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A Tale of Two Joshua Trees

All trees are not created equal. While that statement can be proved in any forest, in Joshua Tree National Park the park's namesake trees really define that statement.

Last Known Painting Of Death Valley Scotty Back in Death Valley National Park

"Death Valley Scotty" was a raconteur to most, a rapscallion to others, and a legend in the landscape now known as Death Valley National Park. With that background, it's fitting that the last known portrait of Scotty is back in the park.

When Did Dancing In The Thomas Jefferson Memorial Become A Crime?

When did dancing become a sign of protest, and when was it outlawed in the Thomas Jefferson Memorial? Those questions might come to mind after watching the following video.

National Park Road Trip 2011: Kings Canyon National Park

Having crossed the country in four weeks, David and Kay Scott stopped for three nights in Kings Canyon National Park to work on updating their book, The Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges. Weighing camping in the snow at Grant Grove vs. divorce, David and Kay wisely headed down in elevation to a much warmer campground at Cedar Grove.

Backcountry Hiker With A Growing Reputation For Being Overdue Rescued In Glacier National Park

A Montana man with a penchant for challenging himself in Glacier National Park's backcountry is developing a growing reputation with park rangers...for seemingly biting off more than he can chew.

Traveler's Gear Box: Hummingbird Gear Cargo Carrier

Spend time playing in the water during your national park excursions? If you paddle in the parks or slither through slot canyons that might offer water hazards, the Hummingbird Gear Cargo Carrier is a pack you might want to consider.

Enjoy The National Parks This Summer...But Don't Overlook Your Safety

With the summer travel season officially here, millions of folks will be heading out into the National Park System in the coming months. If you're one of them, just remember to be mindful of your safety, and that of your family and friends.

Federal Judge Rules A Creek Bed in Canyonlands National Park Is Not A Road

A winding creek that jogs through Canyonlands National Park to a spectacular sandstone arch is not a road, and that finding by a federal judge could send reverberations throughout many Western states determined to expand access across the federal landscape.
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Crews Working To Clear Rock Slide in Yellowstone National Park

Crews were making progress Sunday at clearing away a rock slide that had isolated the northeastern corner of Yellowstone National Park, but no estimate was given as to when the road between Mammoth Hot Springs and Tower Junction would be reopened.

Denali Road Lottery Entries Must be Submitted Online

If you want to enter this year's Denali National Park & Preserve road lottery, which is scheduled for September 16-19, 2011, you can do it at any time during June, but you'll have to do it online.

Odds and Ends From Around the National Parks To Kickoff The Summer Travel Season

With spring still on its way to the Rockies and High Sierra, and summer well under way in some parts of the country, this seems a perfect time to honor all 2010 Appalachian Trail thru-hikers, consider ways to support national parks, and look at ways to enjoy the parks.

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, America's First Colony

How do you interpret a National Park Service site when there's really not much, historically, to see? That's the challenge at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, home of The Lost Colony. But and enthusiastic staff makes the history exciting and mysterious.

Lake Michigan Water Trail To Be Dedicated As National Recreation Trail

Mention "National Recreation Trail" and no one would be surprised if you immediately thought about taking a hike. But soon that tag will be attached to a watery route in Lake Michigan.

National Park Road Trip 2011: Sequoia National Park's Wuksachi Lodge

Snow continues to dog David and Kay Scott as they forge across the West to update their book, The Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges. But that didn't deter them from enjoying a stay in Sequoia National Park.

Too Much Snow Delaying Opening of Cedar Breaks National Monument

The list seems to be going on and on in the Rockies and Sierra this spring: too much snow is complicating openings of national parks for the summer season. One of the latest casualties is Cedar Breaks National Monument in Utah, where crews are still trying to open the road.

Lake Mead NRA Takes New Steps - Including Fee Waivers - to Promote Safe Boating

The Memorial Day weekend is typically a busy one at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and the larger crowds often mean more incidents than usual. The park is taking steps this weekend and throughout the summer to promote safe boating, including a fee waiver for boaters for the holiday.

Mt. McKinley Fall Claims Lives of Two Climbers

A climbing fall at Mt. McKinley's Denali Pass took the lives of two mountaineers on Wednesday and critically injured two others.

Man Missing for Four Days in Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve is Found Alive

Prominent Colombian educator Dr. Francisco Piedrahita was found alive and in fairly good shape after being missing for four days in the Barataria Preserve unit of Louisiana's Jean Lafitte National Historical Park And Preserve.

Updated: Yosemite National Park Officials Have No Timetable For Opening Tioga Road

Add another iconic national park road that won't be open for travel this Memorial Day Weekend: the Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park.

Grand Teton National Park Urging Motorists To Slow Down and Watch Out For Wildlife

It's getting to be that time of year again -- summer's coming, folks are heading out to national parks, and wildlife are losing their lives to collisions with vehicles.

NPCA Leading Petition Drive To Protect Funding for National Parks

From time to time we get asked by readers what can they do to help the National Park Service out? Well, today you can sign a petition being circulated by the National Parks Conservation Association urging Congress to safeguard national park funding.

Two Climbers Killed While Working New Route on Mount Frances in Denali National Park

An apparent avalanche has killed two climbers attempting a new route on the west face of Mount Frances, a 10,450-foot peak just north of the Kahiltna Basecamp on Mount McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve.

George Washington Carver National Monument Lost Power, But Generally Unscathed By Joplin Tornado

Two days without power and some damaged trees were the extent of damage sustained by George Washington Carver National Monument from the tornado that devastated much of nearby Joplin, Missouri, earlier this week.

Tornado Destroys Great Blue Heron Rookery At Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

A tornado has devastated a great blue heron rookery at Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, killing nearly 200 of the graceful birds.

Reader Participation Day: What Would You Like To See On National Park Websites?

One of the first websites folks head to to research national park matters is, of course, that run by the National Park Service. What suggestions would you make to the agency to improve its sites?

Fort Stanwix National Monument Presents Historic Artifacts From 19th Century, Including A Chamber Pot of Questionable Taste

It is not, by any stretch of the imagination, an honor to have your face portrayed in the bottom of a chamber pot. But that was the fate of British Naval Capt. Basil Hall, and you can find the proof at Fort Stanwix National Monument in New York.

You Won't Be Able To Drive Trail Ridge Road End-to-End Through Rocky Mountain National Park Memorial Day Weekend

If you had your heart set on driving Trail Ridge Road end-to-end through Rocky Mountain National Park on Memorial Day Weekend, well, perhaps next year. There's just too much snow for the plow operators to clear away for this weekend.

National Park Road Trip 2011: Zion Lodge

Having left most of the cold and snow behind in Bryce Canyon National Park, lodging guidebook writers David and Kay Scott have moved on to Zion National Park and a stay at Zion Lodge.

"Rocky Mountain Explorer Package" Combines Lodging With Field Programs in Rocky Mountain National Park

You can pair lodging with a day of hiking, or learning about black bears, or following historic Native American trails in Rocky Mountain National Park under package deals put together by lodging concessionaire Forever Resorts.

National Park Road Trip 2011: Bryce Canyon National Park

Having fled the snowy North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, our intrepid lodging experts, touring the West to update their book, "The Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges," find themselves...at snowy Bryce Canyon National Park.