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Rough Fire Bearing Down On Kings Canyon National Park

Though firefighters were making some progress against the nearly 100,000-acre Rough Fire in California, the blaze was bearing down on Kings Canyon National Park, leading to a shutdown of all park campgrounds and a warning to remaining visitors, area residents, and employees in and near Grant Grove that they might need to evacuate.

Classic Fall Hikes: The Ice Age National Scenic Trail

Fall, which is arguably the best season for hiking in the National Park System, is almost upon us. The cool days and bright colors provide hikers with plenty of incentive to hit the trails. With that wonderful season in mind, we’ve selected some of the country’s “scenic trails” for your consideration. To those we’ve added a Yellowstone National Park classic, a hike in Canyonlands National Park, and another that traces one of the bloodiest days of the Civil War.

Birding In The National Parks: Cape Cod National Seashore's A Bird Magnet

There are worse places to be on a late summer or early fall weekend than Cape Cod, especially if you’re after birds. The entire peninsula from Cuttyhunk Island to Monomoy and up the outer cape through Cape Cod National Seashore is a shorebird haven as well as a migrant trap for songbirds headed south down the Atlantic Coast. The waters off the cape aren’t too shabby for birding either, with seabirds galore to be had on pelagic birding trips.

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