Summer Special: It's Time To Start Thinking About Your Summer Vacation In the National Park System

Hidden Lake Trail, Glacier National Park. Kurt Repanshek photo
How will you spend your summer vacation? If you're thinking about some R&R in the National Park System, we've got some suggestions and advice to offer. All week-long the Traveler will be offering stories about places to go and things to do in the parks.

Summer Special: A Potpourri Of Summertime Adventures In the National Park System

Summer easily is the best time of year to get out and get sweaty in the National Park System, if only because the warmer weather makes more opportunities available. In time to help you plan your summer vacation, here's a potpourri of outdoor adventures in the parks.

For $30 Million You Could Have Zion National Park in Your Backyard

For just $30 million you could have not only a nearly 2,100-acre ranch in the gorgeous red-rock country of southern Utah, but you could have Zion National Park in your backyard.

Zion National Park Gearing Up For Summer Season

With winter's grip loosening on southern Utah, more visitor facilities are opening for the summer at Zion National Park.

Some Backcountry Campsites At Zion National Park Closed Due To Winter Flooding

Due to the prospect of damage from winter floods, the 12 backcountry camp sites in the Narrows of Zion National Park are closed for the foreseeable future, according to park officials.

Climbing Community Differs With National Park Service Over Fixed Anchors In Wilderness

If you've ever sat back in El Capitan Meadow in Yosemite National Park to watch climbers ascending that massive granite wall from which the meadow takes its name, odds are you never noticed the "hundreds" of fixed anchors climbers have over the years drilled into that monolith. And yet, they're there.
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Nesting Falcons Lead To Temporary Climbing Closures At Zion National Park

Nesting peregrine falcons will lead to some temporary climbing closures in Zion National Park for the next four months or so, according to park officials.

For Women Only: 5 Percent Discount On National Park Treks With Call of the Wild

Sorry guys, this offer isn't for you...unless you want to treat your wife, girlfriend, or sister to a "women only" guided trek through some of the West's national park landscapes.

111th Congress Did Well When it Comes to National Park Wilderness, But It Could Have Done Better

A review of how Congress acted on wilderness legislation shows that the National Park System benefited quite nicely during the 111th session, but it could have fared better.

Books We've Read, And Liked, in 2010

There were quite a few books relating to national parks that arrived in 2010, and while we didn't get to read them all, the ones we did we liked. Here's a look back at our Fireside Reads from the year.