Luxury Lodging in Our National Parks

Lodging in America’s national parks ranges from barebones tent cabins to fashionable lodges with upscale amenities. Choose the former and you may well end up with an evening meal of grilled hot dogs, pork and beans, a bag of Fritos, and a six-pack of Bud Light. Splurge on the latter and you could enjoy an evening with a gourmet meal accompanied by fine wine.

Mark Your Calendars: Organ Concert at Scotty's Castle In Death Valley National Park

One of the breathtaking aspects of touring Scotty's Castle in Death Valley National Park is viewing the large music room where tycoon Albert Johnson and Scotty would relax and entertain friends. Visit the park in mid-June and you'll be able to hear the organ in action!

Spring Wildflower Bloom Lingering at Death Valley National Park

While spring weather has been fleeting in the West, with wintry incursions, the cooler, wet weather has prolonged the spring wildflower bloom at Death Valley National Park.
Among fishes, perhaps none are watched as closely as the Devils Hole Pupfish, which live on the very brink of extinction in a tiny warm spring that is part of Death Valley National Park. Via two video cameras -- one above the water's surface, the other underwater -- researchers keep tabs on the fish. And that's how they captured the effects of a recent earthquake on the small pool of water.

Here's An Update On the Wildflower Bloom at Death Valley National Park

If you've wanted to catch the wildflower bloom at Death Valley National Park, you better get to the park soon, as things are coming and going quickly, according to a dispatch from the park.

Dining At The Parks: Jalepeno Cheese Cake from the Furance Creek Inn in Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park is a pretty hot place, so it shouldn't be any surprise that at the upscale Furnace Creek Inn they offer Jalepeno Cheese Cake for dessert in the desert.

National Park Mystery Photo 20 Revealed: A Door Knob At Scotty's Castle In Death Valley National Park

Well, it appears we had a pretty good stumper in this latest Mystery Photo, though one reader came close enough to identify where the photo was taken, but not explain exactly what it was.

Death Valley National Park Lodge Remodeling Nears Completion

Near-completion of a $2.5 million, two-year remodeling was evident during our recent stay at Death Valley National Park's Furnace Creek Ranch.

If There's A Noticeable "Peak Bloom" At Death Valley National Park, It'll Be In Late March, Early April

Lake Manly, as seen from Dantes View, NPS photo.
The guessing game on how significant the spring bloom in Death Valley National Park will be continues. No one is willing yet to say it will rival the 2005 showcase, but Park Service officials are predicting the "peak bloom," if there is one, will arrive in late March and into early April.

A Look at Some More Somewhat Unusual Lodges in the National Park System

If you're looking for a national park lodge that isn't on everybody's tongue, you might want to consider one of the following.