The latest news from around the National Park System.
Fall and winter are the best seasons to explore Florida with a pack on your back. The Florida National Scenic Trail has over 1,400 miles to explore, from Gulf Islands National Seashore in far west Florida, to southern Mississippi, to Big Cypress National Preserve at the southern tip of Florida.
From September 28 through October 3 a group of park travelers floated through Canyonlands National Park, enjoying the scenery, the camaraderie, and a great measure of solitude.
Each fall, hundreds of enthusiastic volunteers descend upon Acadia’s historic carriage roads to rake leaves and clear drainage ditches from miles of carriage roads in preparation for winter.
Will the coming winter bring snow, drought, soaking rains, or mild weather to your national park outings? As usual, it depends on where you go, but Rocky Mountain National Park could be a winter wonderland if the forecast from AccuWeather holds true, while New England travelers should enjoy a reprieve from last year's overly bountiful snows.
Three young mountain lions have been found dead in the Santa Monica Mountains in recent weeks, illustrating how difficult it can be for the large carnivores to survive into adulthood in such an urbanized and fragmented landscape.
International Archaeology Day, celebrated in more than nine countries with hundreds of events world-wide, comes to the National Park System on Saturday. Visit Tonto National Monument in Arizona on that day, and you can learn about the cultures that called this landscape home for hundreds of years.
The 93rd annual National Christmas Tree Lighting on the Ellipse at President’s Park (White House) will be held this year on December 3 at 5 p.m.
Efforts were ongoing to locate a Wyoming man who jumped from a cliff into Lake Powell at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area but failed to surface.
If you're heading to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming later this month, and determined to visit the Jenny Lake area, you might want to avoid arriving October 19-21 due to a planned area closure there.
Two governors -- Jay Nixon from Missouri and Matt Mead from Wyoming -- share this year's Sheldom Coleman Great Outdoors Award, which recognizes efforts to enhance outdoor recreational experiences in the United States.
Children are natural explorers, but current trends show that youth between the age of 8 to 18 spend more time than ever indoors and less time participating in unstructured outdoor activity. Residents of Fairbanks, Alaska, can buck this trend, as they have access to many parks and wild landscapes that lend themselves to exercising and experiencing the beauty of Interior Alaska.
Though the flying of unmanned drones has been banned in national parks for some time by the National Park Service, and by federal law in Washington, D.C., that hasn't stopped pilots from trying to skirt the regulations or the law.
Storms that delivered more than a foot of rain to parts of Shenandoah National Park have led to damage that is limiting parking at the Whiteoak parking lot, according to park officials.
Though he "retired" in 1995, Dr. Michael Frome has really never stopped writing, nor caring, about the national parks. In this, his 95th year, the distinguished journalist who has dedicated his life to conservation and parks celebrates that life and regales us with a memoir that not only looks back across the many decades of his work but which inspires us to carry that work forward.
More people have experienced Yellowstone National Park this year than in any previous year, and there still is time for more visitors to see the park's thermal wonders, wildlife, and majestic settings.
With a 23-15 party line vote the House Natural Resources Committee has approved legislation that would force the National Park Service to open up more than 400 miles of streams to paddlers in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, though whether the full House and Senate will do the same remains to be seen.
After much work, the visitor center at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Washington state is just about ready to reopen to the public.
With concerns that the Southwest's iconic Joshua trees will be pushed out of 90 percent of their current habitat by the century's end due to climate change, a group has petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to have the tree listed as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act.
Officials from the National Park Service have officially signed a 15-year concessions contract for Yosemite Hospitality, LLC, to run lodging and dining concessions in Yosemite National Park, though the company might be managing facilities not named The Ahwahnee Hotel, Yosemite Lodge at the Falls, or Badger Pass.