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Exploring The Parks: Canyon De Chelly National Monument

White House Ruin, Canyon de Chelly NM, copyright Kurt Repanshek
As Perry Yazzie worked the Jeep's clutch to negotiate the dips in the track, the clutch complained loudly, gnashing its metal teeth in a sign of the many years the rig has hauled visitors into Canyon de Chelly.

Road Work Coming To Tower Junction And Canyon Village In Yellowstone National Park

Traffic snarls are coming to parts of Yellowstone National Park on July 1, when road work is expected to begin in the Tower Junction and Canyon Village areas.

New Webcam In Rocky Mountain National Park Lets You View The High Country

Hankering for a glimpse of the Rocky Mountain highlands? Then check out the new webcam added to the Alpine Visitor Center in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Vehicles Swerving To Avoid Grizzly Bear Leads To Dead Bear In Grand Teton National Park

Motorists trying to avoid a young grizzly crossing the highway in Grand Teton National Park led to the bear's death as one of the vehicles clipped him, according to an ongoing investigation.

UPDATE: Mount Rainier Climbing Ranger Dies In Fall During Rescue Of Four Climbers

Deteriorating weather conditions Friday were delaying climbing rangers at Mount Rainier National Park from retrieving the body of a fellow ranger who died while coming to the aid of four climbers.

National Park Mystery Spot 44 Revealed: A Room With 88 Noisy Machines

Commemorating the history of America’s Industrial Revolution is what this place is all about.

Around The Park System: Bike Shuttles At Cape Cod National Seashore, Fire Worries In The Rockies, And More

Here's a quick blast of news from around the National Park System.

Civil War Trust Invades Richmond—25th Anniversary Celebration Of The People Behind 32,000 Acres Of Battlefield Preservation

Founders get award
The Civil War Trust's four day Annual Conference was held June 6th to 10th, 2012 in Richmond, Virginia, the perfect place to celebrate 25 years and the preservation of more than 32,000 acres of historic battlefields. This year's conference focused on their massive land preservation purchase at Gaines' Mill battlefield, where this weekend, ranger-led tours will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the battle. The

Traveler's Gear Box: KEEN Borrows A National Park Name For A Great Day Hiker

KEEN looked to the lofty national parks of Utah when it needed a name for one of its latest entries into the day hiker market, and came up with the Bryce, a stout light hiker with an interesting sole.

Stirring Battlefield Interpretation In Richmond: A Tour of Hallowed Ground By The Civil War Trust

Mike Andrus
There's nothing like actually walking the ground where enemies contended to bring powerful insight to a ranger or historian-led battlefield tour. No one does these better than the Civil War Trust—especially when they roam unprotected acres of hallowed ground that only inspired action can preserve. This weekend is your chance for that insight at Gaines' Mill where the trust is working to quadruple the protected battlefield.

National Park Mystery Spot 44: A Noisy Interlace Place

You shouldn’t need all five clues to get the job done.

Cave Tours, Visits To Buffalo Jump, On Tap At Wind Cave National Park This Summer

Just because "cave" is part of Wind Cave National Park's name, that doesn't mean the only thing you can do at this South Dakota destination is go underground.

Zion Lodge Gains Prestigious Award For Sustainable Programs

Environmental programs Xanterra Parks & Resorts relies on in Zion National Park have earned the Zion Lodge a Gold certification from an independent firm that sets and measures sustainability standards for products, services, and companies.

Energy Department, National Park Service Team Up To Launch Alternative Fuel Vehicles

In a move to help the National Park System become more fuel efficient, the National Park Service and U.S. Department of Energy are partnering to bring alternative fuel vehicles to the parks.

NPS Issues Prospectus For Blue Ridge Parkway’s Northwest Trading Post

The National Park Service recently issued a prospectus soliciting bids for a 10-year contract for operation of Northwest Trading Post, a retail establishment near the mid-point of the 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway.

Friends Of Acadia: Partnering For Acadia National Park's Future

Acadia in 1919 became the first national park east of the Mississippi. Thanks to people with a passionate love for the beauty of Mount Desert Island— and its cool summers (at least compared to inner-city Boston and New York City)— the jewel dubbed “MDI” was spared from rampant development.

