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Find Yourself in Shenandoah National Park

With nearly 400 units of the National Park System, one probably is close enough for you to visit in a day. But how should you organize those visits? Karen Beck-Herzog, the management assistant at Shenandoah National Park, put together the following primer for exploring her park.

Shenandoah National Park Taking Offers For 10-Year Lodging, Retail Concessions Contracts

Might there be a new concessions company running the lodgings and retail outlets at Shenandoah National Park? Stay tuned, as the Park Service recently released a prospectus soliciting proposals for a 10-year concession contract for the park.

National Park Foundation Grant Will Help Preserve Fossils at Dinosaur National Monument

A grant from the National Park Foundation will help officials at Dinosaur National Monument develop a monitoring and preservation plan for 150-million-year-old fossils in the monument's new exhibit hall.

Grand Teton National Park Officials Say Fewer Animals Died in Vehicle Collisions Last Year

Efforts to educate motorists to watch carefully for wildlife on roads seem to be working in Grand Teton National Park, where officials cite a decrease in the number of animal deaths from vehicle collisions.

Sale of Plastic Water Bottles Banned At Grand Canyon National Park

​ Grand Canyon National Park will eliminate the in-park sale of water packaged in individual disposable containers within 30 days under a plan approved today by National Park Service Intermountain Regional Director John Wessels.

Court Rules That Sequoia National Park Officials Violated Wilderness Act By Allowing Horse Trips

More than 40 years after deciding that they would ban the use of stock animals in the high country of Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks, park officials have both failed to do so and have been found in violation of The Wilderness Act for failing to assess the environmental impact of the animals.
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Digital "Tracks" Help Rangers Solve Vandalism Case at Capitol Reef National Park

Tracking down bad guys in the Old West usually required skill in following some literal footprints in the sand, but a case at Capitol Reef National Park with connections to some famous outlaws was recently solved by rangers adept at following a different kind of tracks—those left in cyberspace.

National Park Foundation Program Addresses Transportation Issues In National Parks

National parks often are the setting for some incredible traffic issues, be they related to "bison jams," lack of parking, or simply high visitation. To help parks find solutions to some of these problems, the National Park Foundation has offered a program that places transportation experts in the parks to brainstorm solutions.

Yellowstone National Park Officials Crafting Framework For Lake Area's Future Development

Yellowstone National Park officials, in looking down the road at how the Lake area of the park might evolve, are leaning towards a plan that could allow the reconfiguration of the RV park at Fishing Bridge and which would permit 121,000 square feet of buildings to be built over roughly 3 acres.

Parks Beyond Borders: Looking Abroad At Other National Park News

Brewster Travel Canada's Columbia Icefield Coaches
The first of occasional smaller stories that bring you park news from other nations.

National Park Service's Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program Helps Water Trail Materialize in Washington State

Paddlers anxious to dip their blades in water have a new trail to explore in northeastern Washington along the Pend Oreille River thanks in part to the National Park Service.

Camping In The Parks: Cataloochee Valley in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Cataloochee Valley
This may be the middle of winter, but this is the time to make reservations for Cataloochee Campground in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Cross-country Ski Trails Open At Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

While some areas of the country are struggling with scant snowfall, enough has fallen at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan to open more than 22 miles of classic cross-country ski trails to the public.

Grant Helps Grand Teton National Park Re-sod Historic Dude Ranch Cabins

Old ways of using sod roofing on log cabins hold up only so long, but Grand Teton National Park officials have received a grant to use new techniques to re-sod a number of historic cabins in the park.

Reward Fund Established In Connection With Poaching Incident at Wind Cave National Park

A reward fund has been established for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the poaching of two bull elk at Wind Cave National Park.

National Park Mystery Photo 43 Revealed: No Smoking!

Where is the "Handle With Care" sign?

Transit System Designed to Reduce Pollution, Congestion at Gettysburg National Military Park

A computerized system is being turned to with hopes it can reduce both pollution and congestion at Gettysburg National Military Park by more smoothly directing visitors to parking areas.

Visit Yellowstone National Park in Winter Through the Lens of Chris Cauble

Wondering what you might encounter during a winter visit to Yellowstone National Park? Check out this short video for a smorgasbord of what awaits you in the park.

National Park Foundation Funding School Field Trips to The National Parks

With hopes of connecting more kids to national parks, the National Park Foundation is underwriting a transportation program to enable classes to take field trips to the National Park System.

Wind Cave National Park Rangers Investigating Apparent Poaching Case, $1000 Reward Offered

A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual responsible for shooting two elk in Wind Cave National Park.

National Park Mystery Photo 43: What's In Store?

Can you tell us where this photo was taken and what it depicts? We'll give you a hint: It's not wine.
Snake in the Grass: An Everglades Invasion In Snake in the Grass: An Everglades Invasion, Larry Perez takes us into the green leafy realm of Everglades National Park not in pursuit of the python, but rather in its wake. And it is a wide wake at that.

Summit On The Parks: Where To Now?

It's been a week since the conclusion of America's Summit on National Parks, but in truth the work is just beginning.

Snowshoe and Cross-Country Skiing Outings Scheduled for Glacier National Park

If you live close to Glacier National Park, or are thinking of heading there this winter, consider joining a snowshoe or cross-country ski outing sponsored by the Glacier National Park Fund.

$4 Million Helps Acquire 385 Acres For Richmond National Battlefield Park

Four million dollars from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund bought at least 385 acres for Richmond National Battlefield Park, a purchase that preserves hallowed ground and is seen as economic development for tourism.

Weighted Lottery Now Open for Private Float Trips Through Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park is now accepting applications for private river trip permits to float the Colorado River through the park during calendar year 2013.

Faraway Ranch Tour at Chiricahua National Monument Gets Five Stars

Here's one recipe for an outstanding tour of a historic ranch: take a century's worth of Old West history, add generous measures of compelling personal stories and classic southern Arizona scenery, and stir well by a talented interpreter. The result, at Chiricahua National Monument's Faraway Ranch, earned five stars during my recent visit to the park.

"Connect Trails To Parks" Awards Help Improve Trails To National Historic And Scenic Trails, Other Federal Lands

Not quite $1 million is being dispensed for 14 projects around the country that will improve trails and trailheads that tie national historic and scenic trails to national parks and other federal lands.

Reader Participation Day: Which Park has the Most Scenic Picnic Area?

Picnicking is a popular activity in parks across the country, and there are plenty of great spots to enjoy a meal with a view. Which picnic area gets your vote for the most scenic in the National Park System?

Appalachian Trail Conservancy Gives Friends of The Smokies $2,000 For Bear Cables In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A $2,000 grant from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy to Friends of Smokies is going a long way to help backpackers in Great Smoky Mountains National Park keep their food out of the reach of bears.