What Value Is "The Ahwahnee Hotel," "Curry Village," Wawona Hotel," And Other Place names In Yosemite National Park?

Would "The Ahwahnee Hotel" still be the grand dame of national park lodging if called by another name? Would you stay at the Old Faithful Inn no matter what it was called? How much is the name "El Tovar Hotel" worth?

Study Shows How Yellowstone National Park's Thermal Pools Have Changed Due To Coin-Tossing Tourists

Over the past century and more, tourists to Yellowstone National Park have marveled at the colors in the park's hot springs. Unfortunately, some of those visitors can't resist tossing coins, trash and other foreign objects into the thermal pools. Scientists have wondered how all that activity may have changed the composition and appearance of those springs, and a recently-released study offers some answers to those questions.

Preservation Work Will Impact Cliff Palace Tours At Mesa Verde National Park In Spring

Fewer ranger-guided tours of Cliff Palace at Mesa Verde National Park will be offered next spring due to the need for preservation work on the massive dwelling.

EV Charging Stations Open at Zion Lodge

Fewer things will snake their way across the pavement at Zion Lodge now that two new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations have opened.

Photography In The National Parks: Looking Back On 2014

Whether you were looking to improve your technical expertise with a camera, or curious about the thought processes that professional photographers went through in framing their photos, Contributing Photographers Deby Dixon and Rebecca Latson covered the bases for you through the past 12 months. Here for your review, and just a click away, are the columns they wrote in 2014.

A Video Tour Of Yellowstone National Park

With over half the world's geysers, Yellowstone National Park offers tremendous opportunities to see these geologic wonders in action. Explore the mechanics of geysers, their role in the park's history and what they teach us about the world in which we live. Produced by Steven Bumgardner.

Traveler Founder Kurt Repanshek To Receive National Award From The George Wright Society

Officials of the George Wright Society (GWS) have announced the winners of the group's 2015 awards, and National Parks Traveler Founder and Editor-in-Chief Kurt Repanshek will be among those honored at the GWS bi-annual conference in April. He will receive the GWS Communication Award, one of five awards being presented by the organization next year.

Books We Read In 2014, And Which You Might Like

Despite all the electronic gadetry that allows you to consume media, hard-bound and paperback books continue to hold a considerable marketshare. And more than a few of those titles have something to do with national parks. We read as much as we could this year, and came away with the following reviews for your consideration.

Christmas Bird Count Coming Up At Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Christmas is coming a bit late at Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota. At least if you wanted to be involved in the holiday bird count there.

Wilderness Defender: Carsten Lien And The Writing Of Olympic Battleground

A prominent figure of Seattle, Washington, Carsten Lien grounded his career in business and government with a love for Olympic National Park. Alfred Runte recounts how Lien fought to save the park after observing that it had been logged. The result was a history of the park disclosing the controversy of saving old-growth forests from the Park Service itself. The book is again available as Olympic Battleground: Creating and Defending Olympic National Park. Second edition, reissued.

Wintertime Fun In National Parks Of The Rocky Mountains

Though the summer months are the peak travel seasons for national parks in the Rocky Mountain region, the winter months with their snow and cold...and often crystalline skies...are perfect for a retreat to the Rockies. Here's a handful of parks worthy of your consideration.

Little More Than One-Third Summited Mount McKinley At Denali National Park This Year

How long do you think it takes to summit Mount McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve? For most climbers who summited this year, the average trip was about 18 days. For Kilian Jornet, it took less than 12 hours.

National Park Service, Xanterra Parks & Resorts Reach Agreement On Temporary Contract For Grand Canyon

National Park Service officials reached a temporary, one-year agreement with Xanterra Parks & Resorts that will keep concessions on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park operating without interruption, though prospects for a long-range contract were still up in the air.

NPCA Takes Issue With Grand Teton National Park Decision Over Wildlife Management On Private Inholdings

Grand Teton National Park officials, who have drawn ire over an annual elk hunt in the park, now are facing criticism for turning over management of wildlife on private inholdings within park boundaries to the state of Wyoming.

