A fire sparked by lightning on June 6 in Great Sand Dunes National Park now covers nearly 5,500 acres. While 344 firefighters are battling the flames, park managers also are using the fire to achieve management goals.
The latest news from around the National Park System.
For a quick primer on issues confronting birds on the national parks in the Pacific Ocean, take five-and-a-half minutes to watch this video.
Non-native lionfish, a venomous fish that poses problems for marine life and humans, seem to be making inroads into the waters of Biscayne National Park, according to park officials.
The National Park Service employs men and women in some unusual and occasionally dramatic jobs, and one of those—a helitak crew—celebrated a milestone anniversary this month at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
Erratic winds have blown up the Cow Creek fire in the backcountry of Rocky Mountain National Park to at least 800 acres, forcing the closure of a ranch road and leading fire bosses to keep firefighters off the front lines.
Sometimes, paintings can be more striking than photographs. And if you enjoy bird paintings and live in the greater New York-New Jersey metropolitan area, or are visiting there, there's an exhibit of artworks at Gateway National Recreation Area that you shouldn't miss.
Among the units of the National Park System that are offering special events to mark the Fourth of July are Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky and Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota.
Confronted by what they termed a "weird-acting" white-tailed deer, two women hiking along the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park fired off a round from a .357 handgun to scare off the animal.
A relatively small forest fire was burning Friday in the backcountry of Rocky Mountain National Park. A small contingent of firefighters, aided by helicopter and air-tanker support, were battling the flames.
A loggerhead sea turtle coming ashore to lay its eggs was crushed by a vehicle at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, an incident likely to ratchet up the contentious debate over how much access off-road vehicles should have at the seashore.
The Ride The Rockies bicycle tour takes several thousand cyclists on a week-long ride through the Colorado Rockies each June. The first stage of this year's RTR showcased one of America's most popular mountain biking routes, the spectacularly scenic Rim Rock Drive in Colorado National Monument .
It's only 2.2 acres, but the spit of land recently donated to Virgin Islands National Park will protect views of the Caribbean Sea and protect some unusual vegetation.
Bryce Canyon National Park will celebrate its dark night skies in July during its 10th Annual Astronomy Festival. And there are two bonuses to this event: One is free entrance to the park for the festival for Utah residents, the other is the keynote speaker is the author of Stars Above, Earth Below, A Guide to Astronomy in the National Parks.
Visitors to a portion of Gulf Islands National Seashore along the Gulf of Mexico are being advised to stay out of the water due to oil and tar balls coming from the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
Folks heading to Grand Teton National Park in the coming days will have a nice selection of ranger-led activities to partake in, ranging from canoeing to full moon hikes.
Add Stars Above, Earth Below, a Guide to Astronomy in the National Parks to your library and you'll not only gain a better appreciation of the dark skies over national parks, but you'll also be better informed on the stars twinkling at you.
For the first time in six years, a litter of mountain lion kittens has been documented at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in California.
Construction is progressing smoothly on a new visitor center at Dinosaur National Monument, where the old one was torn down due to structural concerns. You can keep tabs on the new center's progress by checking out a website run by the monument's paleontologist.
Barring any unforeseen snowstorms, avalanches, or any other unexpected events, you should be able to drive end-to-end on the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park this afternoon.
When it comes to great outdoor music venues it's hard to beat the majestic backdrop of Grand Teton National Park. Beginning next week, park visitors will be able to enjoy that backdrop as the Grand Teton Music Festival visits the park.