National Parks Traveler - Commentary, news, and life in America's Parks http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/frontpage_stories2 en Tribes Would Be Allowed To Gather Plants In National Parks Under Proposed Regulation http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/tribes-would-be-allowed-gather-plants-national-parks-under-proposed-regulation26504 <p>The National Park Service has proposed to modify the regulation governing the gathering of plants in national parks. The rule would allow members of federally recognized Indian tribes with traditional associations to areas within specific units of the National Park System to gather and remove plants or plant parts for traditional purposes.</p><div class="field field-type-text field-field-abstract"> <div class="field-label">Abstract:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The National Park Service has proposed to modify the regulation governing the gathering of plants in national parks. The rule would allow members of federally recognized Indian tribes with traditional associations to areas within specific units of the National Park System to gather and remove plants or plant parts for traditional purposes. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/tribes-would-be-allowed-gather-plants-national-parks-under-proposed-regulation26504" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/tribes-would-be-allowed-gather-plants-national-parks-under-proposed-regulation26504#comments Parks in the News Sat, 18 Apr 2015 07:10:25 +0000 NPT Staff 26504 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com One Vandalism Case In The National Park System Resolved, Another Lingers On http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/one-vandalism-case-national-park-system-resolved-another-lingers26500 <p>While one incident of vandalism in the National Park System has been resolved, agents continue to investigate a more high-profile, and wide-spread, case in which a woman used acrylic paint to create images on rock faces in parks across the West.</p><div class="field field-type-text field-field-abstract"> <div class="field-label">Abstract:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> One incident of vandalism in the National Park System has been resolved, agents continue to investigate a more high-profile, and wide-spread case in which a woman used acrylic paint to create images in parks across the West. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/one-vandalism-case-national-park-system-resolved-another-lingers26500" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/one-vandalism-case-national-park-system-resolved-another-lingers26500#comments Crater Lake National Park Death Valley National Park Joshua Tree National Park Rocky Mountain National Park Yosemite National Park Zion National Park Parks in the News Fri, 17 Apr 2015 07:36:36 +0000 NPT Staff 26500 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com Where To Go, What To Do During National Park Week http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/where-go-what-do-during-national-park-week26499 <div class="caption-left" style="width: 600px;"><img src="/files/find_your_park_jpeg_600.jpg" alt="Alternate Text" width="600" height="209" /><br /><br /></div><p><a href="http://www.nationalparkweek.org">National Park Week</a> officially kicks off tomorrow, April 18, and if you're wondering how to celebrate, the National Park Service and National Park Foundation have some ideas.</p><div class="field field-type-text field-field-abstract"> <div class="field-label">Abstract:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> National Park Week officially kicks off tomorrow, April 18, and if you&#039;re wondering how to celebrate, the National Park Service and National Park Foundation have some ideas. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/where-go-what-do-during-national-park-week26499" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/where-go-what-do-during-national-park-week26499#comments Cape Cod National Seashore Cuyahoga Valley National Park Everglades National Park Grand Teton National Park Great Basin National Park Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Golden Gate National Recreation Area John Muir National Historic Site New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Rock Creek Park Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Parks in the News Fri, 17 Apr 2015 07:26:32 +0000 NPT Staff 26499 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com Snow Removal Opens Road To Two Medicine Campground At Glacier National Park http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/snow-removal-opens-road-two-medicine-campground-glacier-national-park26503 <div class="caption-left" style="width: 600px;"><img src="/files/glac-two-medicine_lake_4.15.2015_600.jpeg" alt="Alternate Text" width="600" height="450" /></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-abstract"> <div class="field-label">Abstract:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Snow removal operations in Glacier National Park have cleared the road to the Two Medicine Campground on the east side of the park, and officials expect it to be open for business this weekend, though with limited services. