The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, a parade, a star-studded concert, and, of course, a fireworks show highlight the National Park Service’s annual celebration of Independence Day on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Keep in mind that some of the memorials and a number of roads will be closed due to the festivities.
The latest news from around the National Park System.
A refreshing side trip to your Yellowstone National Park vacation, one rich in history, beauty, and geology, can be found just outside the park's western border in the CaribouTarghee National Forest. There, along a scenic byway, plunges Mesa Falls.
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is famous for its namesake bay and the ringing mountains, but it's also renowned for its marine life, particularly the whales that make the park home for parts of the year. One whale that long has been a familiar resident of the bay, "Festus," is no more, having been found dead floating in the park's waters.
Summer has arrived on the Outer Cape! Visitors are coming to Cape Cod National Seashore to enjoy its abundant recreational opportunities, and for rest and rejuvenation. For locals, summer often means company, cookouts, and playing "tourist" with family and friends.
Due to high summer heat, ongoing drought conditions, and sparse rainfall, fire danger is increasing across many parts of the National Park System in the western United States.
With spring migration over and fall shorebird migration a couple weeks away, this is the lazy part of the birding year. It’s time to float placidly on a northern lake and listen to the loons. Everyone from Henry David Thoreau to Aldo Leopold has tried to describe the song of the loon, all failing miserably compared to the experience of actually hearing it on a foggy dawn.
For two days last October, Subaru of America and National Geographic teamed up to film Find Your Park commercials along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, a 48-hour episode during the park's peak foliage season that critics are branding as corporate panhandling in the National Park System.
The National Park Service has announced $1.19 million grants to support 20 projects at significant battlefields across the country. The projects will research, document, or interpret dozens of battlefields representing more than 300 years of history.
What do you do when you have 64 tons of bridging planks and logs to move into remote trail locations in an isolated national park? In the case of Isle Royale, you convene interagency expertise and regional crews to support a helicopter operation: Project Heavy Lift.
Many of us go to national parks hoping to see wildlife, but for a few hikers at Denali National Park and Preserve, the encounters they had with grizzly bears were more unnerving than pleasant. The outcomes included one man bitten on his calf by a sow, and a young grizzly rewarded with food when hikers threw a day pack at him.
National parks can be an incredible crucible for science, according to a Maine entrepreneur who has launched a “Second Century Stewardship" initiative for the National Park System. Helping to drive the campaign is a feature-length film and a collaborative effort to more powerfully engage science in America’s national parks.
A four-day float down the Green River through Dinosaur National Monument was the perfect antidote to the recent heat wave for 13 park travelers.
National Park Service is holding a public meeting on the Muir Woods Sustainable Access Project on Monday, June 27th from 6 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. at the Tamalpais High School Student Center. This project is intended to preserve resources in the Redwood Creek Watershed and enhance the visitor experience by improving parking, transit, and pedestrian access at Muir Woods National Monument.
A day-long search for a woman who went missing after a commercial raft flipped on the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument proved fruitless as sundown neared Saturday, as crews were able to recover the raft that had been pinned upside down against a rock but were unable to locate the woman's body.
Redwood National and State Parks Superintendent Stephen Prokop and Brett Silver announced Friday that the four-mile Rellim Ridge Trail between Howland Hill Road and Hamilton Road is now open to bicycle use.
You can add Leki to the outdoor companies that offer lightweight, collapsible chairs for backcountry and front country use.
A search for a Florida man missing in Grand Canyon National Park for more than a week is being scaled back due to a lack of clues.
President Obama, looking to further preserve the nation's diverse history, on Friday added Stonewall National Monument in New York City to the National Park System.
The National Park Service has prepared an Environmental Assessment for a proposed plan to rehabilitate the Paradise Inn Annex and Snow Bridge, which is located in the Paradise area of Mount Rainier National Park. The project would complete the last major building rehabilitation project within the Paradise Historic District.
At Minute Man National Historical Park in Massachusetts the Wayside, home to three literary families, will reopen to the public on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m.