There's a peaceful, easy feeling to the Madison River as it flows into the sunset at Yellowstone National Park.
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Should grizzly bears be allowed to recover their presence in the North Cascades? The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service are holding a series of meetings on a Grizzly Bear Restoration Environmental Impact Statement that examines whether they should work toward grizzly bear recovery in the region. In the following opinion piece, Rob Smith, senior director of the National Parks Conservation Association's Northwest Region, speaks out in favor of the bears' recovery.
Moonless Night Should Provide Perfect Snowshoe And Stargazing Outing At Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site
The prospect of a dark, moonless sky over Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in New Hampshire has park staff planning a night-time hike to combine snowshoeing and stargazing later this month.
It was a warm, sunny October afternoon when my meandering path along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in Shenandoah National Park took me directly through an old apple orchard. The trees’ limbs were heavy with ripe fruit.
Just in time for the summer travel season, David and Kay Scott have come forth with an eighth edition to their guide to lodging in the National Park System. And it contains some notable additions.
All signs point to spring: warm winds, green budding trees, flowering bulbs, and... skiing? Sure enough! Spring’s a great time to spend some time sliding around on those broad bowls, snow-covered roads, and long ridges. The weather is mild, the skies are blue, and the days are long: it’s just a lot more comfortable spring-skiing than going on a mid-winter slog in a blizzard through deep snow.
Some wildlife species long forgotten at Cape Cod are returning to the national seashore in numbers both attracting fascination as well as consternation.
The winter and early spring seasons are especially fine times to enjoy birding at Everglades National Park, and the staff has invited the public to participate in several "citizen science" activities to help count birds in the park. The final two "Big Day Birding Adventures" programs for this year will be held on March 14 and 28, 2015
Not all rivers, streams, and lakes in the National Park System require well-honed paddling skills. Here’s a look at a few places, on generally placid water, where you can take a few strokes.
Delicate Arch at Arches National Park is one of the icons of the National Park System. It's showcased on Utah's license plates, and a must-see for visitors to the park. But construction this year at the arch's parking area could force you to put off your up-close-and-personal experience with Delicate Arch until another year, say park officials.
While you might have a quiver of skis to handle conditions that vary from deep powder to hard pack, or a lake canoe along with a kayak or down-river canoe, there's no need to have a closet full of jackets for varying weather conditions. One shell jacket that can withstand a variety of conditions will let you maximize your gear investments across the board.
With spring, and warmer weather, around the corner, raptors will soon be nesting on the cliffs and crags of Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado and Zion National Park in Utah, and so temporary closures have been put in place in the two parks.
Ever so gently, but steadily nonetheless, development and sea-level rise are slowly squeezing salt marshes at Cape Cod National Seashore. High marshes are being being transformed into low marshes, and low marshes are in danger of being drowned out.
Years ago during a visit to Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky, as impressed as I was with what was underground, I was equally struck by the park's surface and the cemeteries that told a silent story of the generations dating back to Revolutionary War times that had called this place home. Cemeteries going back decades, if not hundreds of years, can be found throughout the National Park System, and represent a moving chapter of the country's settlement.
A lone wolf that seems intrigued by snowmobilers has prompted Voyageurs National Park staff to reroute some snowmobile trails as a safety precaution.
Reader Participation Day: Do Predictions That Glacier National Park Soon Will Be Glacierless Have You Planning A Visit Sooner Than Later?
With the possibility that Glacier National Park will be glacierless by as soon as 2020, are you moving up your plans to visit the park?
Mud season is here. In most national parks above the Mason-Dixon Line, and quite a few south of that line, it can be a messy time. Choosing a destination can be problematic due to the weather in general and the snow line specifically.
Tired of the chemicals that go into the syrup you pour over your pancakes? Then plan to visit Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore later this month for the annual Maple Sugar Time event.
High school students interested in spending their summer in a national park and gaining valuable skills have at least three parks to consider for jobs with the Youth Conservation Corps. Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, and Joshua Tree National Park in California all are seeking applications for their YCC programs.
When visiting a national park with your camera, don't forget to flesh out your travel album with some interior or exterior images of those historic and rustic national park lodges. Contributing photographer Rebecca Latson shows you how to take advantage of the photo ops offered by these park buildings.
By failing to implement higher entrance fees across the 131 parks that charge them, the National Park Service left tens of millions of dollars on the table in potential user fees, a report from the Interior Department's Inspector General claims.
While visitors to Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado generally need to stick to tour routes, there are some ranger-led hikes that will take you to some of the less visited ruins in the park, or for special activities.
You can start planning your camping trip to Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina now that the park has released the opening dates for the campgrounds.
Neal Herbert, National Park Service
Colorful blocks of wood turned to stone are scattered throughout Petrified Forest National Park.
