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Concessionaire Sought For Ross Lake National Recreation Area

The National Park Service recently released a prospectus for lodging and associated services in Ross Lake National Recreation Area, one of three units that comprise the Washington state’s North Cascades National Park Complex.

Road Washout Closes Section Of Grand Loop In Yellowstone National Park

Much like an iceberg, the hole in the pavement in Yellowstone National Park was only a small indication of a much larger problem beneath the roadway. As a result, a section of the park's Grand Loop Road has been closed to motorists...just hours after it opened for the summer season.

Groups Win Chance To Intervene In Lawsuit Over Uranium Mining Around Grand Canyon National Park

Five groups, including the National Parks Conservation Association and the Sierra Club, are being allowed to intervene in a lawsuit challenging the Interior Department's decision to withdraw 1 million acres surrounding Grand Canyon National Park from uranium mining.

National Park Mystery Spot 40 Revealed: A Building In Paradise

We aren’t sure that Scoop is in Heaven, but they’ve named a building for him in Paradise.

National Park Foundation Grants Help Parks Develop Climate-Change Programs For Youth

Eight units of the National Park System are splitting up $164,000 for use in developing climate-change programs that teachers can use to help their students understand the changing world around us.

Traveler's Gear Box: Hiking Boots For A Variety Of Needs

What you put on your feet when you're out and about in the national parks goes a long way towards ensuring your comfort. Of your feet, at least. With that in mind, we've put a few pairs of boots through the rigors of walking on trails and pavement and have the following thoughts.

Vista Clearing Coming to the Smokies

"Cut and Run" logging interpretive sign Great Smokies
In the first such effort in the Smokies in decades, the Park Service plans to clear forests below 34 popular overlooks in the park.

Friends Group Brings 61 Acres To Voyageurs National Park

Voyageurs National Park is in line to grow by more than 61 acres thanks to a purchase of lakefront property made by the Voyageurs National Park Association.

Park Service Director Jon Jarvis Releases Agency's "Green Parks Plan"

With an eye on reducing the National Park Service's carbon footprint and making the agency more sustainable, Director Jonathan Jarvis has released a "Green Parks Plan" to achive those goals.

National Park Mystery Spot 40: Do You Get It?

The Quizmeister caught flack for making recent several Mystery Spot puzzles too easy. Let’s see what you guys think of this one.

Coalition Of National Park Retirees Warns Of Congressional Overreach That Could Impact National Parks

You can add the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees to the groups that are concerned about efforts by U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop to dismantle many of the nation's environmental laws in the name of border security.

Senators Get Park Service To Retreat From Commercial Climbing Ban In Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park Wilderness

Thoughts by the National Park Service to ban commercial climbing outfitters from wilderness areas in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in Colorado are being reined in after three U.S. senators raised concerns over the impact of a ban.

National Park Service's Handling Of Multiple-Use Trail At Big Bend National Park Criticized

Questions are being raised over whether the National Park Service's approach to the multiple-use trail in Big Bend National Park was preordained to satisfy the International Mountain Bicycling Association.

Federal Land Managers Collaborating On How To Handle Whitebark Pine Issues In Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

A "significant loss" of whitebark pine trees in the Greater Yellowstone Area that includes Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks has federal land managers in the region pledging to work together to find ways to reverse the trend.

Chimani To Give Away 1 Million Mobile Park Apps For National Park Week

Chimani, the leading developer of mobile apps for national parks, is once again celebrating National Park Week by offering all of its iOS and Android apps for national parks for free.

UCLA Student Selected To Intern With National Park Service Submerged Resources Center

A straight-A student from the University of California at Los Angeles will get to spend three months touring the National Park System as an intern under the Park Service's Submerged Resources Center.

Some Interior Roads In Yellowstone National Park To Open Friday

Greater access to Yellowstone National Park is scheduled to arrive Friday, when park officials plan to open the north and west entrance roads for wheeled traffic.

What To Do For National Park Week? Here Are Some Suggestions!

Looking for some ideas on how to celebrate National Park Week? Here you go!

Officials At Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Preparing For The Next Big Flood

The waters that flow past Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers will rise again, to record levels, and with that in mind park officials are preparing their response plan for the next big flood.

North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park To Open To Public On May 15

Snow is melting, the air is warming, and that means you'll soon be able to drive to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

Original Homestead Act Document To Be Displayed At Homestead National Monument Of America

A rare piece of history will be on display at Homestead National Monument of America this spring as part of the 150th anniversary of the Homestead Act of 1862.

National Parks Week Offers You An Opportunity To Save On A Float Trip Through Canyonlands National Park or Dinosaur National Monument

National Parks Week, which kicks off Saturday, brings you an opportunity to save on a float trip through either Dinosaur National Monument or Canyonlands National Park with one of the oldest raft companies in the West.

"Multiple-Use" Trail Going In At Big Bend National Park, But For Now Only Hikers, No Bikers

A funny thing happened on the way to National Park Service officials approving a multiple-use trail at Big Bend National Park: They inadvertently failed to notify the public.

Here's Your Chance To Win A National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map To A National Park

National Geographic's Trails Illustrated Maps long have been used to guide folks through the backcountry of national parks. Now, in conjunction with National Park Week, we're going to give you a chance -- nine, actually -- to win a Trails Illustrated Map of your choice.

Traveler's Checklist: Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park is an overlooked gem in the National Park System, in part perhaps owing to its location in northeastern Arizona, or possibly because there are no in-park accommodations, or maybe because the park shuts down at sundown. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't explore this fascinating landscape.
Reshaping Our National Parks and Their Guardians: The Legacy of George B. Hartzog Jr. Rising from a South Carolina cotton patch to become the seventh director of the National Park Service, George Hartzog Jr. is considered by many to be one of the finest directors of the agency.

Parks Beyond Borders: Global National Park News

Muckross Lake from Muckross House
Global National Park News

Cooking In The Parks: Chicken Pot Pie At Shenandoah National Park

Got a hankering for the chicken pot pie they serve in Shenandoah National Park, but can't get there this year? Here's the recipe so you can make it at home.

Three Special Tours Being Offered At Mesa Verde National Park This Summer

A few special tours are on tap at Mesa Verde National Park this summer and early fall, including visits to both the Mug House and Square Tower House ruins.

Items Exhibited At APPL Convention Might Show Up At Your National Park Bookstore

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Where does the stuff in National Parks bookstores come from? Items exhibited at the APPL (Association of Partners for Public Lands) Convention will be sold in in the Parks if they serve an educational and cultural purpose.