The National Park Service reminds me of a proud old ship sailing confidently across the North Atlantic. The captain is beaming and the passengers seem contented, at least, those traveling first class on the upper decks. It’s below decks that the problems lurk. The crew is perhaps too easy going, believing the ship will always reach New York. However, the engines are old, the iron plating is thin, and the rivets are working loose.
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Barring unforeseen circumstances, a two-year project to restore the trail to Alum Cave at Great Smoky Mountains National Park begins today.
Now looking younger than its years with a fresh coat of paint, the Cape Lookout Lighthouse will open for public climbs on May 12.
Condors aren't the most glamorous birds in the sky. I mean, after all: they feast on dead animal carcasses. The California condor did not escape the scrutiny of Charles Darwin, who described them as, “....disgusting birds, with their bald, scarlet heads, formed to revel in putridity.” But, while their dining habitats can be distasteful, they are magnificent.
While national parks often seem extremely user-friendly, having a guide to help figure out what to do and where to go is always helpful. And if you have a young family, a new guide can help you get more out of a trip to Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska.
As the calendar falls deeper and deeper into spring, more and more birds are passing through the National Park System. And on May 9, in honor of Migratory Bird Day, you can bird with a ranger at Grand Teton National Park.
Find yourself deep in the Southwest in spring and you’ll enjoy the mild weather, perfect for this trio of parks.
You now can camp at Biscayne National Park in Florida without worrying about a fee, but come October the rate will jump to $25 per night.
More evidence of the mild, precipation-wise, winter in the Sierra: The Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park is scheduled to open this coming Monday at 8 a.m.
A Las Vegas man was identified Friday as the victim of a roughly 400-foot fall off the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.
The cables to the summit of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park will be in place this Saturday, May 2 and available for hikers. This opening date is three weeks earlier than previously scheduled due to the low snowpack.
A risqué Bud Light campaign that critics said encouraged a culture of rape is not prompting the National Park Service or National Park Foundation to reconsider their centennial partnership with Anheuser-Busch.
The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail is scheduled to open at noon today. The road has been closed since November 1st, so that crews could replace eight bridges.
Trying to lay a water line down to the bottom of the Grand Canyon is not easy, and not inexpensive, and that's why it's being done piecemeal.
A visitor to Grand Canyon National Park fell roughly 400 feet to his death Thursday afternoon.
Our National Park System contains thousands of monuments commemorating people or events connected to the Civil War, but one of those memorials has an unusual reconciliation theme. It's located in the country's oldest national military park, which is also said by some to be the site of one of "the most noted battles of the modern world." Can you name this unit of the National Park System?
Cape Hatteras National Seashore Proposes Reduction In Wildlife Buffers, Draws Criticism From Conservationists
Wildlife buffers at Cape Hatteras National Seashore would be reduced, some by 50 percent or more, under proposed guidelines released by the park staff Wednesday.
A frequent donor to the national parks has given more than $5 million to pay for restoration of the iconic Iwo Jima sculpture at the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial across the Potomac River from the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
Barring an unexpected storm, the East Entrance to Yellowstone National Park will open Friday, and the South Entrance should open the following Friday, May 8.
Maritime history will gain some prominence thanks to the award of approximately $2.6 million in Maritime Heritage Program grants for projects that teach about and preserve sites and objects related to our nation’s maritime history.
Roughly once a week, sometimes more often, a drone pilot uses the airshed of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park to launch his hobby, only to be told it's not permitted. While most say OK and go away, a law enforcement ranger used his taser the other day to subdue one pilot who tried to flee into the night.
Well, readers, as you might have guessed, the Traveler had a pretty extreme technical meltdown this afternoon. Fortunately, it's back and running. Unfortunately, it lost two days' worth of copy...and comments. We can somewhat easily replace the copy, but not so easily replace the comments.
As I gazed out on the bay and up to the roof of Acadia National Park, it was hard to believe that it had been 40 years since I first set foot on Mount Desert Island. I was only about nine or 10 years old at the time, and on my very first trip to a national park. I didn't understand Acadia National Park, or know what to expect. To me it was just our family vacation.
Both Yellowstone National Park and Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park contain magma. The difference is that at Hawai'i Volcanoes, you can see the molten rock burbling in a lake.
A project that could see more than 2,000 housing units and several million square feet of commercial space reach to within a half-mile or so of Grand Canyon National Park could also impact groundwater flows that feed the canyon's springs and hanging gardens, according to conservation groups working to raise public opposition to the project.
Curious as to how our contributing photographers got their start with the Traveler? Rebecca Latson tells us how she got her start with photography, national park photography, and photography with the Traveler.
National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis waived agency policies against partnering with alcoholic beverage companies so the National Park Foundation could sign a multi-million-dollar agreement with Anheuser-Busch, a deal that provides Budweiser with valuable branding placements during the Park Service's centennial campaign.
Skim down through the list of centennial projects that will help paint buildings, repair trails, restore fisheries, help giant sequoias thrive, involve youth in the parks, and you have to give thanks to park friends groups. Corporate America? Not so much.
Nesting raptors have led to a temporary closure of some climbing routes in Joshua Tree National Park in California.