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Visitor Access To Yellowstone, Cape Cod, Grand Canyon, Other National Parks Could Be Limited By Looming Sequestration

Failure by Congress to avert a sweeping budget cut across all government agencies stands to will cut your views of the Grand Canyon, limit your access to Cape Cod National Seashore's beaches, and delay the opening of Yellowstone National Park this spring.
The Long Fuse: How England Lost the American Colonies 1760-1785 The National Park Service manages over fifty sites connected with the American Revolution or Colonial America, and they offer valuable glimpses into the birth of our nation. Whether you're a serious history buff or one whose memory on the subject is a bit rusty, odds are you've never read much on that subject from the British point of view. You can bridge that gap via an entertaining and enlightening book, The Long Fuse: How England Lost the American Colonies, 1760 – 1785.

Exploring The Parks: Charles Pinckey National Historic Site

Charles Pinckney House
Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, located in a suburb of Charleston, South Carolina, offers a look at lowcountry life in our country's early history. Though modest in size, the site is a treasure-trove of archeological artifacts.

Glacier National Park Receives Funding For Shuttle Buses

Glacier National Park has received a quarter-million-dollars in federal highway funds to purchase two new shuttle buses.

"Owl Prowl" Scheduled At Ozark National Scenic Riverways In Missouri

Curious about owls? Join a ranger for an "Owl Prowl" at Ozark National Scenic Riverways in Missouri in a search for these majestic birds.

Mountain Bike Access Growing At Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

Joggers and hikers who use Sope Creek and the popular fitness trail loop at Cochran Shoals in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area will soon find they'll be sharing more of the trail network with mountain bikes.

Photography In The National Parks: Capturing Moonbows In Yosemite National Park

During the full moons in April, May and June, nighttime visitors to Yosemite National Park, photographers in particular, get an extra special treat when the moonlight refracts and reflects off of the spray of water in Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls - it is called a moonbow, or spray bow, as John Muir liked to call it.
National Geographic Kids National Parks Guide U.S.A.: The Most Amazing Sights, Scenes, and Cool Activities from Coast to Coast! National Geographic's kids guide to America's national parks is a good starting point, but by no means is it exhaustive, and it carries some curious items and omissions.

New Book Traces The History Of Civil Rights In America

Tracing the history of the Civil Rights movement in America is part of the responsibility of the National Park Service, and to aid that task Eastern National has come out with a book that tracks the history.

Olympic National Park Invites Public To Discuss Wilderness Stewardship Plan

Mention wilderness stewardship involving Olympic National Park, and people listen. That's why the park has rescheduled a public meeting to discuss its Wilderness Stewardship Plan -- so it can accommodate a larger crowd than expected.

Is National Park Service Embarking On A Bridge Too Far, And Costly, At Katmai National Park?

Though funding has not yet been identified, the National Park Service is proposing to build a bridge and boardwalk across the Brooks River in Katmai National Park and Preserve that could cost upwards of $7.4 million.

Parks Beyond Borders: Climbing Mount Fuji—A Second-To-None National Park Experience

There is likely no more cherished national park experience on the planet than the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to climb Mount Fuji. Every year, hundreds of thousands of Japanese do it—and pilgrims from all over the world are joining them. I was one of them not long ago.

USS Arizona Continues To Serve As Final Resting Place For World War II Sailors

Even today, more than seven decades after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the number of sailors interred in the USS Arizona continues to grow as veterans of the battle have asked in their final wishes to be returned to the ship to spend eternity with their shipmates.

Program Offers Wonders Of Chesapeake Bay, And Access, To National Park And Outdoors Lovers

Along its thousands of miles of shoreline, across its wide waters, and inside its secluded backwaters, the Chesapeake Bay watershed offers a rich and diverse playground, one that should become easier to navigate thanks to a campaign launched in conjunction with the National Park Service's release of its Chesapeake Bay Watershed Access Plan.

