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Jun 26th - 21:46pm | Amarillobymorning

Looking forward to the Banff guide. As for future guides, if you'd like any tips or suggestions I would be happy to supply from wherever we visit. This summer we'll be at Wind Cave, Theodore Roosevelt, Apostle Island, Pictured Rocks and Sleeping Bear. Past visits include Canyon De Chelly, Glacier, Natural Bridges, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Bisti Badlands, Big Bend and some more back east.

Rocky Mountain National Park's Trail Ridge Road, Not A Good Place For Vertigo

Jun 25th - 18:55pm | Another Anonymous

Many years ago, while working road patrol on Trail Ridge Road, I encountered a woman who had stopped in the middle of the road with a death grip on the steering wheel.  She had vertigo much like as described by Anonymous.  After my attempts to calm her failed, I arranged for somebody to drive her vehicle to lower elevation.  I never considered the tundra area on top of

Jun 25th - 16:30pm | Rick B.

Just curious, Anonymous - how slow do folks drive there?

Jun 25th - 12:57pm | Anonymous

Just drove over Trail Ridge on Wednesday, June 22.

Jun 21st - 14:09pm | PaulAZ

Million dollar highway in CO is scarier. Have heard that because of snowplowing the barriers make no sense on that road

Jun 20th - 15:58pm | Mike Thomas

Spectacular vistas - almost beyond imagination. Learn how to downshift your vehicle before you go!

President Adds Stonewall National Monument To National Park System

Jun 25th - 09:08am | wild places

Another example of how the NPS has lost it's way

Jun 24th - 22:44pm | Debby

Why can't we make the Geronimo monument part of the National Park systems ? 

Jun 24th - 12:50pm | Rick B.

I'm gratified that President Obama took this action to commemorate this civil rights historical site.

UPDATED: Congressman Asks For National Park Service Director's Resignation

Jun 25th - 08:57am | GC Boatman

Removing Director Jarvis will hardly solve all of the NPS's problems, but it is a necessary step.  The trust of integrity in public service needs to be restored.

Jun 24th - 22:57pm | Lee Dalton

Wyoming, you left out the most common Congressional lubricant : MONEY!

Jun 24th - 21:38pm | Lorreta

Fire this man!

Jun 24th - 19:19pm | SmokiesBackpacker

Jarvis has long been a bad seed and I personally don't give a crap about his book deal. He's being punished for the Myriad other sins he's committed. I hope the next director learns that their job is to serve the public and not their cronies underlings. But Jarvis is so conceited and arrogant he will probably stay in office. Sally Jewell will appoint another clone of him. 

Jun 24th - 16:17pm | Wyoming Valley

Now, if Congress would just resign, the nation would be in terrific shape. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. Congress is itself lubricated by sex and alcohol, and lately by sit-ins and personal tiffs. This is not to excuse Jonathan Jarvis for anything. But when Congress gets barely four percent public approval (yes, 4 percent!!), who are they to sound self-righteous?

Jun 23rd - 19:53pm | Ronald L

There is a petition on the White House site to remove Jarvis:

Chinese Visitor Fined $1,000 For Going Off Boardwalk In Yellowstone National Park

Jun 25th - 00:55am | nwiz

It's time for Yellowstone to ban boardwalk closures; guests do NOT appreciate the natural beauty.  Their stupidity will close natural settings for all.

Jun 21st - 12:49pm | Kimi

I agree that the fine is not stiff enough.

Minute Man National Historical Park To Reopen The Wayside

Jun 24th - 19:34pm | Leslie

The Wayside is located at 455 Lexington Road in Concord,MA

Jun 24th - 14:06pm | E.S.

An address for the house would be helpful on this item. I'm familiar with most of the historic houses around Concord, and this isn't the Alcott house, right? So this is some other house, which is not marked as "The Wayside" on the map, and which isn't the Wayside Inn a few miles up the way either, so...

