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Critics Say Legislation Penned In The Name Of Homeland Security Could Trample National Parks, Other Federal Lands

Legislation written with the intent of bolstering homeland security wouldn't succeed at that, but could trample national park lands and other federal acreage, according to critics.

Savings On Zion Maps, National Park Posters Await Traveler Members

Looking to save a few bucks? Purchase a Traveler membership and you'll save on river trips, books, lodging, and now on a map to Zion National Park and national park posters. The memberships, at $9.95 for a year, help you save some money, and help you contribute to the upkeep of the Traveler.

Restoration Work Begins Today On Alum Cave Trail At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Barring unforeseen circumstances, a two-year project to restore the trail to Alum Cave at Great Smoky Mountains National Park begins today.

Painting Of Cape Lookout Lighthouse Complete, Tours Start May 12

Now looking younger than its years with a fresh coat of paint, the Cape Lookout Lighthouse will open for public climbs on May 12.

California Condors Again Are Soaring Over Some National Parks

Condors aren't the most glamorous birds in the sky. I mean, after all: they feast on dead animal carcasses. The California condor did not escape the scrutiny of Charles Darwin, who described them as, “....disgusting birds, with their bald, scarlet heads, formed to revel in putridity.” But, while their dining habitats can be distasteful, they are magnificent.

Planning A Family Trip To Denali National Park? This Guidebook Is For You!

While national parks often seem extremely user-friendly, having a guide to help figure out what to do and where to go is always helpful. And if you have a young family, a new guide can help you get more out of a trip to Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska.

Celebrate Migratory Bird Day By Birding At Grand Teton National Park

As the calendar falls deeper and deeper into spring, more and more birds are passing through the National Park System. And on May 9, in honor of Migratory Bird Day, you can bird with a ranger at Grand Teton National Park.

Camping Is Free For The Summer At Biscayne National Park, Then Expect A Fee Increase

You now can camp at Biscayne National Park in Florida without worrying about a fee, but come October the rate will jump to $25 per night.

Tioga Road In Yosemite Scheduled To Open Monday Morning

More evidence of the mild, precipation-wise, winter in the Sierra: The Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park is scheduled to open this coming Monday at 8 a.m.

Las Vegas Man Identified As Victim Of Fall At Grand Canyon National Park

A Las Vegas man was identified Friday as the victim of a roughly 400-foot fall off the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

Half Dome Opens Saturday For Hikers At Yosemite National Park

The cables to the summit of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park will be in place this Saturday, May 2 and available for hikers. This opening date is three weeks earlier than previously scheduled due to the low snowpack.

Provocative Bud Light Campaign Doesn't Concern National Park Service, National Park Foundation

A risqué Bud Light campaign that critics said encouraged a culture of rape is not prompting the National Park Service or National Park Foundation to reconsider their centennial partnership with Anheuser-Busch.

Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail Opens Friday In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail is scheduled to open at noon today. The road has been closed since November 1st, so that crews could replace eight bridges.

High Cost Of Replacing Grand Canyon Water Line -- $100-$150 Million -- Means It's Done Piecemeal

Trying to lay a water line down to the bottom of the Grand Canyon is not easy, and not inexpensive, and that's why it's being done piecemeal.

Visitor Falls Roughly 400 Feet To Death At Grand Canyon National Park

A visitor to Grand Canyon National Park fell roughly 400 feet to his death Thursday afternoon.

America's Oldest National Military Park Is Also Home To An Unusual Civil War Monument

Our National Park System contains thousands of monuments commemorating people or events connected to the Civil War, but one of those memorials has an unusual reconciliation theme. It's located in the country's oldest national military park, which is also said by some to be the site of one of "the most noted battles of the modern world." Can you name this unit of the National Park System?

Cape Hatteras National Seashore Proposes Reduction In Wildlife Buffers, Draws Criticism From Conservationists

Wildlife buffers at Cape Hatteras National Seashore would be reduced, some by 50 percent or more, under proposed guidelines released by the park staff Wednesday.

Gift Of More Than $5 Million Will Restore Iwo Jima Marine Corps Statue

A frequent donor to the national parks has given more than $5 million to pay for restoration of the iconic Iwo Jima sculpture at the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial across the Potomac River from the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Barring Unexpected Storm, Yellowstone National Park's East Gate Opens Friday

Barring an unexpected storm, the East Entrance to Yellowstone National Park will open Friday, and the South Entrance should open the following Friday, May 8.

More Than $2.5 Million In Grants Will Help Tell America's Maritime History

Maritime history will gain some prominence thanks to the award of approximately $2.6 million in Maritime Heritage Program grants for projects that teach about and preserve sites and objects related to our nation’s maritime history.