Timing, as they say, is everything. Particularly in springtime, when you're waiting for the tulips to bloom, the dogwoods to flower, and the crocuses to appear. At Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky, officials hope you'll alert everyone when you see that first bud burst into color.
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Looking for a nice, long bike ride to stretch out your legs this summer? Sign up for the 465-mile Cycle Greater Yellowstone ride.
Well, the grizzlies are awakening in the Northern Rockies, so this quote from Ed Abbey seems pertinent.
Big Bend National Park and the Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River claim 245 miles of this renowned river. And while many of those miles wend their way through rugged and remote canyon country, sections of the river nevertheless are on the state of Texas’ list of impaired water bodies. The primary concern is high total dissolved solids (high salinity), but bacteria can be a problem in the very upper reach.
In a situation that reads like a bad plot from an old western movie, officials with the Bureau of Land Management and Lake Mead National Recreation Area are hoping for a peaceful resolution of a cattle trespass dispute with a Nevada rancher that has lasted more than 20 years. It's a tense and tricky situation.
Riptides along Cape Hatteras National Seashore are some of the most dangerous along the East Coast, but budget woes have left the question of whether there will be lifeguards on the seashore this summer up in the air.
Trailwork in Zion National Park this summer will require the closure of some trails in the Weeping Rock area, according to park officials.
A swarm of earthquakes, with one registering a 4.8 magnitude, shuddered parts of Yellowstone National Park on Sunday, with smaller quakes before and after that one reported by seismologists.
Kudos to the Grand Teton Association, which won a Media and Partnership Award at the Association of Partners for Public Lands' annual convention for a video series, From Valley to Peak, created in partnership with the Grand Teton National Park Foundation.
You wouldn't immediately think caves would be a sink for garbage, but quite a bit of junk collects in Lehman Cave at Great Basin National Park each year. Recently, volunteers hauled more than two tons of garbage out of the cave.
While spring in some parks (mostly those in the Rockies, Sierra, and Pacific Northwest) is rightfully described as “mud season,” there are some great early season hikes—and some wonderful camping—to be found across the National Park System. Here’s a rundown of some of the highlights.
There are some units of the National Park System that allow oil and gas drilling, but very few. And that's wrong, believes a congressman from Texas.
Millions of winter-weary residents of the Upper Midwest and Northeast hope they can soon put away their snow shovels for the current season, but in a number of national parks, the job of clearing snow from roads in preparation for the upcoming summer season is just getting underway. It's a mammoth job indeed, and these videos offer some interesting views from the cabs of the plows.
The bison management plan that governs how Yellowstone National Park bison are managed when they leave the park could be revised under a proposal Park Service and Montana officials are exploring.
Recent political skirmishes involving the National Park Service, from calls for some parks to be returned to the states to the U.S. House vote to gut the Antiquities Act, are signs that the national parks are losing relevancy with Americans, believes Park Service Director Jon Jarvis.
Paddling starts out as a low-impact activity in the National Park System, but keep the following tips in mind to ensure you leave the lowest possible impact.
I had two job offers the summer before my junior year of high school. I chose the job that came with new boots.
A slice of Shenandoah National Park, Whiteoak Canyon, soon will be added to the national Old-Growth Forest Network.
Here it is the end of March, yet it feels like we've gone through at least six months of travails here at the Traveler.
Initial returns on the logos being used to promote the National Park Service's centennial in 2016 have been pretty harsh, with one Facebook commenter saying they look "like a bland fish crashing down," and another saying a third-grade student could have done better.
Book store clerks could have a difficult time displaying this book. Does it go under "photography" or under "travel"? You'll understand the quandary once you start turning the pages of this book, for you'll learn as much about Acadia National Park in general as you'll learn about how to get the best photos there.
Safety Concerns Prompt Closure Of Crumbling Carnifex Tunnel At Gauley River National Recreation Area
An abandoned railroad tunnel in the Gauley River National Recreation Area offers a real-world example of a dilemma faced by every park manager: how to balance convenience and existing uses with safety and limited dollars. The Carnifex Tunnel receives occasional use by the park staff and the public—mostly local residents—but an inspection by engineers found crumbling ceilings.
In a narrow vote described as a marker for perhaps "the single darkest day" for the National Park System, the U.S. House of Representatives today approved a measure that would gut the Antiquities Act that numerous presidents have used to set aside lands for the good of the country,
Reader Participation Day: Should Congress Restrict The President's Ability To Use The Antiquities Act To Create National Monuments?
