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National Park Service Director Takes Chair Of North American Wilderness Committee

National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis has taken over as chair of the North American Wilderness Committee, an international organization focused on boosting wilderness conservation.

Take Traveler With You On Your Next National Park Trip

Leaving your laptop or desktop computer behind when you head to a national park doesn't mean you have to leave the Traveler behind, too. Through an exclusive agreement with Chimani, LLC you can now subscribe to the Traveler's feed on your iPhone.

Trails I've Hiked: Spend the Night At LeConte Lodge In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The payoff in hiking to LeConte Lodge in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is, in large part, the journey itself. Let Contributing Writer Randy Johnson lead the way with this video.

Study Points To Value Of Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem For Future of Wolverines

A four-year search for wolverines in Yellowstone National Park and the ecosystem neighboring the eastern half of the park detected surprisingly few of the carnivores, but concluded that the park has increasingly valuable habitat that could help the species avoid extinction in the contiguous United States.

Traveler's Checklist: Wright Brothers National Memorial

Plane Sculpture
The Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hill, North Carolina interprets a fascinating story of the best of American ingenuity, grit and perseverance. Through talks, exhibits, a movie and just walking, visitors can feel the elation felt by Wilbur and Orville Wright when their plane first stayed in the air for 12 seconds.

The Boardwalks of Yellowstone National Park

Every year, thousands of pairs of feet anxiously scurry across more than 14 miles of Yellowstone National Park’s iconic, wooden boardwalk system, eager to ferry their owners to an up close and personal glimpse of hundreds of natural hydrothermal springs, geysers and waterfalls.

Canal Tours Coming to Lowell National Historical Park

Water helped fuel the Industrial Revolution in Lowell, Masschusetts, in the early 1800s, providing a means of generating power for the textile mills there. Today you can float the canals that leveraged the hydropower during weekend tours at Lowell National Historical Park.

National Park Road Trip 2011: North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park

As this is the third straight wet, cool May in the Rockies, perhaps it's no surprise that David and Kay Scott were snowed upon during their visit to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. The two spent two nights at Grand Canyon Lodge to update their book, The Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges.

Pacific Fisher Denning in Yosemite National Park

A young Pacific fisher, a cousin to the weasel, has been denning in the southern reaches of Yosemite National Park, the first time biologists have been able to confirm such activity in the park.

Marking 'Endangered Species Day' In the National Park System

Across the National Park System there are successes to note in pulling species back from the brink of extinction. But there also are stories to lament.

Efforts To Designate Nearly Half of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore As Official Wilderness Introduced in Congress

A bipartisan effort has been launched in Congress to set aside nearly half of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore as official wilderness, an effort its backers believe takes a "balanced approach to conservation, recreation, and historic preservation..."

National Park Road Trip 2011: Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Lake Powell Resort

True, May might be a bit early to visit Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, but David and Kay Scott, on the road to update their book, The Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges, found the month perfect for a stop there.

Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtles Arriving En Masse At Padre Island National Seashore

Not since record keeping began two decades ago have as many Kemp's ridley sea turtles come ashore to nest at Padre Island National Seashore in one day as the 29 that turned up the other day, according to seashore biologists.

Grand Teton National Park Offers Busy Summer Featuring Native American Artists

From bead work and flint knapping to flautists and painters, Grand Teton National Park is offering a busy summer schedule of Native American artists at the Colter Bay Vistior Center and Indian Arts Museum.

Celebrate "National Kids To Parks Day" This Saturday

With hopes of connecting more kids with parks -- local, state, and national -- the National Park Trust is celebrating this Saturday as National Kids to Parks Day, a day to not just connect today's youth to parks, but, hopefully, to instill in them a lifestyle healthier than sitting in front of a computer screen.
My First Summer in the Sierra: Illustrated Edition A century after John Muir published "My First Summer in the Sierra," a 100th anniversary edition of the book has been released, one with striking photography.

National Park Quiz 94: Ringer IV

Nine of the first ten statements are true, but one is not. Can you tell which one is the ringer? You might want to try the two bonus questions too.

National Park Road Trip 2011: Lodging on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park

Having left Canyon de Chelly National Monument behind, our lodging experts, David and Kay Scott, have settled into rooms on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

Reader Participation Day: Is It Appropriate For Artillery To Be Used to Control Avalanches In Yellowstone National Park?

Do you think it's appropriate, and in the best interests of its mandate, for the National Park Service to be using artillery to control avalanches in Yellowstone National Park?

East Entrance to Yellowstone National Park To Open On Limited Basis

Yellowstone National Park officials, anxious to get the park's East Entrance Road open to traffic but conscious of avalanche potential along Sylvan Pass, plan to allow traffic along it on a limited basis beginning Wednesday.

American Rivers: Bridge Proposed for St. Croix National Scenic Riverway Imperils 'Wild and Scenic River'

Efforts to gain approval for a four-lane bridge over the St. Croix River not only represent a significant threat to the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, but if successful would set a dangerous precedent for Wild and Scenic rivers nationwide, according to a national rivers advocacy group.

Updated: Unenviable List: Ozark National Scenic Riverways Ranked Among 10 Most Endangered Rivers

Lack of public education and illegal entry were blamed Tuesday when officials at Ozark National Scenic Riverways were confronted with a report that said they are not properly caring for the national treasure.

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Finalizes Long-Term General Management Plan

After more than six years of work, community input, and public review, officials at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore have released the final version of their general management plan for the next 15-20 years.

More Road Work in Yellowstone National Park's Future As Engineers Eye A Nearly 16-Mile Section of the Grand Loop Road

Yellowstone National Park officials are proposing to rebuild a nearly 16-mile stretch of the Grand Loop Road in the northern half of the park, a demanding project that will take more than a year to accomplish if approved.

Lodging Discounts Available At Grand Teton National Park

If you're flexible and ready to travel, you can land some discounted lodging in Grand Teton National Park this spring and later in the fall.

"Who's Buried in Grant's Tomb?" Get the Answer at the Restored Overlook Pavilion at General Grant National Memorial

The staff at General Grant National Memorial likely grows weary of the question, "Who's buried in Grant's Tomb," but there's now a first-class location to get the official answer. A century-old pavilion overlooking Grants Tomb in New York City has been restored and now provides all the necessary visitor services in a classic setting.

1,000-Foot-Fall Kills Italian Climber on Mt. McKinley in Denali National Park

A 67-year-old Italian climber became the second fatality in a week on Mt. McKinley in Denali National Park when he fell 1,000 feet Monday while making an unroped traverse of Denali Pass.

Dinosaur National Monument Officials Warning Floaters To Beware High Flows On Yampa River

Heavy snow years translate into great paddling in the white-water frothing the West's iconic rivers. But in Dinosaur National Park officials are warning floaters to be particularly cautious on the Yampa River this spring due to high flows.

Flooding From Green River Impacts White Rim Road in Canyonlands National Park

Heavy snowpack high in the Colorado Basin is starting to come down, and that's creating problems in Canyonlands National Park, where flooding from the Green River has closed a portion of the White Rim Road.

Traveler's Checklist: Zion National Park

Planning a trip to Zion National Park? Let Traveler help you plan some of your exploration of this southwestern Utah wonder with our checklist to the park.