If you don't mind hard work in the out-of-doors, risk of sunburn or a few mosquito bites, you're needed at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where officials are recruiting for their Adopt-a-Trail program.
There’s a new structure showing up this summer in campgrounds bordering national parks, one that offers a higher level of comfort than the family camper or pop-up tent. More and more campgrounds are adding cabins to their available accommodations, for while more people are heading to the parks, not all want to sleep on the ground in a tent.
What should National Park Service rangers do when they come across a visitor who has gone astray of park regulations? For instance, should they have cited those women in Glacier National Park who squeezed off a round from a .357 to scare a deer, or was the warning enough?
Approval of plans to reconstruct a 14.5-mile stretch of the Newfound Gap Road in Great Smoky Mountains National Park means visitors will have to cope with 6-to-7 years of road work on this key highway that crosses the park.
Are Americans losing touch with the rural side of life? Are we forgetting how pastoral settings appear and make us feel? President Obama fears so, and he's interested in your thoughts on how to get Americans reconnected with the "great outdoors."
Several years ago we wrote “The Best National Park Trip,” an article that described the wonders of visiting Zion, Bryce Canyon, and the Grand Canyon during a tour of the West. This is indeed a great trip that can be extended with visits to Lake Powell, Cedar Breaks, and other nearby units administered by the National Park Service.
ReserveAmerica, the company that manages camping reservations for the National Park System and other federal agencies, can't seem to find a national park campground it likes. In listing its "Top 100 Family Campgrounds," the company doesn't cite a single national park campground.