Guest Column: Pondering The Proposal To Remove ESA Protection From Gray Wolves

Earlier this summer the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to remove Endangered Species Act protection from the gray wolf. In this guest column, ecologist Barbara Moritsch, author of The Soul of Yosemite: Finding, Defending, and Saving the Valley's Sacred Wild Nature, questions that decision.

Dining In The Parks: Cache Lake's Quality Camping Food

For many, mealtime on backcountry treks into national parks usually revolves around freeze-dried offerings from the likes of Mountain House and Backpacker's Pantry. Today we'd like to add Cache Lake to the list.

Traveler's Gear Box: SPOT's Global Phone

Think you're in the market for a satellite phone? Think very carefully.

Photography In The National Parks: Capturing The Fall

As the harbinger of winter, the autumn season brings a sense of peace and introspection with its quiet isolation, broken only by the occasional haunting call of a bull elk. Crowds are fewer and dispersed. Colors are saturated. The air is clear and crisp. It’s these elements combined together that make fall my favorite season for photography.

Yosemite's Rim Fire, Yellowstone's Summer Of '88, And Climate Change

As the Rim Fire continues to advance across the northern reaches of Yosemite National Park, challenging firefighters and alarming onlookers, it's hard not to recall perhaps the worst fire season ever to strike a national park, that of the dry, hot, and smoky summer of 1988 in Yellowstone National Park.

Traveler's Gear Box: Lowepro's DryZone Camera Bags

Water in a national park, whether you're encountering the white-water variety, or a relatively smooth lake, or even pools of water while canyoneering, can wreak havoc on cameras and other electrical equipment. They need protection.

Bison Numbers Increase Slightly In Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park's bison herd is healthy and productive, so much so that it's approaching the peak estimate of 5,000 animals made back in 2005.

Traveler's Gear Box: MSR's Flex 4 Cooking System

In need of a good, lightweight cooking set that will help you feed a group of four? Check out MSR's Flex F System, which offers two pots and four plates and cups in a tidy package.

Fall In The National Parks: A Perfect Season For Catching The Wild Side Of The Park System

Wonderment and joy unfold in the national parks come fall when the wild kingdom becomes more visible, literally voicing the call of the wild in parks such as Great Smoky Mountains or Rocky Mountain or winging overhead in any number of parks.

Traveler's Gear Box: The Ally Canoe, A Packable Option For Paddlers

Nimble and responsive, the Ally was firm, if not entirely rigid, as we paddled into the swells on Shoshone Lake in Yellowstone National Park. This Norwegian curiosity was no slouch on the lake, and even handier on the Lewis River Channel.