As reported in yesterday's Traveler, a vote may be taken as early as today on a bill that would greatly restrict the power of U. S. Presidents to create new National Monuments via the Antiquities Act of 1906. Does the Act as originally written still serve a useful purpose, or are changes now called for?
A lawsuit challenging the backcountry user fee assessed at Great Smoky Mountains National Park can proceed, a federal judge has ruled.
Having endured, and survived, an earthquake, the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., is scheduled to open to the public for the first time in nearly three years on May 12.
Nearly two dozen units of the National Park System have instituted bans against the sale of disposable water bottles, a move proponents say will greatly reduce trash.
Acadia National Park. Grand Canyon National Park. Zion National Park. These parks, and dozens of other units of the National Park System, have been created through presidential decree. On Wednesday, though, the House of Representatives will be asked to approve legislation that would greatly dilute that power for future presidents.
I spend quite a bit of time talking about Everglades National Park, and with good reason. I doubt there’s a birder in the country who would rank it out of the top five national parks in the country for birding. It’s that good.
A rebranding effort has been launched by the National Park Service to build public enthusiasm toward the agency's centennial in 2016.
West Yellowstone is one of the smaller gateway towns you’ll find in the National Park System...which isn’t such a bad thing.
Incubating eggs in the harsh coastal expanses of Kenai Fjords National Park and Preserve in Alaska is tough business to start with, and with predators on the prowl, it becomes even more difficult to rear a brood.
For the second time this year, a thrill-seeker has died at Zion National Park as the result of a BASE-jumping attempt that went awry.
The million-plus acre Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument that's squeezed between Grand Canyon National Park and the Utah border has drawn kudos for its wonderfully dark night skies.
Bryce Canyon National Park officials, rather than forcing private equestrians to pay a guide to lead them on trail rides, should see the marketing and PR value in having rangers saddle up to lead rides much as they lead hikes, for free.
Barring a spring storm, facilities along the 469 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway will begin opening for the high season on April 1, with most facilities open by June 1.
Often the health of our rivers, lakes, and streams in the National Park System is endangered by something we don’t immediately see. Such is the case in Arkansas, where a hog farm less than 6 miles upstream from the Buffalo National River poses an industrial threat to the river.
“Pirates used to hide in these keys,” Carlos, our guide, tells us as our boat swings behind a small, steep-sided island. Numerous forested islets dot the shoreline like floating haystacks. “English and French pirates hid in Samaná Bay to ambush Spanish gold ships leaving Santa Domingo. The 58 cays and inlets made perfect hiding places.”
A glimpse into the past will be available to Valley Forge National Historical Park visitors next weekend during a re-enactment of the Continental Army's winter encampment there in 1777-78.
Ahhh, the sweet scent of national parks. You've had the chance to freshen your bathrooms with it, and now you can leave your clothes smelling park fresh!
Though spring wildflowers are still a couple months off at Grand Teton National Park, work will begin in earnest Monday to open the Teton Park Road for visitors.
Renewable energy projects can pose a challenge for environmental organizations—they may like the "green" aspects of solar and wind power, but in the wrong location such projects can have big impacts on values such as scenery and wildlife. A proposed solar project near Mojave National Preserve has united opposition by numerous groups, and now the question is whether the developer will succeed in defeating years of good planning for siting major solar projects.
The recently issued NPS concession prospectus for Grand Canyon National Park’s South Rim proposes some major construction in the Maswik lodging area.
Olympic National Park officials seem resigned to seeing the historic Enchanted Valley Chalet toppled by time and the meandering main channel of the East Fork Quinault River.
You can bring your own horse to Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah's redrock country and ride off into the shimmering sunset, but under a rule change you'll likely have to hire a guide from the concessionaire who offers trail rides.
What impact is climate change having on the coastal areas of Olympic National Park? The following 14-minute video takes a look at that question.
Not too many years ago there was a study that identified the type of vehicles Yosemite National Park's bears liked to break into for a meal. Now a new study says improved efforts to keep bears away from human foods has been a tremendous success in the park.
With their colorful settings and majestic geology, Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion national parks in Utah rightfully should be explored on foot, even if you only have a few hours to hike.
Winter had loosened its icy grip on the high country. Faint stirrings from burrows and dens and caves led the young critters into a new world of running water, budding plants, and warm sunshine. Warm weather and life springs abundant.