Archive List

"The Narrows" At Zion National Park Back Open To Visitors

"The Narrows," that long, sinuous canyon the Virgin River long ago carved through the landscape now known as Zion National Park is back open to visitor use after a long, wet spring.

Rainy Weather Generates Largest Visitor Day At Wind Cave National Park In 35 Years

Rainy weather, and problems at nearby Jewel Cave National Monument, are being pointed to as the reason for the largest visitor turnout at Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota since August 10, 1975.

Counting Mountain Goats At Olympic National Park

If weather and equipment cooperate, wildlife biologists will begin counting mountain goats in Olympic National Park and the neighboring Olympic National Forest next week.

Traveler's View: Yellowstone National Park's Winter-Use Plan Needs Some Tweaking

Yellowstone National Park's latest attempt to devise a reasonable, and manageable, winter-use plan needs some substantial tweaks.
What's the difference between a Hawaiian volcano and, for instance, Mount St. Helens? Watch this video from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and you'll learn.

Traveler's Gear Box: Merrell Women's Barefoot Pace Glove

Is the "barefoot" running craze for you? Check out this review of Merrill's entry in the market.

National Park Road Trip 2011: The Lodges of Grand Teton National Park, Part I

After a short stay in Yellowstone National Park, David and Kay Scott headed to Grand Teton National Park to check out some of the lodging options there as they continue to work on an update to their book The Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges.

Natonal Park Mystery Photo 36 Revealed: It Has A Nice Pattern To It

This interesting pattern is indeed man-made, and you can find it if you travel to eastern North Carolina.

In Case You Didn't Hear: Going-to-the-Sun Road In Glacier National Park Open End-to-End

In case you're wondering and haven't heard, the entire length of the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park is now open to wheeled traffic, and is expected to stay open for the foreseeable future, barring snowstorms.

Controversial Fences to be Removed at Gettysburg National Military Park

It may be true, as the poet Robert Frost told us, that "Good fences make good neighbors," but park officials at Gettysburg National Military Park have a corollary to that famous line: good fences make good history. A fence in the wrong place, however, usually leads to trouble.

National Park Quiz 96: Ringer V

Nine of the first ten questions in this quiz are true. Can you tell which one is false? You might want to try the two bonus questions too.

Highlights of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Biennial Conference

Waterfall on the Creeper trail
Every two years, Appalachian Trail hikers, enthusiasts, supporters, and conservationists get together at an Appalachian Trail Conservancy Conference. There are hikes, workshops, excursions, and the A.T. culture.

Reader Participation Day: Do National Parks Provide Ample Wildlife Warnings to Visitors?

In the wake of last week's fatal grizzly bear attack in Yellowstone National Park, and last fall's fatal goring by a mountain goat of a hiker in Olympic National Park, are park officials doing enough to educate visitors on wildlife?

National Park Mystery Photo 36: Interesting Pattern, But Where Can You Spy It In the National Park System?

After a short hiatus, the Mystery Photo is back, and we're not starting at Mystery Photo 101. This well-cropped image, we believe, could be a stumper. Of course, someone might recognize it right off.

House Appropriations Committee Goes Along With Effort To Allow Mining Around Grand Canyon National Park

The House Appropriations Committee has passed a funding bill for the Interior Department that contains a rider to allow uranium mining on 1 million acres surrounding Grand Canyon National Park.

Time Magazine Reroutes Yellowstone River...Or Did It Move the National Park?

In its latest edition Time magazine somehow rerouted the Yellowstone River nearly 180 miles, or moved Yellowstone National Park the same distance, in mentioning an oil pipeline leak.

Dr. Beach's List of Top-Rated Great Lakes Beaches Includes Two National Lakeshores

Dr. Stephen Leatherman, aka "Dr. Beach," has opined what many of us already knew; the Great Lakes beaches of the U.S. and Canada are hidden gems, and the ones at Sleeping Bear Dunes and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshores are crown jewels.

Pu'uhonua o Hōnaunau at 50: Attending the Hawaiian 
Cultural Festival at the National Historical Park

In late June the Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park celebrated both its 50th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of its Cultural Festival. Contributing writer Claire Walter was there for some of the festivities.

House Interior Appropriations Budget Carries Ill Winds for National Park System

A proposal concerning Fiscal Year 2012 funding for the Interior Department stands to do more than a little harm to the National Park Service's fiscal fitness, and also could theoretically degrade the watersheds that drain into the Colorado River as it runs through Grand Canyon National Park.

Birding in the National Parks: Counting Warblers At Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

You want to see warblers in July? Head to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, and don't stop counting until you reach 23!

Snow Continuing to Block Traffic Through Lassen Volcanic National Park

It likely will be the weekend before traffic can traverse Lassen Volcanic National Park, as deep snow continues to cover portions of the main road, according to park officials.

Olympic National Park's Mountain Goat Plan Warns Of Dangers of Urinating On Hiking Trails

With hopes of preventing another fatal encounter between a hiker and a mountain goat, Olympic National Park officials will urge hikers not to urinate on trails, as the salty deposits in effect become "long linear salt licks."

Traveler's Checklist: Cape Lookout National Seashore

Pssst. Love Cape Hatteras National Seashore, but not the crowds and resort atmosphere? Plan a visit to neighboring Cape Lookout National Seashore, where the wild side still reigns.

Alcohol, a Horse and a Cliff Don't Mix at Buffalo National River

We're all familiar with the admonition "Don't Drink and Drive," but similar advice applies if the "horsepower" involved is of the four-legged variety. Rescuers at the Buffalo National River had to contend with a heavily intoxicated man who was seriously injured after he—and his horse—fell over a cliff.

'Sun Road' In Glacier National Park Set To Open Wednesday

Barring any unexpected snow storms, you'll be able to drive the full 50 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park beginning Wednesday.

National Park Road Trip 2011: The Lodges Of Yellowstone National Park, Part 1

As the summer wears on, David and Kay Scott find themselves in Yellowstone National Park to tour the park's lodging options for an update to their book, The Complete Guide To the National Park Lodges.

Musings From Cape Lookout National Seashore

Younger, and rougher, than its older neighbor, Cape Lookout National Seashore offers the quintessential seashore experience, one set amid waving sea oats, crashing surf, and the cries of shorebirds.

Lock of President Lincoln's Hair Donated To Gettysburg National Military Park

In the not-too-distant future you'll be able to see a piece of President Abraham Lincoln on display at Gettysburg National Military Park.

Vestiges Of The Civil War: Cold Harbor Battlefield

Picturesque stands of trees, rolling fields, and quiet hide the violence that swept across the Cold Harbor battlefield in early June 1864 as Union troops commanded by General Ulysses S. Grant met a staggering defeat in one of the bloodiest encounters of the war.

National Park Road Trip 2011: Prince of Wales Hotel and Glacier Park Lodge

Exploring the many lodging options in and around Glacier National Park can require an excursion into Canada for a night at the Prince of Wales Hotel, which looks south across its namesake lake into Glacier. David and Kay Scott explored that hotel, and the Glacier Park Lodge, before wrapping up their stay in Glacier.