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Major Lodging Changes Coming To Yellowstone National Park

Significant changes are in the offing for lodging operations in parts of Yellowstone National Park, where officials envision tens of millions of dollars of improvements.

Investigation Shows Denali Climbing Team Doomed By Lack Of Equipment, Poor Decision-Making

With biting temperatures no higher than 20 degrees below zero, and winds that would gust to near 80 mph, the four-man climbing team on Mount McKinley had precious little margin for error. And when they tumbled 300-500 feet down "Pig Hill," suffering broken bones and contusions, that margin quickly began to unravel.
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Evolution Of A Glasshouse: From Colonial Glassmaking To Decorative Arts

Glassworks are one of the tools of interpretation at historic Jamestown in Colonial National Historical Park. Today you can watch as artisans recreate glass vessels using time-honored practices.

Keeping Things Quiet In The National Parks

There are at times unintended consequences of good deeds in national parks. For instance, efforts to reduce traffic by using shuttle buses can actually create a noisier environment, according to studies at Rocky Mountain National Park and elsewhere in the park system.

Alternative Realities Discovered On Spring Break In Joshua Tree National Park

A week-long immersion into Joshua Tree National Park offers much more than a visit of a few days. For Oliwia Baney, a week in the park working alongside rangers and other Student Conservation Association volunteers revealed the disparities between life in, and beyond, a national park's boundaries.

View From The Overlook: Mountain-Biker-In-Chief

There has been considerable debate about the wisdom of allowing mountain biking in the National Parks in general and Big Bend National Park in particular; that park becoming the poster child and cause celebre of mountain biking.

Discriminating Explorer: Get on the Road to Damascus! Trail Days 2012 Hikes in May 18th-20th

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Trail Days 2012 hikes in to Damascus, VA May 18-20th—and this nationally significant Appalachian Trail fest is a great time to discover "Trail Town USA." Don't miss Virginia's nearby highest peak, Mount Rogers, the explosively popular Virgina Creeper bike trail, and sophisticated Abingdon, just named an Appalachian Trail Community. All-in-all, a best-kept secret destination.

Commemorating The Civil War: A Learning Experience

As the vicious battles of the American Civil War resonated through the minds and hearts of those who lived them in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the impact of the war has seemingly faded in the consciousness of modern Americans.

A View From The Overlook: The Most Dangerous Games

Roger Siglin, retired from the National Park Service, but didn't retire from life by any stretch.

Walking On The Wild Side Of Dinosaur National Monument

Dinosaur National Monument is America’s national park with a funny name. Sure, it has dinosaurs. But their fossils take up only a little corner of this overlooked part of the national park system.

Discriminating Explorer: Two Incredible National Parks, One Great Town

Sunlight so bright it stains the rocks? It certainly seems so in the red-rock country of southeastern Utah, where Arches and Canyonlands national parks dazzle with both their scenery and their adventures.

Top 10 National Parks: Is Your List Better Than Mine?

People like lists. No, check that, they love them. Particularly when they disagree with them and think they have a better list. So, here's my personal Top 10 list of national parks. How does it match up with yours?

What To Do For National Park Week? Here Are Some Suggestions!

Looking for some ideas on how to celebrate National Park Week? Here you go!

Items Exhibited At APPL Convention Might Show Up At Your National Park Bookstore

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Where does the stuff in National Parks bookstores come from? Items exhibited at the APPL (Association of Partners for Public Lands) Convention will be sold in in the Parks if they serve an educational and cultural purpose.

Traveler's View: National Park Foundation Erred In Licensing Air Fresheners And Tricked Out Trucks

The National Park Foundation erred in reaching licensing agreements with trucks tricked out for conquering wilderness and air fresheners many associate with bathrooms.

A View From The Overlook: Montana Wowsers!

Everyone thought giving some extra Yellowstone National Park bison to Native American tribes in Montana was a grand idea...except the Montana Wowsers.

Missing From The System? Utah's San Rafael Swell

The Obama administration might have lost its ambition to declare Utah's San Rafael Swell a national monument, but that doesn't lessen the beauty and richness of the landscape and what it encompasses.

New Film Marks 150th Anniversary at Shiloh National Military Park

It was a two-day battle that unfolded 150 years ago this weekend, in the newly greened forests of southwest Tennessee.

Putting Black History Into Perspective At Hampton National Historic Site

A page out of slavery unfolds at Hampton National Historic Site in Maryland, where Ranger Angela Roberts-Burton tells an unusual story of a freed slave who returns to work for her once-upon-a-time overseers.

Alternative Spring Break: Seeing The Forest For The Joshua Trees

Alternative Spring Break -- time spent not on the beach, but in the national parks -- might not be for everyone, but for Student Conservation Association students, it can be a blast.

Spring In the National Parks: Where Can You Find Wildflowers?

Spring is showing up in more and more corners of the country, which means it's a perfect time to check out what's blooming in the National Park System. Here's a quick list of some reliable sites to catch wildflowers in the weeks ahead.

Gateway Communities: Not All Have Tight Connections With Their National Parks

In Moab, Utah, a gritty town that mines the tourism industry spawned in part by nearby Arches and Canyonlands national parks, the Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks is working to connect the region's youth with the parks.

Review Of National Park Service's Approach To History Points To Weak Support For That Mission

History, both protecting vestiges of it and interpreting it, is one of the central missions of the National Park Service. But a new report says the agency is largely failing that mission, both from a lack of investment as well as from an approach to telling history almost with blinders on, and that history in the parks is considered to be "endangered."

How To Bag A Reservation In A National Park Lodge

Although it can be quite difficult to get into a room at Old Faithful Inn, Many Glacier Hotel, Yosemite Lodge, and El Tovar during high season, there are ways to improve your chances of bagging a reservation at a national park lodge.

Tule Springs, With Its Rare Collection Of Prehistoric Fossils, Promoted For National Monument Status

Lynn Davis and Christina Kamrath going into the Upper Las Vegas Wash
Tule Springs outside of Las Vegas is a hotbed of Ice Age fossils. A large coalition is working hard to make it a national monument.

Appalachian Spring: The Video

The Blue Ridge Parkway, between Great Smoky Mountains and Shenandoah National Parks, is a prime venue to a secret season—the explosive beauty and bounty of Appalachian Spring.

Discriminating Explorer: Appalachian Spring

The Blue Ridge Parkway, between Great Smoky Mountains and Shenandoah National Parks, is a prime venue to a secret season—the explosive beauty and bounty of Appalachian Spring.

Chiricahua National Monument's "Wonderland of Rocks" Is Also a Hiking Smorgasbord

Tucked away in southeastern Arizona is an off-the-beaten-path destination often described as a "Wonderland of Rocks." The nickname for Chiricahua National Monument is certainly appropriate, but this area offers a lot more than interesting geology, including a fine variety of trails that could be called a hiking smorgasbord.

Saguaro National Park Using New Technology to Deter Cactus Rustlers

Saguaro National Park is using some new technology to help deter an old-time problem—cactus poachers. Operation PIT Tag inserts tiny micro-chips into cacti to allow positive identification of saguaro cacti which have been heisted from the park. The program makes those plants less attractive targets for rustlers, since it's easy to verify that a tagged cactus is "stolen goods."

Lodging In the Parks: Why There Are No Rooms At The Inn

Can't find a room in the national park inn of your choice? This story explains why that might be the case.