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National Park System Visitation Was Up More Than 20 Million In 2014, To A Record 294 Million

Whether it was due to lower gas costs, better weather, or an improving economy, the bottom line for the National Park System for 2014 was impressive: An increase of more than 20 million visitors over 2013 levels, for a record total of 294 million, according to unofficial statistics.

Paddle The Smith River With Redwood National Park Rangers This Summer

For a limited time in summer, Redwood National and State Parks presents kayak tours of the Smith River—a crown jewel of the National Wild & Scenic River System and the largest free-flowing river system in California.

Bryce Canyon National Park Gets OK To Built Multi-Use Visitor Path

Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah has been given the go-ahead to built a multi-use pathway from Bryce Canyon City into the park.

Year-Long Centennial Celebration At Rocky Mountain National Park Ramping Up

Though the actual 100th "birthday" for Rocky Mountain National Park doesn't arrive until September, the park is ramping up its year-long celebration with a number of special programs in the coming weeks.

Dinosaur National Monument Creates Logo To Celebrate Its Centennial

To help spread the word and celebrate its centennial, the staff at Dinosaur National Monument in Utah and Colorado has created a logo to mark the occasion.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Changes Firewood Rules To Protect Forests

In a further step to help protect the forests of Great Smoky Mountains National Park from non-native insect pests, park officials beginning in March will only allow heat-treated firewood that has been certified by the USDA or a state agriculture department, and dead and down wood collected from the park's forests, to be used in campgrounds.

National Park Service Will Review Trademark Applications Filed In Connection With Grand Canyon Businesses

Efforts by Xanterra Parks & Resorts to trademark the names of commercial businesses on the South Rim in Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona will be examined by the National Park Service once their applications are published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for review.

Now's The Time To Be Making Plans For Summer In The National Parks

Today is not too early to make your summer vacation plans in the National Park System.

National Park Service, Unable To Complete Concessions Contracts On Time, Moves To Extend Dozens Across Park System

Hammering out concessions contracts across the National Park System is not an easy, or quick, job. Failure to reach new contracts before existing ones expired at the end of 2014 prompted the National Park Service to propose extended dozens of contracts for up to a year to keep visitor services operating without interruption.

Photography In The National Parks: Day And Night In Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

Planning on visiting Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island? National Parks Traveler Photographer Rebecca Latson did and returned with some helpful hints on capturing those perfect shots.

Public Meeting Set To Discuss Entrance Fee Increases Proposed For Zion, Bryce Canyon, And Cedar Breaks

With timing running out to comment on proposed increases in entrance fees at Zion and Bryce Canyon national parks, as well as Cedar Breaks National Monument, all in Utah, the National Park Service has scheduled an open house to discuss the proposals with the public. Park superintendents and staff from all three park areas will be in attendance.

Ranger-Led Snowshoe Hikes Coming To Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is offering winter snowshoe walks every Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. beginning Saturday, January 10, Winter Trails Day. This day is celebrated throughout the country as an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and discover the fitness and social benefits of outdoor activities. The snowshoe walks will continue through Sunday, March 22.

Yosemite Trademark Discussion: FAQs

The following FAQs were provided by DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite in connection with their intellectual property rights claim at Yosemite National Park.

Xanterra Parks & Resorts Makes Push To Trademark Iconic Grand Canyon National Park Lodge Names

Xanterra Parks & Resorts has filed a slew of applications to trademark the iconic names of lodgings and restaurants on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

Op-Ed| The National Park System: Some Thoughts In 2015

As we begin 2015, which marks the 99th year since the establishment of the National Park Service and National Park System, some troubling trends are more and more apparent. A short review of recent articles should give everyone who supports our parks reason to pause and think about the future.

Nááts’ihch’oh National Park Reserve Becomes Canada's 44th National Park

Nááts’ihch’oh National Park Reserve, a rugged landscape encompassing the South Nahanni River watershed in the Northwest Territories, has become Canada's 44th national park.

New Year's Eve Storm Brought Stunning Scenery To Some Southwestern Parks

The weather forecast headed into New Year's Eve called for an impressive snowstorm for some parks in the desert southwest, and Mother Nature delivered the goods. Those fortunate enough to be safely ensconced in the vicinity of Zion National Park or the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park were treated to quite a view when the clouds began to part on the first day of 2015.

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Fort Laramie National Historic Site, Fort Union National Monument Do Away With Entrance Fees

Deciding that "entrance fees at Fort Laramie" don't make sense any more, the superintendent for Fort Laramie National Historic Site in Wyoming has done away with them. So, too, has Fort Union National Monument in New Mexico.

Lots Going On At Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore This Winter

Winter isn't a slow season at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on the shores of Lake Michighan. The park has a long list of activities planned for the winter months.