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Third Pipeline Break In A Week Halts Cross-Canyon Travel In Grand Canyon National Park

For the third time in a week, a pipeline carrying water below the rim in Grand Canyon National Park has broken. This time the break washed out a 45-foot section of the North Kaibab Trail, and park officials say that means cross-canyon travel won't be possible for the near future.

Unseasonably Warm Weather Bringing Synchronized Fireflies Out Ahead Of Schedule At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Fireflies in the Smokies
The fireflies at Great Smoky Mountains National Park know it's getting warmer earlier than usual. According to park officials, the synchronized fireflies that show their stuff at Elkmont are coming out ahead of schedule.

National Park Mystery Spot 43: The January Sky

To get into the Winners Circle, you’ll need to make sense of doors and suits and such.

Guest Column: IMBA Is A "Strong Partner" For The National Park Service

In a guest column, Mark Eller, the communications director for the International Mountain Bicycling Association, explains why the mountain biking community would be a "strong partner" for the National Park Service.

58th Annual Bird Walk Coming To Theodore Roosevelt National Park On June 3

Birding and chuckwagon breakfasts intersect Saturday at Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota.

Bone Fragments Found At Glacier National Park Came From Hiker Who Vanished In 2008

Analysis of bone fragments found in the backcountry of Glacier National Park last summer have confirmed they came from a hiker who vanished in the park four years ago.

NPCA Worried That House Legislation Would Open National Park System To Hunting

Is hunting about to spread across the National Park System? Worries that that could be the fallout of legislation that cleared the U.S. House of Representatives prompted the National Parks Conservation Association to seek a legal interpretation of the measure.

Cumberland Island National Seashore To Reopen Saturday After Storm Cleanup

With Tropical Storm Beryl having come and gone, it will take until Saturday for crews to clean up Cumberland Island National Seashore so it can reopen to the public.

A View From The Overlook: A Home For Endangered Rangers

Pardon me for dampening your day with morbid thoughts, but it occurred to me that after you have done all that vigorous post retirement bucket list stuff like climbing all the 14,000 footers in Colorado or hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, and the moment The Chief Ranger calls you to the Big Visitor Center in the Sky, you are going to need a place to hang your hat.
Your Guide to the National Parks: The Complete Guide to all 58 National Parks Coming soon to book dealers is a hefty new guide to the national parks -- the 58 "national parks" -- that strives to go a step further than the texts offered by publishers such as Fodor's, Frommers, and Falcon Guides.

Vehicle Fire In Tunnel At Zion National Park Was A Costly One

Emergency responders train for difficult situations they hope will never actually occur, but one such call came in last week at Zion National Park: A vehicle was on fire inside the 1.1-mile-long Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel … and this set of wheels turned out to be anything but ordinary.

Denali National Park Marking National Trails Day With New Hiking Trail

A new trail is coming to Denali National Park and Preserve, and in honor of National Trails Day the general public is being invited to help with the construction.

Grand Teton National Park Crews Finish Another 6.5 Miles Of Pathway For Walkers, Joggers, Cyclists

Exploring Grand Teton National Park is getting easier if you like to take your time by walking or cycling. Visitors to the park this summer will have more than 20 miles of multiple-use pathways to use to avoid vehicles as they enjoy Grand Teton.

Exploring The Parks: Pipe Spring National Monument

A tiny waystation in Arizona took hold thanks to its precious commodity -- water. Today, visitors to Pipe Spring National Monument can explore the wondrous history of this place that dates to 300 B.C.

Tropical Storm Will Keep Cumberland Island National Seashore Closed Through Wednesday

Tropical Storm Beryl is expected to keep Cumberland Island National Seashore closed to the public through Wednesday.

Concessions Contract Prospectus Floated For Lodging, Dining At Kings Canyon National Park

The current concessions contract for Kings Canyon National Park runs out at year's end, and the National Park Service recently issued its contract prospectus for businesses interested in bidding for the operations.