Trails Grant To Be Well-Spent By The National Park Service At Chesapeake Bay

National Park Service Chesapeake Bay was one of 37 national parks selected to receive a 2014 Active Trailsgrant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks. Now in its sixth year, the Active Trails program supports healthy living by getting people out and active in national parks through projects that help restore, protect, and/or create land and water trails across the country

Main Road To Cedar Breaks National Monument Closed For Winter, But Fun Continues

Winter's heavy snows are starting to fall across the high country in parts of Utah, and at Cedar Breaks National Monument that means one access route to the monument has closed. It also means the monument will be a great destination for snowshoers and even cross-country skiers.

It'll Cost You A Little To See The Ice Caves At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Next Time They Form

If the coming winter months ice over Lake Superior at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and turn the mainland caves into castles of ice, it'll cost you a little to see them.

Condor Chick Born In Zion National Park Appears To Have Died

The excitement surrounding word that a condor chick had been born this year in Zion National Park, the first condor born in southern Utah in decades, has been dashed by word that the chick apparently has died.

Snowshoe Through The Tallgrass Prairie At Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

Once the snow piles up in Iowa, you can head to Herbert Hoover National Historic Site for a snowshoe trek through the park's tallgrass prairie.

Bringing Businesses Into The National Parks At Valley Forge National Historical Park And Gateway National Recreation Area

Keeping buildings in the National Park System in use is one way to maintain them. At Valley Forge National Historical Park and Gateway National Recreation Area, officials hope to do just that by advertising for businesses to operate out of some historic buildings.

Reader Survey Day: Should The National Park Service Angle For "A New Generation," Or "Go Back To Its Roots"?

The clock is ticking down to the National Park Service's centennial in 2016, and the focus of the PR campaign has been on attracting a new generation to the parks. But how far should it go in trying to lure millennials and a more diverse visitor? At least one Park Service veteran wants to see the agency "regain the spiit of John Muir and Teddy Roosevelt."

Geysers In Yellowstone National Park? There's An App For Them!

Predicting the eruption of geysers in Yellowstone National Park can be a tricky thing, but now you can load an app on your smartphone that will provide the estimated time of eruption for Old Faithful and five other fairly predictable geysers in the park.

Some Southern National Parks To Put On Your Travel Calendar

With long, cold, snowy months descending on the northern half of the country, it's not a bad time to cast your eyes to the south and national parks where you can find warm weather, sandy beaches, and plenty of sunshine.

Tioga, Glacier Point Roads Close For Winter At Yosemite National Park

The weekend's heavy rains in California brought heavy snows to the High Sierra, and that was enough for Yosemite National Park officials to close the Tioga and Glacier Point roads for the winter.

Birding In The Parks: Discerning An Ancient Murrelet From A Japanese Murrelet At Point Reyes National Seashore

If I were to mention a controversy at Drakes Bay in Point Reyes National Seashore, undoubtedly the two words that would pop into your head are “oyster company” rather than “Japanese Murrelet,” but the latter is what birders have been talking about since Thanksgiving week.

Sixty-One Acres Added To Voyageurs National Park Thanks To Voyageurs National Park Association

Voyageurs National Park experienced a few growing pains recently. Sixty-one, actually, as in the number of acres added to the park.

Reserve Your Cabin At Cape Lookout National Seashore

It wasn't too long ago that the cabins at Cape Lookout National Seashore in North Carolina closed for the winter, but it won't be long before you can reserve one for next summer.

Traveler's Gear Box: Cotopaxi's Inca 26L Backpack

Cotopaxi's Inca 26L is a spacious backpack that hauls what you need, and provides a bonus by helping support youth in developing countries.

Unknowns In Terms Of Funding And Personnel Await New Units Of National Park System

With a handful of new units of the National Park System to be ushered in once President Obama signs a half-trillion-dollar defense authorization bill, National Park Service officials are not exactly sure where they'll get the money or personnel to bring the new parks to life, but they're optimistic they'll find a way.

Nearly Five Years Later, Congress Balking On "Road To Nowhere" Payments At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Nearly five years after what was considered to be an historic moment, Congress is dragging its feet to make good on a $52 million settlement with a North Carolina county that lost a connection when Fontana Dam was built and its reservoir flooded a section of state highway 288.
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