Archive List

Biologists Studying Cascade Fox At Mount Rainier National Park

The diminutive Cascade fox, which is though to live only at Mount Rainier and Mount Adams, has developed a nasty habit of begging from visitors to Mount Rainier National Park.

Yellowstone National Park To Open For Winter Thursday, With Or Without Snow

The gates will open Thursday for winter traffic at Yellowstone National Park, but it's likely a key ingredient will be in short supply: snow.

Congressman Dusts Off 1913 Law In Battle To Get Yosemite National Park's Hetch Hetchy Valley Drained

A California congressman has dusted off a nearly century-old law in a bid to see the Hetch Hetchy Valley of Yosemite National Park drained and restored.

New York Man Dies On Hike At Mount Rainier National Park

The body of a New York man who went out for a day hike in Mount Rainier National Park was recovered Tuesday.

Holiday Tours Set For James A. Garfield National Historic Site

Holiday tours have been scheduled for the James A. Garfield National Historic Site in Ohio.

Birding in the National Parks: Time For The Christmas Bird Counts

It's that time of year again. Yep, time to grab your binoculars and notebook and head out into the national parks for the annual Christmas Bird Count.

Wintering At Valley Forge National Historical Park In the Footsteps Of the Continental Army

An upcoming mid-December event at Valley Forge National Historical Park has nothing to do with the holiday season, but plenty to do with the story of our nation: a reenactment of the desperate march by Washington's army to Valley Forge in 1777 in search of shelter and safety.

Visitation Continues To Slide At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

It might have been the weather, the doldrums of the economy, or the fact that Great Smoky Mountains National Park's 75th anniversary is two years gone. Whatever the cause, visitation to the park continues to slide.

Tethered To Cyberspace On the Face Of El Capitan In Yosemite National Park

Social media is ramping up the vicarious experience of backcountry adventures in the national parks, but is that a good thing?

Obama Administration Proposing Worrisome Change In Endangered Species Act

The Obama administration is proposing a change in the language of the Endangered Species Act that is worrisome to some conservation groups concerned that it could significantly diminish the preservation of species.

Motorized, Non-Motorized Groups To Work On Economic Impact Study On Western Recreation

Proponents of motorized and non-motorized recreation on public lands in the West will collaborate on a study to measure their combined economic impact, the Western Governor's Association has announced.

National Parks Heading To The Big Apple

Just in time for the holidays, the national parks are heading to the Big Apple to check out the bright lights! And if you're in Times Square sometime during the next 38 days, keep an eye out for the grizzly bear and the cannon.

Arches, Canyonlands National Parks Open All Winter, But Come Prepared

Winter days are short and nights cold even in Utah's redrock country, but that's no reason not to visit Arches or Canyonlands national parks in the coming months.

Snowshoeing And Cross-Country Skiing In Yellowstone National Park

While many head to Yellowstone National Park in winter to explore by snowmobile, many visitors also like to get out on foot -- either with snowshoes or cross-country skis -- to move about the park. Here's the rundown on how to safely enjoy those activities in the park this winter.
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Top Six Family Adventures In National Parks

A year's worth of family vacations to national parks led to the following list of top family adventures in the national parks.

Aztec Ruins National Monument Schedules Holiday Luminaria

Candles will be flickering December 21 at Aztec Ruins National Monument when the park staff hosts a luminaria display with its Evening of Lights event.

Grand Teton National Park Opens Winter Season on December 15

The winter season arrives in Grand Teton National Park next Thursday, when the park will transition to winter hours and fees.

Humans, Comfort-Loving Animals That They Are, Are Changing Their National Park Habits With Climate Change

Humans are creatures of comfort, so perhaps it should not be a surprise that warming temperatures associated with climate change are altering the seasons slightly when it comes to visiting national parks, according to a study.

"Lake Superior Overlook" Improvements Completed At Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

With snow on the way, officials at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore are happy to announce the completion of significant improvements at "Lake Superior Overlook" along the newly completed Alger County Road H-58.

Glacier National Park Ready For Winter

The winter season has officially arrived at Glacier National Park, where reduced entrance fees are in place and snows are encroaching on the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Snakes Alive! There's An App For That At Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park officials are turning to technology -- an app, not surprisingly -- to help them stay on top of non-native snakes and other plant and animal species invading the park.

Are You an American Homesteader—or a Descendant of One?

It's the true grit stuff of legends and dreams, the inspiration for TV series and countless books: homesteaders overcoming adversity to gain free land on the American frontier. The Sesquicentennial of the Homestead Act of 1862 will be celebrated in 2012, and if you're a homesteader or a descendant of one, the staff at Homestead National Monument of America would like to hear from you.

House Natural Resources Committee Hearing On ESA Presents Diverging Viewpoints

Depending on your perspective, the Endangered Species Act is either an incredible waste of money and effort, or a highly successful tool that protect species from extinction. Both viewpoints were presented to the House Natural Resources Committee, where the Republican majority came away seeing a need to "strengthen and update" the ESA.

Yellowstone National Park A Week Away From Opening For Winter Season

Snow conditions willing, Yellowstone National Park will open for the winter season a week from today.

100 National Park Quizzes

Traveler has published 100 national park quizzes for your edification and amusement. Here is the master list with hotlinks.

Nearly 6 Years After Being Vandalized, Statue Honoring 4th New York Battery Returned To Pedestal At Gettysburg National Military Park

Nearly six years after a statue honoring the 4th New York Battery's role at Gettysburg was vandalized, it has been repaired and returned to its pedestal.

Reader Participation Day: Why Are National Parks So Controversial?

Why are national parks so dang controversial?

Lodging Plan For Flamingo Area Of Everglades National Park Continues To Evolve

Costs, seasonality, and even climate change have planners at Everglades National Park revisiting how best to provide lodging for visitors to the Flamingo area of the park.

Last Body From Trio Swept Over Vernal Fall in Yosemite National Park Identified

Authorities have identified the last victim of an accident back in July in which three people were swept over Vernal Fall in Yosemite National Park.

Passport Picks For Winter: Where In the National Park System Should You Visit?

How would you like to enjoy our national parks this winter? The folks at Eastern National put together the following list to highlight some of the activities that are taking place in December, January, and February