The Latest News & Views

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

  • With a light winter pretty well over, Great Smoky Mountains National Park started opening its seasonal facilities this weekend.

    Set Up Camp

    It’s time to go camping.

  • Editor's note: The Traveler is expanding our coverage of national parks in other nations. We'll soon be rolling out travel features on international park destinations, but we're also christening this weekly roundup on park news from countries other than the U.S.

  • With an eye on the prize, this year's crop of would-be Appalachian Trail thru-hikers are getting ready to hit the trail.

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

  • The roster of National Historic Landmarks has grown by 13, with landmarks in nine different states received that designation this week from Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

    Among the 13 is are sites associated with the famed Apache scouts, the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in the world, and an early 18th-century parish church.

    “Each of these landmarks teaches us abou

Friday, March 9th, 2012

  • A massive avalanche that ran 3,000 feet is being blamed for the deaths of two veteran backcountry skiers at Grand Teton National Park.

    Chris Onufer and Steve Romeo appeared to have been near the top of a saddle in a ridge that forms Waterfall Canyon on Wednesday when a soft slab broke just above them, according to rangers who recovered their bodies Thursday.

    The two Wyoming men, long-time re