The Case of the Cigarette Smoking Woman At Petrified Forest National Park

Jun 24th - 18:56pm | Wiseowl

Dear admin, tourists were traveling the National Trails Highway in 1924, which was the predesessor to Route 66, and before that, it was Beale's Trail.

Moses H. Cone Memorial Park: A Jewel Along The Blue Ridge Parkway

Jun 24th - 15:55pm | Jeff P

I completly agree!! 

Survey Says National Park Service Is Far from the Best Government Agency to Work For

Jun 24th - 14:31pm | Anonymous

Feel your pain

UPDATE: 'Creepytings' Vandal Pleads Guilty To Defacing Western National Parks

Jun 24th - 13:55pm | hc

Maybe if you'd paid attention in school and learned how to spell, write coherently, and communicate, we'd take you seriously.  No, probably and hopefully not;  we at least get your drift and it's pretty sad.

Jun 21st - 12:47pm | Anonymous

Just a thought here...what are the petroglyphs if not graffati?  Not that I'm in favore of defacing our national treasures...I thnk the judge should have given her a scrub brush and a bucket and told her to get to work.

Western Charm And Personality, Cody, Wyoming

Jun 24th - 13:13pm | Dennis P. Lima

Thanks. We have reservations for both Cody and Yellowstone NP the second week of August. Looking forward to visiting. 

Jun 24th - 11:13am | David Crowl

Ditto on the Buffalo Bill Center.

Jun 24th - 09:53am | Jackie T

I absolutely love Cody! No summer is complete without a visit to the museum(s), a stroll down main street and a meal/stay at the Irma!

Jun 24th - 08:13am | ecbuck

The Buffalo Bill Center is a must see.  

What Should The National Park Service Do With The Enchanted Valley Chalet At Olympic National Park?

Jun 24th - 10:09am | tahoma

I was impressed that this large structure was rescued from the river.  The problem is that there is no truly sustainable place to put it. Moving it far away from the river increases the risk of it being damaged by falling old-growth trees and also increases the exposure to winter avalanches, which are the reason Enchanted Valley is mostly large meadows.

Jun 24th - 09:19am | JAnderson

Why not Save it and use it. It's a part of the history of the area and history should never be thrown away. Move it further if you must. I wondered why the first move didn't take it further from the river. Standard camping rules say you should be two hundred ft. from water. Fix  it up and make it usable.

Jun 24th - 00:43am | cenrico

Having visited including once years ago when the building was open top to bottom I feel the NPS should bring back the crew that moved it and have them move it some more, further away from the river. I also feel that commenters who have not visited have no right to ask you to remove it. That includes that wonderful organization known as Wilderness Watch.

Jun 23rd - 10:13am | rmackie

A tough one, historical significance especially to the locals, however my own bias is it should probably be removed. 

Musings From An IMAX Theater: What Did You Think Of "National Parks Adventure"?

Jun 23rd - 20:25pm | RomanHans

If Moby was raised in Newport Beach on a diet of Twinkies and Mountain Dew, he would still be more racially diverse than this boring film. Director Greg MacGillivray comes from a long line of white filmmakers -- his dad made Endless Summer -- and he's done the lineage proud. In a combined 90 minutes of audio and video, we've got ten seconds of Black.

Jun 23rd - 09:09am | Cheryl B.

Not worthy of an IMAX movie.  The sponsoring advertisements were a distraction.  Beautiful scenery, but the biking riding misses the point, even though I understand the demographic the movie was going for.  As others have mentioned, the movie shouldn't have shown people standing so close to bison.  But my biggest grievance was the shot of Lake Powell.  What were they th

Condor Chick In Zion Confirmed, But Father Dies With High Lead Levels In Blood

Jun 22nd - 16:12pm | ecbuck

Quite a stretch Anon - What I see in your article is someone (rightfully) claiming the UN wants to ban lead ammunition.  And, contrary to your articles author, there is nothing in the UN proposal that limits the ban to birdshot.  The (Infowars) article isn't blaming anybody for anything.  Merely pointing out a fact. 