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/snow-removal-opens-road-two-medicine-campground-glacier-national-park26503" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/snow-removal-opens-road-two-medicine-campground-glacier-national-park26503#comments Glacier National Park Parks in the News Fri, 17 Apr 2015 07:23:08 +0000 NPT Staff 26503 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com Here's A Hiking Guide For Your Next Visit To Zion National Park http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/heres-hiking-guide-your-next-visit-zion-national-park26498 <div class="caption-left" style="width: 600px;"><img src="/files/zion-day_hikes_in_zion_jbramante_600_jpeg.jpg" alt="Alternate Text" width="600" height="377" /></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-abstract"> <div class="field-label">Abstract:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You&#039;re planning a trip to Zion National Park in Utah, you plan to do some hiking, and you&#039;re wondering which trails to search out. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/heres-hiking-guide-your-next-visit-zion-national-park26498" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/heres-hiking-guide-your-next-visit-zion-national-park26498#comments Glacier National Park Zion National Park Exploring the Parks Fireside Reads Parks in the News Fri, 17 Apr 2015 07:16:07 +0000 Kurt Repanshek 26498 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com St. Croix National Scenic Riverway Camping Permits Now Availalble http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/st-croix-national-scenic-riverway-camping-permits-now-availalble26489 <div class="caption-left" style="width: 400px;"><img src="/files/sacn-permit_nps_400.jpg" alt="Alternate Text" width="400" height="291" /><br /></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-abstract"> <div class="field-label">Abstract:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Frequent camper along the Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway in Wisconsin? Then you might want to pick up an annual permit for camping on the Lower St. Croix River. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/st-croix-national-scenic-riverway-camping-permits-now-availalble26489" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/st-croix-national-scenic-riverway-camping-permits-now-availalble26489#comments Saint Croix National Scenic River Parks in the News Thu, 16 Apr 2015 07:58:07 +0000 NPT Staff 26489 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com Old Faithful Expected To Be Accessible From West Yellowstone, Mammoth Hot Springs This Friday http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/old-faithful-expected-be-accessible-west-yellowstone-mammoth-hot-springs-friday26494 <p>Some key interior roads in <a href="http://www.nps.gov/yell">Yellowstone National Park</a> are set to open Friday, with traffic expected to be able to drive from both West Yellowstone and Mammoth Hot Springs to the Old Faithful complex.</p><div class="field field-type-text field-field-abstract"> <div class="field-label">Abstract:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Some key interior roads in Yellowstone National Park are set to open Friday, with traffic expected to be able to drive from both West Yellowstone and Mammoth Hot Springs to the Old Faithful complex. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/old-faithful-expected-be-accessible-west-yellowstone-mammoth-hot-springs-friday26494" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/old-faithful-expected-be-accessible-west-yellowstone-mammoth-hot-springs-friday26494#comments Yellowstone National Park Parks in the News Thu, 16 Apr 2015 07:44:53 +0000 NPT Staff 26494 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com Appalachian Trail Conservancy's 40th Biennial Conference Set For Mid-July http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/appalachian-trail-conservancys-40th-biennial-conference-set-mid-july26495 <p>History, hikes, and, of course, trail lore, will be the main attractions during the <a href="http://www.appalachiantrail.org">Appalachian Trail Conservancy's</a> 40th Biennal Conference when it convenes in Winchester, Virginia, in July.</p><div class="field field-type-text field-field-abstract"> <div class="field-label">Abstract:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> History, hikes, and, of course, trail lore, will be the main attractions during the Appalachian Trail Conservancy&#039;s 40th Biennal Conference when it convenes in Winchester, Virginia, in July. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/appalachian-trail-conservancys-40th-biennial-conference-set-mid-july26495" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/appalachian-trail-conservancys-40th-biennial-conference-set-mid-july26495#comments Appalachian National Scenic Trail Parks in the News Thu, 16 Apr 2015 07:05:13 +0000 NPT Staff 26495 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com Reader Participation Day: Grand Canyon Float, Or Appalachian Trail Trek http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/reader-participation-day-grand-canyon-float-or-appalachian-trail-trek26493 <p>There are more than a few experiences of a lifetime to be had in the National Park System. But arguably two right at the top of anyone's list would be a raft trip on the Colorado River through <a href="http://www.nps.gov/grca">Grand Canyon National Park</a>, and a multi-month sojourn along the <a href="http://www.nps.gov/appa">Appalachian National Scenic Trai</a>l.