It's been said that in many national parks, visitors don't trek far from the parking lots. Which is a shame, as there's so much to see and experience in the backcountry. How far do you typically roam into the backcountry during your national park vacation?
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park is restoring the federally endangered Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog to alpine lakes within the park. The yellow-legged frog was once the most common frog in mountain lakes throughout the Sierra Nevada, but introduced predators and diseases caused their population to decline by over 95 percent.
A massive triangular slab of rock, roughly two-thirds the length of a football field in size, recently peeled off the face of Half Dome, adding a challenging new dimension to the classic Regular Northwest Face climbing route while also underscoring that Yosemite National Park's granite monoliths are not at all static.
Across the National Park System there are many, many places to call home for a night or a week. But which ones are the best?
With heavy visitation expected this holiday weekend at Yosemite National Park, officials are recommending that you arrive early to avoid traffic jams and parking issues.
In mid-May, world-class climber Dean Potter and a friend were killed in a BASE-jumping incident in Yosemite National Park. A lengthy New York Times story examined the accident, and raised some contradictions in National Park Service policies.
America's Most Beautiful Trail; John Muir Would Be Rightfully Proud Of the Trail That Bears His Name
We awoke before dawn, crawling out of the sleeping bags we’d laid out the night before on our air mattresses atop flat, granite slabs near the shore of Evolution Lake, at nearly 11,000 feet deep in the backcountry of Kings Canyon National Park.
The National Park Service has awarded Aramak subsidiary Yosemite Hospitality, LLC, the concession contract for Yosemite National Park
Last month, during the Memorial Day Weekend, traffic waiting to enter Arches National Park backed up so far onto U.S. 191 that the Utah Highway Patrol temporarily shut off access to the redrock wonder. That dilemma prompted a suggestion by the park superintendent that perhaps the time had come to issue reservations for people hoping to visit Arches.