The Latest News & Views

Great Smoky Mountains Association Donates Nearly $3 Million In 2014 To Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Good weather and rebounding visitation to Great Smoky Mountains National Park combined to produce a strong year for the Great Smoky Mountains Association, which was able to contribute $2.6 million for park projects in 2014.

Exploring The Milky Way Over Grand Canyon National Park

Journey to a place where the Milky Way stretches across the heavens. Experience the mystery and wonder of Grand Canyon National Park's night sky with Astronomer Tyler Nordgren and Ranger Rader Lane. Explore its beauty and learn what you can do to help preserve it.
The Ancient Southwest: A Guide to Archaeological Sites Archaeological sites hold plenty of potential for visitors interested in history and science, but in many cases there's a bonus: the physical settings, structures and even the artifacts themselves can make great subjects for some truly beautiful photographs. In "The Ancient Southwest: A Guide to Archaeological Sites," author Gregory McNamee and photographer Larry Lindahl join forces to produce a readable, informative and visually appealing guide to fifty such sites in the American Southwest.

"Add An Acre, Sell An Acre" Proposal Aimed At Keeping Federal Estate From Growing Introduced To Congress

In an effort to keep the federal landscape from growing appreciably, a Republican from Virginia has introduced to Congress a measure that would, in many cases, require land-management agencies to offset every acre added to their oversight by selling an acre.

Shenandoah National Park Facilities Soon To Open For Spring Visitors

Though winter has not released its grip on Shenandoah National Park and staff continues to work on clearing the Skyline Drive of snow and ice, facilities in the park will begin opening this month.

Photo Of Hikers At Grand Canyon National Park Illustrates Why "Rangers Get Gray Hair"

The park website at Grand Canyon National Park includes a warning about the potential for icy trails at the top of the home page, under a red and white banner titled "Park Alerts." I think it's safe to assume similar information is dispensed at visitor centers and other locations, so here's a photo that helps illustrate why rangers get gray hair.

Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park And The NPS Centennial

It has been more than eight decades since Canadians and Americans came together to forge Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, the world's first cross-border park dedicated to protect unique ecosystems that flourish where the prairie rises up to the crooked spine of the Rocky Mountains. That concept -- an international park -- is gaining renewed attention, both due to last fall's World Parks Congress, as well as next year's centennial of the National Park Service in the United States.

UPDATED: Ailing 706-Pound Leatherback Sea Turtle Comes Ashore At Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Euthanized

An obviously ailing leatherback sea turtle discovered on a beach at Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina had to be put down, due to the unlikelihood that it would survive in captivity and was too sick to be released back into the Atlantic Ocean.

Wolves Wander From Grand Portage Indian Reservation To Isle Royale National Park And Back

A pair of wolves whose home range is on the Grand Portage Indian Reservation in Minnesota recently used an ice bridge to cross 14 miles over Lake Superior to Isle Royale National Park, where they wandered for five days before returning to the mainland.

Parks Canada To Return Plains Bison To Banff National Park

Plains bison, an icon of wild landscapes, will be returned to Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, in an effort to bring the "missing link" back to the park's wildlife ecosystem.
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"Ice Caves" At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Closing For Season Due To Warming Conditions

In stark contrast to last winter's weeks' long cold-box-like weather, warming conditions at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore have prompted officials to close their "ice caves" for the season after just nine days.

Lend A Hand At Cedar Creek And Belle Grove Historical Park

If your national park interests tend to focus on Civil War sites, you'll have a chance later this month to help out the staff at Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park in Virginia.

Op-Ed| Let's Bring Grizzly Bears Back To The North Cascades

Should grizzly bears be allowed to recover their presence in the North Cascades? The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service are holding a series of meetings on a Grizzly Bear Restoration Environmental Impact Statement that examines whether they should work toward grizzly bear recovery in the region. In the following opinion piece, Rob Smith, senior director of the National Parks Conservation Association's Northwest Region, speaks out in favor of the bears' recovery.

Moonless Night Should Provide Perfect Snowshoe And Stargazing Outing At Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site

The prospect of a dark, moonless sky over Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in New Hampshire has park staff planning a night-time hike to combine snowshoeing and stargazing later this month.
Shenandoah: A Story of Conservation and Betrayal It was a warm, sunny October afternoon when my meandering path along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in Shenandoah National Park took me directly through an old apple orchard. The trees’ limbs were heavy with ripe fruit.
Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges Just in time for the summer travel season, David and Kay Scott have come forth with an eighth edition to their guide to lodging in the National Park System. And it contains some notable additions.

Two Final Chances For "Big Day Birding Adventures" At Everglades National Park

The winter and early spring seasons are especially fine times to enjoy birding at Everglades National Park, and the staff has invited the public to participate in several "citizen science" activities to help count birds in the park. The final two "Big Day Birding Adventures" programs for this year will be held on March 14 and 28, 2015

Delicate Arch On Your Bucket List? Might Have To Skip It This Year

Delicate Arch at Arches National Park is one of the icons of the National Park System. It's showcased on Utah's license plates, and a must-see for visitors to the park. But construction this year at the arch's parking area could force you to put off your up-close-and-personal experience with Delicate Arch until another year, say park officials.

Traveler's Gear Box: Mountain Hardwear's Minimalist

While you might have a quiver of skis to handle conditions that vary from deep powder to hard pack, or a lake canoe along with a kayak or down-river canoe, there's no need to have a closet full of jackets for varying weather conditions. One shell jacket that can withstand a variety of conditions will let you maximize your gear investments across the board.

Areas of Rocky Mountain, Zion National Parks Closed For Nesting Raptors

With spring, and warmer weather, around the corner, raptors will soon be nesting on the cliffs and crags of Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado and Zion National Park in Utah, and so temporary closures have been put in place in the two parks.