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National Park Service Responding To Complaints Of Mountain Bike Collisions, Speed

Concerns by some that mixing mountain bikers and hikers on national park trails would lead to problems reportedly are being realized at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, where there have been increased complaints about speeding bikers and collisions on trails.

Roosevelt Fireplace Cabins In Olympic National Park Open Winter Weekends

Having a cabin with a roaring fire to return to after a long day in a national park is a great way to top off the day. And in Olympic National Park, you'll be able to do that weekends this winter if you can reserve one of the Roosevelt Cabins at Lake Crescent.

Help The Shenandoah National Park Trust Help Teachers Help Students

A highly valuable, and interesting, program in some areas of the National Park System brings teachers into the parks to learn all they can, and then returns them to the classroom with that knowledge. You can help the Shenandoah National Park Trust fund such a program at Shenandoah National Park.

Register Now For Lottery For Lodging At Ostrander Ski Hut In Yosemite National Park

If you're a hardy cross-country or backcountry skier looking for a new adventure, now is the time to enter the lottery for a stay at the Ostrander Ski Hut in Yosemite National Park.

Update: Stranded AT Hiker In Great Smoky Mountains National Park Rescued

A 56-year-old North Carolina man stranded by wintry weather along the Appalachian Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park was rescued Friday afternoon by a Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter crew.

Shenandoah National Park Back In Business....Partially

Steady work at cleaning up from the snowstorm that Superstorm Sandy deposited on Shenandoah National Park has allowed part of the park to reopen.

Search Suspended For Missing Backpacker In Kings Canyon National Park

After more than a week of searching on ground and from the air, the efforts to find a missing backpacker in Kings Canyon National Park in California have been suspended.

Mystery Photo 58 Revealed: I'll Take 5 Pounds Of Coffee And A Wool Blanket

Stop by this room and you'll be able to load up on sugar, coffee, wool blankets, and other necessities of frontier life.

Mark Veterans Day With A Trip To A National Park

Veterans Day is just around the corner, and you can head to a national park to celebrate it with your favorite veteran, or visit one of the park system's war memorials to commemorate the day.

Trails I've Hiked: Dark Hollow Falls And Beyond At Shenandoah National Park

There are many nice hikes in Shenandoah National Park, some that ramble on for miles, some that run just a short way to a wonderful payoff. Dark Hollow Falls is one such payoff, but the hike is just a mile-and-a-half roundup, rather short if you were looking for a good leg stretcher. You can, however, easily extend that hike by more than a few miles.
Rare Birds: The Extraordinary Tale of the Bermuda Petrel and the Man Who Brought It Back from Extinction Rebuilding habitat to what it once was is no easy task, but David Wingate's success in largely reassembling the flora and fauna on one of Bermuda's island can be seen not only in the vegetation, but in a bird once thought extinct.

National Parks Traveler's Essential Friends, Celebrating National Park Friends Groups

Earlier this year National Parks Traveler broke ground with Essential Friends, an initiative created to celebrate the great work of national park friends groups. While the publication has been available in PDF format, we now offer it to you as a flip book. Enjoy!

Eight National Park Lodges Join Historic Hotels Of America

Eight national park lodges have joined Historic Hotels of America, a program affiliated with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Mystery Photo 58: X Marks The Spot

The good professor might be retired, but that doesn't mean all the Traveler's puzzlers went with him. We'll ease back into Mystery Photos with this easy one.

Mesa Verde National Park Receives Grant For Winter Trails

Winter trails in Mesa Verde National Park will receive some improvements thanks to a grant the park has received from the National Park Foundation.

Prince William Forest Park, 75 Years On

Seventy-fire years after it was created as a woodsy retreat for youth from Washington, D.C., Prince William Forest Park in Virginia is a hidden gem for urbanites seeking a respite from the crowds and concrete.

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.