With Year-End Holidays Not Far Off, Consider These National Park Escapes

With the approach of Christmas and New Year's, some people remain undecided about what to do and where to go for the holidays. Here are a few suggestions for year-end national park vacations that are likely to result in some lasting memories.

Each Generation Seems To Stamp Its Imprint on the National Parks

For those who see the national parks as being preserved time immemorial under gigantic bell jars, there is evidence that each succeeding generation makes an imprint or two on the parks. It wasn't too terribly long ago, for instance, that you climbed into the bleachers to watch the bear buffets in Yellowstone National Park, or that the El Tovar Hotel at the Grand Canyon National Park had separate dining areas for men and women.

Yellowstone National Park's Interior Roads Close For Winter on Monday

If you're planning to visit Yellowstone National Park in the coming days, you better hurry. On Monday all roads through the park's interior will be closed to wheeled vehicles.

The Ghosts Of Yellowstone National Park

There is perhaps no more ethereal place than the Upper Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park. There, when the night skies are thick with scudding clouds, ghostly phantoms promenade on the geysers' drifting zephyrs.

If A Winter Trip to Yellowstone National Park Is On Your Mind, Here Are Some Options

If you're thinking of a winter trek to Yellowstone National Park, there are some things you have to accept. One, more than likely it will be cold and snowy. Two, lodging reservations will be tricky, as there are a very limited number of lodges open. Three, it's not going to be cheap. But if you're OK with those three conditions, you'll more than likely have an incredible time.

Keep An Eye Out For Bears During Your Fall Hikes in the National Parks

Fall can be a downright gorgeous time to take a hike in a national park. The air is crisp, the bugs are gone, the crowds have vanished, and the landscape is gorgeous. Just don't forget that the bears are trying to put on some extra calories to get through the winter. And a hungry bear can be an ornery bear.

Wilderness Designations And National Parks Don't Cross Paths Often Enough

Yellowstone. Canyonlands. Voyageurs. Grand Canyon. Great Smoky Mountains. Glacier. Surprising as it is, none of those parks has so much as a single acre of officially designated wilderness.
Wyoming's congressional delegation was quick Thursday to condemn the National Park Service's winter-use plan for Yellowstone National Park that would limit daily snowmobile numbers to 318. Sen. Mike Enzi thought as many as 1,000 machines should be allowed in.

Updated: Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Parks Release Winter-Use Plan That Reduces Snowmobile Numbers

As expected, National Park Service officials Thursday approved a winter-use plan for Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks that reduces snowmobile numbers in Yellowstone from past years. The intent is that this plan remain in effect for two winters while Park Service teams develop yet another environmental impact statement on winter recreation in Yellowstone.

An Unusual View of the Arnica Fire That Burned in Yellowstone National Park This Past Summer

This unusual photo of the Arnica Fire in Yellowstone National Park was taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station.