</p><div class="field field-type-text field-field-abstract"> <div class="field-label">Abstract:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> There are more than a few experiences of a lifetime to be had in the National Park System, but arguably two right at the top of anyone&#039;s list would be a raft trip on the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park, and a multi-month sojourn along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/reader-participation-day-grand-canyon-float-or-appalachian-trail-trek26493" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/reader-participation-day-grand-canyon-float-or-appalachian-trail-trek26493#comments Appalachian National Scenic Trail Grand Canyon National Park Reader Participation Day Wed, 15 Apr 2015 08:00:20 +0000 Kurt Repanshek 26493 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com Mount Desert Island Road Trip Loop: Schoodic Peninsula, Saint Croix Island International Historic Site http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/mount-desert-island-road-trip-loop-schoodic-peninsula-saint-croix-island-international-historic-site26488 <div class="caption-left" style="width: 400px;"><img src="/files/acad-paddle_boarding_colleen_miniuk-sperry_jpeg.jpg" alt="Alternate Text" width="400" height="329" /><br /><p>Moments of calm make it enticing to ply the park waters closer to Bar Harbor/Colleen Miniuk-Sperry</p></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-abstract"> <div class="field-label">Abstract:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Springtime finds many flocking to the warmer climates and sun, desperate to break free of winter. But put off bathing-suit season for just a while longer and head north to Maine and Acadia National Park in late April or early May to beat the summer crowds. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/mount-desert-island-road-trip-loop-schoodic-peninsula-saint-croix-island-international-historic-site26488" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/mount-desert-island-road-trip-loop-schoodic-peninsula-saint-croix-island-international-historic-site26488#comments Acadia National Park Saint Croix International Historic Site Essential Spring Guide '15 Wed, 15 Apr 2015 07:44:31 +0000 mirigub 26488 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com National Park Service: Rim Of The Valley Study Suggests Expansion Of Santa Monica Mountains NRA http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/national-park-service-rim-valley-study-suggests-expansion-santa-monica-mountains-nra26491 <div class="caption-left" style="width: 600px;"><img src="/files/rim_of_valley_vista_c_tom_gamache_photography.jpeg" alt="Alternate Text" width="600" height="600" /></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-abstract"> <div class="field-label">Abstract:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A long look at whether a landscape that generally includes the mountains encircling San Fernando, La Crescenta, Santa Clarita, Simi and Conejo Valleys of Los Angeles and Ventura counties in California should be designated a unit of the National Park System is suggesting that 173,000 acres be added to Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/national-park-service-rim-valley-study-suggests-expansion-santa-monica-mountains-nra26491" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/national-park-service-rim-valley-study-suggests-expansion-santa-monica-mountains-nra26491#comments Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Parks in the News Wed, 15 Apr 2015 07:32:28 +0000 NPT Staff 26491 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com UPDATE: Cold Brook Fire 30 Percent Contained At Wind Cave National Park http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/update-cold-brook-fire-30-percent-contained-wind-cave-national-park26490 <p><em><strong>Editor's note:</strong> This CORRECTS that fire is just 30 percent, not 80 percent, contained, adds Wednesday's forecast.</em></p><div class="field field-type-text field-field-abstract"> <div class="field-label">Abstract:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A prescribed burn at Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota that got out of control was 80 percent contained Tuesday, though it had blown up to about 4,500 acres on top of the 1,000 acres that was within the prescribed burn boundaries, park officials said. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/update-cold-brook-fire-30-percent-contained-wind-cave-national-park26490" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/update-cold-brook-fire-30-percent-contained-wind-cave-national-park26490#comments Wind Cave National Park Parks in the News Tue, 14 Apr 2015 17:29:35 +0000 NPT Staff 26490 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com Wild Things With A View http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/wild-things-view26484 <div class="caption-left" style="width: 600px;"><img src="/files/grte-bison_boogie_ddixon_600.jpg" alt="Alternate Text" width="600" height="386" /></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-abstract"> <div class="field-label">Abstract:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> I have never been much of a landscape photographer and am ashamed to admit that during my first visits to Grand Teton National Park, where the views don’t get any better, I only had eyes for the close up shots of the bears. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/wild-things-view26484" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/wild-things-view26484#comments Grand Teton National Park Photography in the Parks Tue, 14 Apr 2015 08:27:14 +0000 Deby Dixon 26484 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com Long Overdue Fixes Coming To Visitor Center At Fort Donelson National Battlefield http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/long-overdue-fixes-coming-visitor-center-fort-donelson-national-battlefield26485 <p>How long have federal buildings been required to provide ADA access, emergency exits, and fire suppression systems? Quite a while, which makes it great to hear the National Park Service finally found the funding to address such projects at <a href="http://www.nps.gov/fodo">Fort Donelson National Battlefield</a> in Tennessee.