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Quotations Tied To National Parks Worth Mulling

With nearly 100 years of history, the National Park Service and its wonderful system have attracted a lot of quotable quotes, some inspiring, some concerning. Here is a baker's dozen of statements -- some thought-provoking, others merely interesting -- that have been tied to the system down through the years

National Park Road Trip 2011: The Lodges of Western Glacier National Park

Having turned their car back towards the rising sun, David and Kay Scott have been spending time in Glacier National Park while working on an update to their book, The Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges.

NPCA Report: America's National Parks Have Troubling Problems With Natural, Cultural, Historic Resources

A report out today from the National Parks Conservation Association paints a distressing picture of the health of the National Park System just five years out from the centennial of the National Park Service.

Savor The Gifts That Are Grizzly Bear 399 & Clan in Grand Teton National Park

What’s the value of a grizzly bear? For far more people than not, few things in this age of avatars surpass the thrill of seeing a grizzly bear family in its native element. The story of Jackson Hole grizzly No. 399, who emerged from the den this year with her second troop of triplet cubs in half a decade, speaks to another kind of worth. It says something about us.

National Park Road Trip 2011: The Lodges of North Cascades National Park

With Olympic National Park in their rearview mirror, David and Kay Scott have moved on to North Cascades National Park to check out the lodging possibilities there for their book, The Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges.

Birding in the National Parks: Spotting Vultures And Anhinga Along the Anhinga Trail in Everglades National Park

Though it's a magnet for visitors to Everglades National Park, enduring the crowds along the Anhinga Trail is worth it if you're hoping to spot black vultures, anhingas, and a nice variety of herons.

Traveler's Checklist: Gettysburg National Military Park

The information provided here should prove very helpful if you plan to be among the more than one million people who visit Gettysburg National Military Park this year.

Can, And Should, The Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park Be Restored?

Though it's missing a Half Dome, the twin to the Yosemite Valley has been described by none other than John Muir as "one of nature's rarest and most precious mountain temples.” But since 1923 the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park has been submerged, a victim of sorts to thirsty San Franciscans, but one that more than a few believe should be drained and brought back to life.
Can you imagine another Yosemite Valley? Another granite-lined canyon graced by feathery waterfalls and split by a placid river running through its meadows and forests? It exists, but since 1923 the wonders of the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park have been under water, Tuolumne River water backed up by the O'Shaugnessy Dam and stored for the needs of San Francisco’s residents.

Is There A New Unit of The National Park System Coming To Your Neighborhood?

Pick any one day and you can be sure the National Park Service, directed by Congress, is looking into the feasibility of adding a site, or a dozen, to the National Park System. So what sites might be coming to your neighborhood? Read on.

By the Numbers: Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument

The battle popularly known as "Custer's Last Stand," and now also recognized as the last stand of the Plains Indians, was fought in southeastern Montana on June 25-26, 1876. Here are some highlight statistics for Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument and the battle it commemorates.

National Park Road Trip 2011: Lake Crescent Lodge, Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort, Log Cabin Resort in Olympic National Park

Having enjoyed the crashing surf at Kalaloch Lodge in Olympic National Park, David and Kay Scott moved north to Lake Crescent Lodge, the Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort, and the Log Cabin Resort to inspect other lodging possibilities in the park for an update to their book, The Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges.

Some Numbers To Keep in Mind When Reviewing Yellowstone National Park's Winter-Use Plan

Trumpeter swans, Yellowstone National Park, copyright Kurt Repanshek
For more than a decade the debate over how winter in Yellowstone National Park should be enjoyed has dragged on. The latest comment period on the park's proposal for winter-use comes to an end next month. Here are some numbers to keep in mind when studying this issue.

Preserving History At Salem Maritime National Historic Site

Creaking on the tides under the weight of its three masts and 55 miles of rigging, the Friendship is a floating reminder of a time when the upstart United States laid a commercial claim to the high seas.

National Park Road Trip 2011: Kalaloch Lodge and Lake Quinault Lodge At Olympic National Park

Editor's note: David and Kay Scott have just about reached the end of the road in their westward trek to sample lodgings so they can update their book, The Complete Guide To The National Park Lodges. This dispatch covers two of Olympic National Park's lodging options, the Kalaloch Lodge and Lake Quinault Lodge.

