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Tourists Injured When Bull Elephant Attacks Vehicle At Kruger National Park

Two Kruger National Park visitors were injured, one seriously, when a bull elephant charged their vehicle and flipped it over.

What Were The Top National Park Stories Of 2013?

Flooding pummeled a handful of units in the National Park System this past fall, budget cuts hamstrung the National Park Service, and a 16-day closure of the national parks drew the public's ire. Those were just some of the top stories of 2013 across the National Park System. Here's a look at some of the year's top stories.

Birding In The National Parks: Looking Back On 2013

New Year’s Eve seems as good a time as any to reflect on 2013. It’s been a big year for me, with birding explorations around the country, including the first trips of my life to Saguaro National Park and Chiricahua National Monument.

A Look Back At Traveler's Views In 2013

At National Parks Traveler, we don't profess to have all the answers to issues and controversies swirling about the National Park System. But there were a handful of times in 2013 when we felt it necessary to raise concerns about what was transpiring in the parks.

Road Work To Repair Slide Along Newfound Gap Road In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Repair work is scheduled to begin next week on a slide along Newfound Gap Road in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which early this year saw a larger slide take out a section of the road.

Katmai National Park Camping Reservations Added To Recreation.gov

Another national park has added its camping reservations system to the recreation.gov portal. At Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska, this means you can go online to reserve campsites at Brooks Camp and other destinations in the park.

Stories We Particularly Liked From Around the National Park System In 2013

With more than 1,300 stories posted on the Traveler during the past 12 months, there are a few that we particularly liked, either because of the prose, the subject matter, or the particular window on the parks they opened. Here's a look at some of our favorites.

National Parks We Explored During 2013

So many parks, so few months in a year. Still, the National Parks Traveler staff and contributors managed to reach a fair number of parks in 2013 and returned home with the following stories.

NPS Sends Nearly $1 Million To Threatened Civil War Battlefields

The National Park Service has committed nearly $1 million in grants to help preserve more than 760 acres of land at seven of America’s threatened Civil War battlefields.

Christmas Bird Count Coming To Death Valley National Park On Saturday

Christmas is past, but counting birds is not. At Death Valley National Park, the annual Christmas Bird Count is scheduled for this coming Saturday.

Nature Could Have A Solution For Emerald Ash Borer Problem In National Parks

Nature might be able to provide a partial solution, at least, to emerald ash borer problems in national parks such as Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains as well as Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. It turns out that woodpeckers and nuthatches, which are present in those parks, are developing an appetite for the non-native insects.

Photography In The National Parks: Traveler's Photo Tips From 2013

For the past year, Deby Dixon and Rebecca Latson have collaborated to bring us two columns a month on how to get the best pictures during our national park adventures. While my photographic aspirations were dashed by their incredible photos, let's take a look back at their tips with hopes we can benefit from them in some way.

The Wolves And Bison Of Wood Buffalo National Park

The list of national parks on my "bucket list" is somewhat long, and not restricted to those in the United States. I've long been intrigued by Wood Buffalo National Park in northern Alberta, and a recent PBS documentary on the wolves and bison there only heightened my desire to check that one off my list.

Winter's A Great Time To Star Gaze At Big Cypress National Preserve

Winter might seem too cold to set outside to star gaze, but it's the perfect season at Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida, where special astronomy programs are on tap in the coming months.

Traveler's Gear Box: The Lowepro Flipside 500 AW Backpack

Love at first sight: A photographer's connection with Lowepro's Flipside 500 AW backpack.

The Consequences Of Climate Change At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Adapting to climate change at Apostle Islands National Seashore means taking every opportunity to solve problems and communicate successes.

A Look At Some Unusual Stories From The National Park System In 2013

As broad and diverse as the National Park System is, it should come as no surprise that there are, well, some surprising or simply interesting stories from time to time. Here's a look at some unusual stories from the past year.
The Once and Future World: Nature As It Was, As It Is, As It Could Be Is the natural world that surrounds you the same as the one that surrounded your parents, or your grandparents? What about that of your great-grandparents? The short answer, of course, is 'no.'

Golden Gate National Recreation Area Extends Comment Period On Dog Management Plan

Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which for more than a decade has worked to develop a management plan for dogs in the park, have extended into mid-February the time period during which you can comment on the latest draft plan.

Can New Ventures Help Save Historic Fort Hancock Buildings At Gateway National Recreation Area?

Gateway National Recreation Area officials are taking another stab at turning historic buildings at Fort Hancock into business ventures that can prevent futher deterioration of the structures.

Photography In The National Parks: Dealing With Dancing Snowflakes

Recently a friend wrote to ask where I was spending the winter and when I replied, "Yellowstone," they appeared to be dumbfounded.

Vicksburg National Military Park Developing "Foundation Document"

The National Park Service is preparing a foundation document to guide planning and management of Vicksburg National Military Park, and is seeking public input on the document.

Nine Free Admission Days To National Parks In 2014

There will be nine admission-free days to the National Park System in 2014, though just one falls during the peak vacation months of summer.

Consider A Year-End Donation To Your Favorite National Park Friends Group

Trail improvements, interpretive programming, historic preservation, and even transportation are some of the projects tackled by national park friends groups. With time running out in 2013, consider a year-end tax deductible donation to your favorite friends group to help them through 2014.

Reserve An Ocean-Front Cabin At Cape Lookout National Seashore

They're barebones, rustic, Spartan -- choose your adjective -- but the sea-front cabins at Cape Lookout National Seashore are great basecamps if you like to surfcast or simply looking to spend some down time on a decidedly low key seashore.

Happy Holidays From Arches National Park, The Video

At this festive time of year, the folks at Arches National Park have sent out this video holiday greeting with ample amounts of red rock and snow.

Yosemite, For What And For Whom?

The path-breaking beginning of America’s national parks in Yosemite is the subject of these two anniversary-related books. For Dayton Duncan, in Seed of the Future, the Yosemite Grant remains the story of a national triumph. For Jen Huntley, in The Making of Yosemite, the act of June 30, 1864, bears irrefutable evidence of a national theft.

Exploring The Parks: Big Bend National Park In December

Happy Holidays, everybody! It’s almost the end of the year and after digging up some extra vacation days from beneath the couch cushions, I decided to take a mid-December road trip to Big Bend National Park

Shuttle Bus System Aids Whale And Seal Watchers At Point Reyes National Seashore

The annual migration of Pacific gray whales from waters around Alaska to those off of Mexico is getting underway, and one of the best places to view both the whales and northern elephant seals from the shore is Point Reyes National Seashore. A weekend shuttle bus system, which runs from December 28, 2013, until late March of 2014, helps solve problems with limited parking and crowded roads.

Holiday Schedule Posted For National Park Units In North Dakota

The year-end holidays will bring some closures to the national parks in North Dakota.