Bad weather, lack of a presidential inauguration, and safety concerns along the Southwestern border with Mexico apparently were the major drivers behind a slight dip in 2010 visitation to the National Park System from 2009 levels.
Amistad National Recreation Area
On Christmas Day, an Amistad National Recreation Area kayaker's just-acquired craft capsized, drifted away, and left him struggling for his life in bone-chilling water. It was a very near thing.
While flood waters have receded a bit at Lake Amistad National Recreation Area in Texas, a surge is expected in the coming days, which is bad news for those hoping to camp at the NRA. Some folks, though, see the flooding as a sight to see.
It's just too hot to enjoy camping in some parks during the summer, but fall and winter are prime times for outdoor activity in those areas. Here's a sampling of NPS sites where the "off season" in the rest of the country can be the best season for camping.