National Park Road Trip 2011: Finding Paradise At Mount Rainier National Park

One truly can find Paradise at Mount Rainier National Park, as lodging experts David and Kay Scott, authors of The Complete Guide To the National Park Lodges, discovered when they reached the park on their national park odyssey.

Visit Your Park: Yosemite National Park

As awe-inspiring as the Yosemite Valley is, it is not the length and breadth of Yosemite National Park, but rather only one measure of this High Sierra beaut. Sadly, a surprising number of people never venture out of the valley with its towering granite walls and, in season, wispy waterfalls, to explore the other wonders of the park.

Birding in the National Parks: An Introduction

Birders are a strange bunch of critters. I can say that because I’m one of them. We tend to carry around enough optical equipment to make the guys that were hunting Osama bin Laden jealous. We think eating breakfast at 3 a.m. in the summer is perfectly normal. We tend to travel…a lot

National Park Road Trip 2011: Crater Lake Lodge

Leaving Oregon Caves National Monument behind, lodging experts David and Kay Scott returned to the snowbelt, heading to Crater Lake National Park which has had a very impressive winter in terms of snowfall.

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For nearly six years now we've provided you with a daily dose of life in the national parks and offered a platform for discussing the National Park System and how it's being managed. Your ongoing support will allow us to continue encouraging exploration, enjoyment, and understanding of the park system.

Trails I've hiked - The Appalachian Trail in Southwest Virginia

Open area near Massey Gap
The Appalachian Trail in southwest Virginia is a spectacular section, with open meadows and feral ponies. Meeting thru-hikers is a bonus.

A Weekend Well-Lived: Trail Running in Death Valley National Park

Death Valley sand dunes by Meghan Hicks
You can find trail runners in more than a few national parks these days, and Death Valley National Park, with its wide-open spaces and roads running through tight canyons, is a spectacular draw for those looking for great scenery and solitude on their runs, as Meghan Hicks and her friends discovered earlier this year.

National Park Road Trip 2011: The Chateau At Oregon Caves National Monument

Having once again fled snow, lodging experts David and Kay Scott headed to The Chateau at Oregon Caves National Monument to work on an update to their book, The Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges. Fortunately, they found a roaring fireplace to cozy up next to.

Congressman Asks If National Park Service Went Too Far to Accommodate Citizen Palin

Did the National Park Service bend over too far to accommodate Sarah Palin and her family during their East Coast tour, which had more than a few political overtones? That's what at least one congressman wants to know, and he's asked Park Service Director Jon Jarvis for an explanation.
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National Park Road Trip 2011: Lassen Volcanic National Park

It look a bit of driving, but Traveler's lodging experts, David and Kay Scott, managed to reach Lassen Volcanic National Park to work on updating their book, The Complete Guide To the National Park Lodges. At Lassen they were able to check out the park's new cabins.

Backpacker Magazine's National Parks Collector's Edition

Backpacker magazine has devoted its June issue to the national parks, and the 112-page mag packs quite a lot of information -- including some great features on park destinations and a discussion-spurring list of parks the editor-in-chief would do away with in favor of new units -- between the covers.

National Park Road Trip 2011: Yosemite Valley

From Wawona Hotel near the south entrance of Yosemite National Park the ride to the Yosemite Valley is relatively short, but the scenery is incredible different...and so are the lodging possibilities, as David and Kay Scott relate in the following dispatch.

Pick Your Park At National Parks Traveler

Looking for information to help you plan your national park vacation? Today the Traveler is rolling out the first in a series of "park profile" pages to help you with your homework.

By the Numbers: Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Glacier Bay National Park, the core attraction of the Inside Passage coastal cruise ship route, is noted for its tidewater glaciers, abundant watchable wildlife, and gorgeous mountain-backed scenery. Here are some statistics that reveal the character of this remarkable park.

National Park Road Trip 2011: Wawona Hotel In Yosemite National Park

From Kings Canyon National Park, lodging connoisseurs David and Kay Scott headed north to Yosemite National Park, where they checked into the Wawona Hotel to work on an update to their book, The Complete Guide To The National Park Lodges.