On Politics, Bureaucracy, and "Glamping" In the National Park System

The National Park Service's National Leadership Council met in Ohio last week. The meeting of the agency's top management was supposed to be the first under the direction of Jon Jarvis as Park Service director. Political gamesmanship, and apparently a dose of bureaucracy, unfortunately left Mr. Jarvis wearing his Pacific West Region director's hat.

More Fall Lodging Deals in the National Parks, High Sierra Edition

Yesterday we let you know about some fall lodging deals offered at Wuksachi Lodge in Sequoia National Park. Today we'll continue to look at the High Sierra, with lodging specials from one property just outside Yosemite National Park, and another near to Devils Postpile National Monument.

National Park Quiz 67: Potpourri III

We haven’t had a potpourri quiz since March, so here’s another batch of category leftovers and hard-to fit questions. Hope you find ‘em interesting. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll just look the other way. Everybody deserves a free pass now and then.

Climate Change and National Parks: A Survival Guide for a Warming World -- Yellow-Legged Frogs of the Sierra Nevada

The mountain yellow-legged frog was once one of the most abundant vertebrates in the Sierra Nevada. The flash of its yellow legs could be seen and the echo of its croaking could be heard across the Sierra’s alpine lakes, even those nestled at 12,000 feet that contain watery habitats typically too cold for amphibians. Unfortunately, that empire began to crumble as long ago as 1850 when non-native trout were first transplanted into some of those lakes to increase fishing opportunities.

Just Down the Hallway: Saving Money at a National Park Lodge by Choosing a Room without a Private Bathroom

Even experienced travelers often are surprised to learn that some national park lodges still offer rooms without a private bathroom. In fact, in making a reservation at one of the lodges you might discover there is no choice other than a room that requires use of a community bathroom. While European visitors are not surprised and might even expect rooms without a private bathroom, many U.S. travelers don’t look kindly on the need to use a bathroom that is just down the hallway.

Picking a Lot of Apples This Day Helps Keep the Bears Away in Yosemite National Park

Picking apples at Yosemite.
An orchard loaded with ripe apples is more than many bears can resist, so volunteers will help harvest the crop a little early to reduce temptation in Yosemite National Park. If you're in the park on Monday, August 17, you're welcome to help pick some apples...and keep the bears away.

Lodging Sale At Yosemite National Park, Where You Can Leverage 50% Savings This Fall on Second Night Stay

A sale on lodging in Yosemite National Park this fall means you can get half-off on your second night's lodging.

Reader Participation Day, Fine Arts Division: Thomas Moran, Albert Bierstadt, or Maynard Dixon?

If cost were no object, whose national park painting would you hang on your wall? Would it be a Thomas Moran, an Albert Bierstadt, or a Maynard Dixon?

After 82 Years, It's Time For A Substantial Upgrading of The Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park

Eighty-two years have elapsed since The Ahwahnee Hotel, the most opulent lodging in the national parks then, and now, welcomed its first guests. Well, all those seasons and all those guests have taken a toll on the grand dame, and Yosemite National Park officials are contemplating a substantial rehabilitation of the property.

National Park Quiz 66: Cemeteries

You won’t need to be a genealogist to enjoy Quiz #66. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you write on the whiteboard 100 times: “Contrary to popular opinion, there is no letter ‘a’ in the word cemetery.”