Making tracks at Lassen Volcanic National Park in California takes on a whole new meaning in winter when snows cover the mountain. This shot was taken Dec 14, 2014.
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Winter isn't a slow season at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on the shores of Lake Michighan. The park has a long list of activities planned for the winter months.
A need to remove some hazardous trees in Cades Cove at Great Smoky Mountains National Park will require the temporary closure of the cove's loop road for a number of days this month. The road will be closed to all pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists January 6 through January 8 and January 13 through January 15.
Sure, it's only January 2, but it's not too early to sign up for a spot on one of the ranger-led canoe tours at Congaree National Park this year.
A new year is just beginning to shed its first blush, so the time couldn't be better to compile a list of things we'd like to see happen across the National Park System in 2015, so let's jump right in!
Nearly two dozen World Heritage Sites, which have been found by the United Nations Eduational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization to offer outstanding global value for their cultural and natural resources, can be found in the United States. And the National Park Service has just made it easier to locate them.
Florida panther's existence is threatened, as 30 animals died in 2014, the majority on the state's highways.
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You're procrastinating. Or have been putting it off. Or simply forgot. Whatever the case, today's the last day for you to donate to your favorite national park friends group or cooperating association and claim a 2014 tax deduction for your good deed.
A layer of snow can add a special dimension to the scenery in parks anywhere, but the contrast with colorful rock formations can be especially striking in places like Arches, Bryce Canyon and Grand Canyon National Parks. That's expected to be the case for start of the New Year in several parks in the high desert, but park officials are asking visitors to use caution—and common sense—on icy roads and trails.
One of the busiest weeks of winter has brought heavy snows to Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state, but staffing woes have closed the sledding and snow play areas at Paradise, frustrating locals and businesses in the areas close to the Nisqually Entrance in the park's southwestern corner.
Legislation appended to a half-trillion-dollar defense authorization bill will add the train station that brought President Lincoln to Gettysburg for his historic address to the national military park in 2015.
Death Valley is an imposing place to go for a hike, though the staff at the national park is encouraging visitors to experience the park on a hiking trail through a new program that debuts in January.
A Washington man who got lost in a snowstorm at Mount Rainier National Park apparently died not far from safety at Paradise.
A female gray wolf, possibly one that has been spotted in recent months on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, has been shot and killed in Utah, according to a group dedicated to the protection of endangered species.
While the Delaware North Company maintains that it can claim place names in Yosemite National Park as part of its intellectual property with a $51 million value, a prominent historian of national parks disagrees and hopes the National Park Service will challenge the company's belief.
Not every national park across the country experiences winter snow and ice, but some of those that do are beginning to experience some dramatic changes to the landscape. Social media sites offer an easy way to enjoy some views of the scenery during what's usually considered the off-season in many areas, so here's a brief sample for your early winter armchair travels.
At the end of the day, after five days of fruitless searching, Olympic National Park rangers had no leads to follow to find Jim Griffin.
Yellowstone National Park officials, in a draft report to the World Heritage Committee regarding the health of the national park, say they are making strides in reducing impacts tied to pollution and visitation.
The last month or so of the year, from Thanksgiving through New Years, includes chances for many of us to enjoy time away from our usual routine, and sometimes that may even include a trip to a park. A recent challenging rescue of an injured climber at Buffalo National River offers a good reminder that park visitors can be thankful that emergency responders are still on duty, even when we're enjoying a holiday.
In generations past, survival may have depended on a person's ability to "read sign" in the natural world to secure food, detect the presence of friends or foes, or find the safest route to a destination. Those skills are rarely needed by most of us in today's world, but the ability to sort out what happened by interpreting tracks or other evidence on the ground—or in the snow—can be a fun and sometimes challenging activity.
New units to the National Park System, a face-off over concession fees at Grand Canyon National Park that impacted nearly a quarter of the park system, and even the basic relevancy of national parks were among the top stories of 2014 involving the park system.
Christmas came a little early for Chiricahua National Monument in Arizona, where The Trust for Public Land transferred 40 acres to the park to help preserve the look of its entrance corridor.
What Value Is "The Ahwahnee Hotel," "Curry Village," Wawona Hotel," And Other Place names In Yosemite National Park?
Would "The Ahwahnee Hotel" still be the grand dame of national park lodging if called by another name? Would you stay at the Old Faithful Inn no matter what it was called? How much is the name "El Tovar Hotel" worth?
Over the past century and more, tourists to Yellowstone National Park have marveled at the colors in the park's hot springs. Unfortunately, some of those visitors can't resist tossing coins, trash and other foreign objects into the thermal pools. Scientists have wondered how all that activity may have changed the composition and appearance of those springs, and a recently-released study offers some answers to those questions.
Fewer ranger-guided tours of Cliff Palace at Mesa Verde National Park will be offered next spring due to the need for preservation work on the massive dwelling.
