Maps unlock the world in front of us...even if we're not standing right in front of the landscape contained on the map we're gazing at. They allow us to wander through the landscape, cross mountains, ford rivers and streams, and envision campsites in the backcountry. And, in the case of a new eBook, they allow us to look into the past of some national park settings.
The latest news from around the National Park System.
If you had your heart set to travel Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park this Memorial Day Weekend, well, you'll have to visit the lower elevations of the park because there's too much snow up high to open the road.
With National Trails Day coming up on June 6, there will be a lot of projects you can get involved with across the National Park System. One will feature a project on the Estero Trail at Point Reyes National Seashore in California.
You can take all the photos you want on your Yellowstone National Park vacation without worrying about being arrested for ignoring a new Wyoming law pertaining to whistleblowers. It doesn't apply to the park, which is federal, not state, land, according to park officials.
You can now add Mount Rainier National Park to the growing list of National Park System units that are increasing their entrance fees. Beginning this Friday, it'll cost you a bit more to enter, and camp, in the national park.
Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of Fort Laramie National Historic Site’s summer season, which will feature a variety of activities, from daily guided tours and talks to living history demonstrations and special events.
An aggressive black bear has led Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials to close the Mount Le Conte backcountry shelter and trails to the Cliff Tops area.
“It’s right in that tree,” he said, pointing at a grove of approximately 50 small trees. “It’s on a horizontal branch. Right there in the tree with the green leaves. Can’t you see it?”
Concerns over the numbers of Hoh River Chinook salmon has prompted an emergency fishing closure of the Hoh River, South Fork Hoh River, and all tributaries, as well as the mouth of the Hoh River at Olympic National Park in Washington state.
The National Park Service and the World War I Centennial Commission are preparig an Environmental Assessment to evaluate the effects of establishing a National World War I Memorial by enhancing the area around the existing Pershing Park.
Spring skiing in the Rockies can be sublime, with warm daytime temperatures and "corn" snow conditions, all set against incredible scenery. But it also can be risky, as melting snow can be prone to avalanches, and squalls can make conditions dicey. Such was in the case in the backcountry of Grand Teton National Park this past weekend, as a slide killed one skier and seriously injured another. A third skier sustained minor injuries while a fourth was uninjured.
Dean Potter is dead. The climber who generated controversy over his climb of Delicate Arch in Arches National Park in 2006 and led to more specific, and restrictive, climbing regulations in the park died this past weekend in an illegal BASE jumping incident at Yosemite National Park.
A testing program put in place after three visitors to Yosemite National Park died in 2012 from a rodent-borne disease detected no hantavirus in the park's iconic valley last year, though some was detected in the area surrounding Tuolumne Meadows Lodge, according to the California Department of Public Health.
A rich diversity of Native American artwork will be on hand this summer at Grand Teton National Park, along with the artisans who make it,.
the National Park Service has commissioned the first comprehensive review of nationally significant historical sites of the Reconstruction Era. The project, a National Historic Landmark Theme Study on the U.S. Reconstruction Era, 1861-1898, will bring attention to the history of the period of emancipation and Reconstruction after the Civil War and identify landmarks that help tell the nation’s story.
A testing program put in place after three Yosemite National Park visitors died in 2012 from a rodent-borne disease detected no hantavirus in the park's iconic valley last year, though some was detected in the area surrounding Tuolumne Meadows Lodge, according to the California Department of Public Health.
Every year, Rocky Mountain National Park snowplow operators begin plowing Trail Ridge Road in mid-April. Crews from the west side of the park and crews from the east side of the park move along the road and eventually meet near the Alpine Visitor Center. The visitor center is the highest in the National Park Service, sitting at 11,796 feet above sea level. Spring storms often impact plowing activities. Plow operators normally encounter drifts from 18 to 22 feet tall.
A little detour will be required this summer for Grand Teton National Park hikers heading to Inspiration Point. Trail work in the area above Jenny Lake requires the detour so crews can replace bridges and work on the steep and rocky ledge trail section that leads to Inspiration Point.
A 16-year-old exchange student was recovering Saturday from being gored by a bison at Yellowstone National Park. Park officials say the Taiwanese girl sustained serious, but not life-threatening, injuries when she was gored in the Old Faithful area.
Higher fees are coming to Joshua Tree National Park in California, from higher entrance fees to higher camping fees.