Winter's cold can be finger-numbing, but it also can be beautiful, as this shot of Glacier National Park and Lake McDonald by Jane Timmerman shows.
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San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, along with the Alamo, has been nominated by the U.S. government for inclusion on the World Heritage List, which recognizes the most significant cultural and natural sites on the planet.
An elephant that attacked a vehicle in Kruger National Park in South Africa late last month was put down because it posed a risk to other park visitors, park officials said.
Olympic National Park officials are trying to figure out the best way to save the Enchanted Valley Chalet, a historic structure being threatened by the shifting main channel of the East Fork Quinault River.
Visitors and residents are drawn to Hawaii for many reasons, but the chance to see and help count humpback whales may not be one that comes immediately to mind. On three Saturdays this winter, volunteers are encouraged to help in an annual project at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park and others sites around the islands to monitor and count these impressive mammals.
If you're lucky enough to have Monday off in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, treat yourself with a visit to your nearest national park. Monday is the first of nine days this year when entrance fees to the parks will be waived.
Here's a little advance warning for a photo op -- good weather prevailing, of course -- for Tumacácori National Historical Park in Arizona. Artists and photographers looking for a chance to capture the magical light of early morning at Tumacácori can set aside two days in the coming months.
How can you tell the Pacific Northwest has been enduring a drought? There hasn't been enough snow -- until just recently -- to open the snow play areas at Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park. But they'll open tomorrow.
Contributing photographer Rebecca Latson continues to prove she's a fan of Lowepro's Flipside series of bags by reviewing the Lowepro Flipside Sport 20L AW.
A sturdy ice bridge might not yet have formed between Canada and Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior, but the recent cold weather has made it possible to open the "ice caves" at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore on the lake's south shore.
After doing a bit of volunteer time last summer at Yellowstone National Park, I decided to do a column on dear old Yellowstone, established way back in 1872, “The World’s First National Park." Or so I thought.
A search was under way in Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Wednesday for a Tennessee man wanted on a first-degree murder charge in Florida.
Owners of an oyster company that can't get their lease at Point Reyes National Seashore renewed are pledging to take their case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Not many museums would let the general public decide on a new exhibit, but the staff at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in New Hampshire is reaching out to you for suggestions.
Acadia National Park seems like a pretty straightforward adventure for park travelers. Arrive in Bar Harbor. Drive, or ride the Island Explorer, down the loop road, and get off for some overlooks and a hike or two. Resist the urge to run with the pack. Here are five aspects of visiting Acadia that shouldn't be overlooked.
It's winter, the days for much of the country are more conducive to sitting inside than heading outdoors. So you're spending some time planning your summer vacation in the National Park System. How do you decide where to go?
A compromise budget bill that would restore dollars lost to last year's sequestration is a step in the right direction for the national parks, says the National Parks Conservation Association.
9th Circuit Court Refuses To Consider Oyster Company's Bid To Remain At Point Reyes National Seashore
A bid by the Drakes Bay Oyster Co. to continue farming oysters at Point Reyes National Seashore has been turned down by the full 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Saying it doesn't "make sense," Yellowstone National Park officials have opted not to use a "remote vaccination" program in a bid to prevent the spread of brucellosis on the park's bison herds.
Thanks to what was described as a “drunken” meander of the jet stream last week, much of North America experienced some the coldest weather seen in many years. At Voyageurs National Park, the temperature dipped to -42°F the morning of January 3rd , followed by daily highs of -17°F and -19°F on the 5th and 6th. That’s deadly cold to an improperly prepared human. It’s not all that fun even for cold-adapted mammals like moose.
You have a brand new reason to drive the Blue Ridge Parkway (as if you needed one!). The Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, a well-loved tourist destination on the Parkway, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.
As more of us find different and sometimes new ways to explore and enjoy national parks, our impacts sometimes require regulations to ensure things don't get out of hand. That's the case at Arches National Park, where officials have received the go-ahead to implement their climbing and canyoneering management plan.
Back in 2008 the National Park Service was given two gold-rush era buildings at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Site to help tell the story of one of the greatest prospecting runs in history. Now the agency is mulling what it will take to preserve the Meyer Building and the YMCA building in Skagway, Alaska.
An environmental organization with chapters in a handful of Eastern states has launched a campaign to get the public to lobby Congress for better funding for national parks.
Around The Parks: Ice Bridges At Isle Royale, Sea Turtle Record At Dry Tortugas, Scotty's Castle Delays
Watching Lake Superior ice at Isle Royale National Park, counting sea turtles at Dry Tortugas National Park, and road work woes for Scotty's Castle visitors at Death Valley National Park are just some of the other stories around the National Park System this week.
Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska is world-renowned for its brown bears that while away their days fishing in the Brooks River. But the park also has a rich archaeological history, one that shows human life there dating back at least 4,500 years.
Though Andersonville National Historic site in Georgia rose up around a Civil War-era prisoner of war camp, it also holds the National Prisoner of War Museum and is the only site in the National Park System that serves as a memorial to all American prisoners of war. As such, it will welcome the longest-held American POW from the Vietnam War on January 18 to discuss his recent biography.
The National Park Service manages dozens of sites of famous battles, and although every area has a unique story, many of them have something in common: cannons. You may find them perched on redoubts, still facing a long-vanquished enemy, or resting sedately inside a museum, and perhaps you've wondered how all that ordnance managed to survive for all these years.
Winter snows may have arrived in abundance in parts of the country, but it's a different story so far in California, where the first snow survey of the season has already raised concerns for the coming summer. At Yosemite National Park, skiers have more immediate concerns, with the Badger Pass Ski Area not yet open for the season.
Hiking in deep snow in Rocky Mountain National Park wearing leather boots, jeans, and cotton socks, was not smart. Rangers armed with a backpacking stove in their packs to thaw out the man's boots was.
Curious about what you can do at Saguaro National Park in Arizona this month? Check out the following list of events.
Inbreeding, long seen as a problem with the Florida panther population in Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida, is evoling into more of a problem with mountain lions in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in California.
Do you have some artistic flare? A unique way for interpreting what you see? Then you might want to apply for Mesa Verde National Park’s 2014 Artist-in-Residence program.
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area often conjures up watery visions of touring Lake Powell, but there's a dryland component to the park, too, and NRA officials are working on developing a management plan for off-road vehicles.
If there's a golden lining to that bitterly cold mass of Arctic air that invaded the Eastern half of the country earlier this week, it's the rock-hard ice to be found at Voyageurs National Park.
A major step has been taken to launch a 21st Century Conservation Service Corps that is intended to better connect youth and veterans to the outdoors through field training programs.
Website woes continued Wednesday for at least the fifth day for the Interior Department and the National Park Service, leaving web surfers with an onslaught of "page not found" errors.
For all Traveler members, there's an interesting topic in the forums that we'd love to have your thoughts on. A 74-year-old man died snowshoeing at nearly 10,000 feet in Rocky Mountain National Park. Should he have known better to snowshoe at that elevation at his age, or was it entirely fitting that he was doing something he loved in a place he loved when he died?
It's so easy to do a windshield tour of Canyonlands National Park by driving up onto the Island in the Sky District and through the Needles District. But here are five reasons why you should do a little more exploring in the park that preserves a wondrous slice of Utah's canyon country.
Is there an overrated unit of the National Park System, one that doesn't quite meet your criteria for being among the properties carrying the tag of national park?
Rocky Mountain National Park includes some top-tier scenery and opportunities for enjoying the out-of-doors all year long, and some fans of the park say winter is their favorite season at "Rocky." Upcoming activities in the park include ranger-led snowshoe walks, cross-country ski tours and full moon walks, and areas for winter camping and sledding are also available.
With the blush slowing vanishing from the new year, it's time to persuade you to become a member of National Parks Traveler.
How do you go about lining up a photo safari with a guide? Rebecca Latson shares some tips and insights to help you navigate what might seem like a cumbersome task.
While National Park Service personnel are trying to craft a long-term management plan for Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Missouri's lieutenant government is making a pitch for the state to "reclaim this resource."
Denali National Park: The Complete Visitors Guide To The Mountain, Wildlife, And Year-Round Outdoor Activities
Winter is the time for dreaming, and planning, the following summer's vacation, which makes Bill Sherwonit's book on Denali National Park a good resource to turn to.
During her visit to Big Bend last month Rebecca Latson captured this beautiful shot of the Rio Grande as it headed towards Santa Elena Canyon. Those are the Chisos Mountains in the distance.
The Internet is the currency of the media world these days, with smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktops tied into it to get the latest news and information. While the National Park Service is promoting its social media tools, and has greatly improved its websites in recent months, there still are some weak links.
A new year often brings a new set of goals for many, and the Shenandoah National Park Trust is no exception.
Looking for an invigorating walk at Mesa Verde National Park in southwestern Colorado? On January 11 rangers will lead an "ecology walk" to point out the ways animals and plants survive the winter months.
NatureBridge, a non-profit organization that provides environmental education for youth in national park settings, has reached an agreement to bring its programs to Joshua Tree National Park.