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Cades Cove Loop Road At Great Smoky Mountains National Park To Be Closed Temporarily In January

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.
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National Park Service Launches Website Honoring 22 World Heritage Sites In The United States

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.
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Your Last Chance -- This Year -- To Help A National Park Friends Group Or Cooperating Association

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.
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New Year's Eve Snow Will Bring Beauty And Hazards To High Desert Parks

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.
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Mount Rainier National Park's Staffing Woes Impact Winter Fun At Paradise

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.
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Historian Says Delaware North Company Has No Claim To Yosemite National Park Place Names

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.
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Social Media Sites Offer A Nice Sampling Of Winter Scenery In Parks

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.
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Injured Climber Rescued In Difficult Nighttime Operation At Buffalo National River

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.
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Can You Read The "Story In The Snow" From Yellowstone National Park?

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.
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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?
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Study Shows How Yellowstone National Park's Thermal Pools Have Changed Due To Coin-Tossing Tourists

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.
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Photography In The National Parks: Looking Back On 2014

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.
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Traveler Founder Kurt Repanshek To Receive National Award From The George Wright Society

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.
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Wilderness Defender: Carsten Lien And The Writing Of Olympic Battleground

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.
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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.
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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.
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Trails Grant To Be Well-Spent By The National Park Service At Chesapeake Bay

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
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Main Road To Cedar Breaks National Monument Closed For Winter, But Fun Continues

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.
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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.
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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."
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National Parks Traveler's Essential Park Guide