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Explore National Parks Through Maps Out Of History

Maps unlock the world in front of us...even if we're not standing right in front of the landscape contained on the map we're gazing at. They allow us to wander through the landscape, cross mountains, ford rivers and streams, and envision campsites in the backcountry. And, in the case of a new eBook, they allow us to look into the past of some national park settings.

Too Much Snow To Open Trail Ridge Road At Rocky Mountain National Park This Weekend

If you had your heart set to travel Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park this Memorial Day Weekend, well, you'll have to visit the lower elevations of the park because there's too much snow up high to open the road.

National Trails Day Features Trail Work At Point Reyes National Seashore

With National Trails Day coming up on June 6, there will be a lot of projects you can get involved with across the National Park System. One will feature a project on the Estero Trail at Point Reyes National Seashore in California.

Yellowstone National Park Immune From Wyoming Law Banning Certain Photos Of Water Resources

You can take all the photos you want on your Yellowstone National Park vacation without worrying about being arrested for ignoring a new Wyoming law pertaining to whistleblowers. It doesn't apply to the park, which is federal, not state, land, according to park officials.

Mount Rainier National Park Fee Schedule Creeping Upwards

You can now add Mount Rainier National Park to the growing list of National Park System units that are increasing their entrance fees. Beginning this Friday, it'll cost you a bit more to enter, and camp, in the national park.

Special Events Planned For This Summer At Fort Laramie National Historic Site

Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of Fort Laramie National Historic Site’s summer season, which will feature a variety of activities, from daily guided tours and talks to living history demonstrations and special events.

UPDATED: Black Bear Put Down in Great Smoky Mountains National Park For Being Habituated

An aggressive black bear has led Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials to close the Mount Le Conte backcountry shelter and trails to the Cliff Tops area.

Birding In The National Parks: "Can't You See It? It's Right There!"

“It’s right in that tree,” he said, pointing at a grove of approximately 50 small trees. “It’s on a horizontal branch. Right there in the tree with the green leaves. Can’t you see it?”

Emergency Fishing Closure At Olympic National Park

Concerns over the numbers of Hoh River Chinook salmon has prompted an emergency fishing closure of the Hoh River, South Fork Hoh River, and all tributaries, as well as the mouth of the Hoh River at Olympic National Park in Washington state.

National Park Service Considering A National World War I Memorial On National Mall

The National Park Service and the World War I Centennial Commission are preparig an Environmental Assessment to evaluate the effects of establishing a National World War I Memorial by enhancing the area around the existing Pershing Park.

Avalanche Kills Backcountry Skier At Grand Teton National Park

Spring skiing in the Rockies can be sublime, with warm daytime temperatures and "corn" snow conditions, all set against incredible scenery. But it also can be risky, as melting snow can be prone to avalanches, and squalls can make conditions dicey. Such was in the case in the backcountry of Grand Teton National Park this past weekend, as a slide killed one skier and seriously injured another. A third skier sustained minor injuries while a fourth was uninjured.

Dean Potter Dies In Illegal BASE Jumping Incident At Yosemite National Park

Dean Potter is dead. The climber who generated controversy over his climb of Delicate Arch in Arches National Park in 2006 and led to more specific, and restrictive, climbing regulations in the park died this past weekend in an illegal BASE jumping incident at Yosemite National Park.

Testing Finds No Hantavirus In Yosemite Valley, Some At Tuolumne Meadows Lodge Area

A testing program put in place after three visitors to Yosemite National Park died in 2012 from a rodent-borne disease detected no hantavirus in the park's iconic valley last year, though some was detected in the area surrounding Tuolumne Meadows Lodge, according to the California Department of Public Health.

Native American Artisans In Residence At Grand Teton National Park This Summer

A rich diversity of Native American artwork will be on hand this summer at Grand Teton National Park, along with the artisans who make it,.

National Park Service Commissions Survey Of Sites Tied To Reconstruction Period

the National Park Service has commissioned the first comprehensive review of nationally significant historical sites of the Reconstruction Era. The project, a National Historic Landmark Theme Study on the U.S. Reconstruction Era, 1861-1898, will bring attention to the history of the period of emancipation and Reconstruction after the Civil War and identify landmarks that help tell the nation’s story.

Clearing Snow Off Trail Ridge Road In Rocky Mountain National Park, The Video

Every year, Rocky Mountain National Park snowplow operators begin plowing Trail Ridge Road in mid-April. Crews from the west side of the park and crews from the east side of the park move along the road and eventually meet near the Alpine Visitor Center. The visitor center is the highest in the National Park Service, sitting at 11,796 feet above sea level. Spring storms often impact plowing activities. Plow operators normally encounter drifts from 18 to 22 feet tall.

Temporary Route Detour For Hikers Heading To Inspiration Point At Grand Teton National Park

A little detour will be required this summer for Grand Teton National Park hikers heading to Inspiration Point. Trail work in the area above Jenny Lake requires the detour so crews can replace bridges and work on the steep and rocky ledge trail section that leads to Inspiration Point.

Teenager Posing For Picture Gored By Bison At Yellowstone National Park

A 16-year-old exchange student was recovering Saturday from being gored by a bison at Yellowstone National Park. Park officials say the Taiwanese girl sustained serious, but not life-threatening, injuries when she was gored in the Old Faithful area.

Modest Fee Increases On Tap At Joshua Tree National Park

Higher fees are coming to Joshua Tree National Park in California, from higher entrance fees to higher camping fees.

Wildfires Grow To Nearly 8,000 Acres At Big Cypress National Preserve, Containment Shrinks

A complex of wildfires at Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida has nearly quadrupled in size this week, burning through grasslands, pine and cypress domes. Containment, once at roughly 20 percent, has dropped to about 5 percent as the fires spread.