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National Park Mystery Photo 49: Layer Upon Layer

Do you know what this interesting geologic feature is? Can you tell us where in the National Park System it is located?

Bandelier National Monument Starts Long-Term Shuttle Service, Ends Private Car Access To Frijoles Canyon

Last summer, when floodwaters rushed through Bandelier National Monument’s Frijoles Canyon, demolishing much of the parking area, it looked like a complete disaster. But the post Las Conchas fire floods helped the National Park Service achieve its illusive but long-sought goal - to eliminate private vehicles from Frijoles Canyon.

Artifacts With Compelling Stories Being Readied For Display At Gettysburg National Military Park

What do a tattered diary, a rusty bayonet and a stained and torn 140-year-old telegram have in common? Thanks to a generous donation, they're among more than 150 historic artifacts with connections to the Civil War that are being restored for display later this year at Gettysburg National Military Park.

Visitor Dies During Cave Tour At Mammoth Cave National Park

A Florida man on one of the cave tours at Mammoth Cave National Park died during the tour, according to park officials.

Buck Island Reef National Monument Celebrating 50th Birthday

Fifty is a pretty special number in terms of one's existence, so it's not surprising that the folks at Buck Island Reef National Monument are celebrating that number this year.

New Cabins Ready For You At Badlands National Park

Change is constantly under way at Badlands National Park, where erosion is the craftsman. But change also is under way at the park's Cedar Pass Lodge, and craftsmen were involved there, too.

View From The Overlook: Mountain-Biker-In-Chief

There has been considerable debate about the wisdom of allowing mountain biking in the National Parks in general and Big Bend National Park in particular; that park becoming the poster child and cause celebre of mountain biking.

Public Input Wanted On Future Trail Connections Between The Blue Ridge Parkway And Asheville

Public process underway to find the optimum locations for possible connections between the Blue Ridge Parkway and Asheville as part of Buncombe County's Greenways and Trails Master Plan.

Reader Participation Day: How Long Should Park Personnel Look For Someone Reported Missing?

Earlier this year rangers searched extensively for two men In Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The searches went on for about a week without success. Which brings up this question: How long or how hard should park personnel look for someone reported missing?

When You're Done Paddling In The Buffalo National River, Take A Hike

Though it's a "national river," the forests surrounding the Buffalo National River have quite a few options for getting out and stretching the legs. Indeed, hiking in the upper Buffalo National River can be your Arkansas ‘Walk in the Woods."

Birding In The National Parks: Grab A Field Guide, There Are Many!

Finding the birds and getting some good glass (binoculars, scope, or camera) on them is only half the battle of birding. Once you see the birds, you then have to identify them. In other words, you need a field guide or six!

Camping In The Parks: Big Creek Campground At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Midnight Hole on Big Creek - GRSM
Only a few miles from I-40, Big Creek Campground in Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers a quiet place to place your tent. Walk up Big Creek Trail to a great swimming hole.

Where Can You See Wildlife Right Now: Banker Horses At Cape Lookout National Seashore

Got a thing for horses? Visit Shackleford Banks when you travel to Cape Lookout National Seashore to see horses descended from Spanish stallions brought to the New World centuries ago.

Discriminating Explorer: Get on the Road to Damascus! Trail Days 2012 Hikes in May 18th-20th

Damascus appalachian trail street sign.
Trail Days 2012 hikes in to Damascus, VA May 18-20th—and this nationally significant Appalachian Trail fest is a great time to discover "Trail Town USA." Don't miss Virginia's nearby highest peak, Mount Rogers, the explosively popular Virgina Creeper bike trail, and sophisticated Abingdon, just named an Appalachian Trail Community. All-in-all, a best-kept secret destination.

Volunteers Helped Make National Park Week A Success

Across the nation, people took to the national parks in late-April not only to visit, but also to roll up their sleeves. They worked on projects to improve the parks and help others learn about these special places.

Death Of National Christmas Tree Has National Park Service Eyeing A Successor

The National Christmas Tree, located on the Ellipse south of the White House, has been lost due to complications resulting from transplant shock according to the National Park Service.

Trails I've Hiked: Hammock Hills Nature Trail, Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Pamlico Sound from Hammock Hills Nature Trail Ocracoke Island
The Hammock Hills Nature Trail is an 0.8-mile meander through a young maritime forest with great views of Pamlico Sound.
Worth Fighting For (A Park Rangers Unexpected Battle Against Federal Bureaucrats and Washington Redskins Owner Dan Snyder) Did the National Park Service blame the messenger for the message in the case of Robert Danno?

Parks Beyond Borders: Global National Park News—Alberta National Park Budget Cuts Illustrate Angst Across Canada

Parks Beyond Borders: Global National Park News

Yosemite National Park In Time-Lapse Glory

Whether you're a long-time Yosemite National Park junkie, or just planning your first visit to the park, you really need to check out this time-lapse video by Shawn Reeder.

Civil War Battlefield Parks In Richmond Backdrop To Civil War Trust's Annual Conference

The Civil War battlefield parks that surrounding Richmond, Virginia, will be a fitting backdrop to the Civil War Trust's annual conference set for June.

May Celebrated As Asian American And Pacific Islander Heritage Month By National Park Service

In recognition of the contributions to our nation's rich and diverse cultural heritage, the National Park Service celebrates May as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Interior Department, Colorado Officials Sign Agreement For "Rocky Mountain Greenway Project"

Imagine a sprawling "great urban park," stretching roughly 65 miles from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park and tying together national wildlife refuges and the Mile High City's trail systems. It could become a reality under an agreement signed between Interior Department and Colorado officials.

Grand Teton National Park Looking For Volunteers To Help Patrol Pathway

Live near Grand Teton National Park and looking for a fun way to spend the summer? Park officials for the fourth year are recruiting for volunteers interested in serving as ambassadors for the multi-use pathway that extends from Dornan's in the Moose area to South Jenny Lake.

Channel Islands National Park To Celebrate Decade Of Bald Eagle Recovery

Since bald eagle recovery efforts began at Channel Islands National Park in 2002, the number of resident bald eagles in the park has grown to more than 30. On May 19 the park will celebrate this achievement with a day full of activities.

Adopt A Beach At Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore For The Summer

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will host a kickoff meeting for Adopt-A-Beach volunteers on Thursday, May 24, from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center on M-72 in Empire, Michigan.

National Park Mystery Spot 41 Revealed: A Very Special Arch

Not all arches are natural bridges, but this giant one is.

Tioga Road In Yosemite National Park To Open Monday

A low snowpack and favorable weather for plowing has Yosemite National Park officials saying the Tioga Road will open this coming Monday, May 7, for all vehicle traffic.
The Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges, 7th Just in time for Mother's Day, as well as Father's Day, is the 7th edition of The Complete Guide To The National Park Lodges. Along with updates in the rundown on park lodges is the insertion of full-color images from lodges and settings in the national parks.

Birding On The Battlefield - Palo Alto Battlefield Scores A First In The NPS

People who enjoy bird watching know that good opportunities sometimes occur in unexpected places, and a battlefield in Texas commemorating an oft-forgotten war might fit that description. Palo Alto Battlefield has plenty to offer naturalists and history buffs, and now the park can claim "a first in the National Park System" for birders.