NPCA: Tell the Obama Administration That Clear Air And Clear Views Across National Parks are Vital

Debate over the country's energy needs, environmental conditions, and the resulting quality of life is not new. It's unending, ongoing, and downright rancorous at times. But does it need to be? With hazy views across spectacular parks in the Southwest, how can we turn that debate into solutions?

Save 25 Percent On Your Next Visit To Mesa Verde National Park

Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde National Park, Kurt Repanshek photo
Still wondering which national park to visit this summer? The folks who run the Far View Lodge at Mesa Verde National Park hope to entice you there with savings of 25 percent.

Interior Department Wants Transparency, FOIA Process Impedes That Goal

Interior Department officials launched an intriguing web portal the other day, one touted as promoting transparency in government operations. Well, one place Interior officials could create a whole lot of transparency is by adding more staff to handle Freedom of Information Act requests, which currently move at a glacial pace.

Lost in the Boonies? What's Your Most Important Task?

Search dog and handler.
People who find themselves lost in the boonies, whether it's forest, field, desert or other terrain, frequently make the same mistake. If you find yourself unsure which route leads back to civilization, a recent incident at the Buffalo National River offers a clue about your most important task.

Dining At The Parks: Cinnamon & Chile Rubbed Pork Tenderloin At Mesa Verde National Park

From time to time we try to profile restaurants, and even chefs, in the national parks. Last fall, after we ran a feature on the chef at the Metate Room Restaurant in Mesa Verde National Park, some readers asked about recipes. Well, for all who want to try to master one of the entrees served up there, here's Chef Brian Puett's recipe for Cinnamon & Chile Rubbed Port Tenderloin.

Metate Room Restaurant at Mesa Verde National Park Recognized For its Excellence

I've long been impressed with the performance of the Metate Room Restaurant at Mesa Verde National Park, and now the American Culinary Federation Colorado Chefs Association has weighed in by honoring Executive Chef Brian Puett as one of six winners of the association's inaugural "Award of Culinary Excellence."

Reader Participation Survey: Help Us Name the Top 100 National Park Locations to See Before You Die

Earlier this week we touched on the national parks mentioned in the book, 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. Somehow, Mammoth Cave National Park didn't make the cut, and if you've been there, you know it should have. Help us compile a list of the top 100 national park locations to see before you die. We'll start the list.

National Park Lodging Rates, On Average, Stay Ahead of Inflation

Regular guests of national park lodges have undoubtedly noticed persistent increases in room rates. Although we no longer have the receipt, it seems that we paid $225 per night during our 1996 stay in Yosemite National Park’s Ahwahnee for a room that now goes for approximately $500 per night. It probably doesn’t surprise you to learn that during the past decade lodging rates in national parks have risen faster than the Consumer Price Index.

Looking for Special Holiday Programs? Here's a Sampling at Parks from Coast to Coast

Painted Desert Inn in the snow.
Looking for a break from shopping, football, and end-of-year hustle and bustle? December is prime time for special programs and events in a number of parks. Here's a sampling in areas from coast to coast.

Tracing the Trail of the Ancients From Mesa Verde National Park to Hovenweep National Monument

Fall and winter months often are best spent researching road trips, and to help you plan a trek through the Southwest with stops at such places as Mesa Verde National Park and Hovenweep National Monument there's a great new website that takes you down the "Trail of the Ancients."