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Photography In The National Parks: Stand Back And Shoot

The first bright spot of spring in Yellowstone is the mountain bluebird when it returns to Lamar Valley where they come to feast upon the newly hatched caddisfly that is hopping around on top of the snow near the Lamar River.

Is The Human Footprint Strangling Old Faithful In Yellowstone National Park?

We all go through growing pains as we get older, and that seems to be the case with the Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone National Park, as the geyser isn't as faithful as it once was and could eventually go dormant.

Tagged Razorback Suckers Hoped To Seek Out Others In Colorado River Of Grand Canyon National Park

A small number of fish released into the Colorado River within Grand Canyon National Park hopefully will turn into tattletales.

Celebrate George Washington's Inauguration...225 Years Later

It was 225 years ago this April 30 that George Washington was inaugurated as the country's first president. You can mark that occasion when the National Park Service celebrates it at Federal Hall National Memorial in New York City.

Drakes Bay Oyster Company Seeks U.S. Supreme Court Review Of Its Lease At Point Reyes National Seashore

Owners of a decades-old oyster farming operation at Point Reyes National Seashore have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar erred in not renewing their lease.

Researchers Say Mesa Verde National Park's Far View Reservoir Wasn't For Water

Was "Mummy Lake," now known as Far View Reservoir, really an ancient Anasazi reservoir? Not according to new research, which claims the 12-foot deep circular brick structure instead was created for ceremonial purposes.

Grand Canyon Association Seeking Donations For Renovation Of Kolb Studio

After more than 100 years, it's understandable that the building that long has housed Kolb Studio on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park needs a little work. And the Grand Canyon Association could use your help in accomplishing that work.

Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Again Roaming Great Western Divide In Sequoia, Kings Canyon National Parks

It took the help of a helicopter, but Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep are once again roaming the Great Western Divide that forms part of the border between Kings Canyon and Sequoia national parks.

Stay Hydrated With A National Parks Traveler Water Bottle

Summer's on the way, and more and more units of the National Park System are adding water filling stations, so head to the parks with a water bottle from National Parks Traveler.

Anonymous Donor Gives $2.2 Million For Great Smoky Mountains National Park

An anonymous benefactor has greatly helped the National Park Service with its facility needs at Great Smoky Mountains National Park by writing a check for $2.2 million for the park's benefit.

Yellowstone Spent $1,096 Per Snowmobiler Coming Through East Entrance

The money Yellowstone National Park spent this past winter to keep Sylvan Pass safe for snowmobilers breaks down to almost $1,100 per snowmobiler, according to park numbers.

Trust For National Mall Honored For Its World War 2 App

Kudos to the Trust for the National Mall, which won an award for its World War II Memorial app from an arm of the American Advertising Federation.

Annual Butterfly Count Nets New Species at Joshua Tree National Park

Each Spring, a group of dedicated volunteers and park staff members conduct an annual butterfly count at Joshua Tree National Park to catalog species found inside the park. The park's wilderness areas offer many such opportunities for ongoing scientific discovery, and this year's effort yielded an exciting surprise: a new butterfly species for the park.

Float With The Traveler In The Wake Of John Wesley Powell Through Dinosaur National Monument

Float in the wake of Major John Wesley Powell down one of West’s iconic rivers with the Traveler this July. For four days we’ll follow the meanders and crash the rapids of the Green River as it flows through Dinosaur National Monument in Utah.

Special Tours At Mesa Verde National Park On This Summer's Schedule

There are many wonderful cliff dwellings to see at Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, and this summer you'll be able to view some not normally open to the public.

Shenandoah National Park Celebrates Wildflowers In Early May

Conserving native plants will be the focus of Shenandoah National Park’s 28th annual Wildflower Weekend coming in early May.

Groups Working On National Saltwater Recreational Fishing Policy

The ocean waters off the national seashores and national parks that touch those waters offer incredible opportunities for recreation, whether it revolves around fishing, boating, or simply swimming. Now efforts are under way to develop a national policy focused on recreational fishing in those and other ocean waters.

Grand Teton National Park Roads Open To Cyclists, Roller-Bladers, And Pedestrians

From now through the end of the month you can pedal, roller-blade, or simply walk down the Teton Park Road in Grand Teton National Park without worrying about passenger cars and trucks. Although, you do need to watch out for snow-removal trucks and plows.

Mount Rainier National Park Ready For Summer Season

Barring an unpredicted snowstorm, beginning today Mount Rainier National Park will open the road from Longmire to Paradise 24 hours a day.

Traveler Housekeeping: Parkipedia

National Parks Traveler's Parkipedia, the first-ever crowdsourced approach to create the ultimate national park guides, is now open to all account holders. To dive into it, click the "Parkipedia" button on the menu bar.

New Girl On The Block: Inn At The Presidio In Golden Gate National Recreation Area

The Inn at the Presidio is the newest of the nearly 100 lodges associated with our national parks.

Parks Can Offer A Great Setting For Viewing Upcoming Total Lunar Eclipses

Throughout human history, total lunar eclipses have inspired a range of emotions, and seeing such events are an amazing experience. Four total eclipses are coming up in the next 17 months, and while you can view those displays from many kinds of sites, enjoying the phenomenon in a dramatic natural setting like a National Park Service site would be a bonus for many of us.

National Park Service Issues Guide For Building River And Lake Access Points For Canoes, Kayaks

Groups and organizations looking for insights in how to build canoe and kayak access points to rivers and lakes can turn to a new guide from the National Park Service.

Graffiti Prompts Closure Of Area Near Sand Dune Arch At Arches National Park

Irresponsible visitors who couldn't resist carving their initials into the soft sandstone at Arches National Park have prompted the closure of an area near one of the park's iconic arches.

Isle Royale National Park Officials To Take Deeper Look At Plight Of Park's Wolves

At Isle Royale National Park, where the island's wolf population has been in slow decay for years, park officials have announced plans to take a thorough look at options for preserving wolves on the landscape.

Quote For The Day: The Gentle Art Of Tramping

Who recalls what "tramping" is? Does anyone do it these days? Stephen Graham reminds of that pleasurable activity in his book, The Gentle Art of Tramping.

This New National Park Would Be Unlike Any Other In The World

Across our country and around the world, national parks come in a variety of styles, shapes and sizes. They may be large or small, urban or remote, natural areas or historical sites, but few bear any similarity to one that was proposed last week. This potential national park would cover 579 square miles, include 170 museums, and be home to 1,500 species of flowering plants, 300 species of birds...and eight million people. It's certainly not another Yellowstone.

Rockfall East Of Wapama Falls Above Hetch Hetchy Reservoir Closes Trail To Rancheria Falls

Yosemite National Park crews have a huge task ahead of them: clearing a boulder field that slid across about 400 feet of the trail to Rancheria Falls near the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir.

Essential Paddling Guide: Everglades, Exploring The River Of Grass

On a windless morning, under the kind of flawless blue sky that always appears in ads for Florida vacations, our paddles send quiet ripples across the otherwise glassy surface of Chokoloskee Bay. As our two canoes glide past a signpost marking the Indian Key Pass water channel, two ospreys lift off from their nest atop the post and flap lazily over the water.

Essential Paddling Guide: Prime Paddling Spots, South

Rivers run fast and tumbling throughout the National Park System, there are streams with lazy meanders, and placid lakes perfect for dipping a paddle. This diversity poses a delightful dilemma when you have the urge to float and paddle. What follows is just a sampling of the experiences that await you, whether you have hundreds of watery miles under your paddle, or are looking for calm waters to take your youngsters.