House GOP Uncovers Email Trail That Questions Data That Lead To Ban On Hard-rock Mining Near Grand Canyon National Park

An email trail uncovered by House Republicans voices the belief that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management relied more on "confusion and obfuscation" than science in justifying a 20-year ban on new hard-rock mining claims on 1 million acres surrounding Grand Canyon National Park.
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Road Construction Will Slow Traffic In Stevens Canyon At Mount Rainier National Park

Traffic will be slow through Stevens Canyon in Mount Rainier National Park this summer as road construction gets under way along 10 miles of the road.

Is A Tiny Beetle Causing Haze In Places Such As Rocky Mountain, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, And Glacier National Parks?

Is there a connection between climate change, a tiny beetle, and increased haze in the skies over places such as Rocky Mountain and Yellowstone national parks? Research by an assistant professor at Southern Illinois University seems to connect the dots.

Parks Beyond Borders: Inspiring Interpretation in the Alps' Biggest National Park; Austria’s Hohe Tauern

Touchscreen technology in Hohe Tauern
Hohe Tauern National Park’s chief biologist, Martin Kurzthaler, has one of the world’s most inspiring national park stories to tell in how he designed a renowned park Nature Trail. National Parks may be “America’s Best Idea” but Austria illustrates how the concept has been adopted—and adapted—in some of the planet’s most spectacular places.

Cumberland Island National Seashore Closing In Advance Of Tropical Storm Beryl

Though the "official" hurricane season doesn't start until June 1, Tropical Storm Beryl is heading north on a path that could bring it ashore along the Georgia coast. With that in mind, Cumberland Island National Seashore will close today to prepare for the storm and get visitors out of harm's way.

Arizona Memorial Turns 50: Effort Underway To Preserve A Not-to-be-Missed National Monument

USS Arizona below Memorial
This Memorial Day marks the 50th anniversary of the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor. Perhaps surprisingly, the white landmark that straddles the sunken battleship debuted 22 years after the war—on Memorial Day 1962. Here's why it ranks as one of the most moving experiences to be had on National Park Service property.

Parks Beyond Borders: Canada Funds New Urban National Park While Cutting Budgets And Dropping Employees; And A Dark Sky Park For England?

Rouge River in Toronto
Canadians celebrate finalized funding for a new "Urban National Park" in Toronto while continuing to lament Parks Canada budget cuts and closures. A few national parks in the UK celebrate the unexpected appeal of their dark skies and improving customer service.

Guest Column: Has The National Park Service Found Itself Straddling The Fence On Mountain Biking?

Efforts to cut a multiple-use trail for hikers and mountain bikers at Big Bend National Park have generated ongoing debates over whether creating such trails for mountain bikers in national parks is a good thing. Roger Siglin, who long has followed the Big Bend matter, wonders if the National Park Service hasn't painted itself into a corner over this issue.

Dining At The Parks: Roasted Acorn Squash With Scallops In Olympic National Park

Without question, one of the bonuses of visiting Olympic National Park is eating the incredibly fresh seafood you find in the restaurants.

Ranger-Led Wilderness Hikes Scheduled At Theodore Roosevelt National Park

If you find yourself in North Dakota this summer, consider heading to Theodore Roosevelt National Park to join a ranger-led hike into the park.

National Park Mystery Photo 50 Revealed: An Enigmatic Ruin

The dimpled stones of time-worn walls still hold their secrets.

Discriminating Explorer: Memorial Day Meander—The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail In North Carolina And Tennessee

Yellow Mountain Road NC Historical Marker
The 330-mile Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail—Eastern America’s first NHT—isn't just a motor trip. On this Memorial Day meander in Western NC and East TN, you can hike the actual colonial roads that felt the tread of patriot militia. Or plan for fall, during the anniversary of the October 7, 1780 Battle of Kings Mountain.

Honor America's Veterans This Memorial Day: A Tour Of Washington, D.C.'s War Memorials

Memorial Day should mean more than a day off or a backyard BBQ. It's a day to remember those who gave their lives in defense of our country. Here's a look at some of the memorials in Washington, D.C., where you can recall those sacrifices.

Summer Must Be Here: Tuolumne Meadows Lodge Opens In Yosemite National Park

Summer seems to have reached the Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park, where the Tuolumne Meadows Lodge, general store, and grill, were to open for the season today, with the White Wolf Lodge following in two weeks if conditions allow.