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Search Under Way on Mount McKinley in Denali National Park For Missing Austrian Climber

A search was under way on Mount McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve on Thursday for an Austrian mountaineer who failed to return from an intended trek to Denali Pass at 18,000 feet.

Aggressive Mountain Lion Spotted In Glacier National Park

Visitors to the Lake McDonald area of Glacier National Park are being warned to watch out for an aggressive mountain lion.

Where Can You See Wildlife Right Now: Bats At Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Stop by Carlsbad Caverns National Park these days around sunset and you'll be able to see not just one or two bats, but possibly as many as 400,000 as they exit the cave en masse for their nightly meal.

That Grand Teton National Park Ranger Is Juan Ibanez

Earlier this month we ran a story about an anonymous Grand Teton National Park ranger who seemingly went out of his way to assist a young father and his three sons during a fishing outing in the park. Well, we now know whom that ranger is.

Dinosaur National Monument Hosts Make-A-Wish Visit by Young Cancer Survivor

It's always gratifying to see youngsters who are interested in national parks and science, and that was definitely the case for Nathan McDermott. The seven-year-old cancer survivor's wish was to spent time with paleontologists at Dinosaur National Monument.

Reader Participation Day: Where Do You Find The Best Art In the National Park System?

Where do you find the best art in the National Park System? We're not talking about cheap, foreign trinkets, but nice artful objects that you take home, and put on display, and which trigger memories of your visit when you gaze at them.
Pilgrims of the Vertical: Yosemite Rock Climbers and Nature at Risk For anyone who has spent just a few days in Yosemite National Park, know that rock climbing and rock climbers are an important part of the history of this legendary park. It literally goes back to the Second Great Age of Discovery (if not further) when geologists Clarence King and Josiah Whitney scrambled from one Sierra peak to the next in search of a knowable “earth age.”

New York City for $20 a Night? Gateway National Recreation Area Makes it Possible

Visitors to New York City who are looking for an affordable place to stay—and residents who'd like to escape the concrete canyons of the Big Apple—will soon have some additional options. Gateway National Recreation Area is adding new campsites which are slated to open by the July 4th weekend.

NPCA Report: America's National Parks Have Troubling Problems With Natural, Cultural, Historic Resources

A report out today from the National Parks Conservation Association paints a distressing picture of the health of the National Park System just five years out from the centennial of the National Park Service.

Savor The Gifts That Are Grizzly Bear 399 & Clan in Grand Teton National Park

What’s the value of a grizzly bear? For far more people than not, few things in this age of avatars surpass the thrill of seeing a grizzly bear family in its native element. The story of Jackson Hole grizzly No. 399, who emerged from the den this year with her second troop of triplet cubs in half a decade, speaks to another kind of worth. It says something about us.

National Park Road Trip 2011: The Lodges of North Cascades National Park

With Olympic National Park in their rearview mirror, David and Kay Scott have moved on to North Cascades National Park to check out the lodging possibilities there for their book, The Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges.

National Geographic Visits Portugal's First, and Only, National Park

Portugal can't quite count as many national parks as the United States, but its one park, is Peneda-Gerês, preserves both magnificent landscapes and a way of life long enjoyed in Pitõs das Júnias.

Birding in the National Parks: Spotting Vultures And Anhinga Along the Anhinga Trail in Everglades National Park

Though it's a magnet for visitors to Everglades National Park, enduring the crowds along the Anhinga Trail is worth it if you're hoping to spot black vultures, anhingas, and a nice variety of herons.

Bandelier National Monument Closed by Rapidly Spreading Wildfire

A rapidly spreading wildfire in northern New Mexico has forced the evacuation and closure of Bandelier National Monument. The fire began Sunday afternoon on private land near the Santa Fe National Forest about a dozen miles south of Los Alamos.

Traveler's Checklist: Gettysburg National Military Park

The information provided here should prove very helpful if you plan to be among the more than one million people who visit Gettysburg National Military Park this year.

