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Bear-watching in Alaska is a big draw for tourists come summer. This podcast offers pointers on where to go in search of bears, what permits are necessary, and how to stay safe.

NPCA Report: National Parks Provide Economic Security for Surrounding Communities

National parks can, and do, provide an economic lifeline to their surrounding communities. In its latest report, the National Parks Conservation Association points out just how valuable southeastern Utah's parks are to their nearby communities.

Yellowstone National Park's Spring Visitation Up 11 Percent

While Interior Secretary Ken Salazar allowing free entry to national parks for three weekends this summer to boost visitation, it seems many park travelers already are heading back to the national parks, at least in the case of Yellowstone National Park.

It’s a Bear! Everybody Get Behind the Ranger!!

She was a big female with a cub in tow, and she was bearing down fast on the ranger and his frightened entourage. What was a city boy to do?

Should the National Park Service Rescue the National D-Day Memorial?

National D-Day Memorial.
The National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia, is reportedly almost out of money and may have to close later this year. A Virginia congressman has introduced legislation to "bring the Memorial under the supervision of the National Park Service." Is an NPS bailout the right answer?

With 391 Units In the National Park System, You'd Think TripAdvisor Could Find 10 It Liked

Memo to TripAdvisor: If you're going to run a story on the top 10 parks in the National Park System, make sure they're all in the National Park System, and, preferably, make sure they're all "national parks."

Search For Missing Climber at Denali National Park Leads to Remains Of Two Other Lost Climbers

While one chapter of the climbing history of Mount McKinley remains unfinished, another has been closed with the discovery of two partially buried bodies high on the unforgiving mountain.

No Matter What Lens You Look Through, the Grand Canyon Is Pretty Impressive

Sure, the 1920s footage is grainy and just black and white, but this vintage home movie of the Grand Canyon is worth watching. Be sure to look for the pack trains headed down into the canyon.

Falling Into the Grand Canyon Isn't Always Fatal

A 38-year-old woman who fell 50 feet off the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park survived the ordeal without life-threatening injuries and was lifted back to the rim by rangers.

How Familiar Are You With Yosemite National Park?

Standing in the Yosemite Valley, it's easy to spot Half Dome, El Capitan, even Nevada Fall. But would you recognize those features from a jetliner?

Running Lava Falls In Grand Canyon National Park: What Would Major Powell Think?

Much has changed when it comes to running rivers since Major John Wesley Powell first floated the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. What do you think he'd say of today's voyages down the iconic river?

Traveler's Checklist: Cape Cod National Seashore

The "busy season" for Cape Cod National Seashore doesn't really begin until the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Which means you have plenty of time to consider the Traveler's suggestions for what you definitely must see or do when you visit the seashore.

SUV Goes Over The Rim Near Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area

"Parking brake installed, not in use." That might have been the situation involving an SUV that fell 700 feet into Big Horn Canyon near the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area.

Drowning Victim Finally Recovered From Lake Powell At Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

The body of a Florida man who went missing in Lake Powell at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area late in April has been recovered more than 400 feet beneath the lake's surface.

Updated: Coal Mine Proposed North Of Glacier National Park Strains US-Canadian Relations

The longstanding relations between the United States and Canada are being strained a bit by a proposal to mine for coal in a biologically diverse region of British Columbia that just happens to be upstream of Glacier National Park.
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Watch Out For the Beef In Grand Teton National Park This Weekend

Make sure you know where the beef is if you're visiting Grand Teton National Park this weekend.

Glacier National Park Officials Want to Eliminate Lake Trout From Quartz Lake

It seems non-native species are reaching all ends of the National Park System. In Glacier National Park, non-native lake trout have made it all the way into Quartz Lake, and officials are not happy about that.

House Approves Measure to Direct North Cascades National Park to Stock Barren Lakes. What Do You Think?

Should North Cascades National Park be forced to stock non-native fish in high-country lakes that normally would be barren? Apparently the U.S. House of Representatives thinks so. Do you?

Land Trust Hopes To Add Nearly 1,000 Acres to Joshua Tree National Park`

Joshua Tree National Park, which grew by more than 600 acres in 2008 thanks to the Mojave Desert Land Trust, could gain nearly 1,000 more acres thanks to the group's efforts.

Shenandoah National Park Offers Family Camping Program

While August traditionally is the worst month to be in Washington, D.C., due to the high humidity, Shenandoah National Park officials hope to entice a few families into the mountains in late June: They're offering a family camping program.