The Dark Side of National Park Visits

When you're planning a visit to a national park, don't overlook the dark side. No, we aren't suggesting you join forces with Darth Vader, but many parks offer a great opportunity to enjoy a view that's unfortunately becoming increasingly rare—the night sky. An upcoming nationwide event and several other opportunities can help you protect and enjoy the beauty of the night.
U.S. Highway 89: The Scenic Route to Seven National Parks U.S. 89 is a relatively narrow thread of pavement that wends its way 1,600 miles from Glacier National Park in northern Montana to Tumacacori National Historical Park in southern Arizona. Along the way, it passes through five states, past seven units of the National Park System, and through thousands of years of human experience. Ann Torrence captures this sliver of history in words and photographs in a story that is decided off the racetrack known as the interstate highway system.

Bryce Canyon National Park Offers Year's Worth of Full Moon Hikes, Some on Snowshoes

When the full moon glows bright over southern Utah's red-rock landscape, it can seem nearly as bright as day. Bryce Canyon National Park's rangers are well aware of this, and have put together a year-long schedule of full-moon hikes through the park's famous hoodoos for you to enjoy.

Fire at Historic Lodge at Bryce Canyon National Park Won't Delay the 2010 Season Opening

Bryce Canyon Lodge
The lodge at Bryce Canyon National Park is a classic, dating back to the 1920s. A modern sprinkler system and quick work by firefighters helped avert a potential catastrophe when a fire broke out last week at the historic structure.

Trails I've Hiked: Bryce Canyon National Park's Under-the-Rim Trail

While the view down into the ruddy and tawny maw of Bryce Canyon National Park is pretty spectacular, you should try looking up at the park's colorful ramparts! And one of the best places to enjoy this view is along the park's lone long-distance backcountry trail, the 23-mile-long Under-the-Rim Trail that rises and falls down along the floor of the park, an area that few folks actually get to see because they prefer not to hoist a pack on their back.

Rooms Available For September and October Visits to National Parks in the West

If you're flexible enough to take a fall trip to some of the iconic national parks in the Western United States, there are a number of lodges that are reporting late-season availability. Lodges in Yellowstone, Bryce Canyon, Crater Lake, Grand Canyon, and Death Valley national parks all show some rooms available during the months of September and October.

New Concessionaire Chosen to Manage Lodging, Dining, and Retail at Bryce Canyon National Park

A shift in concessions management is coming at Bryce Canyon National Park, where the National Park Service has granted to Forever Resorts a 10-year contract for lodging, dining, and retail operations long held by Xanterra Parks & Resorts.

Park Shuttle Bus Systems are Growing in Popularity Around the Country.

Shuttle bus systems are growing in popularity as one way to reduce the impacts of private vehicles on parks—and on the experience of visitors. Here's a look at some of those systems at NPS sites around the country.

Free Shuttle Makes Touring Bryce Canyon National Park Easy

Touring Bryce Canyon National Park this summer will be easier than ever thanks to free daily tours the park is offering on the Bryce Canyon Shuttle. And if you're a backpacker, this is a great way to catch a ride to the trailhead and then back to your car.

Bryce Canyon National Park's Star Festival Right Around the Corner

One of the best star shows in the National Park System is just a few weeks off. This year's Astronomy Festival at Bryce Canyon National Park, the ninth annual, will not only feature gazing at night skies but also model rocketry and a variety of talks on night skies and nocturnal animals.