Updated: Strong Positions Developing As Yosemite National Park Officials Again Attack Merced River Plan

El Capitan, copyright QT Luong
Climbers are expressing concern over how a renewed effort to craft a plan that controls development along the Merced River in the Yosemite Valley could impact their access to certain routes. At the same time, others are urging park officials not to turn Yosemite Valley into a "Popcorn Playground."
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Weekend and Holiday Warriors Who Plan to Hike Half Dome in Yosemite National Park Will Need a Permit

With hopes of increasing the safety of those who hike up Half Dome, Yosemite National Park officials will limit numbers of weekend and holiday hikers through a permit system this year.

Lodging Sale in Yosemite National Park, Savings Up to 50 Percent Off

Yosemite National Park has been battered by winter, buried under feet of snow that felled trees and closed the park's iconic valley for a day last week. Well, the good news is this snowfall makes for an idyllic setting in the park, and you can experience it at a savings thanks to a lodging sale in the park.

Looking To Gain A Little Structured Education On Your National Park Trip?

Can you tell by looking at a wildflower in Yellowstone National Park what the underlying geology is? Or, while hiking through Great Smoky Mountains National Park, can you identify a bird simply by its song? Do you want to get relatively up close to the elephant seals at Point Reyes National Seashore? Here's how you can do all those things and more.

All Roads Into and Out of Yosemite Closed Temporarily Due to Storm

Yosemite in winter
Going to Yosemite National Park this weekend? You need to check ahead for a road update. All roads into and out of Yosemite Valley were closed on Friday due to snow, ice and fallen trees.

Creature Feature: Yosemite's Great Gray Owls

Great gray owl.
Great gray owls are not only an endangered species, they're also the largest North American owl. Yosemite National Park is home to about 75% of California's population of these impressive birds, and new research suggests they're even more unique that previously believed.

Where In the National Park System Will You Venture in 2010?

Winter is a great time for planning national park vacations. These suggestions will help you get started in the right direction, whether your interests are mainstream or nontraditional.
Repairing Paradise: The Restoration of Nature in America "Repairing Paradise." That's a somewhat inauspicious title for a book that examines how to restore natural settings in the national parks. But in light of many scenarios that are playing out across the National Park System -- from parks being overrun by elk, deer, and even people to ecosystem subterfuge -- repairs are exactly what need to be made.

2009 in Review: Creature Features – Burros, Pythons, Salamanders, Etc.

Traveler's creature features have proved very popular. Here’s the list, with the links.

Whoa! Did I Read That Right? Double-Take Posts of 2009

Finicky bears, addled boaters, a cannon that was, a cannonball that wasn’t. In 2009, these and other outside-the-box stories reminded us that you just never know what you’re going to run into – or what might run into you -- in America’s national parks.