Applause are being extended after Sen. John McCain withdrew an amendment that would have substantially redrawn the ground rules for Grand Canyon National Park overflight tours.
The latest news from around the National Park System.
Rangers are looking for two 25-year-old men overdue from a backpacking trek in Grand Canyon National Park.
Parks have long provided places of inspiration for artists, and for nearly two decades, Joshua Tree National Park has hosted an annual art festival to highlight work featuring that area's dramatic desert landscapes. The 2010 Art Festival will be held at the park April 2-4.
Better understanding risks in national parks, and how visitors relate to those risks, in theory can lower the number of injuries those visitors incur. That's why the National Park Service and the Student Conservation Association are studying park visitors.
Tree ring data obtained from 52 ancient trees in Sequoia National Park has provided scientists with 3,000 years of record. It didn’t come easy, though. Working with the gargantuan trees required special equipment, ingenuity, and heavy labor.
Back in January 2008 the Traveler warned about a movement in the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to allow tar sands development in Utah. Well, it seems that project could soon be sprouting near Arches National Park and Dinosaur National Monument.
Creature Feature: The Banana Slug is Living Proof that a Slimy Little Gastropod Mollusk Can be Loaded with Charisma
You’d think that a mucus-covered, shell-less, forest-dwelling gastropod whose diet includes animal droppings couldn’t get much love, but the lowly banana slug has acquired a huge fan following. Among other things, it is the star of a community festival, official state mollusk of California, and one of America’s most beloved sports mascots.
The annual travel rite known as "Spring Break" isn't limited to students headed for the beach—it's also peak season for Big Bend National Park. Is that park is too crowded to enjoy a visit in March? Here are some observations from the Traveler, along with tips to help make a future spring trip to Big Bend a lot more fun.
Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park Officials Want To Replace Three Backcountry Cabins Located in Wilderness Areas
Officials in Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks want to replace three dilapidated backcountry ranger cabins, which, judging from photos, seems like a reasonable decision. But should they be allowed to use power tools in the wilderness settings to get the work done?
The Many Glacier Hotel in Glacier National Park is one of the grand dames of the National Park System, both because of its architecture and its gorgeous setting on the shores of Swiftcurrent Lake.
During the run-up to the 2008 presidential election, Senator John McCain of Arizona was applauded by many as a friend of the national parks. However, some groups are now wondering why the senator is supporting legislation that would increase air tours over Grand Canyon National Park, an experience that offers many incredible views of the park and yet one that others criticize for the noisy intrusion on the park setting.McCain Overflights Amendment.pdf
Two-thirds of America’s population lives within a day’s drive of Shenandoah National Park, which is located in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains just 75 miles west of Washington, DC. Made automobile-convenient by a venerable parkway that winds through its forested mountains, Shenandoah is a recreational cornucopia and a sightseer’s delight.
Good winter rains and warmer spring days seem to be doing the trick in Joshua Tree National Park, where the spring bloom is moving right along. It's still too early, though, to say this year's bloom will match those colorful displays of 2005 and 2008.
It isn’t often that an e-mail from the Government Printing Office grabs my attention, but this week’s popped up saying, “National Parks Playoff.” Hmm. Better open that.
A gorgeous new book of photography that captures the seasons of the High Sierra has arrived, but it comes with a pausing message that this beautiful landscape is changing before our eyes.
With its great location in Virginia, Shenandoah National Park is one of those national parks that is within easy reach of day-trippers. With that in mind, the park's concessionaire has developed a number of special events for young and old.
The work of Grand Teton National Park’s senior wildlife biologist has received much-deserved recognition with a regional National Park Service award for excellence. The honor also is a victory for applied, hand’s-on ecology.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials once again are looking for volunteers to help them manage both people and elk in the Cataloochee Valley on the North Carolina side of the park.
In Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a section of Little River Road has been closed while work crews deal with a rockslide. Motorists with larger RVs must be aware of bridge weight limits on the detour.
Late-winter surveys of elk and bison herds in Yellowstone National Park show the animals are maintaining relatively stable populations compared to recent years, according to park biologists.