There is an inland sea of sand that relatively few people realize exists. While the sand dunes of Death Valley National Park are fairly well-known, and most people are aware of the sand dunes at our national seashores, the towering dunes of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in Colorado are unknown to most.
The latest news from around the National Park System.
Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada is ready to welcome visitors for the 2016 season. This year, Parks Canada is continuing to improve its visitor offerings with even more innovative and educational events and activities, as well as investments in visitor facilities. At Waterton Lakes National Park, Parks Canada is introducing a mobile application, offering rewarding volunteer opportunities, and providing interpretive hikes.
While Americans this weekend honor those who gave their lives in defense of the country, the National Park Service is investigating looting that took place at a Civil War battlefield this week. The initial assessment at Petersburg National Battlefield in Virginia identified a large number of excavations in the park.
Park rangers will conduct traffic safety checkpoints in Yellowstone National Park this upcoming Memorial Day weekend. The goals of the checkpoints are to identify and correct traffic and safety violations and to identify any impaired drivers to help ensure park roads are safer for the travelling public.
During the day, visitors to Grand Canyon National Park look down into the vast, colorful chasm. At night, however, the park is an ideal location to look up and take in the night sky. The 26th annual Grand Canyon Star Party will be held June 4-11 on the South and North rims of the Grand Canyon in Arizona.
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Superintendent John Donohue has made some changes to the NRA's regulations, ranging from hours of operation to whether you can dive into waterfalls. The answer to that diving question is a most definite "no." More changes are listed below.
A study from the U.S. Geological Survey and National Park Service shows that thinning forests with prescribed fire can reduce the effects of drought. Climate change is expected to amplify drought conditions in California so using science to better understand the impacts of drought is of great importance to resource managers such as the National Park Service.
A comprehensive, multi-year overhaul of amenities around Jenny Lake, the most visited destination in Grand Teton National Park, will have a much larger impact on visitors this summer, with limited parking, a temporary visitor center, and rerouted or closed trails.
Visitors to Grand Canyon National Park over Memorial Day weekend can expect long lines, crowds, and full parking lots. Last year, Grand Canyon’s visitation hit an all-time high and the park is already seeing an increase over last year’s numbers. The park anticipates a busier-than-normal holiday weekend.
If you're hoping to snag a permit to drive the Denali Park Road in Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska come September, time is running out to get your application in for the annual Road Lottery.
House Republicans Maneuvering To Drop ESA Protections For Wolves, Keep Disposable Water Bottles In Parks
A draft 156-page bill to fund the Interior Department for the coming fiscal year contains language that would strip Endangered Species Act protections from wolves in Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks and impede the National Park Service's efforts to ban the sale of disposable water bottles in the park system.
Summer's official kickoff is this coming Memorial Day Weekend, and with crowds expected across the National Park System, be sure to pay attention to your surroundings and others in the parks. A Texas woman hoping to photograph a bald eagle near the West Entrance to Yellowstone National Park apparently took her eyes off the road and was hit and killed by oncoming traffic, according to park authorities.
National Park Service director Jonathan Jarvis will provide his vision for the next 100 years of stewardship, community, and youth engagement during the unveiling of a new mural June 1 as part of a centennial celebration at Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska.
Ray Russell is in the middle of the monthlong Relay With Ray, a run that will “explore and celebrate every twist, turn, nook, and cranny of the Blue Ridge Parkway” – all 469 miles of it – and raise awareness for the scenic parkway that offers stunning views of the Appalachian highlands.
Yosemite National Park anticipates an extremely busy Memorial Day Weekend and is advising visitors that "severe traffic congestion is expected and will result in delays getting into and moving about the park."
For the second time in a year biologists at Great Smoky Mountains National Park killed a bear they wrongly thought had attacked a sleeping hiker.
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park entrance fees will increase on June 1 as part of a three-year incremental plan to meet national standards for parks with similar visitor amenities.
At a time when books are commonly read on electronic devices, coloring books for adults have become a publishing phenomenon, rising to the top of sales charts and taking up prominent space at bulk retailers. Now, park lovers of all ages can color in scenes from Yellowstone National Park.
For many, there can be nothing quite as sublime as hoisting a pack on the back and disappearing for a handful of days, at least, into the backcountry of a national park. It's a trip built on excitement and expectation, one of many similar excursions to make in a lifetime. It's not one you don't expect to return from.
Recent improvements have made stays in the cabins at Badlands National Park in South Dakota a much more comfortable experience.