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Finnish Mountaineer Second To Die This Spring On Mt. McKinley In Denali National Park

A Finnish mountaineer descending Mount McKinley on skis became the second climber to die on the mountain this spring when he fell and tumbled 2,000 feet and became lodged in a crevasse, Denali National Park officials said Thursday.

National Park Mystery Photo 50: This Is Not A Fort

The original photo has been cropped, and that’s the only clue you are going to get.

Cannon Fire Will Roar Across Fort Pulaski National Monument This Summer

Want to get a feel for the sound and fury of cannon fire? Plan to stop by Fort Pulaski National Monument in Georgia on a weekend this summer when cannon firings will occur.

Interior Department Eyes Removal Of Non-Native Trout From Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park

Non-native trout, while prized by anglers who fish the Colorado River below Glen Canyon Dam, threaten to wipe out native species in the river that can't compete with them. While Interior Department officials have a plan to remove the trout, it's effectiveness is being questioned.

Spring Blooming Season Underway Along The Blue Ridge Parkway

A drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway is a scenic delight any time of the year, but spring and early summer travel offers a bonus: blooming shrubs and wildflowers. Here are some tips for travelers on what to see and where to enjoy the show.

Interior Department Announces Resumption Of High Flows From Glen Canyon Dam Into Colorado River

Top Interior Department officials, with an eye toward restoring some semblance of natural rhythms to Grand Canyon National Park, on Wednesday announced plans to resume high-flow releases from Glen Canyon Dam into the Colorado River.

To Deal With Road Construction, Consider Riding The Shuttle At Rocky Mountain National Park

With Memorial Day Weekend officially kicking off the summer travel season, and road construction ramping up in Rocky Mountain National Park, you just might have to ride a shuttle when you visit some areas of the park this summer.

Ever Want To Run A National Park Concession? Apply For Blue Ridge Parkway Concessions Contract

If you've ever wanted to get into the national park concessions business, now just might be the time. Officials at the Blue Ridge Parkway are seeking a company to run operations at three locations along the scenic drive.

Interior Secretary Cites "Most Endangered River" As Model Of America's Great Outdoors River Initiative

Apparently top Interior Department officials didn't get the memo: The Chattahoochee River, which Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says is a "model of the America's Great Outdoors River Initiative," is also considered one of the nation's most endangered rivers by American Rivers.

Reader Participation Day: What's The Most Fantastic 20-Mile Ride In The National Parks?

There are plenty of long-distance rides in the National Park System that are fantastic. The 469-mile-long Blue Ridge Parkway is one, and the 105-mile Skyline Drive in Shenandoah Park is another. But where are the best short drives?

Man Falls 600 Feet To His Death On South Rim Of Grand Canyon National Park

A visitor to Grand Canyon National Park fell approximately 600 feet to his death from the South Rim on Tuesday, according to park officials.

Traveler's Gear Box: What Protects Your Foot From Your Boot?

What you put between your foot and your boot when hiking, say, down the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, is just as important as the boot you slip your foot into. Which is why I wanted to update you with what's out there on the sock market.

Cedar Breaks National Monument To Open Visitor Services In Time For Memorial Day Weekend

How mild was this past winter in Utah? Mild enough that Cedar Breaks National Monument will be able to open its visitor services in time for Memorial Day Weekend.

Birding In The National Parks: Seen Any Rare Birds Lately?

Birders like to talk about how much we appreciate every bird, even the most common ones we see on the feeder every day, and that may well be true. But the rare birds - the ones that take some blood, sweat, and tears to find - those are the birds that get our hearts racing.

Traveler's View: International Mountain Bicycling Association Shouldn't Twist Facts To Raise Funds

With hopes of raising money to further its efforts to gain access for biking trails, the International Mountain Bicycling Association is targeting the Traveler as the evil villian.

Cape Lookout National Seashore's Horse Population Shows Low Birth Rate, High Mortality Rate

Low birth rates and high mortality rates are combining to keep the growth of the horse herd at Cape Lookout National Seashore flat, according to the seashore's annual horse census.

Olympic National Park's Kalaloch Lodge Gets New Concessionaire

In a bit of a surprise, the National Park Service has awarded Delaware North the concessions contract for facilities in the Kalaloch area of Olympic National Park. The 10-year contract includes operation of Kalaloch Lodge in addition to food and beverage services, retail, firewood sales, and fuel sales.

Parks Beyond Borders: Austria’s Hohe Tauern National Park—The Best Of The Alps, And A Truly European Adaptation Of "America's Best Idea"

National Parks may be “America’s Best Idea” but the concept has been adopted—and adapted—in some of the planet’s most spectacular places. One of the spots where new park ideas have emerged is Austria's Hohe Tauern National Park. Here’s the first article in our multimedia global parks series on Austria.
Before They In approaching Before They're Gone, A Family's Year-Long Quest to Explore America's Most Endangered National Parks, Michael Lanza desires to take his young son and daughter to places that most amazed him -- national parks -- before climate change alters their appearance too greatly.

More Transportation Options For Visitors To Yosemite National Park

Collaboration between Yosemite National Park officials and their gateway communities is producing more transportation options for you to reach the park, options that could help reduce congestion in the Yosemite Valley.

Parks Beyond Borders: South Africa Warns Against "Fraudsters;" Thailand Park Tigers Under Threat?

Kruger National Park
Parks Beyond Borders: Global National Park News—South Africa Warns Against "Fraudsters;" Thai National Park Tigers May be Under Threat

Refurbishing Of Ahwahnee Hotel At Yosemite National Park Completed

The Ahwahnee Hotel at Yosemite National Park, one of the grand architectural masterpieces of national park lodges, is gleaming thanks to an extensive refurbishing of rooms and common areas.

Major Lodging Changes Coming To Yellowstone National Park

Significant changes are in the offing for lodging operations in parts of Yellowstone National Park, where officials envision tens of millions of dollars of improvements.

Biscayne National Park's Proposed Marine Reserve Drawing Criticism From Some Quarters

A move being proposed by Biscayne National Park officials to create a 10,000-acre marine reserve in their waters to protect coral reefs and offer divers and snorkelers a place to explore without worrying about fishing lines is not going over well with everyone.

Climber Dies In Fall From Mount McKinley In Denali National Park

A climber trying to stop a sliding backpack fell more than 1,000 feet to his death on Mount McKinley in Denali National Park, becoming the first fatality of the mountain's climbing season, according to park officials.

Landscapes in West Virginia, California Recognized As National Natural Landmarks

As part of the 50th anniversary of the National Natural Landmarks Program this month, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has designated Lake Shasta Caverns, a pristine cave in northern California, and Ice Mountain, an unusual geological phenomenon called glacière talus in West Virginia, as national natural landmarks.

Eleven TRACK Trails Debut Today: Program Doubles with "National Kids to Parks Day" Dedication

the first TRACKTrail opening at the Parkway in 2009
The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation’s Kids in Parks program is celebrating the National Kids to Parks Day by opening 11 new trails in three different states, doubling the size of their TRACK Trails program in one day.

President Sent Legislation To Allow Commercial Horse Packing In Sequoia, Kings Canyon National Park

Legislation that clears the way for the National Park Service to resume issuing permits for commercial horse pack trips in Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks headed Friday to President Obama for his signature.

National Park Mystery Spot 42 Revealed: God Provides

Did you arrive at the answer by divine direction?

Turtle Nesting Season Has Biscayne National Park Officials Asking Visitors To Be Careful

With sea turtles coming ashore at Biscayne National Park for nesting, officials are urging park visitors to keep their distance from turtles and any nests they see.