NASA Astronaut Megan McArthur is a big fan of national parks, and she recently had a chance to "fly the flag" for parks in an unusual way. She carried a custom-made NPS banner on her recent flight on space shuttle Atlantis, a trip that logged 5.3 million miles.
The latest news from around the National Park System.
Have you ever had the itch to fly over the Grand Canyon in a helicopter? Do you want a bird's eye view of Crater Lake? Or do you believe the airspace over national parks should be reserved strictly for, well, the birds?
A 4-year-old who was briefly left unsupervised at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area has drowned in Lake Powell, according to park officials.
A key section of the Grand Loop road system in Yellowstone National Park will be closed to traffic for the rest of the summer beginning August 17. While that won't keep you from reaching all front-country areas of the park, it will require some substantial detours.
A search for a woman who was reported missing from a cruise ship in Glacier Bay National Park on Monday morning has ended. Searchers have recovered a body believed to be that of the missing woman, many miles from the park
Poetry in motion is a phrase that could describe the wind rustling an aspen glade in Glacier National Park, or the cascading tendrils of Birdwoman Falls as it plunges from a hanging valley on Mount Oberlin. But it also describes a troupe of ballet dancers who twirled and leapt skyward in the park in a bid to capture its essence in dance.
They've turned back the hands of time at Grand Teton National Park, where Menor's Ferry is once more hauling folks across the Snake River.
The Cape Royal Road on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park has been closed for several days due to a wildfire. It has reopened with pilot car escorts from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily. Five other small fires in the area are not affecting visitor activities.
The Alley Spring Campground at Ozark National Scenic Riverways became the scene of a mass rescue when a flash flood swamped the site, and over 200 campers suddenly found themselves in the water and in the dark at 4 a.m.
Buy a slice, or buy an entire pie, but if you buy something on August 12 from MacKenzie River Pizza you'll benefit the Glacier National Park Fund.
Wilderness exploration, high finance, and a frontier trading post are all part of the story at Grand Portage National Monument (Minnesota), and the park's big annual event is coming up later this week. Here are some tips to make the most of your visit, summer or fall.
Four days after a lightning strike ignited a wildfire in the backcountry of Zion National Park, the fire has been contained and park officials have reopened the Kolob Canyons area to visitors.
So many coves, and so few staff. That's the problem at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, where they're looking for volunteers to help keep the lake's coves clean.
Seven years ago, governments around the world pledged to achieve a "significant reduction" in the ongoing loss of biodiversity by 2010. Unfortunately, the latest IUCN report says that goal will not be met, and that the wildlife crisis is greater than the world's economic crisis.
There's a move afoot in Congress to have the name of Pinnacles National Monument changed to Pinnacles National Park.
Beginning Monday you won't be able to build a campfire in the backcountry of Olympic National Park due to increasing high fire danger.
A woman whose disappearance into the storm-swollen Little River in Great Smoky Mountains National Park had authorities fearing the worst turned up in good physical condition Saturday morning.
LUST is a serious problem in Yellowstone National Park. No, not THAT kind of LUST, but rather Leaking Underground Storage Tanks. And officials from the national park and the state of Wyoming have pledged to work together on cleaning up the problem.
Wolf Trap is a national park with an odd name and an unusual mission. But like other national parks, it has stories to tell, although it delivers them through the arts.
Where can you find the some of the best overlooks in the National Park System? Some are easy enough to drive to, while others require a little more exertion on your park. In either case, though, the payoff is well-worth it.