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Backpack the Grand Canyon-A Scenic Guide for the Bright Angel, South Kaibab and North Kaibab Trails Backpack the Grand Canyon, a roughly 90-minute exploration of hiking down into the landscape of Grand Canyon National Park, covers the bases from preparation to execution.

Here's A Handy List of 2012 Workshops In And Around Great Smoky Mountains National Park

If you're a diehard fan of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, here's a handy list of some of the classes and workshops to be held in the park next year.

Traveler's Gear Box: Icebreaker's GT 200 Series Offers Durable Merino Wool Base Layers

Icebreaker's GT 200 base layers offer you a durable, and comfortable, merino wool "second skin" well-suited to backcountry travel, whether for a day or a week.

Traditional Holiday Festival Coming To Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site in December

A traditional holiday festival, complete with pinatas, yule trees, and bonfires, is coming to Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site in Colorado in early December.

Mooring Balls in Place For Dry Tortugas National Park Boaters

Boaters heading to Dry Tortugas National Park for snorkeling, scuba diving, or fishing will be able to tie-up at mooring balls park crews have placed within the Research Natural Area of the park.

Code of Conduct For Comments

In light of a recent series of comments on various posts on the Traveler, it seems like a good time to remind readers that we try to maintain a code of conduct for those who comment.

More Groups Sue National Park Service Over Big Cypress National Preserve Management Plan

Another lawsuit has been filed against the National Park Service over its management plans for a section of Big Cypress National Preserve. The groups contend that the plan would allow too much off-road vehicle use in the area of the preserve known as the "Addition" Lands."

National Park Mystery Spot 30 Revealed: The Rhyming Road Takes You There

A rhyming road takes you there.

Going Underground At Carlsbad Caverns National Park To Learn How To Explore the Stars

Teams of scientists have headed into the Utah desert in years past to better understand life on other planets, so why not go underground to do the same? A recent workshop at Carlsbad Caverns National Park was intended to help scientists envision exploring caves on other worlds.

A Winter Visit To Virgin Islands National Park: The Logistics

While winter is the slow season for many national parks, it is the very best season to visit Virgin Islands National Park.

Two Nighttime Emergencies at Big Bend National Park Solved by Hardy Rescuers—and a Mule

Dramatic rescues employing helicopters and highly-trained crews have become almost commonplace from high mountains, deep canyons and other challenging terrain in parks across the country, but sometimes the solution to an emergency requires a return to the basics, including a trio of hardy park employees…and a mule.

Family of Man Killed By Mountain Goat in Olympic National Park Sues National Park Service

The family of a man gored to death by a mountain goat in Olympic National Park a year ago has sued the National Park Service for wrongful death, arguing the park staff knew the animal was a danger to hikers but failed to do anything about it.

National Park Mystery Spot 30: Just Answer These Questions

This one may give you cause for pause, but we swear that it's fair.

Stretches Of Blue Ridge Parkway To Be Closed For Months For Work on Historic Guardrails

Planning to drive the Blue Ridge Parkway in the months to come? Be sure to bring your roadmap, as construction work along three stretches in North Carolina will impede your progress.
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Running With The Big Sled Dogs At Denali National Park, The Video

Running with the big dogs means something in Denali National Park and Preserve, where Ranger Jess Toubman has been training her sled dogs in a park campground for the coming winter.

Yellowstone National Park Receives Green Light To Redesign Traffic Flow Through North Entrance

A plan to redesign traffic flows into Yellowstone National Park through its North Entrance has been given the green light by regional officials, although a firm timetable for the work to proceed is somewhat open-ended at this time.

President Obama Uses Antiquities Act To Create Fort Monroe National Monument

The National Park System grew by one unit Tuesday as President Obama used his powers under the Antiquities Act of 1906 to create Fort Monroe National Monument in Virginia. With that declaration the president preserved a site integral to the history of slavery, the Civil War, and the U.S. military.

Science Takes A Hit In President Obama's 2012 Budget

Budget cuts are rippling through federal programs. One that has taken a direct hit is the National Biological Information Infrastructure, which will go the way of the Dodo on January 15.

Joshua Tree National Park Abandons General Management Plan Revision, Blue Ridge Parkway Proceeding With Its GMP

While Joshua Tree National Park officials have abandoned efforts to revise their long-range General Management Plan, preferring instead to focus on specific issues, Blue Ridge Parkway officials are moving ahead with their own GMP.

Birding In The National Parks: Where Are All The Kittlitz's Murrelets Going?

Data being gathered to help the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decide whether the Kittlitz's murrelet should have Endangered Species Act protection shows an alarming direction in the species' population trend.
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Some National Park-Related Groups That Deserve Your Donation

While there are still two months left to 2011, it's not too early to think about making a tax-deductible contribution to your favorite national park-related organization.

Traveler Housekeeping: Making It Easier To Follow Your Favorite Unit of the National Park System

It just got easier to follow your favorite unit of the National Park System on the Traveler.