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Acadia National Park's Visitor Use Plan For Isle Au Haut Allows For Slight Increase In Daily Visitation

Visitors to Acadia National Park who want to escape the crowds might consider a trip to Isle au Haut, a relatively little-known piece of the park that occupies an island south of Mount Desert Island. Under a visitor use management plan adopted by the park, daily visitation to the island will be capped at 128, although the park will allow higher visitation on six days in July and August.
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Around The Parks: Name Change Talk At Craters Of The Moon, New Visitor Center At Crater Lake, And Monitoring Station At Yellowstone

Around the National Park System there's talk of changing the name of Craters of the Moon National Monument, building a visitor center at Rim Village, and raising an ecological monitoring station at Yellowstone National Park.
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Virgin Islands National Park Friends Group Concerned About Marina Proposed For Coral Bay

A marina proposed for Coral Bay at St. John in the Virgin Islands that could accommodate more than 200 vessels has drawn the concern of Friends of Virgin Islands National Park, which is worried the development will impair not only the marine resources but also the surrounding land that could be covered with shopping and dining businesses as well as waste-water treament facilities.
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Montana Newspaper Weighs In On Proposed Fee Increase At Yellowstone National Park

With about two weeks left for the public to comment on proposals to increase entrance fees at Yellowstone National Park, a major newspaper in Montana has weighed in on the idea. In an editorial on November 17, the Billings Gazette endorsed the park's proposal, urging readers to "... speak up. Tell the NPS to proceed with the fee increases..."
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Restoring Jenny Lake: Stewardship And Partnership At Grand Teton National Park

Climbing gently through the piney woods, the rock staircase curves gracefully, flowing with the landscape. Unlike its predecessor, which made the climb in just 23 huge steps, this 47-step pathway takes more steps, but they are of the bite-sized variety and without uneven slabs that can trip up the unwary.
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Xanterra Parks & Resorts Seeks Court Order To Keep South Rim Operations At Grand Canyon Running

With a shutdown of lodging and dining operations on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park looming just six weeks off, Xanterra Parks & Resorts has gone to court to force the National Park Service to keep the operations running until problems surrounding long-term contracts can be resolved.
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Updated: Snow, High Winds Hampering Search For Overdue Mountaineer At Rocky Mountain National Park

The search for a climber reported missing on Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park has continued into a third day, with the effort being hampered by extreme winter weather conditions on the mountain. Peter Jeffris, 25, from Broomfield, Colorado, was reported overdue on the afternoon of Monday, Monday, November 17.
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With Longer Nights, Time To Be Extra Careful When Driving Through National Parks

They're big, hard to see until the last minute, can do substantial damage to your vehicle, and likely will wind up dead if you run into them. With longer nights having arrived across the National Park System, it's time to drive a little more carefully and slowly so you don't run into wildlife.
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Some Eastern National Park Destinations For Winter

Winter wonderlands come in many shapes, forms, and temperatures in the National Park System. They can be pine forests shrouded in snow, or turquoise waters swimming with green parrotfish, blue tangs, and silvery barracudas. You can climb ice walls at Acadia National Park, kick-and-glide or skate to an overlook of Half Dome and the Yosemite Valley, or find your way to the 13,159-foot summit of Wheeler Peak atop Great Basin National Park.
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Birding In The National Parks: Don't Overlook Cape Cod National Seashore In Winter

I’m presuming no one needs me to tell them that Florida is a good travel and birding destination in the winter. Looking out my window at the first sticking snow of the winter is making me think about the Everglades. Winter is the dry season there, and the dwindling seasonal wetlands concentrate birds and wildlife for easier viewing.
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What Should The Wilderness Management Plan For Sequoia, Kings Canyon National Parks Look Like?

Wilderness travelers are weighing in on the draft Wilderness Management Plan crafted for Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks, and the varied desires likely will prove tough for park staff to accommodate to anyone's satisfaction.
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Saguaro National Park Officials Voice Opposition To Development Proposed Across From Rincon Mountain District

Should there be a development buffer around national parks? That's a tough question, particularly when you look at West Yellowstone's proximity to Yellowstone National Park or Gatlinsburg's presence at the Sugarlands Entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. At Saguaro National Park, officials say a development proposed for a 45-acre parcel across from the Rincon Mountain District entrance is too close.
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Winter Lodging In The National Parks: The Choices Are Many And Intriguing

What’s your ideal place to stay for a wintry escape into the National Park System? Is it a cozy cabin with fireplace and ample wood, or perhaps something in a warmer climate with views of sun-kissed turquoise waters? Or does your desire lie somewhere in-between? Fortunately, the park system is large and diverse. Finding that perfect home-away-from-home for a winter adventure may come down to deciding if you like it cold and snowy, or hot and sandy.
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National Park Service Plans To Enlarge Parking Area For Delicate Arch At Arches National Park

To alleviate parking problems, for now, at the trailhead to Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, the National Park Service has settled on a plan to enlarge the existing parking area by almost one acre, a move that will add 82 parking spots.
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Reuse Of Old Rock Climbing Device Leads To Rescue At New River Gorge National River

Thriftiness can often be an admirable quality, but that's not the case when your activity involves the reuse of a piece of rock climbing equipment of unknown origin—and reliability. That was the situation recently at New River Gorge National River when a climber decided to trust his fate to a piece of climbing hardware he found on the face of cliff.
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Visitation Booming At Great Smoky Mountains National Park; October Numbers Best In Nearly Three Decades

Visitation to national parks this October had to be higher than 2013 numbers, if only because of last year's partial government shutdown that closed the parks. But this October had a tremendous bounce at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where visitation was the highest in nearly 30 years.
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High Flows Through Grand Canyon National Park Met With Mixed Reactions

Having peaked on Thursday, high flows of the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park will taper back down to normal by Saturday, leaving behind replenished shores, improved fish habitat, and more space for campers. But the benefits will be lingering, according to the Glen Canyon Institute.
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Government Asks Court To Remove National Park Service From Yosemite Hantavirus Case

The National Park Service's duties in overseeing concessions at Yosemite National Park are discretionary and so the agency should not be held liable for a hantavirus outbreak there in 2012 that killed three and sickened others, the federal government argues in a motion to dismiss the agency from the litigation.
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National Parks Traveler's Essential Park Guide