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Sweating The Trail Details In The National Parks: Building Trails At Acadia National Park

Trails, basically, are connections. They connect one place to another. At Acadia National Park in Maine, Friends of Acadia this year helped the park improve connections by adding a trio of trails that link the Blackwoods Campground and the village of Otter Creek with some of the park’s most popular hiking trails.
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Time Running Out To Drive Entire Going-To-The-Sun Road At Glacier National Park

Snow already has fallen on Glacier National Park this month, but that's not the reason you won't be able to drive the entire 50 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road. No, crews are closing off a section of the road east of Logan Pass this coming Sunday night so they can work on rehabilitating the scenic roadway.
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Look To The Stars Over Great Basin, Theodore Roosevelt, Mount Rainier, And Oregon Caves

With clear skies overhead, and no moon, the star gazing should be outstanding in the coming weeks at western national parks. Several of those parks -- Great Basin, Theodore Roosevelt and Mount Rainier national parks, and Oregon Caves National Monument -- are taking advantage of the night skies with star-gazing festivals.
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A Step Back In Time: Charit Creek Lodge Offers Glimpse Into Tennessee's Pioneer Past

I recently received an invitation to sleep in a log cabin. Not something new and swanky, mind you. Instead, my imagination was sparked because this cabin was built in 1817, around the time Davy Crockett was earning his reputation as a frontiersman, storyteller, and politician.
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Traveler's View: National Park Service Logos Lack Creativity, Fail To Celebrate "America's Best Idea"

National parks, it's held up, are "America's best idea," but logos chosen for the National Park Service to celebrate its centennial and to use in other venues fail to reflect that belief. Indeed, they ignore the rich heritage and beauty of the National Park System in a curious attempt to "engage and connect with new audiences."
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The Unusual Story Behind Death Valley National Park's Popular Zabriskie Point

Death Valley National Park has plenty of colorful place names, including Furnace Creek, Stovepipe Wells, Last Chance Mountain and Devil's Golf Course, so modern-day visitors might be curious about the one given to a popular scenic overlook in the park: Zabriskie Point. The explanation may be a bit surprising, since the name is tied to an activity not usually associated with national parks, and the story of the overlook itself offers a fascinating glimpse into the park's history.
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Special Tours At Fort Union National Monument Offer Rare Chance To Visit Site Of The First Fort Union

Fort Union National Monument is home to what was once the largest military post west of the Mississippi River, but only adobe and stone ruins now remain on the New Mexico prairie. These surviving walls are actually part of the third Fort Union, and September 20, 2014, you can join rangers for a special, once-a-year chance to visit to the site of the First Fort and Arsenal.
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Essential Fall Guide '14: Sweating The Trail Details In National Parks, No. 1

Floods. Windstorms that down trees. Wildfires. Millions of feet. Hiking trails take a pounding from all these things. And while the paths are the responsibility of the National Park Service, the agency often lacks money and staff to tackle all but the most pressing needs. That’s where national park friends groups come into play with their financial resources and, at times, volunteers.
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There Likely Is A National Park Fee Increase In Your Future...

It very likely will be a bit more costly to enter Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Acadia, Shenandoah and the other 126 units that charge entrance fees by the time the National Park Service's centennial arrives in 2016, and you also should brace for slightly higher fees to camp, shower, paddle, and participate in boat and cave tours.
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Check Out The Mountain Life Festival At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The annual Mountain Life Festival in Great Smoky Mountains National Park will take place on Saturday, September 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Mountain Farm Museum adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. This special event preserves the legacy of Appalachian folkways and is a tribute to the many families who lived on lands that later became the national park.
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What Bird Is That? Free Merlin App From Cornell Lab Of Ornithology Can Help

Whether you're a serious bird watcher or just have a casual curiosity about the avian world, there's a good chance that at some point in a park visit you've wondered, "What bird was that?" If you're a smart phone user, a free app from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology dubbed "Merlin" can help provide the answer.
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Glacial Outburst Noted At Kenai Fjords National Park

On Friday, August 15th, Kenai Fjords National Park staff received numerous reports that water from Bear Glacier Lagoon had breached the moraine separating the lagoon from the mouth of Resurrection Bay, also referred to as the Harding Gateway. Subsequent reports indicated that water levels peaked in the lagoon on August 14th and breached the moraine on August 15th.
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A Fall Escape Into Grand Canyon National Park

My 10-year-old daughter, Alex, and I follow the steep and rugged New Hance Trail on a nearly 5,000-vertical-foot march down into the Earth’s most-famous hole in the ground. The sky seems to levitate steadily higher above us, but it’s just a trick played on the eyes by the severe topography of the Grand Canyon: As we slowly descend deeper, burgundy rock walls creep higher, pushing the cerulean dome overhead farther away from us.
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Free Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Installed For Public Use At Point Reyes National Seashore

Visitors to Point Reyes National Seashore who drive electric vehicles (EV) can now get a literal charge out of their trip by using one of three new EV charging stations recently installed at the park. The chargers, which are operated on a first-come, first-serve basis, were placed in the park at no cost to the National Park Service.
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Ancient Dinosaur Fossil Damaged By Thief At Dinosaur National Monument

Someone with a hankering for a prehistoric dinosaur bone, but with poor theft skills, did considerable damage to a fossilized bone on the Fossil Discovery Trail in Dinosaur National Monument. Anyone who provides information as to the thief that leads to their conviction will be rewarded with $750 from the National Park Service.
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National Parks Traveler's Essential Park Guide