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Official Numbers Point To 2014 As Record-Setting Year For National Park Attendance

2014 was a record-setting year for attendance in the National Park System, where nearly 293 million visitors spent time, a jump of more than 5 million from the record year of 1999, according to official figures. While most of the "name brand" parks were packed, there were still some sites in the system where you could find some solitude.

Vandals Strike Timpanogos Cave National Monument, Steal Technical Rescue And Climbing Gear

Vandals broke into buildings at Timpanogos Cave National Monument in Utah, spraying graffiti on walls and stealing technical rescue and climbing gear.

Some Parts Of Yellowstone National Park Running Out Of Snow For Snowmobiles, Snowcoaches

While New England is setting records with its snowfalls this winter, Yellowstone National Park has been enduring a poor snow season. So poor, in fact, that a lack of snow has forced the park to shut down access to some snowmobilers and snowcoaches.

Photography In The National Parks: Capturing The Essence Of The Wild Animal

One day I saw an image of a fox with its head buried in the snow and only its butt and tail visible, and thought, why can't I get something like that? No, wait, my true thought was, why haven't I ever seen something like that?

CaliParks: A New Way To Discover And Share Your Parks In California

Parks and technology — for some park lovers never the twain shall meet. Parks are where you go to escape from technology. But for many others, technology is a way to discover, enjoy, and share experiences and a love for parks.

Climb The Grand Teton...Virtually!

The view from atop the Grand Teton is incredible. To the west, the Jedediah Smith Wilderness stands. To the north, Yellowstone National Park. To the east, Jackson Hole, with the moraine that is Timbered Island so very well defined. If you haven't climbed to the top of the 13,770-foot peak in Grand Teton National Park yet, or can't, you can still enjoy the view.

Congresswoman Takes Another Shot At Opening Up Paddling Opportunities In Grand Teton, Yellowstone National Parks

Legislation to open up paddling opportunities in Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks has been reintroduced by a Wyoming congresswoman, but it contains too many flaws the National Parks Conservation Association believes.

James A. Garfield National Historic Site, First Ladies National Historic Site, To Fall Under Cuyahoga Valley National Park

In a move designed to save some money, management of James A. Garfield National Historic Site and First Ladies National Historic Site is being placed under Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Construction Starts In March To Expand Delicate Arch Parking Lot At Arches National Park

There will be limited parking at Delicate Arch in Arches National Park beginning in March and running through April as work begins to expand the parking lot.

Time To Register For Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

If you like wildflowers and hiking in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, now's the time to register for the 65th Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage in the park.

Appalachian Thru-Hikers Asked To Register To Help Manage Crowding At Trailhead

While it's nice to hike with friends, too many friends can take away from the experience and impact resources. With that in mind, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy is suggesting that thru-hikers register when they're going to start off on the A.T. from Springer Mountain this spring.

Conserving Wild Bison: Finding Space For An American Icon

There's a success story to be told about bison at Yellowstone National Park. Though there's controversy over how the population is managed, there was a time when it was feared these iconic animals would be lost.

Joy Riders At Cape Hatteras National Park Tear Up Cape Point Campground Grounds

Joy riders out for a wild time ripped up parts of the Cape Point Campground at Cape Hatteras National Seashore with their free-wheeling.

Cascade Outfitters Can Outfit Your Float, Or Paddle, Trip

If you've been paddling or floating for more than a few years, you know how often you can find yourself in need of a new piece of gear, whether it's a kitchen table, throw line, or even a spare paddle. At Cascade Outfitters, not only can they meet your needs, but they'll take 10 percent off your entire order for being a Traveler reader.

New Prospectus For Grand Canyon National Park Concessions Denies Xanterra Parks & Resorts Trademark Claims

National Park Service officials, in trying yet again to attract a business to run concessions on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, claim the agency owns trademarks to business names associated with popular South Rim lodges and that Xanterra Parks & Resorts should abandon its bid to secure those trademarks.

Historic Yellowstone Novel Offers Romantic View Of Park From Bygone Era

You don’t have to go far in Yellowstone National Park to find a romantic spot that would be the perfect setting for an epic love story. From sweeping overlooks to hot springs and waterfalls to historic hotels and cabins, the park is full of beautiful places that would inspire passion in even the coldest heart.

10 Great Paddles In The National Park System

You want to get out on the water, preferably for a few days at least. Scenery, wildlife, and solitude are on your checklist. Here’s where to go in the National Park System.

Work On Big Oak Flat Tunnels At Yosemite National Park Could Lead To Traffic Snarls

Much-needed repairs to the Big Oak Flat Tunnels in Yosemite National Park likely will delay your travel to the park during the next three months, though holidays will be spared.

Sea Lion Yearling Rescued After Crossing Road In Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Why did the sea lion cross Skyline Drive in Golden Gate National Recreation Area? That's a good question with no ready answer. But the bottom line is that the male yearling, though undernourished, is doing well and being cared for at the Marine Mammal Center at the Marin Headlands of the NRA.

Backcountry Fees Going Up At Rocky Mountain National Park

It's going to cost you a little bit more to head into the backcountry of Rocky Mountain Nationa Park for overnight stays beginning this summer, when the permit fee climbs from $20 to $26 per trip.