National Park System Visitation Was Up More Than 20 Million In 2014, To A Record 294 Million

Whether it was due to lower gas costs, better weather, or an improving economy, the bottom line for the National Park System for 2014 was impressive: An increase of more than 20 million visitors over 2013 levels, for a record total of 294 million, according to unofficial statistics.

National Park Service, Unable To Complete Concessions Contracts On Time, Moves To Extend Dozens Across Park System

Hammering out concessions contracts across the National Park System is not an easy, or quick, job. Failure to reach new contracts before existing ones expired at the end of 2014 prompted the National Park Service to propose extended dozens of contracts for up to a year to keep visitor services operating without interruption.

Xanterra Parks & Resorts Makes Push To Trademark Iconic Grand Canyon National Park Lodge Names

Xanterra Parks & Resorts has filed a slew of applications to trademark the iconic names of lodgings and restaurants on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

Yellowstone National Park Drafts Annual Report To World Heritage Committee

Yellowstone National Park officials, in a draft report to the World Heritage Committee regarding the health of the national park, say they are making strides in reducing impacts tied to pollution and visitation.

Can You Read The "Story In The Snow" From Yellowstone National Park?

In generations past, survival may have depended on a person's ability to "read sign" in the natural world to secure food, detect the presence of friends or foes, or find the safest route to a destination. Those skills are rarely needed by most of us in today's world, but the ability to sort out what happened by interpreting tracks or other evidence on the ground—or in the snow—can be a fun and sometimes challenging activity.

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.

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.

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.

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.