National Parks Traveler - Commentary, news, and life in America's Parks http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/frontpage_stories2 en Patagonia Stung First At Arches National Park, Stung Again At Capitol Reef National Park http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/patagonia-stung-first-arches-national-park-stung-again-capitol-reef-national-park25683 <p>It seemed like the perfect photo shoot: Two climbers making a "first ascent" on a route in <a href="http://www.nps.gov/care">Capitol Reef National Park</a> in Utah. Unfortunately for the climbers, not only did they install bolts into the rockface, which is against park system regulations, and also roll rocks down the slope, but they were recognizeable.</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"> It seemed like the perfect photo shoot: Two climbers making a &quot;first ascent&quot; on a route in Capitol Reef National Park in Utah. Unfortunately for the climbers, not only did they install bolts into the rockface, which is against park system regulations, and also roll rocks down the slope, but they were recognizeable. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/patagonia-stung-first-arches-national-park-stung-again-capitol-reef-national-park25683" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/patagonia-stung-first-arches-national-park-stung-again-capitol-reef-national-park25683#comments Arches National Park Capitol Reef National Park Parks in the News Mon, 22 Sep 2014 07:41:43 +0000 NPT Staff 25683 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com Volunteer Your Sweat To Clean Up Yosemite National Park http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/volunteer-your-sweat-clean-yosemite-national-park25679 <p>It's that time of year. Yep, time to volunteer your time and sweat to help clean up <a href="http://www.nps.gov/yose">Yosemite National Park</a>.</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"> It&#039;s that time of year. Yep, time to volunteer your time and sweat to help clean up Yosemite National Park. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/volunteer-your-sweat-clean-yosemite-national-park25679" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/volunteer-your-sweat-clean-yosemite-national-park25679#comments Yosemite National Park Parks in the News Mon, 22 Sep 2014 07:23:19 +0000 NPT Staff 25679 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com Congaree National Park Has A Hog Gone Wild Problem http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/congaree-national-park-has-hog-gone-wild-problem25678 <p>Yellowstone National Park has its lake trout problem, and <a href="http://www.nps.gov/cong">Congaree National Park</a> has a hog problem. </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"> Yellowstone National Park has its lake trout problem, and Congaree National Park has a hog problem. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/congaree-national-park-has-hog-gone-wild-problem25678" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/congaree-national-park-has-hog-gone-wild-problem25678#comments Congaree National Park Parks in the News Mon, 22 Sep 2014 07:16:02 +0000 NPT Staff 25678 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com Photographer QT Luong Puts Focus On Acadia National Park http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/photographer-qt-luong-puts-focus-acadia-national-park25677 <div class="caption-left" style="width: 600px;"><img src="/files/acad-coastline_near_otter_pt_qtluong_600.jpg" alt="Alternate Text" width="600" height="219" /><br />Sunrise along the Acadia National Park coast near Otter Point/QT Luong, <a href="http://www.terragalleria.com/parks">www.terragalleria.com/parks</a></div><p> </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 grandeur of America’s national parks so inspired QT Luong, he quit a career in computer science, and embarked on a decades-long project to photograph all 59 parks, from Acadia National Park to Zion. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/photographer-qt-luong-puts-focus-acadia-national-park25677" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/photographer-qt-luong-puts-focus-acadia-national-park25677#comments Acadia National Park Parks in the News Sun, 21 Sep 2014 07:55:53 +0000 NPT Staff 25677 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com Savoring The Fruits Of Fall In The National Parks http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/savoring-fruits-fall-national-parks25668 <div class="caption-left" style="width: 600px;"><img src="/files/fruits_in_the_parks_jstegmann_600.jpg" alt="Alternate Text" width="600" height="198" /></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"> There are endless ways to experience our magnificent national parks. We are surrounded by stunning scenery, awash in light and color. Our ears capture the rush of waterfalls in spring and elk bugling in autumn. Scents of crisp air, pines, and wildflowers greet us. Stick your feet into a mountain stream and feel the bonechilling temperatures, or touch the softness of a Pussytoes flower. These types of activities allow us yet another type of experience. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/savoring-fruits-fall-national-parks25668" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/savoring-fruits-fall-national-parks25668#comments Acadia National Park Capitol Reef National Park Great Smoky Mountains National Park Mount Rainier National Park Shenandoah National Park Essential Fall Guide '14 Sun, 21 Sep 2014 07:55:16 +0000 Jen Stegmann 25668 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com Kupe And The Corals http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/review/2014/kupe-and-corals25682 <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"> 1589797531 </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"> Coral reefs are some of the richest habitats in the world, providing home and grocery for scores of marine species. Too, they serve as storm buffers for the islands and mainlands they rim, and delight countless snorklers and scuba divers who explore them. A new children&#039;s book focuses on coral reefs, and how they&#039;re established. </div> </div> </div> <p>Coral reefs are some of the richest habitats in the world, providing home and grocery for scores of marine species. Too, they serve as storm buffers for the islands and mainlands they rim, and delight countless snorkelers and scuba divers who explore them. A new children's book focuses on coral reefs, and how they're established.