Jun 22nd - 08:13am | Anonymous

Well, let's see, here's just one example of stuff being forwarded back and forth among some Utah patriots:

Jun 21st - 20:00pm | ecbuck

Current regulations prohibit the possession of lead projectiles with a firearm capable of firing such projectiles when hunting for big game or nongame species within the California condor range. Then hunters should not be using them.

Jun 21st - 19:58pm | ecbuck

Here in Utah, many gunners have greeted this as just another plot by the United Nations  Really?  Who are these gunners? Show us where some Utah "gunners" have blamed this on the UN.

Jun 21st - 19:09pm | Anonymous

Here in Utah, many gunners have greeted this as just another plot by the United Nations and Obama to deprive them of their "liberties."

Jun 21st - 18:59pm | Rick B.

From the California Department of Fish & Wildlife site:   ===== Phase 1 - Effective July 1, 2015, nonlead ammunition will be required when taking Nelson bighorn sheep and all wildlife on CDFW lands.

Jun 21st - 18:38pm | ecbuck

Some premium for all copper bullets but not substantiall, especially for hunting where someone might shoot a dozen rounds vs hundreds at a range.  I don't hunt so I don't know the relative stopping power but assuming there aren't other issues I could see requiring all copper bullets for hunting and maybe eventually ranges as well.  

Jun 21st - 16:41pm | Rick B.

Disgusting - a direct mankind-related effect.

Two Bears Struck By Vehicles, Killed Sunday In Grand Teton National Park

Jun 22nd - 07:30am | Julie

National Parks are not zoos.  People need to be respectful & remember this is their home.  Slow down and keep a safe distance.  Losing this bear cub is very distressing. The world is mourning along with bear #399.   

President Obama's Visit To Yosemite National Park Will Add To Crowds, Congestion

Jun 21st - 16:13pm | beekay

"Is a problem..."  Starting with an overall and "successful" campaign over the years to get in more visitors, so each year, the park, monument, site wil show a better count. It is much easier to show "increased visitor use" than a quality of a visit. 

Jun 21st - 13:26pm | alaska guest

This is not the first National Park that President Obama has visited.  He and his family visited Yellowstone in  2009 and Acadia in 2010.  He visited Kenai Fjords last summer, without his family. 

Exploring The Parks: A Visit To Keweenaw National Historical Park

Jun 21st - 13:39pm | drew hanson

It's an outstanding unit of the National Park System. Ideally NPS would be given the opportunity to own some of the significant natural features in the future as well.

Treasure Your National Park Visits With A Photo Album From Shutterfly

Jun 21st - 09:14am | fcingram

Grandkids loved the outer banks, the ferry ride to Okracoke, the Wright Brothers Monumental. perfect vacation.  

OIG: National Park Service Director Skirted Ethics Office In Writing Book, Reprimanded

Jun 20th - 15:10pm | SmokiesBackpacker

Jarvis was grilled for his refusal to discipline a man who promoted sexual abuse within the NPS.  Because Jarvis takes care of his Superintendents who carry water for him.  If you do Jarvis bidding, you can harrass and abuse women, apparently.  

Op-Ed | When It Comes To Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct, College Sports Have More Conscience Than NPS Officials

Jun 20th - 13:35pm | longtimerafter

Wait a minute, there seems to be more to all this than meets the eye.  Of all the folks I know on the rivers of the west, 85% perecent of them met there significant others on river trips, Does this mean when someone says " no" to a come on it is automatically sexual harassment.  And what about the story that one of the major complaintants and the author of this letter to Secretar

Historic World War II Building Mistakenly Torn Down By National Park Service

Jun 20th - 12:05pm | oldbuffalo

Superintendent Ashwell said the Park Service "accepts full responsibility for this and regrets the harm we have caused.  - Notice she said the Park Service accepts full responsibility, but did not take full responsibility herself.

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