Archive List

Ruminating On Unexploded Ordnance, Climate Change, And Maintaining Winter Access To Yellowstone National Park

One doesn't typically worry about coming across an unexploded howitzer round when visiting a national park. But it could happen at Yellowstone National Park.

National Park Road Trip 2011: Canyon de Chelly National Monument and Thunderbird Lodge

After leaving Mesa Verde National Park, David and Kay Scott, on the road to update their guidebook, "The Complete Guide To the National Park Lodges," made a stop at Canyon de Chelly National Monument for a stay at the Thunderbird Lodge. It is one of their favorite destinations in the Southwest.

Where Can You See Wildlife Right Now: Grand Teton National Park

Spring -- a time of renewal, of wildlife migrations, and of growth in animal populations -- is a great time to be in Grand Teton National Park if you want to see wildlife.

History Of American Mountain Music To Be Told At Blue Ridge Parkway

Take a fiddle or three, add in a banjo, a guitar, and perhaps a standup bass and you have the key ingredients for a rich, traditional American artform: Bluegrass. The story of how this uniquely American musical genre came to be will soon be told at the Blue Ridge Music Center along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Climbers in Mt. McKinley Accident Identified by Denali National Park Officials

Two Americans, an Irishman, and a Swiss climber were identified by Denali National Park officials as the quartet involved in an accident near the roof of Mount McKinley that wound up killing one of the four.

Road Work Will Lead To Short Delays in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks From Now Into November

Ahh spring in the national parks. It's a great time to witness the arrival of wildflowers, wildlife on the move, and, in more than a few parks, the road crews with their orange vests and flags. In Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks, these crews will be highly visible this summer, much to the chagrin of drivers.

Warm Weather, Heavy Snowpack Leads To Avalanches Closing Yellowstone National Park's East Entrance

A combination of warmer weather and a heavy snowpack has generated a series of avalanches that have closed the east entrance road in Yellowstone National Park

Mt. McKinley Climbing Accident In Denali National Park Leaves One Dead, Another Rescued At 19,500 Feet

A break in 70 mph winds Thursday evening allowed search-and-rescue personnel to rescue an injured climber at 19,500 feet on Mt. McKinley in Denali National Park, though another member of the climbing party was found dead on the mountain.

Crystal Cave Tours At Sequoia National Park Begin Saturday

Though best known for its big trees, Sequoia National Park has a fascinating underworld, one you can explore during a tour through Crystal Cave.

75 Bald Eagle Nests Spotted In Voyageurs National Park, 37 With Eggs Being Incubated

The annual count of bald eagle nests in Voyageurs National Park has tallied 75 nests, although only 37 of them were seen with adults incubating eggs, according to park officials.

Viewing Wildflowers By Bike At Shiloh National Military Park

Though Shiloh National Military Park was designated to preserve a poignant Civil War battlefield, the landscape harbors many other resources, such as flowering trees and wildflowers. To help visitors appreciate these other resources, rangers will be leading wildflower tours by bicycle next week.

Whale Carcass Leads To Closures at Glacier Bay National Park

When was the last time you had to reroute your hike because of a whale carcass? That's the situation at Glacier Bay National Park, where the remains of a humpback whale have come ashore and turned into a magnet for bears and other scavengers.

High-Elevation Rescue Under Way Thursday On Mt. McKinley in Denali National Park

Mountaineering rangers were working Thursday evening on a bid to rescue climbers scattered high on Mt. McKinley in Denali National Park following an accident in which a guide and three climbers tumbled down a section of the mountain near the summit.

"Deficient" Fire Escape Leads To Lengthy Closure of Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site

Lack of a safe fire escape has forced the National Park Service to close the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site in New York City, possibly for as long as three months.

National Park Road Trip: Mesa Verde and Far View Lodge

Greetings from Far View Lodge in Colorado’s Mesa Verde National Park. It is early in the season and the park’s campground doesn’t open until later in the week. An added bonus of an early visit is a reduced entrance fee; $10 as opposed to $15 during high season.

