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Yellowstone National Park Sees Record Visitation in June

If you went to Yellowstone National Park in June, you weren't alone. The park saw record visitation last month as more than 610,000 folks made their way to Yellowstone.

Florine and Hirayama Regain the Nose Route Speed-Climb Record at Yosemite National Park

Two fiercely competitive speed-climbers have regained the Nose Route record the Huber brothers wrested from them on El Capitan last October. The new record for the Nose, a big-wall climb that normally takes three or more days to complete, is two hours, 43 minutes, and 33 seconds. While admirers rave, critics grumble.

National Park History: Renaming National Parks Can Show Respect for Native Cultures

Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument and Pu'uhonau o Honaunau National Historical Park both celebrate birthdays in July. These two parks were renamed for cultural-political reasons, underscoring the importance of labels and the need to respect native peoples.

Senators Willing to Legislate Clean Air Over National Parks if EPA Does Protect Airsheds

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators has gone on record with the director of the Environmental Protection Agency that they will find legislative solutions to provide clean air over national parks if his agency can't protect those airsheds.
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Mount Rainier National Park Ready to Open Sunrise For Visitors

If you're not interested in heading to Paradise, you can always go to Sunrise at Mount Rainier National Park. Located on the volcano's eastern flanks, the Sunrise area opens for the summer on July 3.

Glacier National Park's Going-to-the-Sun Road Open End to End

It took longer than usual, but the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park has been opened from end-to-end.

NPR on the National Parks

National Public Radio is on the road in the National Park System this week, visiting both iconic and obscure parks. But is there a chink in NPR's coverage?
Northern elephant seals are huge marine animals, with males weighing more than two tons. Point Reyes National Seashore is a great place to view these animals, but not in summer. Rather, come either late or early in the year when the seals congregate on the seashore's beaches to breed and give birth.

Native Hawaiians Don’t Want a Giant Telescope on Their Sacred Mountaintop at Haleakalā National Park

Haleakalā National Park celebrates its 92nd birthday on July 1. Meanwhile, angry Hawaiian Natives continue their struggle to prevent the construction of a giant telescope atop their sacred mountain. The Park Service doesn’t like the project either.

Park History: Mammoth Cave National Park

Long before anyone thought of national parks, folks were heading down into Mammoth Cave to see the sights. And if you've ever visited this incredible underground labyrinth, you'd understand why.
Grizzly bears and wolves don't always get along, but as this video footage obtained by USGS researchers in Glacier National Park demonstrates, sometimes they will tolerate each other.

Park History: Olympic National Park

What is it that intrigues us so about Olympic National Park? To be sure, the park's multiple personalities are alluring. There aren't many national parks that can lay claim to not just sea coast and rain forest but also glacier-coated peaks worthy of mountaineering.

Park History: Would There Have Been a Mesa Verde National Park Without Virginia McClurg?

Colorado’s Mesa Verde National Park celebrates its 102nd birthday on June 29. Mesa Verde's 4,000+ archaeological sites document a culture that flourished for centuries before the last generation abruptly and mysteriously abandoned its ancestral home. Did you know there might not have been a Mesa Verde National Park at all if it hadn’t been for Virginia McClurg?

Former NPS Director George Hartzog Passes

George Hartzog, long revered by many in the National Park Service for the way he managed the agency and defended the National Park System, has died. The seventh director of the agency and the first to be fired, passed away Friday.

“10 Best National Parks”? National Geographic, You Have Got to be Kidding!

National Geographic might be considered a gold standard authority on national parks. Why, then, is a hilariously flawed “10 Best National Parks” list included in a recently published National Geographic book? Is NG testing us to see if we’re paying attention?
Curious to see what it looks like when a bison tosses a visitor who gets too close in Yellowstone National Park? Check out this video.

Yellowstone National Park Bison Unhappy With Photo Shoot Tosses Pennsylvania Boy

A 12-year-old Pennsylvania boy has been hospitalized after a Yellowstone National Park bison, evidently perturbed that he was part of a family photo shoot, tossed the boy about 10 feet into the air.

Prescribed Fire in Grand Canyon National Park Now Out of Control

Best laid plans literally have gone up in flames in Grand Canyon National Park, where a prescribed fire has blown out of control. The Walla Valley Fire on the park's North Rim is burning across 225 acres and is just 15 percent contained. It's located about 9 miles west of the North Rim's developed area.

Park Advocates Rallying Around Theodore Roosevelt National Park

A friends group is forming to support Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The group, Friends of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, is holding an organizational meeting on Sunday, June 29.
Sweltering in another heat wave on the East Coast? Tired of the rain in the Midwest? Fed-up with wildfires in California? If you'd prefer snow, head to Glacier National Park. Check out this video to see how just much snow still remains to be cleared from Glacier's Going-to-the-Sun Road.