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Bryce Canyon National Park Ready To Welcome Spring, But Winter Is Still Visible

Spring is here, at least according to the calendar, but at Bryce Canyon National Park there's a mixing of seasons, which makes it a perfect time to visit.

Point Reyes National Seashore Staff Accused Of More Wrongdoing In Measuring Impacts Of Oyster Farm

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, in a blistering letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, says the Point Reyes National Seashore has again "falsified" science to reach a desired conclusion on the fate of an oyster company operating there.
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National Park Mystery Photo 47 Revealed: A Shoreline Nook Draws Passenger Praise

Easing the tour boat into a shoreline recess affords a close up view not soon forgotten.

Gateway Communities: Not All Have Tight Connections With Their National Parks

In Moab, Utah, a gritty town that mines the tourism industry spawned in part by nearby Arches and Canyonlands national parks, the Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks is working to connect the region's youth with the parks.

Skyland Resort in Shenandoah National Park Welcomes Spring With Cooking Demonstrations

While the fall leaf-peeping season is one of the most popular times to be in Shenandoah National Park, spring with its season of renewal is a close second. And to celebrate it, the executive chef of the Skyland Resort is returning with its series of culinary demonstrations.
As the Traveler's travel editor, I do my best to be in the right place at the right time. Recently, award-winning travel journalist Peter Greenberg, travel editor for CBS News, interviewed me to hear why off season is often a great time to visit a national park, especially if solitude is what you're looking for.

Environmental Heavyweights Urge Interior Secretary To Remove Oyster Farm From Point Reyes National Seashore

Some environmental heavyweights -- Dr. E.O. Wilson, Jean-Michel Cousteau, Sylvia A. Earle, Thomas E. Lovejoy, and Tundi Agardy -- have urged Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to see that an oyster farm is removed from Point Reyes National Seashore when it's lease ends this fall.

NPS Proposes To Allow Massive Power Line Through Delaware Water Gap NRA, Draws Quick Condemnation

A proposal by the Obama administration to run a massive power transmission line across the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and through Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area drew quick condemnation Thursday from the National Parks Conservation Association.

Blue Ridge Parkway CEO Honored By White House For Getting Kids Outdoors

Carolyn Ward, chief executive officer of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, has been honored by the White House for her organization's efforts to get kids outdoors.

National Park Mystery Photo 47: Undivided Attention

A natural feature has the rapt attention of this group of national park visitors. Can you tell us what and where it is?

Sinking Of Titanic, Role of Marconi Wireless Station In Rescue Cross Paths At Cape Cod National Seashore

The RMS Titanic and the Marconi wireless station on Cape Cod crossed paths a century ago on a dark day for history. At Cape Cod National Seashore, where the site of that wireless station remains, the sinking of the Titanic will be commemorated during a weeklong affair.

Are Wolves At Isle Royale National Park On Their Last Legs?

Wolf numbers at Isle Royale National Park -- 9 -- are the lowest ever counted since annual observations of wolves and moose on the Lake Superior island began in 1958, raising concerns that the predators might soon be gone from the park.

Reader Participation Day: Should Locals have More Say about a National Park Issue than Others?

Should locals living around a National Park have more say on an issue affecting a Park than other Americans?

Visiting Montezuma Castle National Monument In Arizona

One of the most accessible units of the National Park System has to be Montezuma Castle National Monument, which protects a 1,000-year-old cliff dwelling less than 10 minutes off Interstate 17 in Arizona.

Sales of Disposable Bottles Of Water And Soda Banned At Saguaro National Park

If you're planning on visiting Saguaro National Park in southern Arizona, be sure to bring a reusable water bottle, as the park has banned the sale of disposable bottles of water and soda.

Ryan Budget Would Lead To Closures Of "Hundreds" Of National Park Units

The budget proposal presented by U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan is called The Path To Prosperity, but along the way to prosperity it could decimate many communities that have economic interests vested in national parks, according to an Office of Management and Budget analysis.

Are Prospects for a New National Park or Preserve in West Virginia Dead?

Late last year, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, asked the National Park Service to conduct a Reconnaissance Survey to see if certain areas in West Virginia "were suitable to become a new unit in the National Park System." Senator Manchin has now asked the NPS to end the survey and has withdrawn his support for "including these lands in the National Park System." Are prospects for this new NPS area dead?

Blue Ridge Parkway Sets Opening Schedule

Humpback Rocks Picnic Area Blue Ridge Parkway
Blue Ridge Parkway Sets Opening Schedule

Birding In The National Parks: A Spring Visit To Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Looking for some spring bird watching? Consider Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and don't forget to bring the kids along.

How Can You Enjoy The National Parks This Spring? Check Out These Passport Picks!

How can you enjoy the national parks this spring? The options are almost endless, but here are seven quick suggestions on where to head.

Review Of National Park Service's Approach To History Points To Weak Support For That Mission

History, both protecting vestiges of it and interpreting it, is one of the central missions of the National Park Service. But a new report says the agency is largely failing that mission, both from a lack of investment as well as from an approach to telling history almost with blinders on, and that history in the parks is considered to be "endangered."

App Review: Field Guide, Tips For Photographing The American Wilderness

In his first app for the iPad, national parks photographer Ian Shive explores how he captures the best expressions of the American wilderness and leaves you with some helpful tips that can help you hone your photographic skills.

Elk-Antler Poachers Busted At Wind Cave National Park

Elk antlers wind up in art, are ground into perceived aphrodisiacs, and grace fireplaces. But they're also illegal to collect in national parks, as three Minnesotans found out when they were busted last weekend in Wind Cave National Park.

New Friends Group Working to Support Arches, Canyonlands National Parks

The roster of national park "friends groups" has grown with the relatively recent arrival of the Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks, an organization working to support projects within those two red-rock gems of the National Park System.

How To Bag A Reservation In A National Park Lodge

Although it can be quite difficult to get into a room at Old Faithful Inn, Many Glacier Hotel, Yosemite Lodge, and El Tovar during high season, there are ways to improve your chances of bagging a reservation at a national park lodge.

Parks Beyond Borders: Global National Park News

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A roundup of global national park news.

Grand Teton National Park Foundation Provides Nearly $1 Million For Projects At Grand Teton National Park

Nearly $1 million worth of projects, ranging from teen trail crews, bear boxes, and wildlife research, were underwritten at Grand Teton National Park during the past year by the Grand Teton National Park Foundation.

Tule Springs, With Its Rare Collection Of Prehistoric Fossils, Promoted For National Monument Status

Lynn Davis and Christina Kamrath going into the Upper Las Vegas Wash
Tule Springs outside of Las Vegas is a hotbed of Ice Age fossils. A large coalition is working hard to make it a national monument.

Searches For Missing Men In Great Smoky Mountains National Park Scaled Back

With no trails to follow and no clues to act upon, rangers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park are scaling back searches for two men thought to be missing in the park.

Visitors To Glacier National Park Warned To Stay Out Of Critical Winter Range For Wildlife

Though spring is breaking out across many parts of the country, in the northern Rockies winter is still the norm, and in Glacier National Park visitors are being urged to let wildlife enjoy their winter range through mid-May.