Books with ties to national parks are too numerous to count. But we did receive a fair number in 2015, and found many of them worth your while. Let's take a look back through Traveler's Fireside Reads for 2015.
The latest news from around the National Park System.
The national parks of the United States are often compared to, and indeed inspire, works of art. In fact, the USGS has been regularly contributing new and updated works of art for the national parks—maps.
Canada’s national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas are important cornerstones of the country’s tourism industry. By September 2015, Parks Canada had welcomed close to 20 million visitors to parks and sites from coast to coast to coast, an increase of 5 percent over last year.
For many visitors to Yellowstone National Park, and especially those at Mammoth Hot Springs, the photograph of soldiers in old-fashioned uniforms standing with their heavily loaded bicycles on the white travertine formations of Minerva Terrace has become an iconic image.
From striking craggy pinnacles to cavernous underground lairs, the national parks are renowned for their grand wildernesses. However, the inhabitants of these landscapes – the wilds’ wildlife – are perhaps the most beloved of the parks’ draws. Animals of the national parks, including many threatened or endangered species, also provide a significant scientific service: They are indicators of the overall health of their environments.
Growing up, jeans seemed to be the preferred pant for hiking and backpacking. And then along came khakis, wool if you expected rain or snow, and then, of course, synthetics. To continue the evolution, Fjällräven adds its trekking trousers with the company's proprietary G-1000® Eco fabric.
Conflicts with hunters and livestock were among the reasons a record 59 grizzly bears died in the Yellowstone ecosystem in 2015, the federal government’s grizzly coordinator said last week.
Yellowstone National Park bison soon are expected to be allowed to roam into parts of Montana under a plan approved by Gov. Steve Bullock, yet it remains to be seen how much relief it provides the iconic animals as they head to their traditional wintering and calving grounds.
The National Park Service has donated about 700 pounds of venison to District of Columbia Central Kitchen. The meat will be used in the thousands of healthy meals that DC Central Kitchen prepares daily for multiple nonprofit partners, including homeless shelters, rehabilitation clinics, and after-school programs. The venison donation is a result of the deer reduction operation in Rock Creek Park in early December.
The 127th Tournament of Roses Parade will highlight the National Park Service Centennial with park-themed floats, and an equestrian unit. There will also be a temporary “pop up” national park for events surrounding the iconic New Year’s celebration.
After 110 years, is it any surprise that El Tovar Hotel on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park needs some work? That's why the grand dame will close for three-and-a-half months early in 2017 for some major rehabilitation work.
If you are planning a visit to Mesa Verde National Park with camera in hand, then sit back in your favorite chair and check photographer Rebecca Latson's continuation of her series of armchair photography guides with tips, advice, and example photos for this amazing national park.
Personalities, towering granite walls, and historic photographs for added perspective -- some amazing perspective at times -- are the heart and soul of Yosemite In The Fifties, a 176-page book that captures what the authors refer to as the Iron Age of climbing in Yosemite National Park.
Entrance fees to Cabrillo National Monument in California will bump up January 5 in a move park officials say will help them pay for "important maintenance and improvement projects within the park."
The second season of construction for our Inspiring Journeys campaign finished on November 9, 2015. Crews built over 1,300 square feet of stone masonry dry-stacked walls, 224 steps, and 628 lineal feet of single tier wall. Take at look at our video highlighting the challenging work completed and significant accomplishments of this summer's crew. The newly restored trail opens to visitors in summer 2016!
To kick off the new year and to celebrate the National Park Service’s Centennial, Grand Canyon National Park is participating in the 127th Rose Parade Friday, January 1. The theme for the 2016 Rose Parade- “Find Your Adventure”- is a nod to “Find Your Park,” a public campaign to raise awareness and excitement for the NPS Centennial.
Martin Litton was known as the conscience of the Grand Canyon. As a conservationist he battled the damming of the Colorado, and many other causes. This film documents Litton, a year after his death.
Grand Teton National Park officials are not proposing to lower the number of people that can travel the Moose-Wilson Road corridor at any one time, but rather believe they have the tools to lessen their impact.
Proposed regulations for off-road vehicle use at Cape Lookout National Seashore in North Carolina call for a permit system for users, seasonal limitations for some areas of the national seashore, and additional ramps to facilitate travel between the beach route and back route.
Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep are the rarest mountain sheep in North America. After the population dropped to around 100 animals in 1995, this unique sub-species was listed as an endangered species. In the spring of 2015, these charismatic animals were released into the heart of Yosemite for the first time in over 100 years