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Enjoy A Hot Time In Death Valley National Park This Summer

Like it hot? Then plan on visiting Death Valley National Park this summer. But don't forget your swimsuit, as you'll most definitely want to cool off in the pool, even if it is warm water.

Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail Expands With Four Connectors

The Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, the country's first water trail, has grown with the addition of four watery connectors that extend into five states.

National Park Mystery Spot 42: Striking Fear

When the Editor-in-Chief opined that this puzzle is cruel, the Quizmeister nearly wept with joy.

Does Your Teen Want To Get Wet? Apply For The Rim-To-River Or Grand Inspiration Programs At Grand Canyon National Park

Floating the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park is a transformational expedition for many. If your teen is up for it, they can experience the wonders of the canyon on a trip organized by Grand Canyon Youth, a non-profit organized specifically to get youth into the park.

A Masonic Marker On the Blue Ridge Parkway

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Hidden on the Blue Ridge Parkway spur is a Masonic Marker dating back to 1938. Freemasons gather here gather here every year to hear an address from their leader.

Investigation Shows Denali Climbing Team Doomed By Lack Of Equipment, Poor Decision-Making

With biting temperatures no higher than 20 degrees below zero, and winds that would gust to near 80 mph, the four-man climbing team on Mount McKinley had precious little margin for error. And when they tumbled 300-500 feet down "Pig Hill," suffering broken bones and contusions, that margin quickly began to unravel.
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Poor Burning Conditions Prompt Postponement of Prescribed Burn At Yosemite National Park

Poor conditions for a prescribed burn -- unsettled weather patterns -- have prompted officials to delay a burn planned for the Wawona area of Yosemite National Park.

List Of "Most Endangered Rivers" Flows Through National Parks

A number of national parks are clustered around some of the 10 rivers whose health is being threatened by mining operations, pollution, dredging, proposed dams, and other impacts that American Rivers found them deserving to be listed as America's Most Endangered Rivers.

Make Your National Park Visit As Inexpensive As Possible

Travel in these days of a weak economy and high fuel costs can be expensive, but there are some ways that you can trim the costs of visiting your favorite national park.

Yosemite Nature Notes: Water

Yosemite National Park is a landscape of big cliffs, outcrops, and granite domes. But it also is where towering waterfalls, shimmering lakes, and meandering streams mesmerize visitors. In this edition of Yosemite Nature Notes, videographer Steven Bumgardner looks at water in Yosemite.

Yosemite Falls Featured In New Webcam From Yosemite National Park

Yosemite Falls is a prime attraction for visitors to Yosemite National Park, and now a new webcam allows anyone with an internet connection to enjoy a view of the falls.

Reader Participation Day: Will Gas Prices Affect Your Plans To Visit A Park This Summer?

The year began with a gloomy outlook for travel, with forecasts of $5 per gallon or more for gas all summer. Recent price trends, however, have been downward, with the latest predictions for a national average price of $3.79 per gallon—not much different from 2011. Will the ups and downs of gas prices affect your plans to visit a park this summer?

Active-Duty Military Members To Gain Free Access To National Parks

In a show of support for the U.S. military, the Obama administration has announced that all active-duty members of the military will be given free access to the entire National Park System.

Evolution Of A Glasshouse: From Colonial Glassmaking To Decorative Arts

Glassworks are one of the tools of interpretation at historic Jamestown in Colonial National Historical Park. Today you can watch as artisans recreate glass vessels using time-honored practices.

Study Assessing Climate Change Impacts On Birds Includes Yosemite National Park

A study intended to measure the impacts of climate change on Western bird species involves Yosemite National Park, where researchers will spend a year examining how some common Sierra Nevada species will respond to climate changes.

Take A Vacation To Yellowstone National Park With Programs That Explore Various Aspects Of The Park

Anxious to explore Yellowstone National Park this summer but unsure on how to approach your visit? There likely is a multi-day package trip available that will suit your desires.

Trail Ridge Road In Rocky Mountain National Park Open For The Summer

Add Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park to the growing lists of scenic drives in the National Park System now open for the summer. The road, the highest paved road in the Lower 48, opened for traffic just after 11 a.m. Monday.

Prescribed Burn Planned Near Wawona In Yosemite National Park

Don't be too alarmed if you see smoke wafting above the Wawona area of Yosemite National Park later this week. Park officials are planning a prescribed burn in that part of the park to reduce a buildup of fuels.

New Interpretive Hikes Enhance Your Visit To Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Two hiking programs being offered this summer at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park will introduce you to a captivating landscape, biodiversity and history of the park's southernmost section. s

Calls To Expand Units Of The National Park Service Heard In Oregon And Georgia

There are calls for both Oregon Caves National Monument in Oregon and Ocmulgee National Monument in Georgia to increase in acreage.

150th Anniversary Of Homestead Act Will Be Celebrated With Impressive Event May 20-25

Homesteaders flooding the American heartland in the 1860s couldn't have imagined electric power, much less lasers. A May 20-25 celebration of the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Homestead Act will feature a laser light show and much more at Homestead National Monument of America.

Zion-Mount Carmel Highway And Tunnel Recognized As National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark

If you've ever driven through the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway and Tunnel at Zion National Park, you know what kind of engineering marvel it is. Well, it's now official. The highway and tunnel have been designated a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.

Keeping Things Quiet In The National Parks

There are at times unintended consequences of good deeds in national parks. For instance, efforts to reduce traffic by using shuttle buses can actually create a noisier environment, according to studies at Rocky Mountain National Park and elsewhere in the park system.

Be Aware Of Fishing Regs At Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

If you're planning to spend any time fishing at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on Lake Michigan this summer, be sure to read up on the fishing regulations there so you don't get fined.

New Lodging Concessionaire In North Cascades National Park Complex

A Washington, D.C.,-based concessionaire with operations in a number of national parks has added a property in North Cascades National Park to their portfolio.

National Park Mystery Photo 49 Revealed: Wind Plus Sand Plus Time Equals Erosion

What we have here is a reminder that wind is a powerful agent of erosion.

South Entrance To Yellowstone National Park Opens Today

Getting into Yellowstone National Park from the south gets easier Friday, when the park's South Entrance gate is scheduled to open to vehicles.

National Travel And Tourism Strategy Provides Justification For More Investment In National Parks

A national strategy for building travel and tourism in the United States, with a goal of enticing more foreign visitors to come to America, touches in no small part on the role national parks play in tourism. And that, says the National Parks Conservation Association, is a perfect justification for investing more in the parks.

Alternative Realities Discovered On Spring Break In Joshua Tree National Park

A week-long immersion into Joshua Tree National Park offers much more than a visit of a few days. For Oliwia Baney, a week in the park working alongside rangers and other Student Conservation Association volunteers revealed the disparities between life in, and beyond, a national park's boundaries.