Laughing Bird Caye National Park off the coast of Belize might look tiny, with just about 1.5 acres of sand and palm trees, but its borders extend to encompass about 10,000 acres of the surrounding Caribbean Sea.
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February can be a great month to visit Saguaro National Park in southern Arizona. Moderate temperatures make for perfect hiking conditions, and the park staff offers plenty of programs -- including sunset and moonlit hikes -- to catch your attention.
A Colorado River trip at Grand Canyon National Park can be a truly memorable experience, and depending upon the type of trip you choose, it can require anywhere from a few hours to several weeks. In Part Two of our look at these trips, we'll explore ways to see the Canyon other than via lengthy private river expeditions.
One-hundred-and-fifty years ago naval warfare history was marked when a Confederate submarine used a torpedo to sink the USS Housatonic in the waters near Fort Sumter. While that didn't mark a turning point in the Civil War, it did advance naval warfare.
Lovers of Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in Kentucky and Tennessee can give back while enjoying the park by volunteering to help maintain a favorite trail there.
You can float the Colorado River at Grand Canyon National Park on either private or commercial trips, but if you hope to get a permit for a longer noncommercial river trip in 2015, now's the time to submit your application. The annual lottery for such permits is open through February 25, 2014.
Of all the photos you've taken during your 2013 national park visits, do you have any particular favorites? Contributing photographer Rebecca Latson has chosen five of her own favorites and explains why they are favorites.
Many of us have some occasional moments of nostalgia—or perhaps just a bit of curiosity—about life in our parks during what we presume was a less frantic world a generation or two ago. If that's the case, and you'd like to get a peek at life as a ranger and his spouse in Yosemite and several other western national parks in the 1930s and 1940s, you'll likely enjoy reading a book that's a park's classic: Bears in my Kitchen.
Winter visitors to Yellowstone National Park who were fortunate enough to be in the Old Faithful area last week were treated to a rather rare display by Giantess Geyser—the geyser's first reported eruption in well over two years.
Starting in 1922 as a type-written news sheet, Yosemite Nature Notes the periodical went on to become a charming magazine with more than 400 issues during its 40 years of publication.
New Agreement At Grand Teton National Park Will Provide Winter Grooming For Popular Cross-Country Ski Route
Grand Teton National Park provides some outstanding opportunities for winter recreation, and the Teton Park Road, which is closed in winter to motorized travel, is a favorite route for cross country skiers. A new agreement between the park and Teton County will provide regular grooming for Nordic and skate skiing along the Road.
Grand Teton National Park seems rather straightforward for visitors, no? You stop at any one of the pullouts along U.S. 191/89/26 and gaze up at this gray massifs. Well, if that's all you do, you'll miss out on a lot.
Thirty years after Lake Clark National Park and Preserve's initial General Management Plan was crafted, officials are working to update it with an eye on more clearly providing for visitors to the remote Alaskan park.
There's an intriguing page within the vast nps.gov domain that opens a wonderful portal of history, one that allows us to compare today with yesteryear. The site, within the National Park Service Fire and Aviation Management section, compares historic photos taken from fire lookouts in the National Park System with today's landscapes.
An annual survey of raptor species at Lake Mead National Recreation Area in mid-January found a slight decline in the number of bald eagles from the previous year, but biologists were not surprised by the results. What's behind the changing numbers of these birds?
There have been plenty of tales over the years of hikers marooned by snowstorms in national parks, but one of the latest occurred in what may seem an unlikely location: Hawaii. Earlier this week, a New York resident, and an experienced hiker, found himself in that situation high on a mountain at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.
Planning a visit to the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, D.C.? Take mass transit, or take change to feed the meters.
Lake Mead National Recreation Area may be centered around water, but there also is a land mass attached to the NRA, and wilderness areas within that mass. Now the park staff is working to develop a management plan for those areas.
This year's edition of "Muir's Ride," part of a campaign to see the Hetch Hetchy Valley of Yosemite National Park drained of its water and restored, will stretch from the San Francisco Bay Area to Yosemite.
The Beartooth Highway that rambles between Red Lodge, Montana, and Yellowstone National Park's Northeast Entrance is the most scenic approach to the park. Unfortunately, this maintenance-heavy route is in need of someone other than the National Park Service to care for it.
If you live in the vicinity of Joshua Tree National Park and have considered joining the park's search and rescue team, make plans to attend a meeting at the park on February 2. The gathering will provide information about a variety of opportunities with the team, and the requirements for serving in each type of assignment.
Great Basin National Park Officials Seeking Comment On Plan To Restore Native Bonneville Cutthroat Trout
Snake Creek in Great Basin National Park has been without native Bonneville Cutthroat Trout since non-native trout forced them out. Now park officials want to reverse that.
