The latest news from around the National Park System.
Conservationists: Big Cypress National Preserve Wilderness Assessment Places ORVs Above Preservation
An assessment of wilderness-quality lands in Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida demonstrates the National Park Service's desire to place off-road recreation above preservation in Big Cypress, the nation's first national preserve, according to National Parks Conservation Association officials.
What a revelation it was, when I learned a few years ago that an overcast day is better than a bright clear sunny one for shooting wildflower images. So if you are in a national park during wildflower season, rejoice if you get overcast weather and go looking for wildflowers!
If it looks like a tortoise and walks like a tortoise, it probably is a tortoise, and Joshua Tree National Park officials hope you'll take care and not run them over.
Sport divers are invited to attend a workshop at Biscayne National Park in Florida on how to record archaeologial sites without disturbing them. The course, sponsored by the Submerged Sites Education and Archaeological Stewardship organization, is scheduled for August 20-23.
A 132-year-old, well-weathered, lever-action Winchester rifle found against a tree in the backcountry of Great Basin National Park is now on display at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Wyoming, where it will remain until fall when it will return to the park.
The United Nations has voted to designate San Antonio’s five Spanish colonial missions – four of them already protected as a national park – a World Heritage Site.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been a quarter-century since the massive fires burned through Yellowstone National Park that summer of 1988. Jeff Henry’s new book is a great look back at those smoke-filled days, especially for those at National Parks Traveler.
Be sure to check out the Statue of Liberty's webcams on Tuesday, when a new LED lighting system will highlight Lady Liberty's best sides while reducing light pollution.
Star gazers can put July 17-19 on their calendar, as that's the weekend when the Badlands Astronomy Festival will be staged at Badlands National Park in South Dakota.
Curious about the nesting of sea turtles? At Cape Hatteras National Seashore on North Carolina's Outer Banks, a special program this summer lets you see inside turtle nests...and possibly encounter a hatching at the same time.
Finding companies to run concessions at Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky is proving difficult for the National Park Service, which in mid-June issued a ninth modification to the original concession prospectus for lodging, transportation, retail, and food services.
Four times a year, National Parks Traveler produces its Essential Park Guides, which offer articles on how best to explore and enjoy the National Park System. Do you have every single issue?
While recent rains have been filling rivers in many parts of the East, playing in those streams is becoming more dangerous, as evidenced by a kayaker who drowned in the Middle Prong of the Little Pigeon River in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The Old Fall River Road is a popular route with visitors to Rocky Mountain National Park who are looking for a scenic drive at a slower pace, but the historic road was badly damaged by major flooding in September 2013. Thanks to emergency funding, repairs to the road have been completed in time for the traditional July 4 seasonal opening of the drive.
The Hazel Creek area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, closed since early June when a backpacker was mauled by a bear, has been reopened to hikers and backpackers.
Like many other units of the National Park System, Golden Gate National Recreation Area in California is expected big crowds this holiday weekend.
While the glaciers interspersed along the peaks of Glacier National Park weren’t responsible for the enormous U-shaped valleys, their gradual disappearance brings a sort of urgency to see these classic icons.
Bison have gored two more people in Yellowstone National Park, bringing to four the number of gorings in the park this summer.
Mid-summer is just about here, but atop Cedar Breaks National Monument in Utah at 10,000 feet, the wildflower season is just kicking into gear. You can enjoy it July 4-19 during the monument's 10th Annual Wildflower Festival.