Can, And Should, The Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park Be Restored?

Though it's missing a Half Dome, the twin to the Yosemite Valley has been described by none other than John Muir as "one of nature's rarest and most precious mountain temples.” But since 1923 the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park has been submerged, a victim of sorts to thirsty San Franciscans, but one that more than a few believe should be drained and brought back to life.
Hiking North Carolina In Hiking North Carolina's Blue Ridge Heritage, Danny Bernstein comes to the task with a keen eye for details in general, but a specific eye for wildflowers.
Can you imagine another Yosemite Valley? Another granite-lined canyon graced by feathery waterfalls and split by a placid river running through its meadows and forests? It exists, but since 1923 the wonders of the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park have been under water, Tuolumne River water backed up by the O'Shaugnessy Dam and stored for the needs of San Francisco’s residents.

Is There A New Unit of The National Park System Coming To Your Neighborhood?

Pick any one day and you can be sure the National Park Service, directed by Congress, is looking into the feasibility of adding a site, or a dozen, to the National Park System. So what sites might be coming to your neighborhood? Read on.
Permanent Vacation: Twenty Writers on Work and Life in Our National Parks Millions of people visit our national parks each year, and some never leave. See iconic landscapes through the eyes of bed makers, bridge builders, rangers, and wranglers. Rip through rapids, disappear inside canyons, and witness personal transformations from petrified forest to permafrost. Learn what it's like to ditch the mainstream and make a life in our nation's best idea.

Archeology Talks and Programs Offered at Three Parks Coast to Coast

If you're interested in archeology, three parks are offering a variety of talks and activities this summer that literally cover the subject from coast to coast.

Bald Eagle Hatching on Anacapa Island is Big News for Channel Islands National Park

Efforts to reestablish a bald eagle population in Channel Islands National Park reached another important milestone when scientists confirmed the successful natural hatching of a chick on West Anacapa Island - the first such event in over 60 years.

By the Numbers: Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument

The battle popularly known as "Custer's Last Stand," and now also recognized as the last stand of the Plains Indians, was fought in southeastern Montana on June 25-26, 1876. Here are some highlight statistics for Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument and the battle it commemorates.

New Stamp For Your Collection: It Commemorates Shenandoah National Park's 75th Birthday

You'll soon be able to spread the word of Shenandoah National Park's birthday thanks to the U.S. Postal Service, which is issuing a commemorative stamp to mark the occasion.

National Park Road Trip 2011: Lake Crescent Lodge, Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort, Log Cabin Resort in Olympic National Park

Having enjoyed the crashing surf at Kalaloch Lodge in Olympic National Park, David and Kay Scott moved north to Lake Crescent Lodge, the Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort, and the Log Cabin Resort to inspect other lodging possibilities in the park for an update to their book, The Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges.

Maritime Museum Exhibit Explores the History of Pacific Coast Mapping from 1544 to 1802

Rare maps, books and illustrations of Pacific Coast exploration from 1544 through 1802 will be featured in an exhibit opening July 1 at the Maritime Museum in San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

Interior Secretary Adds Six Natural Landmarks To National Natural Landmarks Program

Six beautiful landscapes in the West have been added to the National Natural Landmarks Program by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who believes the designations will "pass down to future generations those awe-inspiring places that make America truly beautiful.”

Where Can You See Wildlife Right Now: Peregrine Falcons At Acadia National Park

Though you'll probably need a good pair of binoculars or a spotting scope, adult peregrine falcons and their chicks should be somewhat visible at Acadia National Park from now into August.

Mammoth Cave National Park Offers Rewards For Crime Stoppers

It's not a good sign when a national park starts to offer rewards for information to stop crime within its borders, but that's what the folks at Mammoth Cave National Park have opted to do.

Reader Participation Day: Have Campground Or Lodging Reservations Gotten Too Hard to Obtain In Some National Parks?

Has the difficulty in obtaining a reservation for either a campsite or lodge room in a national park become too much hassle to deal with in some cases?