Denali National Park Officials Debating Whether To Extend Plowing Of Park Road

Denali National Park officials are considering the possibility of plowing the park road an additional nine miles in winter, to the Mountain Vista Rest Area, to give visitors a bit more access.

National Park Visitation In 2012 Rose To Nearly 283 Million

Despite a sour economy and expensive gasoline, nearly 283 visitors traveled to the National Park System in 2012, an increase of nearly 4 million from 2011 and the highest level of visitation since 2009.

Mammoth Cave Is Longer That Previously Thought, By 10 Miles At Least

Some caves continue to grow, either through natural geologic forces, or simply through greater exploration. In the case of the cave protected by Mammoth Cave National Park, human exploration has pushed its length by 10 miles, to 400 miles total.

Report On Lake Mead National Recreation Area's Aquatic Health Holds Mostly Good News

A recent report on the aquatic environment at Lake Mead National Recreation Area has mostly positive news for boaters, fishermen, environmentalists and the millions of residents who depend on the huge lake in the desert for their day to day water needs.
Dutch Oven: Cast-Iron Cooking over an Open Fire Cooking delicious camp food can be a challenge, but it's a requisite if you're going to be surrounded by happy campers at the end of the day. If you're up for the challenge, and determined to master a traditional art of cooking over an open fire, invest in a Dutch oven and a matching cookbook.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore Announces 2013 Campground Schedule

Cape Hatteras National Seashore's campgrounds will begin to open for the season on April 5 when the Oregon Inlet, Frisco, and Ocracoke campgrounds open for business.

Clingmans Dome Road In Great Smoky Mountains National Park Could Open Today

Visitors to Great Smoky Mountains National Park could be able to drive up to Clingmans Dome as soon as today if conditions allow, though bad weather could force park officials to close the access road at any time.

ATV-Riding Vandals Carve Up Max Patch On The Appalachian National Scenic Trail

View from Max Patch
Max Patch, a beloved bald on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, has been hit by vandals on ATVs. While many are wondering why the ATVers felt they had to ride there, others are working to repair the damage.

Rocky Mountain National Park Officials Pursuing Multi-Use Trail For Hikers, Bikers

Rocky Mountain National Park officials are considering the creation of a 15.5-mile-long trail for use by hikers and cyclists that would run from the Fall River Entrance to Sprague Lake, passing a number of campgrounds along the way.

Lassen Volcanic National Park Planning For Youth Campground

Lassen Volcanic National Park officials are planning a campground specifically taylored to youth groups to further enhance opportunities for youngsters to camp, explore and experience the park.

Step Inside Weir Farm National Historic Site

Weir Was Here -- Secret Rooms, Doors and Windows is a traveling exhibit of photographs shot at Weir Farm National Historic Site by Xiomaro, a New York-based artist. You can glimpse the richness of this show via the following video.

Death Valley Dreamscape

Death Valley National Park has some of the darkest night skies in the country, which make for incredible canvases to watch star shows on clear nights. Don't think so? Check out this video by Gavin Heffernan, Michael Darrow and Rachel Payne of Sunchaser Pictures.

A View From The Overlook: How Hard Can It Be?

Columnist PJ Ryan wonders how hard can it be to come up with a management plan for the Yosemite Valley that honors the valley and all its natural beauty and wonders.

Tips For Raising Outdoors-Loving Kids

Experiencing the natural world, and specifically national parks, seems richer when you have kids who can share the experience with you. But how do you raise outdoors-loving youngsters?

Glacier National Park Proposes Boost In Campground Fees At Many Glacier Campground

Higher fees, and the chance to reserve a spot, are being proposed for the Many Glacier Campground in Glacier National Park.

Point Reyes National Seashore Oyster Farm Issued Cease-And-Desist Order From California Officials

The owners of an oyster farm fighting for their business at Point Reyes National Seashore have been issued a cease-and-desist order from the California Coastal Commission pertaining to unpermitted operations.