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Friday, July 13th, 2012

  • Either June's contests were particularly difficult, or readers decided to go on vacation, as only 25 qualified for a chance to win a copy of David and Kay Scott's Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges.

    To select the winner -- RoadRanger -- we again turned to the dart board at

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

  • While a ban on fires at Rocky Mountain National Park has been lifted, fire restrictions have been imposed at Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks due to dry conditions.

    At Rocky Mountain, officials had instituted a complete ban on open fires back on June 18. Campfires are now permitted in campgrounds, select designated backcountry campsites, and at designated picnic areas.

  • Tough times in Washington, in terms of fiscal affairs, mean tough times for the National Park Service. And that's very noticeable in the agency's proposed construction budget for the coming fiscal year.

    The National Park Service budget of nearly $3 billion submitted for fiscal year 2013 (October 2012 through September 2013) includes $131 million in requests for construction projects.

  • Zion National Park offers some popular locations for climbers, but a recent ill-advised attempt to scale a route known as the Moonlight Buttress offers some good reminders...and an example of "how not to do it."

    One climbing website describes Moonlight Buttress as one of the premier sandstone big walls in the world.

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

  • A federal judge has ruled that the National Park Service acted without sound reasoning in 2007 when it reopened more than 22 miles of off-road vehicle trails in Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida and ordered that the routes be closed before month's end.

    "Simply stated, NPS’s decision to convert 1.58 miles of primary trail to secondary trail, to re-open 1