In the early 1800s, following in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark, a host of scouts, soldiers, trappers and traders began venturing from St. Louis, eager to explore and exploit the natural riches to be found in the wilderness of the West. It was America’s new economic frontier. The expansion of the fur trade would introduce new cultures and trading partners to farsighted business entrepreneurs.
Fort Laramie National Historic Site
National Trails Day is Friday, and while Fort Laramie National Historic Site's popular Confluence Trail remains closed due to flood conditions, the fort's staff has some other ideas for celebrating the day-and extending it through the weekend in Wyoming.
How Christmas was celebrated on the Western Frontier will be displayed at Fort Laramie National Historic Site in Wyoming on December 13.
More and more moonlight tours are showing up around the National Park System. One of the upcoming tours is at Fort Laramie National Historic Site in Wyoming, where a moonlight tour is scheduled for August 8.
Unusually heavy and persistent spring rains have flooded several units of the National Park System in Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wyoming, leading to washed out trails, closed campgrounds, and at least one death.
Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of Fort Laramie National Historic Site’s summer season, which will feature a variety of activities, from daily guided tours and talks to living history demonstrations and special events.
For more than a century, freight trains have rumbled up and over Marias Pass, skirting the south boundary of Glacier National Park, casting rolling shadows on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River below. Until recently the major threat was a grain car derailment, which on occasion left bears woozy from eating fermented grain. Today a derailment involving a 100-car train hauling highly combustible Bakken crude oil risks an environmental catastrophe unprecedented in National Park Service history.
It’s not difficult to see why many of our national parks offer spectacular birding. Vast expanses of protected natural areas are bound to be good spots for watching birds and other wildlife. The national seashores and lakeshores are even more inviting as birding destinations than some of the “parks.” But what about the historic sites and national battlefields?
Deciding that "entrance fees at Fort Laramie" don't make sense any more, the superintendent for Fort Laramie National Historic Site in Wyoming has done away with them. So, too, has Fort Union National Monument in New Mexico.
Fort Laramie Historic Site, which preserves a frontier fort on the windswept Wyoming plains, will celebrate its 75th birthday as a unit of the National Park System next week.