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Shenandoah National Park Digging Out Of Sandy's Snowstorm

Wet heavy snow deposited by "Superstorm Sandy," downed trees and millions of leaves were being tackled by crews at Shenandoah National Park on Halloween with hopes of getting part of the park open in time for the weekend.

Horses On Assateague Island National Seashore Weathered Sandy Just Dandy

While Hurricane Sandy tossed numerous impacts at Assateague Island National Seashore, the seashore's ponies weathered the storm just fine, according to park officials.

Ground Crews Pulled Off Search For Missing Backpacker In Kings Canyon National Park

Ground crews, having searched extensively for a missing backpacker in the high country of Kings Canyon National Park, have been pulled from the effort, though aerial searching will continue for the time being, according to park officials.

Updated: The Aftermath Of Superstorm Sandy On The National Park System

Nearly 70 National Park System units along the Eastern Seaboard were either fully or partially closed due to impacts from "superstorm Sandy," and it could be days before some reopen.

A Halloween Creature Feature: The Burrowing Owl, Not Your Average Raptor

The classic picture of an owl is typically one associated with Halloween: large, nocturnal creatures with wide eyes and a wise mind. With Halloween here, it’s the perfect time to take a look into a lesser-known owl species that can be found in some national parks: the Burrowing Owl.

Winter Fun In Rocky Mountain National Park

Winter snows pile up deep in Rocky Mountain National Park, where the season is celebrated not only in front of a roaring fire, but also out on skis and snowshoes exploring the snowscape.

Reader Participation Day: Which Is Your Favorite Civil War Park Unit?

Which of the Civil War battlefields preserved by the National Park Service appeals to you most, and why?

A View From The Overlook: Land Access

Is public land always available for the public good? Well, not always.

Search For Missing Kings Canyon National Park Backpacker Moves Into 7th Day

A search for a missing backpacker in Kings Canyon National Park moved into its seventh day Tuesday, though so far the efforts have failed to turn up any trace of the man.

Updated: "Superstorm Sandy" Brings Heavy Snows, Flooding, And Towering Waves To National Park System

Sunrise today showed deep, heavy snow in national parks in the Appalachians, flooding along coastal and barrier island parks, and waves towering more than two stories along some lakeshores farther inland.

Devils Tower National Monument, Badlands National Park, Theodore Roosevelt National Park All Listed Among Top 10 "Ecotourism" Destinations In Great Plains

Devils Tower National Monument, Badlands National Park, and Theodore Roosevelt National Park all have made it into the Center for Great Plains Studies' list of top "ecotourism" destinations in the Great Plains.

Ghostly Tales From The National Parks: Oregon Caves National Monument

Ghost stories and old buildings just seem to go together, and the national parks have their share of old buildings -- and ghosts! If you spend a night at The Chateau at Oregon Caves National Monument, you just might agree.

Exploring The Parks: Natural Bridges National Monument

Once upon a time not so long ago, all roads leading to Natural Bridges National Monument were dirt. Only the hardiest of visitors ventured out here. But now the roads are firmly paved and it’s a sort of main route between Lake Powell and points north down toward Monument Valley and Four Corners.

Updated: As Hurricane Sandy Nears Land, National Park Service Closing Parks And Offices

Hurricane Sandy's approach has prompted the closure of a number of National Park System units, including Shenandoah National Park and parks in the Washington, D.C., area.

Ghostly Tales From The National Parks: Petrified Forest National Park

With Halloween just days away, we searched around the National Park System and rummaged in the Traveler's archives for some ghostly stories. This tale comes from Petrified Forest National Park.

Zion National Park Moving To Winter Hours

With fall on the wane, and winter on the horizon, facility hours and shuttle services are changing at Zion National Park.

Acadia National Park Moving To Winter Hours For Facilities

Come month's end they'll be moving to winter hours at Acadia National Park, where the Hulls Cove Visitor Center and Sand Beach Entrance Station will both close on Halloween.

Death Valley National Park Now Has Its Own Guide On The Traveler

You can add Death Valley National Park to the list of national parks that have their own "mini-guide" on the Traveler. Visit these pages and you'll find information on hiking, lodging, camping, birding, and more.

Midweek Trail Closures Coming To Some Areas Of Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Some midweek trail closures in the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park will be necessary through early December as elk culling operations resume.

Hurricane Sandy Floods Parts Of Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Parts of Cape Hatteras National Seashore were left flooded and without power Sunday by Hurricane Sandy, which was prompting mandatory evacuations of other National Park System units further up the Atlantic Coast.

Still No Luck In Search For Missing Backpacker In Kings Canyon National Park

Searchers were expected Sunday to return to the high country of Kings Canyon National Park in their hunt for a California man who failed to return from his backpacking trip on schedule last Monday.

Parks Beyond Borders: It's All In A Name At World's Highest, Newest National Park; Thai Parks Cope With Bikinis, Higher Fees

A global roundup of national park news, including the creation of the world's highest national park in Tibet, and Thai efforts to regulate bikinis, and delay fee hikes, in national parks.
Fall in Shenandoah National Park is one of the most magical times of year thanks to the changing foliage. Timing your visit is chancy, as more than a little serendipity, and the weather, influence the changing leaves.

Exploring The Parks: Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Standing above the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, Harpers Ferry holds a pivotal vantage point in the country's history, one with surprisingly deep roots.

Ghostly Tales From The National Parks: Who's Haunting The Old Faithful Inn In Yellowstone?

The Old Faithful Inn is an incredible log cabin, one of the largest in the world, and more than a century old. It is also a great place for ghosts.

Climber Dies In Fall At Zion National Park

A Utah climber was killed in a fall at Zion National Park, where he was part of a group of four on a popular climbing route below Angels Landing.

More National Park Units Getting Ready To Withstand Hurricane Sandy

National parks along the Eastern Seaboard from the Outer Banks of North Carolina to coastal Maine were preparing Saturday to withstand the brunt of Hurricane Sandy, a slowly evolving storm that meteorologists were predicting would be historic for its devastating impact.

Ghostly Tales From The National Parks: Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

One place where you might not need any formal celebration to mark Halloween is Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. More than a few ghost stories swirl around this West Virginia town.

National Parks Battening Down In Advance Of Hurricane Sandy

With Hurricane Sandy en route to the Eastern Seaboard, units of the National Park System in her path are preparing for her arrival next week.

Searchers In Kings Canyon National Park Looking For 53-Year-Old Backpacker

Snow, possibly more than a foot on the ground, is hampering efforts to find an overdue backpacker who might be in the high country of Kings Canyon National Park.