Archive List

Does Shenandoah Celebration Signal End Of CCC's "Greatest Generation?"

On September 29, National Public Lands Day, the National Parks will celebrate by waiving the entrance fees to all national parks. In addition, thousands of national park lovers will volunteer to protect the promise of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).

Precaution, Funding, And Science-Based Policy: Revisiting Leopold Could Move NPS In The Right Direction

When a team of scientists and conservationists led by A. Starker Leopold wrote the Leopold Report in 1963, national park visitors were still feeding bears through their car windows, nocturnal wildlife still feasted on park garbage dumps, and park rangers still shot cougars and wolves to maximize the number of visitor-friendly elk and pronghorn.

Honda Donates More Than $70,000 Worth Of Equipment To Keep The National Mall Tidy

If you've ever stood in the middle of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., you can imagine what a chore it must be to cut the grass, trim the shrubs, prune the trees, and keep the flowerbeds tidy. And mowers, clippers, and trimmers for that sizable task aren't cheap, which is why Honda is being applauded for donating more than $70,000 worth of power equipment for the job.

National Park Mystery Photo 56 Revealed: Take A Seat And Wait For The Jerk

Zoom out from the tightly cropped image we used for this Mystery Photo and you'll find a seat at the soda fountain in the Painted Desert Inn in Petrified Forest National Park.

Red Rock Ride Coming To Waterton Lakes National Park On September 29

A "red rock" ride through a national park is coming up September 29, but you'll have to head north of the border to participate in it. That's when the Red Rock Parkway in Waterton Lakes National Park will be closed to motor vehicles for a while to give cyclists clear sailing.

Exploring The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway

The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway is one of those special places in nature that doesn’t have an optimal season; whenever you choose to go, is a good time to go.

Hispanic Heritage Month Brings Travel Itineraries To National Park System, Events In The Parks

Rich Latino history can be found throughout the United States, and during Hispanic Heritage Month that history is being celebrated in the National Park System.

NPS Says It Could Not Have Prevented Murder Of Mount Rainier National Park Ranger

An internal review of the circumstances that led up to the fatal shooting of a Mount Rainier National Park ranger on New Year's Day concluded that the incident could not have been prevented.

Canyoneer Dies In Zion National Park

A visitor to Zion National Park who was canyoneering in the popular "Subway" section died when his or her foot became trapped on a descent, according to a park release.

Access Fund, Friends Of Joshua Tree Correct Climbing Violations In Joshua Tree National Park

When backcountry violations where discovered in designated wilderness in Joshua Tree National Park, The Access Fund and Friends of Joshua Tree jumped into action to correct them.

National Park Mystery Photo 56: Does This Look Familiar?

In wandering around the National Park System, if you're observant enough and curious enough, you'll come upon this. But what is it, and where is it?
Hiking the Wonderland Trail: The Complete Guide to Mount Rainier Fall is on its way, deciduous forests will soon be shedding their colors, snows will be falling. It's probably getting too late to plan a complete hike of the 93-mile Wonderland Trail that loops Mount Rainier National Park, but it's the perfect time to begin planning for next year!

Accident Dumps Hundreds Of Gallons Of Yellow Paint At Bandelier National Monument

You can color Bandelier National Monument yellow...at least a portion of it following an accident that dumped hundreds of gallons of yellow highway striping paint on a hillside in the monument.

What Goes On At A National Park BioBlitz? Well, Counting Butterflies Is One Task

Clouded sulfur? Mormon fritillary? Hoary comma? I had never heard of such intriguing creatures before last month, but the Rocky Mountain BioBlitz put me in close proximity to all three. No fear factor or injuries sustained. Just a stroll in a sub-alpine meadow in an effort to inventory butterflies.

A View From The Overlook: Contingency Plans

Can you imagine how a Romney-Ryan administration would treat the national parks? Heck, you'd have to summon up the "Reserve Rangers" to fill in the gaps.

Solar Power Is Valuable, But NPCA Report Says It Needs To Be Generated Away From National Parks

Solar energy is one key to sating the United States' energy appetite, but federal officials need to be careful not to overly impact national parks and other public lands when it comes to siting these facilities.

Reader Participation Day: Should Campground Reservations Be Mandatory In The National Park System?

Should campground reservations be mandatory in the National Park System, or should all campsites be on a first-come, first-served basis?

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Working To Battle Lake Michigan's Erosion Of Beaches

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore officials are crafting a plan to battle the erosion of their beaches.

Google Maps: More Travelers Are Interested In Death Valley Than Yellowstone

So, are more Americans looking for a vacation in Death Valley National Park than, say, Yellowstone National Park? The folks at Google Maps might have you think so.

Autumn Steams Into Steamtown! All Aboard!

Come fall in Pennsylvania the hardwood forests glow orange, red, and yellow as the air takes on a crispness that blankets the Poconos with the smells of autumn. Board one of Steamtown National Historic Site's special fall excursion runs through this brilliant countryside and you can feast your eyes on the colors of the season in the comfort of a coach.

Crystal Cave Tour Season At Sequoia National Park Extended Deep Into November

Though Mammoth Cave and Carlsbad Caverns national parks are perhaps best known within the National Park System for their caves, other parks have caves worth exploring, too. And one, Sequoia National Park, has extended the season for touring Crystal Cave deep into November.

State Of Utah Hoping 10th Circuit Judges Agree A Creek In Canyonlands National Park Is Also A Road

A creekbed that carries water intermittently through Canyonlands National Park is also a road that should be open to vehicles. At least that's the argument the state of Utah will press this week when its attorneys appear before the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

U.S., Russia Move Closer To Sharing Their "Beringian Heritage"

Natural history and cultural heritages can't be constrained by political boundaries, which is one reason why it's good to see the United States and Russia working to forge ties through a “Shared Beringian Heritage Program." Through this program the proposed Beringia National Park in Chukotka would be linked with the Bering Land Bridge National Preserve and Cape Krusenstern National Monument in Alaska.

NPCA Invites You On A Float Through Grand Teton National Park

Now here's a deal that's hard to pass up if you're going to be anywhere close to Grand Teton National Park on Tuesday: The National Parks Conservation Association is inviting you on a float through the park.

Half Dome And Its Cables Listed On National Register Of Historic Places

One of the most iconic spots in the National Park System is now officially an historic place.

Four Light Stations At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore To Be Restored

Fans of lighthouses can start counting down the days until four more light stations at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore have been restored to a certain degree.

Bicycle Trail Opened At Glacier Bay National Park

A short trail -- actually, an old road -- in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve has been opened to bicycle use.

Mammoth Cave National Park Finalizes Rule To Designate Trails For Mountain Bikes

Four trails in Mammoth Cave National Park will officially be open to mountain bikers beginning October 12, barring a reversal by regional National Park Service officials

Obama Administration Report Says "Sequestration" Would Cut $218 Million From NPS Budget

Unless Congress averts a staggering budget "sequestration" early next year the National Park System will be devastated by underfunding that could force the Park Service to shutter more than 100 parks, according to the National Parks Conservation Association.