Maps unlock the world in front of us...even if we're not standing right in front of the landscape contained on the map we're gazing at. They allow us to wander through the landscape, cross mountains, ford rivers and streams, and envision campsites in the backcountry. And, in the case of a new eBook, they allow us to look into the past of some national park settings.
For more than a century, freight trains have rumbled up and over Marias Pass, skirting the south boundary of Glacier National Park, casting rolling shadows on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River below. Until recently the major threat was a grain car derailment, which on occasion left bears woozy from eating fermented grain. Today a derailment involving a 100-car train hauling highly combustible Bakken crude oil risks an environmental catastrophe unprecedented in National Park Service history.
Bryan Wilson knew immediately that there was no chance of stopping his 106-long oil train, which was traveling at about 43 miles per hour, when he saw the grain car lying across his tracks.
Traffic jams. No parking. Trail crowds. These are three of the top issues along the Going-to-the-Sun Road corridor that Glacier National Park officials hope to solve through their corridor management plan now in development.
Looking to save a few bucks? Purchase a Traveler membership and you'll save on river trips, books, lodging, and now on a map to Zion National Park and national park posters. The memberships, at $9.95 for a year, help you save some money, and help you contribute to the upkeep of the Traveler.
Snow removal operations in Glacier National Park have cleared the road to the Two Medicine Campground on the east side of the park, and officials expect it to be open for business this weekend, though with limited services.
You're planning a trip to Zion National Park in Utah, you plan to do some hiking, and you're wondering which trails to search out.
Despite the Obama Administration's drive to expand the National Park System, and with $11.5 billion in backlogged maintenance needs in the parks, the administration overlooked the National Park Service when putting together its $478 billion "Grow America" plan for improving the nation's infrastructure.
As a longtime resident of northern Virginia, I feel like I know Shenandoah National Park fairly well. I’ve driven the 105-mile length of Skyline Drive several times, stayed in and near the park, and spent many weekends hiking there. And yet I’ve never experienced the park from the back of a horse...until now.
With the National Park Service's 100th birthday little more than a year away, the agency and the National Park Foundation are beginning to rollout the celebratory campaign, urging Americans to "Find Your Park."