</p><p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/review/2014/kupe-and-corals25682" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/review/2014/kupe-and-corals25682#comments Biscayne National Park Buck Island Reef National Monument Everglades National Park Virgin Islands National Park Sun, 21 Sep 2014 07:46:55 +0000 Kurt Repanshek 25682 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com 18-Year-Old Visitor Dies In Fall From Going-to-the-Sun Road In Glacier National Park http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/18-year-old-visitor-dies-fall-going-sun-road-glacier-national-park25688 <p><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">It's not unusual to hear about falls leading to visitor deaths in mountainous parks, but those sad endings to a trip most often occur during activities such as mountaineering or even hiking.</span></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"> It&#039;s not unusual to hear about falls leading to visitor deaths in mountainous parks, but those sad endings to a trip most often occur during activities such as mountaineering or even hiking. On September 18, an 18-year-old male died when he fell from an area along the famed Going-to-the-Sun Road at Glacier National Park. </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/glaicer-flickr.jpg" alt="" title="" width="150" height="99" class="imagecache imagecache-ad_150_wide imagecache-default imagecache-ad_150_wide_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/18-year-old-visitor-dies-fall-going-sun-road-glacier-national-park25688" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/18-year-old-visitor-dies-fall-going-sun-road-glacier-national-park25688#comments Glacier National Park Parks in the News Sat, 20 Sep 2014 23:58:23 +0000 Jim Burnett 25688 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com Invasive Insects Killing Pines At Acadia National Park http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/invasive-insects-killing-pines-acadia-national-park25672 <p>A tiny, almost microscopic, insect is killing pine trees at <a href="http://www.nps.gov/acad">Acadia National Park</a>, where biologists and entomologists are trying to determine how widespread the infestation is and what can be done to slow it.</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 tiny, almost microscopic, insect is killing pine trees at Acadia National Park, where biologists and entomologists are trying to determine how widespread the infestation is and what can be done to slow it. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/invasive-insects-killing-pines-acadia-national-park25672" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/invasive-insects-killing-pines-acadia-national-park25672#comments Acadia National Park Parks in the News Sat, 20 Sep 2014 08:00:40 +0000 NPT Staff 25672 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com Five Incredible National Park Excursions By Boat http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/five-incredible-national-park-excursions-boat25663 <div class="caption-left" style="width: 600px;"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" src="/files/glba-johns_hopkins_kjr_2012_600.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"> Most of us arrive in a national park by car, truck, or perhaps train, and then spend our visit either walking or driving around, stopping at scenic overlooks, exploring history, or searching for wildlife. One mode of transportation not to be overlooked, though, is watercraft. Here are five incredible national park excursions by boat that are worthy of your consideration. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/five-incredible-national-park-excursions-boat25663" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/five-incredible-national-park-excursions-boat25663#comments Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve Kenai Fjords National Park Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park Exploring the Parks Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:00:28 +0000 NPT Staff 25663 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com Dramatic Time-Lapse Video Captures Meadow Fire At Yosemite National Park http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/dramatic-time-lapse-video-captures-meadow-fire-yosemite-national-park25676 <p>In the past, several wildfires have burned at the periphery of <a href="http://www.nps.gov/yose">Yosemite National Park</a>, however, when the Meadow Fire flared up on Sept 7, 2014, it was the first time in memory that a major wildfire occured in the scenic heart of Yosemite, next to Half-Dome.</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"> In the past, several wildfires have burned at the periphery of Yosemite National Park, however, when the Meadow Fire flared up on Sept 7, 2014, it was the first time in memory that a major wildfire occured in the scenic heart of Yosemite, next to Half-Dome. Capturing the fire as a time-lapse introduced a new dimension to those already most iconic fire images. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/dramatic-time-lapse-video-captures-meadow-fire-yosemite-national-park25676" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/dramatic-time-lapse-video-captures-meadow-fire-yosemite-national-park25676#comments Yosemite National Park Parks in the News Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:00:04 +0000 NPT Staff 25676 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com Saturday Evening Programs Explore History Of Rocky Mountain National Park http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/saturday-evening-programs-explore-history-rocky-mountain-national-park25671 <p>Exploring national parks on foot is a great way to pass the time, but learning about their background can be just as entertaining. And at <a href="http://www.nps.gov/romo">Rocky Mountain National Park</a>, some upcoming programs will look into the park's past. </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"> Exploring national parks on foot is a great way to pass the time, but learning about their background can be just as entertaining. And at Rocky Mountain National Park, some upcoming programs will look into the park&#039;s past. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/saturday-evening-programs-explore-history-rocky-mountain-national-park25671" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/saturday-evening-programs-explore-history-rocky-mountain-national-park25671#comments Rocky Mountain National Park Parks in the New Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:26:58 +0000 NPT Staff 25671 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com Crater Lake National Park: It's More Than Just Blue, Blue Water http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/crater-lake-national-park-its-more-just-blue-blue-water25624 <div class="caption-left" style="width: 600px;"><img src="/files/crla_slide_22_kjr_600_8-2014.jpg" 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"> Once upon a time known as Deep Blue Lake, for obvious reasons, Crater Lake is the focal point of its namesake national park, but not the only highlight of a visit to this southern Oregon gem. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/crater-lake-national-park-its-more-just-blue-blue-water25624" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/crater-lake-national-park-its-more-just-blue-blue-water25624#comments Crater Lake National Park Exploring the Parks Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:09:59 +0000 Kurt Repanshek 25624 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com Sweating The Trail Details In The National Parks: Building Trails At Acadia National Park http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/sweating-trail-details-national-parks-building-trails-acadia-national-park25669 <div class="caption-left" style="width: 600px;"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" src="/files/acad-quarry_trail_foa_600.jpg" alt="Alternate Text" width="600" height="403" /></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"> Trails, basically, are connections. They connect one place to another. At Acadia National Park in Maine, Friends of Acadia this year helped the park improve connections by adding a trio of trails that link the Blackwoods Campground and the village of Otter Creek with some of the park’s most popular hiking trails. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/sweating-trail-details-national-parks-building-trails-acadia-national-park25669" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/sweating-trail-details-national-parks-building-trails-acadia-national-park25669#comments Acadia National Park Essential Fall Guide '14 Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:38:33 +0000 Kurt Repanshek 25669 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com Time Running Out To Drive Entire Going-To-The-Sun Road At Glacier National Park http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/time-running-out-drive-entire-going-sun-road-glacier-national-park25675 <p>Snow already has fallen on <a href="http://www.nps.gov/glac">Glacier National Park</a> this month, but that's not the reason you won't be able to drive the entire 50 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road. No, crews are closing off a section of the road east of Logan Pass this coming Sunday night so they can work on rehabilitating the scenic roadway.</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"> Snow already has fallen on Glacier National Park this month, but that&#039;s not the reason you won&#039;t be able to drive the entire 50 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road. No, crews are closing off a section of the road east of Logan Pass this coming Sunday night so they can work on rehabilitating the scenic roadway. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/time-running-out-drive-entire-going-sun-road-glacier-national-park25675" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/time-running-out-drive-entire-going-sun-road-glacier-national-park25675#comments Glacier National Park Parks in the News Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:33:29 +0000 NPT Staff 25675 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com Watch Hawks With A Yellowstone National Park Ranger On Sunday http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/watch-hawks-yellowstone-national-park-ranger-sunday25670 <p>For a little change of pace in <a href="http://www.nps.gov/yell">Yellowstone National Park</a>, spend a time this Sunday looking up into the sky.</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"> For a little change of pace in Yellowstone National Park, spend a time this Sunday looking up into the sky. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/watch-hawks-yellowstone-national-park-ranger-sunday25670" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/watch-hawks-yellowstone-national-park-ranger-sunday25670#comments Yellowstone National Park Parks in the News Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:18:48 +0000 NPT Staff 25670 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com Rocky Mountain National Park Hiker Found Dead http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/rocky-mountain-national-park-hiker-found-dead25674 <div class="caption-right" style="width: 400px;"><img src="/files/romo-alberta_falls_400_kjr_6-2013.jpg" alt="Alternate Text" width="400" height="598" /></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 hiker at Rocky Mountain National Park was found dead Wednesday at the base of a rock outcrop roughly 200 feet below Alberta Falls. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/rocky-mountain-national-park-hiker-found-dead25674" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/rocky-mountain-national-park-hiker-found-dead25674#comments Rocky Mountain National Park Parks in the News Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:20:26 +0000 NPT Staff 25674 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com What To Do In Shenandoah National Park Now: Take A Hike Into The Landscape http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/what-do-shenandoah-national-park-now-take-hike-landscape25664 <div class="caption-right" style="width: 400px;"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" src="/files/shen-fall_colors_along_dark_hollow_falls_kjr_2012_400.jpg" alt="Alternate Text" width="400" height="598" /></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"> It&#039;s mid-September, and while the temps are still almost summerish, the trees know fall is right around the corner, and that&#039;s a great reason to head to Shenandoah National Park now. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/what-do-shenandoah-national-park-now-take-hike-landscape25664" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/what-do-shenandoah-national-park-now-take-hike-landscape25664#comments Appalachian National Scenic Trail Blue Ridge Parkway Great Smoky Mountains National Park Shenandoah National Park Parks in the News Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:50:53 +0000 Kurt Repanshek 25664 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com Around The Parks: Enchanted Chalet Moved, Shenandoah Science, Park After Dark http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/around-parks-enchanted-chalet-moved-shenandoah-science-park-after-dark25665 <div class="caption-right" style="width: 400px;"><img src="/files/olym-enchanted_valley_chalet_nps_400_0.jpg" alt="Alternate Text" width="400" height="299" /></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"> Take a look around the National Park System and you&#039;ll see historic buildings being moved, citizen science at work, and a wonderful evening gathering around a historical park. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/around-parks-enchanted-chalet-moved-shenandoah-science-park-after-dark25665" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/around-parks-enchanted-chalet-moved-shenandoah-science-park-after-dark25665#comments Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park Great Smoky Mountains National Park Olympic National Park Shenandoah National Park Parks in the News Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:46:41 +0000 NPT Staff 25665 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com Wilderness Act Being Celebrated At Great Smoky Mountains National Park http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/wilderness-act-being-celebrated-great-smoky-mountains-national-park25666 <p><a href="http://www.nps.gov/grsm">Great Smoky Mountains National Park</a> is hosting a celebration on Saturday, September 27, at Sugarlands Visitor Center in honor of the Wilderness Act, which was signed into law 50 years ago by President Lyndon Johnson.</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"> Great Smoky Mountains National Park is hosting a celebration on Saturday, September 27, at Sugarlands Visitor Center in honor of the Wilderness Act, which was signed into law 50 years ago by President Lyndon Johnson. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/wilderness-act-being-celebrated-great-smoky-mountains-national-park25666" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/wilderness-act-being-celebrated-great-smoky-mountains-national-park25666#comments Great Smoky Mountains National Park Parks in the News Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:11:01 +0000 NPT Staff 25666 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com Look To The Stars Over Great Basin, Theodore Roosevelt, Mount Rainier, And Oregon Caves http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/look-stars-over-great-basin-theodore-roosevelt-mount-rainier-and-oregon-caves25661 <div class="caption-right" style="width: 400px;"><img src="/files/grba-stars_and_bristlecone_nps400.jpg" alt="Alternate Text" width="400" height="522" /></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 clear skies overhead, and no moon, the star gazing should be outstanding in the coming weeks at western national parks. Several of those parks -- Great Basin, Theodore Roosevelt and Mount Rainier national parks, and Oregon Caves National Monument -- are taking advantage of the night skies with star-gazing festivals. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/look-stars-over-great-basin-theodore-roosevelt-mount-rainier-and-oregon-caves25661" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/look-stars-over-great-basin-theodore-roosevelt-mount-rainier-and-oregon-caves25661#comments Great Basin National Park Mount Rainier National Park Oregon Caves National Monument Theodore Roosevelt National Park Parks in the News Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:15:02 +0000 NPT Staff 25661 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com A Step Back In Time: Charit Creek Lodge Offers Glimpse Into Tennessee's Pioneer Past http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/step-back-time-charit-creek-lodge-offers-glimpse-tennessees-pioneer-past25652 <div class="caption-left" style="width: 400px;"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" src="/files/biso-rocking_chairs_jschneider_2014_400.jpg" alt="Alternate Text" width="400" height="580" /></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 recently received an invitation to sleep in a log cabin. Not something new and swanky, mind you. Instead, my imagination was sparked because this cabin was built in 1817, around the time Davy Crockett was earning his reputation as a frontiersman, storyteller, and politician. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/step-back-time-charit-creek-lodge-offers-glimpse-tennessees-pioneer-past25652" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/step-back-time-charit-creek-lodge-offers-glimpse-tennessees-pioneer-past25652#comments Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area Essential Fall Guide '14 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:11:35 +0000 jane schneider 25652 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com Photography In The National Parks: Oh, Denali! http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/photography-national-parks-oh-denali25625 <div class="caption-left" style="width: 600px;"><img src="/files/rlatson_u9a1096_denali_in_the_morning_2.jpg" alt="Alternate Text" width="600" height="400" /></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"> Never been to Denali National Park but have it on your bucket list? Rebecca Latson gives you photos and a story as to why you should make that bucket list item come true sooner rather than later. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/photography-national-parks-oh-denali25625" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/photography-national-parks-oh-denali25625#comments Denali National Park and Preserve Exploring the Parks Photography in the Parks Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:00:00 +0000 Rebecca Latson Photography 25625 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com Man Dies In Apparent Base-Jumping Incident At Glacier National Park http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/man-dies-apparent-base-jumping-incident-glacier-national-park25662 <p>A young Montana man who apparently tried to base jump from a cliff in <a href="http://www.nps.gov/glac">Glacier National Park</a> was killed in the attempt, according to park officials.</p><p>The park reported Monday morning that the body of 22-year-old Beau Weiher, of Missoula, was recovered from the north side of Mount Siyeh Sunday night at approximately 7 p.m.</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 young Montana man who apparently tried to base jump from a cliff in Glacier National Park was killed in the attempt, according to park officials. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/man-dies-apparent-base-jumping-incident-glacier-national-park25662" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/man-dies-apparent-base-jumping-incident-glacier-national-park25662#comments Glacier National Park Parks in the News Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:23:23 +0000 NPT Staff 25662 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com Traveler's View: National Park Service Logos Lack Creativity, Fail To Celebrate "America's Best Idea" http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/travelers-view-national-park-service-logos-lack-creativity-fail-celebrate-americas-best-idea25651 <div class="caption-left" style="width: 400px;"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" src="/files/nps-centennial_logo_400.jpg" alt="Alternate Text" width="400" height="236" /></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"> National parks, it&#039;s held up, are &quot;America&#039;s best idea,&quot; but logos chosen for the National Park Service to celebrate its centennial and to use in other venues fail to reflect that belief. Indeed, they ignore the rich heritage and beauty of the National Park System in a curious attempt to &quot;engage and connect with new audiences.&quot; </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/travelers-view-national-park-service-logos-lack-creativity-fail-celebrate-americas-best-idea25651" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/travelers-view-national-park-service-logos-lack-creativity-fail-celebrate-americas-best-idea25651#comments Acadia National Park Rocky Mountain National Park Parks in the News Traveler's View Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:00:59 +0000 Kurt Repanshek 25651 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com Tracing The History Of National Park Service Emblems http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/tracing-history-national-park-service-emblems25660 <div class="caption-left" style="width: 600px;"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" src="/files/nps_emblems_600.jpg" alt="Alternate Text" width="600" height="424" /></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"> Like the familiar “Smokey the Bear” Stetson ranger hat, which was formally adopted nearly 90 years ago, the Park Service arrowhead emblem has become an American icon. The story behind the Arrowhead is quite interesting. We’ll try to cover the basics here and throw in a little trivia for fun. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/tracing-history-national-park-service-emblems25660" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/tracing-history-national-park-service-emblems25660#comments Parks in the News Mon, 15 Sep 2014 07:45:02 +0000 Bob Janiskee 25660 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com Lighthouse Renovations Near Completion At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore In Wisconsin http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/lighthouse-renovations-near-completion-apostle-islands-national-lakeshore-wisconsin25659 <div class="caption-left" style="width: 600px;"><img style="border: 2px solid black;" src="/files/apis-devils_island_light_scotts_600_9-2014.jpg" alt="Alternate Text" width="600" height="450" />A cruise to Devils Island Light and the other lighthouses at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, the Ultimate Lighthouse Cruise, is scheduled for this Saturday./David and Kay Scott</div><p>The multi-year Ligh</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 multi-year Light Station Preservation Project for Apostle Islands National Lakeshore’s six historic lighthouses is nearing completion. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/lighthouse-renovations-near-completion-apostle-islands-national-lakeshore-wisconsin25659" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/lighthouse-renovations-near-completion-apostle-islands-national-lakeshore-wisconsin25659#comments Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Parks in the News Mon, 15 Sep 2014 07:15:38 +0000 David and Kay Scott 25659 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com The Unusual Story Behind Death Valley National Park's Popular Zabriskie Point http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/unusual-story-behind-death-valley-national-parks-popular-zabriskie-point25643 <p><span style="line-height: 1.538em;"><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/node/10580">Death Valley National Park</a> has plenty of colorful place names, including Furnace Creek, Stovepipe Wells, Last Chance Mountain, and Devil's Golf Course, so modern-day visitors might be understandably curious about the one given to one of the most popular scenic overlooks in the park: Zabriskie Point</span></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"> Death Valley National Park has plenty of colorful place names, including Furnace Creek, Stovepipe Wells, Last Chance Mountain and Devil&#039;s Golf Course, so modern-day visitors might be curious about the one given to a popular scenic overlook in the park: Zabriskie Point. The explanation may be a bit surprising, since the name is tied to an activity not usually associated with national parks, and the story of the overlook itself offers a fascinating glimpse into the park&#039;s history. </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/475-from-sazkely-flickr.jpg" alt="" title="" width="150" height="100" class="imagecache imagecache-ad_150_wide imagecache-default imagecache-ad_150_wide_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/unusual-story-behind-death-valley-national-parks-popular-zabriskie-point25643" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/unusual-story-behind-death-valley-national-parks-popular-zabriskie-point25643#comments Death Valley National Park Parks in the News Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:04:26 +0000 Jim Burnett 25643 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com Big Cypress National Preserve To Conduct Wilderness Inventory http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/big-cypress-national-preserve-conduct-wilderness-inventory25655 <p>As part of developing its <a href="file:///Users/kurtrepanshek/Downloads/BICY-Scoping%20Report.pdf">backcountry access plan</a>, <a href="http://www.nps.gov/bicy">Big Cypress National Preserve</a> in Florida will also conduct a wilderness eligibility assessment for lands within the original boundaries of the preserve.</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"> As part of its backcountry access plan, Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida will also conduct a wilderness eligibility assessment for lands within the original boundaries of the preserve. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/big-cypress-national-preserve-conduct-wilderness-inventory25655" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/big-cypress-national-preserve-conduct-wilderness-inventory25655#comments Big Cypress National Preserve Parks in the News Sun, 14 Sep 2014 07:34:02 +0000 NPT Staff 25655 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com Lassen Volcanic National Park Considering Changes To Bumpass Hell Access http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/lassen-volcanic-national-park-considering-changes-bumpass-hell-access25653 <div class="caption-left" style="width: 600px;"><img src="/files/lavo-overview_600_kjr_8-2014.jpg" alt="Alternate Text" width="600" height="398" /></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"> Can there be a better way to visit Hell? Bumpass Hell, that is, at Lassen Volcanic National Park. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/lassen-volcanic-national-park-considering-changes-bumpass-hell-access25653" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/lassen-volcanic-national-park-considering-changes-bumpass-hell-access25653#comments Lassen Volcanic National Park Parks in the News Sun, 14 Sep 2014 07:27:36 +0000 NPT Staff 25653 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com Special Tours At Fort Union National Monument Offer Rare Chance To Visit Site Of The First Fort Union http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/special-tours-fort-union-national-monument-offer-rare-chance-visit-site-first-fort-union25654 <p><a href="http://www.nps.gov/foun/index.htm">Fort Union National Monument</a> is home to what was once the largest military post west of the Mississippi River, but only adobe and stone ruins remain today on the New Mexico prairie.</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"> Fort Union National Monument is home to what was once the largest military post west of the Mississippi River, but only adobe and stone ruins now remain on the New Mexico prairie. These surviving walls are actually part of the third Fort Union, and September 20, 2014, you can join rangers for a special, once-a-year chance to visit to the site of the First Fort and Arsenal. </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/475-fort-union-nps-photo.jpg" alt="" title="" width="150" height="112" class="imagecache imagecache-ad_150_wide imagecache-default imagecache-ad_150_wide_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/special-tours-fort-union-national-monument-offer-rare-chance-visit-site-first-fort-union25654" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/09/special-tours-fort-union-national-monument-offer-rare-chance-visit-site-first-fort-union25654#comments Fort Union National Monument Parks in the News Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:33:36 +0000 Jim Burnett 25654 at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com