Park System since 1947 and an outfitter that can take you down rivers in some of the West's most iconic national parks are the latest organizations and businesses to help keep the Traveler on-line.

Reader Participation Day: Would You Ever Go On A Multi-Week, Or More, Hike?

Would you ever head off down a trail for a multi-week, or longer, hike, carrying all you need in a pack on your back?

"Muir's March" For Hetch Hetchy In Yosemite National Park Scheduled For July

The Third Annual 'Muir's March,' an affair intended to raise support for draining the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park, is scheduled for July. If you're interested in joining the backpacking trek, now's the time to sign up.

Spring Wallops Yosemite National Park With Potent Punch

The first day of spring was anything but spring-like at Yosemite National Park, which saw all its entrance roads closed down by a combination of snow, ice, mudslides, downed power lines, and fallen trees.

Open Houses Scheduled For Public Input on Merced River Plan At Yosemite National Park

A series of public meetings has been scheduled so Yosemite National Park officials can hear your thoughts on the continuing evolution of a plan to manage the Merced River corridor through the Yosemite Valley.

PEER Claims National Park Service Director's Order On Wilderness Management Is Off-Base

Is the National Park Service adding clarity, or confusion, about how it should be managing wilderness via revisions to its wilderness stewardship guidelines? Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility believes the agency is not only confusing matters, but lessening wilderness protections.
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Yosemite Nature Notes: Horsetail Fall in Full Technicolor

When the afternoon sun illuminates Horsetail Fall in Yosemite National Park, it can be difficult to believe it's only the sun igniting the waterfall.

Women's History Month is Celebrated in the National Parks

The National Park Service uses exhibits, programs, and special events to help celebrate Women's History Month in the national parks, and not just ones that were established to honor women.

Eastern National Celebrates 25th Anniversary Of National Parks Passport With Special Edition

How many times have you headed off on a national park trip and conveniently forgotten your Passport to Your National Parks? Have you ever run out of space for cancellations more quickly than you would have thought? Well, the folks at Eastern National have tackled those problems while celebrating the Passport's 25th anniversary.

Stay On Top Of Your Favorite National Park: Join A Friends Group or Foundation

What's a great way to stay on top of your favorite national park -- aside from reading the Traveler? Join its friends group, foundation, or natural history association.

Get Your Teens Registered Now For Yosemite Institute's Two-Week Field Research Course

Now is the time to register your teen for the Yosemite Institute's two-week summer field research course in Yosemite National Park.

Climbing Community Differs With National Park Service Over Fixed Anchors In Wilderness

If you've ever sat back in El Capitan Meadow in Yosemite National Park to watch climbers ascending that massive granite wall from which the meadow takes its name, odds are you never noticed the "hundreds" of fixed anchors climbers have over the years drilled into that monolith. And yet, they're there.
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For Women Only: 5 Percent Discount On National Park Treks With Call of the Wild

Sorry guys, this offer isn't for you...unless you want to treat your wife, girlfriend, or sister to a "women only" guided trek through some of the West's national park landscapes.

Yosemite Conservancy Hopes to Raise $1.3 Million To Help Youth Experience Yosemite National Park Up Close

While the Obama administration's America's Great Outdoors initiative calls for creation of a Conservation Service Corps to connect youth with nature, the Yosemite Conservancy already has a similar program that brings youth into Yosemite National Park to learn about the outdoors.

2010 National Park System Visitation Dips To 281.3 Million, Down 4.2 Million From 2009

Bad weather, lack of a presidential inauguration, and safety concerns along the Southwestern border with Mexico apparently were the major drivers behind a slight dip in 2010 visitation to the National Park System from 2009 levels.

Doug Hubbard, Former Chief Naturalist at Yosemite National Park, Passes at 92

Doug Hubbard, the chief naturalist at Yosemite National Park between 1955 and 1966 who had a knack for designing interpretive displays that appealed to all ages, has passed away at age 92.
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Half Dome Permits Available For Reservation Beginning March 1

If you want to stand atop Half Dome in Yosemite National Park this summer, start planning your trek. Beginning March 1, you'll be able to reserve a day-use permit for making the journey to the summit this summer.

Keeping Track So They're Never Forgotten: National Park Service Workers Who Died on The Job

The list is long, more than 200 names stretching over a century and then some. It's a somber one, as well, tracking the deaths of National Park Service employees from a wide range of fates, from heart attacks to rockfalls to cold-blooded murder.

Fire Detection and Protection Upgrades Will Close The Ahwahnee In Yosemite National Park for Three Weeks

Repairs to the fire detection and protection systems in The Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park will close the elegant landmark for three weeks in February.

Lodging Specials As Low As $29 A Night In Yosemite National Park, But Bring Your Blankets!

The mid-winter lodging specials are under way at Yosemite National Park, but the $29-a-night deal might not be for everyone.