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Sunday, January 1st, 2012

  • Tourism traffic to Alaskan units of the National Park System grew by roughly 2 percent in 2011 to a total of 2.32 million visitors, according to preliminary National Park Service statistics.

    That total was up about 50,000 from the 2.27 million visitors who stopped in one of the units in 2010. Final numbers for this calendar year will be available in the spring.

  • It was big, potentially bad, and fell at the right time -- sometime in the night when there was no snowmobile or snowcoach traffic coming into Yellowstone National Park from the West Entrance.

    The blockish boulder, equal in size to a large SUV, but certainly much heavier, came down sometime in the night late Wednesd

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

  • We've been fortunate to have been supplied with images of the national parks from some of the best park photographers in the country, and we'd like to take a minute to thank them once again for their help in illustrating stories on the Traveler.

    QT Luong, Ian Shive, Tom Till, and Tony Bynum have done a masterful job snatching moments of time in the parks with their cameras.

Friday, December 30th, 2011

  • Year-end usually leads to reflection, and we'd be more than remiss if we didn't take a moment to thank all of you who read the Traveler.

    Without your surfing by on a regular basis to see what news there is across the National Park System we'd have little motivation to keep plugging away.

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

  • Not all stories have to have a hard edge to them to be considered nicely done. What follows are some 2011 stories from, or revolving around, the National Park System that we liked for what they had to say, or how they had to say it, or what we learned from them. We hope you enjoyed them, too.