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Online Registration Possible For Climbing in Denali National Park

Beginning the planning for a climb of Mount McKinley or Mount Foraker in Denali National Park and Preserve is just a click away, thanks to an online registration program launched by the National Park Service.

Creature Feature: Hellbenders

Despite their curious name, “hellbenders” are not demons of the night but rather amphibious environmental monitors of Southeastern creeks and streams. Known to some old-timers as “walking catfish,” these super-sized salamanders gained the “hellbender” moniker for their freakish size and dark, moody color.

Gettysburg National Military Park: Of Cycloramas, Museums and Visitor Centers

An artist's conceptual drawing of the new Museum and Visitor Center.
At 8 a.m. EDT Monday a door will open into this country's most bitter moment in history when the $105 million Museum and Visitor Center at Gettysburg National Military Park opens for business.

Should Canyon de Chelly Be Given to the Navajo Nation?

It's an interesting coincidence that not long after the Traveler revisited the national park units that have been decommissioned that it's come to our attention that there are talks about turning Canyon de Chelly National Monument over to the Navajo Nation.

Tentative Deal Reached Over Cape Hatteras National Seashore ORV Management

A tentative deal has been reached in the matter of off-road vehicle driving at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, although specific details have not yet been released.

Tune-in For Yosemite National Park

Never been to Yosemite National Park? If you haven't, or if you just want to recall its beauty, watch for "Yosemite -- America's Treasure" on the Travel Channel this Sunday and again on April 17 and 18.

The Monkey Wrench Gang: Coming to a Theater Near You?

Could it actually be true? Are Doc Sarvis, Bonnie Abbzug, George Washington Hayduke III, and Seldom Seen and their monkey-wrenching exploits in the Southwest really coming to the big screen?

Apostle Islands, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshores Taking Steps to Prevent Spread of Fish Virus

Fishing in waters of Apostle Islands and Pictured Rocks national lakeshores is going to be a bit more difficult this year, as emergency restrictions are being implemented in an effort to prevent the spread of a deadly fish virus.

Elevated Sulphur Dioxide Levels Prompt Closure of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Elevated concentrations of sulphur dioxide gas venting from the Kilauea Volcano have prompted the closure of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

A Sad Sign of the Times: NPS Promotes Body Armor Options To Rangers

Is it just me, or is it really a sad sign of the times when the National Park Service is promoting "factory direct" body armor to its rangers, body armor that not only stops most bullets but which is "a great choice for active rangers"?

The Essential Cape Cod National Seashore

Steaming lobster, fresh quahogs, corn on the cob, a cold brew, sand and sun. It doesn't get much better than that at Cape Cod National Seashore, a place where the perfect summer surely could have been designed.

Lake Powell Expected to Rise 50 Feet This Summer

Climate change is taking it on the chin in the Rockies this winter. So much snow has fallen in the Intermountain West that when it melts it's expected to raise the level of Lake Powell by some 50 feet, to the highest point it's been since 2002.

Body Found Below South Rim at Grand Canyon National Park

Condors have led Grand Canyon National Park rangers to a body about 300 feet below the South Rim.

Judge Gives Two Sides Additional Week to Resolve Cape Hatteras National Seashore ORV Issue

A federal judge has agreed to give the two sides in the dispute over ORV use at Cape Hatteras National Seashore another week to find a solution. Short of that, he seems ready to ban the activity.

Senators Introduce Legislation To Fund National Park Centennial Initiative

A bipartisan coalition of five U.S. senators has introduced legislation that would enable the government to fully fund the Centennial Initiative proposed by the Bush administration in honor of the National Park Service's upcoming centennial in 2016.
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Former National Park Service Directors Urge Interior Secretary To Keep Guns Out of Parks

If you were Interior secretary, how would you respond if seven former National Park Service directors lobbied you on an issue? In the case at hand, Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne is being urged not to allow national park visitors to carry weapons.
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GAO Finds Fault With Management Plan For Yellowstone National Park Bison

The other shoe has dropped in the Government Accountability Office's investigation into the management plan for Yellowstone National Park bison. In a biting report the GAO says the plan has been a failure on numerous fronts and the involved agencies need to come up with a better solution.

Park History: Isle Royale National Park

Journeying to Isle Royale National Park is almost as difficult as visiting a foreign country, perhaps more so, due to its remote location. An island fortress in Lake Superior, the national park has endured so magnificently in large part thanks to its remoteness.

Acreage Donated to Expand Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

With all the news of late about the National Park Service lacking money to buy important lands, it's nice to know that every now and then someone donates some land to the service. The latest involves 35 acres being added to Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.

Who Visits Alaska's National Parks?

Even though the world as a whole is getting smaller and smaller, Alaska still manages to cast an image of being that rugged land far, far away to the north. And yet, quite a few folks are managing to head to Alaska to visit the national parks there.