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Valley Forge National Historical Park Wants To Lease Estate House For Private Parties

An estate house on the grounds of Valley Forge National Historical Park that dates to the 1700s will be open to private parties under a proposal the Park Service is seeking comments on.

Candlelight Tours This Saturday At Ninety Six National Historic Site In South Carolina

A fun activity is scheduled for Saturday at Ninety Six National Historic Site in South Carolina, where the 31st Autumn Candlelight Tour will be held, weather permitting.

National Park Foundation Provides $150,000 To Open And Fund César E. Chávez National Monument For First Year

Funding for the opening and first year of operations for the César E. Chávez National Monument is being provided from the American Latino Heritage Fund held by the National Park Foundation.

Traveler's Gear Box: Whispbar, A Stream-Lined Rack System For Your High-End Rig

Call it a sleek, low-profile rack system for your high-end rig. After all, do you really want to put a large, black rack atop your gleaming BMW or Mercedes? If not, Whispbar is something to consider.

Planning Session On Tap For Developing Hiking, Paddling Trails Along Lake Michigan

A two-day planning session will be held early next month to discuss a national recreation trail along Lake Michigan that will involve paddling, hiking, and cycling.

Rocky Mountain National Park Accepting Applications For Artist In Residence

Interested in spending two weeks in Rocky Mountain National Park working on your manuscript, score, painting, or poetry? Then apply for the park's 2013 Artist-in-Residence Program.

Trails I've Hiked: Imperial And Spray Geysers Via Fairy Falls In Yellowstone National Park

A towering, wispy waterfall, one of Yellowstone National Park's tallest, and two backcountry geysers via the same trail? That's what you get when you leave the Fairy Falls Trailhead.
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Where Not To Park Your Car: In A National Park's River

It's not every day that vehicles find their way into rivers in the National Park System, but it happened twice in the span of six days in September, once apparently due to too much libation for the driver, and once due to inattentiveness.

National Park Service Moving To Engage Company To Promote 2016 Centennial

With less than four years to go before the National Park Service marks its centennial, the agency is moving to engage a New York-based marketing and advertising agency to promote the centennial.

Exploring History At Nez Perce National Historical Park

Whether you’re a big history buff or simply just enjoy the beauty of nature, Nez Perce National Historical Park is the perfect getaway for the whole family. Spread across parts of western Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Montana, the park offers 38 different sites where you can come to understand a bit about the Nez Perce tribe, see some of their sacred lands, and see how the arrival of Euro-Americans affected their lives.

National Park Service Conservators Restore World War II Japanese Machine Guns

A small cache of weapons recently was covertly shipped to a small town in eastern West Virginia, but not to fuel an insurrection. No, in this case the World War II machine guns and other guns were in need of restoration work from National Park Service experts.

Parks Beyond Borders: Costa Rica's Parks Are Cheap And Accessible; New IUCN Environmental Lists Accentuate The Positive

A roundup of global national park news and features.

You Can Feel It In The Air, See It In The Landscape

It was obvious in the reds and oranges flecking the forests, the crispness of the air, and even in the slow gait of the old bison. Summer's long gone in Yellowstone National Park, and winter isn't far off.

Can Social Media Help Save Lives At Lake Mead National Recreation Area?

Rangers at Lake Mead National Recreation Area have an on-going challenge: how to encourage visitors at one of the country's most popular parks to use common-sense and basic safety devices to reduce the area's sobering accidental death toll. The park staff has now turned to social media to promote three new videos that they hope will help save lives

A Primer On The Hardwood Hammocks Of Everglades National Park

Sure, we know Everglades National Park is a low-lying tropical park in the state of Florida. But, as this video shows, it does have its high points. Well, relatively high.

Repaired, Filled, Then Drained, The Troubled Reflecting Pool On The National Mall

First came two years of renovations at a cost of $34 million, then a slow filling, and then the invasion of algae. Now the Reflecting Pool on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., is dry once again while officials ponder how to ensure it does indeed reflect when full.

Ten Tons Of Garbage Picked Up From Yosemite National Park

Ten tons of garbage. Twenty-thousand pounds. That's how much litter, refuse, concrete, asphalt and other trash recently was removed from Yosemite National Park by an army of volunteers.

Mystery Photo 57 Revealed: Safe Storage

A parfleche at Knife River Indian Villages NHS. Copyright Kurt Repanshek
This colorful object was made by Native American tribes and used both as a suitcase of sorts or to store clothing or food.

Old Fall River Road In Rocky Mountain National Park Soon Will Be Closing For Maintenance, Then Winter

Time is running out to explore Rocky Mountain National Park via the Old Fall River Road, which is scheduled to close for maintenance on October 10. Winter closure likely won't be too far behind once heavy snows arrive.

NPS Director Jarvis Warns That Time Is Running Out For Civil War Battlefield Preservation

National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis announces nearly $2.5 million in NPS grants to acquire lands at eight Civil War battlefields.

The Quizmeister Has Left The Building....

Sadly, the best quizmeister the national parks have ever known has left the building.

Trails I've Hiked: Monument Geyser Basin In Yellowstone National Park

Most visitors to Yellowstone National Park are familiar with the Upper, Lower, and Midway geyser basins, but how many these days have made the trek to a basin that once, thanks to its oddly shaped spires and acidic hot springs, was another must-see attraction for park visitors?

Blue Ridge Parkway Association Releases App To Help You Enjoy The Parkway This Fall

These days the "got milk" expression has been far surpassed by, "is there an app for that?" And in the case of the Blue Ridge Parkway, the answer is "yes!"

National Park Mystery Photo 57: Colorful, Ain't It?

Have you ever seen this? If so, and you can correctly identify where this photo was taken, you'll be in the running for the Traveler's monthly prize.

Elk Reduction Comes To Grand Teton National Park

The annual elk reduction hunt in Grand Teton National Park will begin on October 6, 2012 and run through early December.

Glacier National Park Fund, Glacier Association To Merge

In a move intended to bolster their support and work in behalf of Glacier National Park, the Glacier National Park Fund and the Glacier Association have announced their intentions to merge into the Glacier National Park Conservancy as of January 1, 2013.

Shenandoah National Park Getting A New Lodging Concessionaire

DNC Parks and Resorts, a subsidiary of Delaware North Companies, has been selected by the National Park Service as the new concessionaire for Shenandoah National Park. DNC will operate Shenandoah’s lodging, food and beverage service, gift shops, and other commercial services under a 10-year contract.

Musings From Hovenweep National Monument

In Hovenweep National Monument you can lose yourself in the silence, and worry about the future of this magnificent landscape.

President Obama Expected To Designate César E. Chávez National Monument On October 8

President Obama is expected to be in California next Monday to announce the establishment of the César E. Chávez National Monument.