A versatile, lightweight jacket that keeps you warm and dry (from both rain and perspiration) is critical for any outdoor enthusiast. Although the Showers Pass Syncline jacket is designed with cyclists in mind (it’s named after a mountain bike trail in the Columbia River Gorge in Washington), it also proved to be a good fit for a variety of activities.
The latest news from around the National Park System.
The United States Secret Service and the National Park Service have presented concepts for a new White House fence to the Commission of Fine Arts for concept approval. The CFA voted to approve the essential components of the agencies’ preferred concept, which will be further developed and refined in the coming months.
During his family’s Father’s Day weekend visit to Yosemite National Park in California, President Barack Obama spoke about the importance of national parks in a speech Saturday at Sentinel Bridge, with Yosemite Falls as a backdrop.
In the following column, Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation CEO Carolyn Ward warns of the problems the weight of the National Park Service's unfunded maintenance needs will have on the Parkway.
Alcatraz, best known for the historic federal penitentiary and occupation by the Indians of All Tribes, also has a long tradition of welcoming artists to provoke thought about freedom and incarceration. Starting in mid-July, the National Park Service and Nelson Saiers—artist and math Ph.D.— are opening an installation called Shortening: Making Irrational Rational.
Three days after a climber died on Denali’s West Buttress, Denali National Park and Preserve mountaineering rangers and volunteers saved the life of a sick climber at the 17,200-foot high camp on Denali early this morning.
Yankee Freedom III And Everglades National Park Announce Kick-Off Of Second Annual Dry Tortugas Photo Contest!
The Yankee Freedom III, the official ferry to Dry Tortugas National Park, has announced the second annual Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson National Park Photo Contest. The contest kicked off on June 1 and will end on May 31, 2017, at 11:59 p.m.
If you’re at a Great Lakes park this summer, you might read poetry on signs where you expect to find information. Nature poems masquerading as official park signs can be found throughout Apostle Islands, Pictured Rocks, and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshores, as well as Isle Royale National Park at trails, vistas, and beaches as part of the National Park Service’s centennial celebration.
If you're heading to Yosemite National Park this weekend, expect to see crowds and perhaps catch a glimpse of President Obama and his family.
Three years ago we suggested five additions to the National Park System, and one of those was Ancient Forest National Park in California and Oregon. The proposed 3.8-million-acre park would not only capture a wonderful slice of natural landscapes, but also help provide for wildlife corridors to support ecosystems as the climate continues to change.
In 2015, Rocky Mountain National Park was the third-most visited national park with over 4.1 million visitors. So far this year, Rocky is experiencing an 11 percent increase in visitation. Over the last 100 years, the reasons people visit are the same; to experience nature, to seek solitude, to enjoy scenic grandeur, to watch wildlife, and to partake in outstanding recreational activities.
At Biscayne National Park in Florida, staff are working to preserve 10,502 underwater acres in a bid to protect the only tropical coral reef in the continental United States, but it's not an easy task. Politics aside, one of the longest and largest studies of coral reef health ever undertaken finds that corals are declining worldwide because a variety of threats -- overfishing, nutrient pollution and pathogenic disease -- that ultimately become deadly in the face of higher ocean temperatures.
A week after a young man died after he wandered far off a boardwalk in Yellowstone National Park's Norris Geyser Basin and fell into a hot spring, a Chinese visitor has been fined $1,000 for walking off a boardwalk in the park's Mammoth Hot Springs thermal area.
A 66-year-old Japanese climber trying to summit Denali in Denali National Park and Preserve died of unknown causes this week after falling ill a day earlier.
A two-pronged approach has been mounted to purchase 640 acres of land contained within two tracts of state land that lie within Grand Teton National Park from the state of Wyoming for $46 million.
Cape Cod National Seashore crews once again are rebuilding the public stairs that lead down to Nauset Light Beach. The work has been somewhat annual in recent years, as winter storms exact a toll on the wooden stairs.
In an effort to prepare visitors for handling a hostile bear encounter, Yellowstone National Park has launched a campaign – “A Bear Doesn’t Care” – to encourage more people to carry bear spray in the park.
The woman who painted and drew on rock formations in Western national parks in 2014 pleaded guilty Monday to defacing government property, according to the Associated Press. She was sentenced to two years probation and 200 hours of community service.
Repercussions from a massive, destructive flash flood that tore through Death Valley National Park last October may soon be felt in visitor wallets, as the California park is proposing entrance and campground fee increases to help cover $26 million in repairs to Scotty’s Castle and its access road through Grapevine Canyon.
As a birder and naturalist, I have a love/hate relationship with roads and parking lots in national parks. On the one hand, it’s not difficult to agree with Ed Abbey that all pavement is the opposite of progress. Roads kill things outright and bring more tourists, a certain percentage of which will be destructive in their own way. Then I stop and think about the best birding spots I’ve found in the parks – and a majority of them of were either in a parking lot or within sight of some kind of pavement.