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Winter Forecast Brings Mixed Bag For Park Travelers

Will the coming winter bring snow, drought, soaking rains, or mild weather to your national park outings? As usual, it depends on where you go, but Rocky Mountain National Park could be a winter wonderland if the forecast from AccuWeather holds true, while New England travelers should enjoy a reprieve from last year's overly bountiful snows.

Tonto National Monument Among Park Units Celebrating International Archaeology Day

International Archaeology Day, celebrated in more than nine countries with hundreds of events world-wide, comes to the National Park System on Saturday. Visit Tonto National Monument in Arizona on that day, and you can learn about the cultures that called this landscape home for hundreds of years.

New Book To Help Kids Appreciate Public Lands In Alaska

Children are natural explorers, but current trends show that youth between the age of 8 to 18 spend more time than ever indoors and less time participating in unstructured outdoor activity. Residents of Fairbanks, Alaska, can buck this trend, as they have access to many parks and wild landscapes that lend themselves to exercising and experiencing the beauty of Interior Alaska.

Rediscovering National Parks In The Spirit Of John Muir

Though he "retired" in 1995, Dr. Michael Frome has really never stopped writing, nor caring, about the national parks. In this, his 95th year, the distinguished journalist who has dedicated his life to conservation and parks celebrates that life and regales us with a memoir that not only looks back across the many decades of his work but which inspires us to carry that work forward.

House Committee Supports Bill To Open Up Paddling In Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Parks

With a 23-15 party line vote the House Natural Resources Committee has approved legislation that would force the National Park Service to open up more than 400 miles of streams to paddlers in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, though whether the full House and Senate will do the same remains to be seen.

New Yosemite Concessionaire Signs Contract, Trademarks Up In The Air

Officials from the National Park Service have officially signed a 15-year concessions contract for Yosemite Hospitality, LLC, to run lodging and dining concessions in Yosemite National Park, though the company might be managing facilities not named The Ahwahnee Hotel, Yosemite Lodge at the Falls, or Badger Pass.

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