Trails I've Hiked: Upper Caprock Coulee Trail At Theodore Roosevelt National Park

River Bend Overlook, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, copyright Kurt Repanshek
The best vantage points to take in the grandeur of Theodore Roosevelt National Park are, quite understandably, up high. The Upper Caprock Coulee Trail takes you there, and along the way shows off some incredible badlands that so captivated Theodore Roosevelt.

Reader Participation Day: Given A Choice, Which State Would You Visit To Tour Its National Parks?

If you could visit only one state to tour its national parks, which state would it be? Would you head to Utah with its five "national parks," to California with its eight "national parks" and handful of other designated park units, or choose Maine with its one national park (Acadia), a stretch of Appalachian National Scenic Trail, and lone international historic site?

U.S. House Approves Legislation That Would Toss Aside Environmental Laws Protecting National Parks

A package of bills that would toss aside environmental laws and regulations protecting a wide number of national parks passed out of the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, though its prospects in the Senate were unclear.

Birding In The National Parks: Top 10 Birding Spots In The National Park System

Spring migration is winding down across much of North America, and it’s time for birders to relax and reflect. I’ve been contemplating happy thoughts such as where I would go if given an all-expenses paid birding trip to any U.S. National Park in the next 12 months. No one has offered this to me yet, but I made up a list in my head.

Begging Red Fox A Traffic Hazard At San Juan Island National Historical Park

He's cute, and possibly charming, but a red fox that has been panhandling along the Cattle Point Road at San Juan Island National Historical Park in Washington state has turned into a traffic hazard.

National Parks Offer A Variety Of Kids’ Programs For The Summer

America’s national parks are a great place for kids to spend their free time during their summer vacation. Many parks offer educational programs, summer camps and special tours, and present an opportunity for parents to instill a love of nature and history into their children. This is a small sampling of some of these programs:

Total Ban On Fires Instituted At Rocky Mountain National Park

With a massive wildlfire burning less than 50 miles to the east, officials at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado have instituted a park-wide ban on open fires, even those fueled by charcoal.

U.S. House To Consider Legislation Opponents Believe Would Degrade Public Lands, National Parks

A package of legislation that sponsors call the Conservation and Economic Growth Act and which critics maintain would severely cripple the nation's environmental laws and pose a threat to the National Park System is expected to come up for a vote in the House of Representatives this week.

Assessment Of Rockfall Danger In Yosemite Valley Leads To Decision To Close Additional Housing, Campsites

While permanent closure back in 2008 of some cabins in Curry Village in Yosemite National Park greatly reduced the risk of visitors or staff being injured by rockfalls, more structures and even campsites need to be closed for safety's sake, a new assessment concludes.

Hot, Dry Conditions Prompt Fire Restrictions In Canyonlands And Arches National Parks, Natural Bridges And Hovenweep National Monuments

If you're planning a visit to southeastern Utah's national parks, be aware that the Southwest's hot, dry conditions have led National Park Service officials to issue restrictions on open fires in Arches and Canyonlands national parks as well as Natural Bridges and Hovenweep national monuments.

Piping Plovers Spur Closures At Assateague Island National Seashore

The arrival of Piping Plovers at Assateague Island National Seashore along the coasts of Maryland and Virginia has prompted a temporary closure to give the birds time to nest.

And May's Winner Of A Vapur Element Water Vessel Is....

A deep field qualified for our monthly prize in May, that of a Vapur Element water bottle.

Ground Search Suspended For Climbers Hit By Avalanche On Mount McKinley In Denali National Park

Falling into a crevasse, often a fatal step for a mountaineer, saved a member of a Japanese climbing team on Mount McKinley in Denali National Park, but four other members of his team apparently were swept to their deaths by an avalanche.

Parks Beyond Borders: Biggest-Ever Gift To Parks Canada, World's Blackest Skies For New Zealand, Roads Threaten Parks in Peru and Kenya

Yurt campground Bruce Peninsula National Park
A global round-up of national park news. The biggest philanthopic gift ever is given to Parks Canada. The world's blackest skies have been designated in New Zealand with a new Dark Sky Reserve, and roads in Peru and Kenya are said to threaten national parks.