Ranger Guided Hike To Unique Archeological Site At Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
One of the "most unique archeological areas in the National Park System" will be the subject of a ranger-guided hike on February 8, and the location might surprise you. The Moccasin Bend National Archeological District, which "spans 12,000 years of continuous human habitation," is part of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, a park best known for major Civil War battles.
Observant readers of the Traveler no doubt noticed some new sponsors and advertisers who believe in our mission to nurture advocates and stewards for the National Park System while exploring how best to get the most out of the park experience.
Hiking is a popular activity in our parks, and trails—long and short, easy to arduous—provide almost unlimited opportunities for us to stretch our legs or challenge our abilities. Whether a hike on a particular trail seems "scary" is a pretty subjective question, since our tolerance for steep drop-offs, uncertain footing or other factors varies widely from person to person.
“How Do You Get A Permanent Job With The NPS?” This is a frequently asked question, Neighbors! No doubt about it, the NPS is a feel-good agency that many people would like to join, and they are not easily dissuaded. Unfortunately, the answer to that question is complicated, ambiguous and fluid.
Much of the northern half of the country is locked into winter now, which makes it a perfect time to plan your birding trips for the rest of the year.
Castle Rock Cut is a popular short-cut route on Lake Powell that allows boaters to shorten the trip between the major Wahweap Marina and destinations uplake by a distance of 12 miles. Years of drought and falling water levels for the lake have made this shortcut unusable by boaters, so work is getting underway at to lower this channel by another twenty feet.
The science around the change of seasons will be the topic of a one-day workshop at Joshua Tree National Park this Saturday.
An open house is scheduled for March 5 at Bryce Canyon National Park to discuss the park's environmental assessment on a "multimodal transportation plan" that would link the park with Bryce Canyon City.
Lyme Disease is a common and serious tick-borne illness that can be difficult to diagnose, and both early recognition of infection and prompt treatment are important. Unfortunately, a new study says many hikers on the Appalachian Trail are unable to recognize one of the key indicators that an individual may have contracted the illness.
Are you making your summer park vacation plans? Don't place full faith in on-line reservations sites, as they don't always tell the full story of what's available.
The long-time concessionaire at Acadia National Park, saying a "flawed evaluation process" was used, is appealing the loss of its contract.
Tourism is big business in Africa, and one of the major draws is the wildlife in the continent's national parks. By almost any measure, however, the future of wild elephants in Africa is bleak unless major strides can be made against poaching fueled by the demand for ivory. Now a new campaign called S.A.F.E, (Safeguarding a Future for Africa’s Elephants) hopes to mobilize the tourism industry to help save the elephants.
It was 150 years ago when Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman and his troops swept down on Meridian, Mississippi, to capture a Confederate supply center. That "Meridian Campaign" will be revisited next week at Vicksburg National Military Park.
Shhhhhhhh! That's the urging at Redwoods National Park in California, where officials intend to ban loud music within 500 feet of old-growth forests during part of the year.
Maritime history and how it ties into the port of Salem, Massachusetts, will be the focus of two talks coming up at Salem Maritime National Historic Site.
Public input is being sought on a draft environmental assessment that examines a proposal to open a 2-mile-long trail at Rocky Mountain National Park to mountain bikes.
The unseasonable weather that has stricken the Sierras in California is also impacting Alaska, where warm, rainy weather has brought an end to snowmobiling for traditional activities in parts of Denali National Park and Preserve.
How skimpy are snow levels across the Sierra Nevada this winter? The above satellite photo pretty much sums things up.
When we first hatched our plan to visit all 59 National Parks in sprint-like fashion, we really didn't know how were going to do it logistically. About the only thing we knew for certain was that we wanted to take our Maltese puppies Bubba and Lilly. Everything else was on the table.
For over 70 years, there was plenty of "star gazing" at the Paramount Ranch. Located near Los Angeles, the Ranch was used for filming more than 150 movies and TV shows featuring some of the biggest names in the industry. Now part of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, the ranch will host a chance for the public to enjoy a more timeless type of star gazing during a winter sky star party on the evening of February 8.
It can take a long time to reach Theodore Roosevelt National Park, located as it is in southwestern North Dakota. Fortunately, there are some great hikes to do once you get there to stretch your legs. Here are five aspects of the park not to miss on your next visit.
A diverse sampling of maritime history will be on display in February at San Francisco Maritime National Historical in honor of Black History Month.
The need to prevent national park units from turning into biological islands, cut off from other wild lands by development, is not a new worry. But a recent study reinforces the value of ensuring migrational corridors survive.
An investigation was ongoing Tuesday into the shooting death of a gray wolf on the grounds of a private inholding within Grand Teton National Park.