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Friday, October 5th, 2012

  • The colorful object shown in Mystery Photo 56 is a parfleche. Parfleches were made by Native American tribes out of rawhide and used as a suitcase of sorts or to store clothing or food.

    Parfleches were brightly decorated, as is obvious from this photo.

  • Time is running out to explore Rocky Mountain National Park via the Old Fall River Road, which is scheduled to close for maintenance on October 10. Winter closure likely won't be too far behind once heavy snows arrive.

    Road maintenance is scheduled to take place on October 10, 11, 12, 15, 16 and 17.

  • The sesquicentennial of the American Civil War provides what may be the last great opportunity for our nation to save significant portions of battlefields from the war,” National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said in late September.

    With that startling statement, he announced nearly $2.5 million in NPS grants to acquire lands at eight Civil War battlefields.

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

  • Sadly, the best quizmeister the national parks have ever known has left the building.

    Perhaps he was done in by his Ringers, Mystery Photos, Jumbles, or perhaps those treacherous Mystery Spots.

    Or maybe he was simply stumped by perhaps his toughest quiz yet -- how to escape the ever-growing popularity of his quizzes and an

  • Most visitors to Yellowstone National Park are familiar with the Upper, Lower, and Midway geyser basins, but how many these days have made the trek to a basin that once, thanks to its oddly shaped spires and acidic hot springs, was another must-see attraction for park visitors?

    These days the Monument Geyser