National Park Service
We started paddling from the south end of Ross Lake just as a breeze began to riffle the blue-green water. By the time we were ready to stop for lunch an hour later, the north wind straight out of Canada had whipped the calm waters into a froth of whitecaps. So instead of picnicking on the beach, we gobbled down some energy bars and fought our way north through the chop.
Springtime is a bit of an “in-between” season. It’s somewhere between the longer, warmer days of summer, and the cooler and muddier days of a late winter. Hopefully you’ll find your place farther from winter’s cold and closer to summer’s breezes.
For cavers, poking their heads into dark places can often lead them into new passages. And at Jewel Cave National Monument in South Dakota, that sort of poking around recently led to more than a mile of charted cave.
Olympic National Park’s Pyramid Peak Trail has reopened after a nearly six-month closure. The trail closed in late August 2104 because of unsafe conditions in a slide-prone area.
Mammoth Cave National Park Superintendent Sarah Craighead has announced that fee increases proposed last year will take effect on March 14. This year, income from park fees will fund renovations at the Mammoth Cave Hotel, she said.
Yosemite National Park officials, with an eye on the National Park Service Centennial in 2016, have picked 10 "signature" projects to help celebrate that notable birthday.
San Francisco's Presidio, part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area, is in the process of planning for a second lodging facility.
Gift shops in and around Yellowstone National Park are filed with postcards, videos and guidebooks featuring grizzly bears and gray wolves. But you’d be hard-pressed to find a photograph—or even a passing mention—of three much rarer species found only in Yellowstone.
As we told you early this week, the National Park Service is revamping its websites in advance of the agency's centennial next year. Some of the changes can already be seen on a number of park websites.
The third time apparently was the charm at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin, where continued frigid weather has frozen Lake Superior hard enough to allow for the public to tour the lakeshore's "ice caves" beginning Saturday, barring any significant changes.
While flying kites at San Juan National Historic Site in Puerto Rico used to cause problems with kites that "escaped" and discarded kite string, park officials have turned the hobby into a festival that focuses on flying kites, cleaning up afterwards, and preserving the fortifications in the park.
There are a lot of whitewater runs in the National Park System just waiting for you out there. Some for experts, others intermediates, and a few that will help a novice gain confidence.
With pupping season arriving for harbor seals at Point Reyes National Seashore in California, some areas of the seashore will be off-limits to visitors for the next four months.
No national park is more associated with birds than Everglades, and the most prominent birds in the park are undoubtedly the waders. Herons, egrets, storks, and ibises are the rock stars of the Everglades. The park was even created partly with the protection of egrets in mind after plume hunting for the millinery industry nearly wiped them out in the 19th century.
Funding for the National Park Service and other Interior Department bureaus could turn into a bargaining chip U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is willing to dangle to prevent the Obama administration from standing in the way of energy development in Alaska.
White-nose syndrome, a disease deadly to bats and with no known cure, has created a "wildlife crisis" at Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky, where some bat species have declined as much as 80 percent compared to 2013 population counts, according to park officials.
It's bitterly cold, you're tired of snow and ice, and a seasonal job in a beautiful, and warm, location somewhere in the National Park System sounds ideal. So where do you look?
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park will sponsor a reception and open house February 27 to celebrate the nearing completion of the restoration of the Eva B.
Love wildflowers? Then consider heading to Saguaro National Park in Arizona early next month to help Tucson botanical experts perform a species inventory of blooming wildflowers in the national park.
Brown bears at Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska are renowned for their fishing prowess at Brooks Falls, but one apparently has refined his/her technique: The bruin does a belly flop into the water to catch a salmon.
Any park in the country has certain times of the year when a visit is especially enjoyable, and for Big Thicket National Preserve, a prime season for outdoor activities is upon us. Compared to more northerly climes, spring comes early to southeast Texas, and March and early April can offer a fine time hiking and boating in an area that's not your typical national park.
While the 100th birthday of the National Park Service won't officially arrive until August 25, 2016, it's not too early to work on improving the agency's many park websites. And the agency's webmeisters are doing just that.
If you’re trying to find your way off of the Los Angeles freeways, away from the urban crowds, just offshore is an island wilderness waiting for you. Channel Islands National Park is close, wild, and beautiful. These five islands, just 18 miles from Ventura, beckon to those with a need for quiet and solitude.
March is a pretty good month to get out and about in Arizona before the summer heat arrives, and with the state celebrating Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month you have a great reason to visit Tonto National Monument.
Close, but not quite ready. That's the situation at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin, where the frigid temperatures of late are making progress on freezing over Lake Superior and creating the "ice caves" on the lakeshore's mainland cliffs.
Is there anything worse than driving to a national park a loooonnngggg way from home, hoping to find a campsite to pitch your tent in, only to discover the campground is sold out? Well beginning in March you'll be able to reserve your campsite at Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota from your computer months before you leave home.