</p><div class="field field-type-text field-field-abstract"> <div class="field-label">Abstract:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How long have federal buildings been required to provide ADA access, emergency exits, and fire suppression systems? Quite a while, which makes it great to hear the National Park Service finally found the funding to address such projects at Fort Donelson National Battlefield in Tennessee. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/long-overdue-fixes-coming-visitor-center-fort-donelson-national-battlefield26485" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/long-overdue-fixes-coming-visitor-center-fort-donelson-national-battlefield26485#comments Fort Donelson National Battlefield Parks in the News Tue, 14 Apr 2015 07:51:43 +0000 NPT Staff 26485 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com Maintenance Problems Could Impact National Park Week At Cape Cod National Seashore http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/maintenance-problems-could-impact-national-park-week-cape-cod-national-seashore26486 <div class="caption-left" style="width: 600px;"><img src="/files/caco-race_point_beach_access_nps_600.jpg" alt="Alternate Text" width="600" height="448" /></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-abstract"> <div class="field-label">Abstract:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> As most folks know, the Northeast has endured a pretty tough winter, and it is taking a while to put things back together. At Cape Cod National Seashore on Massachusetts, for instance, several problems exist that could impact your National Park Week plans if they involve a trip to the seashore. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/maintenance-problems-could-impact-national-park-week-cape-cod-national-seashore26486" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/maintenance-problems-could-impact-national-park-week-cape-cod-national-seashore26486#comments Cape Cod National Seashore Parks in the News Tue, 14 Apr 2015 07:08:32 +0000 NPT Staff 26486 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com Prescribed Burn Turns Into Wildfire At Wind Cave National Park In South Dakota http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/prescribed-burn-turns-wildfire-wind-cave-national-park-south-dakota26487 <p>What started out Monday as a prescribed burn turned into a wildfire of roughly 1,000 acres at <a href="http://www.nps.gov/wica">Wind Cave National Park</a> in South Dakota.</p><p>Officials said a "fire whirl," or "dust devil" swept through the Unit 2 Cold Brook Burn late Monday morning and carried burning ash more than 100 yards outside of the planned burn area and into high grass.</p><div class="field field-type-text field-field-abstract"> <div class="field-label">Abstract:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What started out Monday as a prescribed burn turned into a wildfire of roughly 1,000 acres at Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/prescribed-burn-turns-wildfire-wind-cave-national-park-south-dakota26487" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/prescribed-burn-turns-wildfire-wind-cave-national-park-south-dakota26487#comments Wind Cave National Park Parks in the News Mon, 13 Apr 2015 23:38:28 +0000 NPT Staff 26487 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com Trails I've Hiked: Canopy View Trail At Muir Woods National Monument http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/trails-ive-hiked-canopy-view-trail-muir-woods-national-monument26482 <div class="caption-left" style="width: 600px;"><img src="/files/muwo-hikers_near_kent_memorial_600_kjr_4-4-15.jpg" alt="Alternate Text" width="600" height="402" /></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-abstract"> <div class="field-label">Abstract:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The trail climbed steeply uphill, helped by a wooden staircase, and into the trees. The crowds, though, mostly went straight, making our choice easy. Up we went! </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/trails-ive-hiked-canopy-view-trail-muir-woods-national-monument26482" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/trails-ive-hiked-canopy-view-trail-muir-woods-national-monument26482#comments Golden Gate National Recreation Area Muir Woods National Monument Yosemite National Park Trails I've Hiked Mon, 13 Apr 2015 08:03:06 +0000 Kurt Repanshek 26482 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com Mountain Lake At Presidio Growing In Diversity With Recovery Of Stickleback Fish And Other Species http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/mountain-lake-presidio-growing-diversity-recovery-stickleback-fish-and-other-species26480 <div class="caption-left" style="width: 600px;"><img src="/files/goga-mountain_lake_presidio_trust_600.jpg" alt="Alternate Text" width="600" height="377" /></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-abstract"> <div class="field-label">Abstract:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> With a multi-year cleanup completed, efforts are now under way to return native species that once called Mountain Lake to the lake that&#039;s on the grounds of the Presidio in San Francisco. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/mountain-lake-presidio-growing-diversity-recovery-stickleback-fish-and-other-species26480" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/mountain-lake-presidio-growing-diversity-recovery-stickleback-fish-and-other-species26480#comments Golden Gate National Recreation Area the Presidio of San Francisco Parks in the News Wildlife Mon, 13 Apr 2015 07:31:24 +0000 NPT Staff 26480 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com No More Reservation Requests Being Taken For Wonderland Trail At Mount Rainier National Park http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/no-more-reservation-requests-being-taken-wonderland-trail-mount-rainier-national-park26483 <div class="caption-left" style="width: 400px;"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" src="/files/mora-tahoma_creek_suspsension_bridge_nps_jpeg.jpg" alt="Alternate Text" width="400" height="619" /></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-abstract"> <div class="field-label">Abstract:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If you thought 2015 would be the year you would finally navigate the Wonderland Trail at Mount Rainier National Park, well, if you haven&#039;t already submitted an application, don&#039;t bother. Park officials say they&#039;ve been deluged with applications for this summer and are no longer accepting permit applications. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/no-more-reservation-requests-being-taken-wonderland-trail-mount-rainier-national-park26483" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/no-more-reservation-requests-being-taken-wonderland-trail-mount-rainier-national-park26483#comments Mount Rainier National Park Parks in the News Mon, 13 Apr 2015 07:20:41 +0000 NPT Staff 26483 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com A National Park Classic: Hiking Zion's Narrows http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/national-park-classic-hiking-zions-narrows26479 <div class="caption-left" style="width: 400px;"><img src="/files/ziion-narrows_hiking_mlanza_400.jpg" alt="Alternate Text" width="400" height="661" /><br /><p>Not long into the first day of your top-to-bottom hike, the canyon walls close in on you/Michael A. Lanza</p></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-abstract"> <div class="field-label">Abstract:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We splash downstream in The Narrows of the North Fork of the Virgin River, deep in the backcountry of Utah’s Zion National Park, mostly craning our necks up like turkeys hypnotized by falling rain. But our fascination is not with rain, but red walls on both sides that rise hundreds of feet overhead. The sun does not find us in this deep canyon, where the air temperature approximates the inside of a refrigerator, and the ankle- to calf-deep water feels about the same. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/national-park-classic-hiking-zions-narrows26479" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/national-park-classic-hiking-zions-narrows26479#comments Zion National Park Essential Spring Guide '15 Exploring the Parks Trails I've Hiked Sun, 12 Apr 2015 07:35:44 +0000 Michael Lanza 26479 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com Changes To Visitor Services At Everglades National Park Coming For Summer http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/changes-visitor-services-everglades-national-park-coming-summer26478 <p>Summer is coming to <a href="http://www.nps.gov/ever">Everglades National Park</a>, and that means some changes in visitor services in some parts of the park.</p><div class="field field-type-text field-field-abstract"> <div class="field-label">Abstract:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Summer is coming to Everglades National Park, and that means some changes in visitor services in some parts of the park. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/changes-visitor-services-everglades-national-park-coming-summer26478" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/changes-visitor-services-everglades-national-park-coming-summer26478#comments Everglades National Park Parks in the News Sun, 12 Apr 2015 07:18:58 +0000 NPT Staff 26478 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com Scofflaws Piloting Drones In The National Park System http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/scofflaws-piloting-drones-national-park-system26476 <div class="caption-left" style="width: 600px;"><img src="/files/goga-drone_pilot_kjr_4-4-15_pt_bonita.jpg" alt="Alternate Text" width="600" height="439" /></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-abstract"> <div class="field-label">Abstract:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How can someone spend anywhere from $500 to $3,000 for a drone, drive to the Marin Headlands portion of Golden Gate National Recreation Area, walk several hundred yards from the parking lot along with dozens of other visitors, commence to flying his drone on the trail to the Point Bonita Lighthouse, and claim not to know he was in a national park? </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/scofflaws-piloting-drones-national-park-system26476" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/scofflaws-piloting-drones-national-park-system26476#comments Golden Gate National Recreation Area Yellowstone National Park Yosemite National Park Zion National Park Parks in the News Sun, 12 Apr 2015 07:13:07 +0000 Kurt Repanshek 26476 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com Federal Judge Okays Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon National Park http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/federal-judge-okays-uranium-mining-near-grand-canyon-national-park26477 <p>A federal judge has denied a request by a coalition of conservation groups and the Havasupai Tribe to halt uranium mining at a site near the South Rim of <a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/node/8493">Grand Canyon National Park</a>. The legal action had challenged the U.S.