Walking Cape Hatteras National Seashore - Part 2

CAHA - on the beach
The Mountains-to-Sea Trail in North Carolina travels the length of Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Danny Bernstein, the author, walked the beach and reports on her experience. This is part two.

Update: Judge Rules Against Environmental Upgrades for Bridge Project in Congaree National Park

A federal judge has ruled that the aging Highway 601 bridge over the Congaree River in South Carolina can be replaced without correcting environmentally harmful features of the causeway-like bridge approach built on a floodplain now within Congaree National Park.

Walking Cape Hatteras National Seashore - Part 1

On the Dunes
The Mountains-to-Sea Trail in North Carolina travels the length of Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Danny Bernstein, the author, walked the beach and reports on her experience. This is part one.

Reader Participation Day: Has The National Park Service Been Led Astray By Congress and Become A Catchall Agency?

Earlier this week we had a spirited discussion of whether the National Park Service needs to add a site to honor Cesar Chavez, who orchestrated the farm labor movement in the 1960s. That discussion nips at a larger question: Has Congress led the Park Service astray and turned it into a catchall agency?

Yellowstone National Park Officials Slowly Setting Corralled Bison Free

Hundreds of bison that have been penned up for much of the winter rather than being allowed to follow ingrained migrational urges into Montana are slowly being released into Yellowstone National Park.

Pruning the Parks: Mackinac National Park (1875-1895)

Though few people seem to know or care, Michigan's long-ago abolished Mackinac National Park was America's second national park. Yellowstone got there first, but not by much.

Too Much Snow Delaying Opening of Some Facilities At Glacier National Park

Some areas of Glacier National Park will be opening later than usual this spring due to the heavy snowfall the park received, according to park officials.

Discounted Campsites On the Way in June to Mark 'National Great Outdoors Month'

To help encourage folks to get out and enjoy National Great Outdoors Month in June, a wide array of campgrounds across the country, many close to national parks, are offering a 20 percent discount on camping fees.

National Park Road Trip 2011: Fort Davis National Historic Site

En route from Big Bend National Park to Mesa Verde National Park to work on updating their national park lodging guidebook, David and Kay Scott managed to squeeze in a side-trip to Fort Davis National Historic Site.

Should a Cesar Chavez Site be Added to the National Park System?

Should a site "significant to the life of Cesar Chavez and the farm labor movement in the western United States" be added to the National Park System? The NPS is now seeking your comments, and public meetings on the possibility are being held in six locations in coming days.

Does Today's Technology Offer A Better Connection, Or A Disconnect, To Enjoying National Parks?

How much should the National Park Service rely on technology to connect visitors to the national parks once they reach a park?

A Warm Welcome to the Grand Teton National Park Foundation To Traveler's Sponsorship Ranks

We'd like to welcome the Grand Teton National Park Foundation, the non-profit that brings bear boxes to the national park, plans to help raise funds to create a proper setting in Grand Teton to display nearly 1,500 Native American artifacts, and links younger generations to the park, to the Traveler's sponsorship ranks.

Heavy Winter Snows Create a Waterfall Show But Slow Some Openings at Yosemite National Park

Waterfall fans rejoice! Unusually heavy snows this past winter at Yosemite National Park have created a waterfall extravaganza—and some challenges for park crews trying to prepare roads and trails for the summer. Early season visitors should expect delayed openings for some high country areas.

"State of Birds" Report Points To Value of National Parks, Other Public Lands For Birds

The Interior Department's 2011 "State of the Birds" report focuses on the importance that national parks, and other public landscapes, provide for hundreds of bird species.

75 Ways To Help Celebrate Shenandoah National Park's 75th Birthday

With spring sprouting across the mountains that hold up Shenandoah National Park, officials are rolling out a game to help educate visitors to the park's 75th birthday.