There are units of the National Park System, such as Canyonlands, North Cascades, and Great Smoky Mountains national parks, just to name three, that have little or no lodging within their borders. It's just such a lack of facilities, believes Derrick Crandall, that serves as a drag on visitation to the park system.Crandall Testimony 9-23-10.pdf
Yosemite National Park
One of the most beautiful drives in the National Park System is along the Tioga Road that runs across the high country of Yosemite National Park. But can that drive be improved? Yosemite officials are working on a study to determine how, and will visit sections of the road next weekend. And you're invited.
Reader Participation Day: Help Us Name the Best Adventures In the National Park System, Lower 48 Edition
What are the best adventures in the National Park System in the Lower 48? For sure, three weeks floating the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park has to be one, and climbing the Grand Teton in its namesake park is another. But then what?
How do you prefer your national parks? Should they be utilitarian destinations, landscapes that serve all comers, whether they're in search of dazzling vistas or motorized recreation, or Utopian, ideals that should be appreciated for what is found within their borders?
A recent determination that the great gray owls that reside in and around Yosemite National Park are a distinct subspecies is additional evidence that national parks are great, and vital, preserves for wildlife. And it's proof that we still have much to learn about what resides in the parks.
It's that time of year to lend a hand to clean up Yosemite National Park after the crazy summer season, and if you've got the time organizers would love to have it any time Wednesday through Sunday.
Pay attention, national park managers and staff. If there's nothing else you do well, be sure to keep the restrooms clean and stocked.
When last we checked in on the prolific Yosemite Steve, aka Steven M. Bumgardner, he had just produced a video on rockfalls in Yosemite National Park. Now he's moved on to trees. And we're not talking small ones, like aspen. We're talking giant sequoias!