</p><div class="field field-type-text field-field-abstract"> <div class="field-label">Abstract:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A federal judge has denied a request by a coalition of conservation groups and the Havasupai Tribe to halt uranium mining at a site near the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. The legal action had challenged the U.S. Forest Service’s decision to allow the mine to be reopened without updating a federal environmental review that dated to 1986. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-primary-photo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/files/imagecache/ad_150_wide/storyphotos/500-grand-canyon-trust-map.jpg" alt="" title="" width="150" height="113" class="imagecache imagecache-ad_150_wide imagecache-default imagecache-ad_150_wide_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/federal-judge-okays-uranium-mining-near-grand-canyon-national-park26477" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/federal-judge-okays-uranium-mining-near-grand-canyon-national-park26477#comments Grand Canyon National Park Parks in the News Sat, 11 Apr 2015 07:44:43 +0000 Jim Burnett 26477 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com Research Shows Steady Decline In Snowfall At Yellowstone National Park http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/research-shows-steady-decline-snowfall-yellowstone-national-park26475 <div class="caption-left" style="width: 600px;"><img src="/files/yell-bare_road_nps_2-15_600_jpeg.jpg" alt="Alternate Text" width="600" height="344" /></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-abstract"> <div class="field-label">Abstract:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This past winter saw an earlier-than-usual decline in snowpack on Yellowstone National Park roads, one that forced the park to shut down access to some snowmobilers and snowcoaches. While some might write that off to simply an unseasonal winter, record-keeping in the park shows less snow is falling there and that in some parts of Yellowstone the once-typical Rocky Mountain winter is much shorter than it used to be. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/research-shows-steady-decline-snowfall-yellowstone-national-park26475" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/research-shows-steady-decline-snowfall-yellowstone-national-park26475#comments Yellowstone National Park Parks in the News Fri, 10 Apr 2015 07:32:45 +0000 Kurt Repanshek 26475 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com The Galapagos, A Natural History http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/review/2015/galapagos-natural-history26470 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-amazon-product-id"> <div class="field-label">Amazon Product ID (ASIN):&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0465035973 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-abstract"> <div class="field-label">Abstract:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> For Charles Darwin, the Galapagos Islands off the Ecuadoran coast kindled the spark of evolution in his mind. Ever since that time these islands, and their unique flora and fauna, have captivated visitors. This curiosity, sparked by the plants and animals, even played a passing movie role in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, a 2003 film starring Russell Crowe as captain of a British warship during the Napoleonic wars. </div> </div> </div> <p>For Charles Darwin, the Galapagos Islands off the Ecuadoran coast kindled the spark of evolution in his mind. Ever since that time these islands, and their unique flora and fauna, have captivated visitors. </p><p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/review/2015/galapagos-natural-history26470" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/review/2015/galapagos-natural-history26470#comments Galapagos National Park Fri, 10 Apr 2015 07:26:28 +0000 Kurt Repanshek 26470 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com Sun King's Solo Solar Light Chases Away The Dark http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/sun-kings-solo-solar-light-chases-away-dark26458 <p>We told the skeptical <a href="http://www.nps.gov/yell">Yellowstone National Park</a> ranger that we weren't camping....we were hiking at night.</p><div class="field field-type-text field-field-abstract"> <div class="field-label">Abstract:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Solar chargers are one of the big product categories these days in outdoor products. This lightweight, easy to use, long lasting solar light works just great. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-primary-photo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/files/imagecache/ad_150_wide/storyphotos/solo_solar_light_1.jpg" alt="" title="" width="110" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-ad_150_wide imagecache-default imagecache-ad_150_wide_default"/> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img src="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/files/imagecache/ad_150_wide/storyphotos/solo_solar_light_2.jpg" alt="" title="" width="112" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-ad_150_wide imagecache-default imagecache-ad_150_wide_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/sun-kings-solo-solar-light-chases-away-dark26458" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/sun-kings-solo-solar-light-chases-away-dark26458#comments Yellowstone National Park Traveler's Gear Box Fri, 10 Apr 2015 07:07:35 +0000 Patrick Cone 26458 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com Obama Administration Passes On National Parks In DOT's "Grow America" Plan http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/obama-administration-passes-national-parks-dots-grow-america-plan26473 <p>Despite the Obama Administration's drive to expand the National Park System, and with $11.5 billion in backlogged maintenance needs in the parks, the administration overlooked the National Park Service when putting together its $478 billion "<a href="http://www.dot.gov/grow-america">Grow America</a>" plan for improving the nation's infrastructure.</p><div class="field field-type-text field-field-abstract"> <div class="field-label">Abstract:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Despite the Obama Administration&#039;s drive to expand the National Park System, and with $11.5 billion in backlogged maintenance needs in the parks, the administration overlooked the National Park Service when putting together its $478 billion &quot;Grow America&quot; plan for improving the nation&#039;s infrastructure. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/obama-administration-passes-national-parks-dots-grow-america-plan26473" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/obama-administration-passes-national-parks-dots-grow-america-plan26473#comments Glacier National Park Golden Gate National Recreation Area Grand Canyon National Park Yellowstone National Park Parks in the News Thu, 09 Apr 2015 07:38:07 +0000 NPT Staff 26473 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com National Park Service Director Sees Value In Adding Waco Mammoth Site To Park System http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/national-park-service-director-sees-value-adding-waco-mammoth-site-park-system26469 <div class="caption-left" style="width: 400px;"><img src="/files/waco_mammoth_400.jpg" alt="Alternate Text" width="400" height="396" /></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-abstract"> <div class="field-label">Abstract:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In an unusual public statement, National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis has spoken highly of adding the Waco Mammoth site in Texas to the National Park System. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/national-park-service-director-sees-value-adding-waco-mammoth-site-park-system26469" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/national-park-service-director-sees-value-adding-waco-mammoth-site-park-system26469#comments Parks in the News Thu, 09 Apr 2015 07:26:58 +0000 NPT Staff 26469 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com Spring Coming Early To Olympic National Park, But Still Some Things Visitors Need To Know http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/spring-coming-early-olympic-national-park-still-some-things-visitors-need-know26474 <p>While spring is showing up a bit earlier than usual at <a href="http://www.nps.gov/olym">Olympic National Park</a>, visitors trying to get a jump on the high season need to be aware of a few things out in the park.</p><div class="field field-type-text field-field-abstract"> <div class="field-label">Abstract:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> While spring is showing up a bit earlier than usual at Olympic National Park, visitors trying to get a jump on the high season need to be aware of a few things out in the park. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/spring-coming-early-olympic-national-park-still-some-things-visitors-need-know26474" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/spring-coming-early-olympic-national-park-still-some-things-visitors-need-know26474#comments Olympic National Park Parks in the News Thu, 09 Apr 2015 07:15:25 +0000 NPT Staff 26474 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com Saddling Up In The National Parks http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/saddling-national-parks26467 <div class="caption-right" style="width: 400px;"><img src="/files/shen-horseback_ride_dnc_400.jpg" alt="Alternate Text" width="400" height="599" /><br /><p>Shenandoah National Park has miles of trail to explore from the back of a horse. Bring your own, or sign on for a trail ride at Skyland Stables/Delaware North at Shenandoah National park photo</p></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-abstract"> <div class="field-label">Abstract:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> As a longtime resident of northern Virginia, I feel like I know Shenandoah National Park fairly well. I’ve driven the 105-mile length of Skyline Drive several times, stayed in and near the park, and spent many weekends hiking there. And yet I’ve never experienced the park from the back of a horse...until now. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/saddling-national-parks26467" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/04/saddling-national-parks26467#comments Gettysburg National Military Park Glacier National Park Shenandoah National Park Essential Spring Guide '15 Wed, 08 Apr 2015 07:54:10 +0000 Kim O'Connell 26467 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com