Fewer things will snake their way across the pavement at Zion Lodge now that two new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations have opened.
Whether you were looking to improve your technical expertise with a camera, or curious about the thought processes that professional photographers went through in framing their photos, Contributing Photographers Deby Dixon and Rebecca Latson covered the bases for you through the past 12 months. Here for your review, and just a click away, are the columns they wrote in 2014.
With over half the world's geysers, Yellowstone National Park offers tremendous opportunities to see these geologic wonders in action. Explore the mechanics of geysers, their role in the park's history and what they teach us about the world in which we live. Produced by Steven Bumgardner.
Officials of the George Wright Society (GWS) have announced the winners of the group's 2015 awards, and National Parks Traveler Founder and Editor-in-Chief Kurt Repanshek will be among those honored at the GWS bi-annual conference in April. He will receive the GWS Communication Award, one of five awards being presented by the organization next year.
Despite all the electronic gadetry that allows you to consume media, hard-bound and paperback books continue to hold a considerable marketshare. And more than a few of those titles have something to do with national parks. We read as much as we could this year, and came away with the following reviews for your consideration.
Christmas is coming a bit late at Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota. At least if you wanted to be involved in the holiday bird count there.
A prominent figure of Seattle, Washington, Carsten Lien grounded his career in business and government with a love for Olympic National Park. Alfred Runte recounts how Lien fought to save the park after observing that it had been logged. The result was a history of the park disclosing the controversy of saving old-growth forests from the Park Service itself. The book is again available as Olympic Battleground: Creating and Defending Olympic National Park. Second edition, reissued.
Though the summer months are the peak travel seasons for national parks in the Rocky Mountain region, the winter months with their snow and cold...and often crystalline skies...are perfect for a retreat to the Rockies. Here's a handful of parks worthy of your consideration.
How long do you think it takes to summit Mount McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve? For most climbers who summited this year, the average trip was about 18 days. For Kilian Jornet, it took less than 12 hours.
Colder weather creates fanciful settings at Bridalveil Fall in Yosemite National Park.
Redrock cliffs provide great contrast for vegetation in Zion National Park.
Coastal brown bears are highly visible at Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska.
National Park Service, Xanterra Parks & Resorts Reach Agreement On Temporary Contract For Grand Canyon
National Park Service officials reached a temporary, one-year agreement with Xanterra Parks & Resorts that will keep concessions on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park operating without interruption, though prospects for a long-range contract were still up in the air.
NPCA Takes Issue With Grand Teton National Park Decision Over Wildlife Management On Private Inholdings
Grand Teton National Park officials, who have drawn ire over an annual elk hunt in the park, now are facing criticism for turning over management of wildlife on private inholdings within park boundaries to the state of Wyoming.
National Park Service Chesapeake Bay was one of 37 national parks selected to receive a 2014 Active Trailsgrant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks. Now in its sixth year, the Active Trails program supports healthy living by getting people out and active in national parks through projects that help restore, protect, and/or create land and water trails across the country
Winter's heavy snows are starting to fall across the high country in parts of Utah, and at Cedar Breaks National Monument that means one access route to the monument has closed. It also means the monument will be a great destination for snowshoers and even cross-country skiers.
It'll Cost You A Little To See The Ice Caves At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Next Time They Form
If the coming winter months ice over Lake Superior at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and turn the mainland caves into castles of ice, it'll cost you a little to see them.
The excitement surrounding word that a condor chick had been born this year in Zion National Park, the first condor born in southern Utah in decades, has been dashed by word that the chick apparently has died.
Once the snow piles up in Iowa, you can head to Herbert Hoover National Historic Site for a snowshoe trek through the park's tallgrass prairie.
Bringing Businesses Into The National Parks At Valley Forge National Historical Park And Gateway National Recreation Area
Keeping buildings in the National Park System in use is one way to maintain them. At Valley Forge National Historical Park and Gateway National Recreation Area, officials hope to do just that by advertising for businesses to operate out of some historic buildings.
Reader Survey Day: Should The National Park Service Angle For "A New Generation," Or "Go Back To Its Roots"?
The clock is ticking down to the National Park Service's centennial in 2016, and the focus of the PR campaign has been on attracting a new generation to the parks. But how far should it go in trying to lure millennials and a more diverse visitor? At least one Park Service veteran wants to see the agency "regain the spiit of John Muir and Teddy Roosevelt."
Predicting the eruption of geysers in Yellowstone National Park can be a tricky thing, but now you can load an app on your smartphone that will provide the estimated time of eruption for Old Faithful and five other fairly predictable geysers in the park.
With long, cold, snowy months descending on the northern half of the country, it's not a bad time to cast your eyes to the south and national parks where you can find warm weather, sandy beaches, and plenty of sunshine.