The holiday season is a great time to visit Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. Along with beautiful scenery, wildlife viewing, and a variety of winter recreational activities to do on your own, fun activities with park rangers are also offered.
The latest news from around the National Park System.
Over the last decade, the explosion of books related to birding has seen the formation of a subgenre focused on the GISS concept. GISS (typically pronounced jizz) is an acronym for General Impression, Size, and Shape. This refers to the method of identifying a bird by visible features other than the color and markings. It’s how most seasoned birders make split-second identifications in the field. Over time, GISS has come to be a catch-all term for the holistic approach to bird identification where distribution, time of year, habitat, and behavioral considerations blend with size and shape (and good old fashioned field marks!) to make a bird knowable in an instant.
Roughly two months after torrential storms tore through Death Valley National Park, workers have many things back to normal in the park.
The annual Pearl Harbor Holiday Festival of Lights at World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument featuring decoratively lit ships and submarines will be on display through Dec. 25. Public tours by boat in the harbor will be conducted Dec. 17 and 18.
While one marina project proposed for a bay that includes waters and shorelines of Virgin Islands National Park has been put on hold due to unanswered questions, a second marina is being proposed for the bay.
On Saturday, January 2, Big Thicket National Preserve staff will lead a guided walk on the Kirby Nature Trail and Sandhill Loop Trail. This 4.5-mile hike will explore the diverse ecosystems of the Big Thicket, including mixed hardwood forests, baygalls, cypress sloughs, riparian floodplains, and longleaf pine uplands.
America’s national parks have inspired artists for generations. As the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Park Service commemorate milestone anniversaries in 2015 and 2016, the NEA will award $797,500 to support 33 projects to a special grant initiative called “Imagine Your Parks”, which encourages the American public to celebrate the arts at national parks around the country.
We have dedicated ourselves to this cause because we know that our parks and public lands represent the very best of America; they are the places that preserve our wondrous natural and cultural heritage and truly allow us to know and appreciate our nations unique and diverse story.
How long is Jewel Cave? If you said 150 miles, you'd be wrong. That was the length measured back in 2010 when volunteers charted more than 3,000 feet of unexplored passageways. Now the total has been pushed to 180 miles thanks to another group of volunteers.
If you've got the gear, the skills, and the desire, now is the time to enter your application for permits for a private river trip through Dinosaur National Monument on either the Green or Yampa rivers.
Unhappiness with senior leadership, teamwork, and concerns about a lack of support for diversity continue to plague the National Park Service as an agency to work for, according to the latest Best Places to Work in the Federal Government Survey. While most federal agencies saw increasing job satisfaction and commitment, the Park Service slipped again in the rankings.
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016, the popular Passport To Your National Parks® program will offer special centennial Passport cancellation stamps at national parks throughout the country.
National Park Service officials are evaluating a request to allow a professional bike race to launch its first stage with a steep climb out of Zion National Park in southwestern Utah.
This coming Sunday the men and women of the Armed Forces who have served, fought, and died to keep America free will be honored at Kings Canyon National Park during the 90th annual Trek to the Nation's Christmas Tree.
Ice lanterns? They will light your way on a winter stroll in Denali National Park in Alaska on December 21.
Two of the greatest backcountry trips I had this year involved float trips in Dinosaur National Monument and Canyonlands National Park. Why? The solitude. Outside of our own small groups, it was as if we had the parks to ourselves.
Now here's a fun way to open the new year -- with a view from the top of the Cape Lookout National Seashore lighthouse.
Twenty years after wolves were returned to Yellowstone National Park, the apex predators have carved territories out of most of the park, are maintaining a population around 100 animals, and are healthy, according to the park's latest report on the canines.
Over the years, feral horses and cattle have found their way into Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, and now park officials are working on a plan to remove them and see that they don't return.
A website focusing on the history of the region that today encompasses Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota holds stories, photographs, and maps of the region to trace that past.