Archive List

Parks Beyond Borders: It's John Muir Day—Perfect Start To The "Year Of Natural Scotland" in 2013

Today is John Muir Day in Scotland. That makes April 21st, 2013 a perfect day to celebrate Scotland’s and the world’s, national parks. How appropriate that 2013 is the Year of Natural Scotland—and you’re invited! Visit Scotland is throwing out the red carpet for anyone who loves national parks, the outdoors, wildlife—and the great food and drink tied to the nature.

Black Sand Basin Access In Yellowstone National Park Temporarily Closed For Boardwalk Repairs

Access to Yellowstone National Park’s Black Sand Basin will be temporarily closed until at least the Memorial Day weekend while maintenance crews replace and reroute a section of boardwalk that has been damaged by the area’s thermal features.

Denali And Rainier: Classic Climbs And Challenges

Mountaineers have a mystique all their own. They are the stuff of legends.

Traveler's Gear Box: Danner's NoBo Mid Boot

Sandstone trails, soft sand, and compacted sand all seemed the perfect test for Danner's Nobo Mid, a sturdy mid-weight boot the company's designers came up with to handle both light and mid-distance hikes.

Mesa Verde National Park Offering Backcountry Hikes This Year

Some fascinating backcountry ranger-led hikes are on tap at Mesa Verde National Park this summer, offering you insights into places such as Oak Tree House and Spring House.

Duo At Buffalo National River Now Knows How Not To Test Drive An SUV

Anyone considering the purchase of a used vehicle should certainly take a test drive before closing the deal, but a recent incident at the Buffalo National River confirmed that "prudence is a virtue" only if prudence has a vote in the way that test drive is to be conducted.

Popular Great Smoky Mountains National Park Trails Closed For Repairs

Two popular trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park are going to be closed for a while so crews can repair damage caused by flooding this winter.

Marmot Monitors Needed For Olympic National Park

Got a hankering for monitoring marmots? Call Olympic National Park.

Plein Air Art Competition Coming To Cuyahoga Valley National Park In Ohio

Good with paint and brush? Then you just might want to enter the upcoming Fifth Annual Plein Air Competition-Along the Crooked River: 100 Years Later at Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio.

National Park Week: So Many Parks, So Many Things To Do, So Little Time

If you're at a loss for things to do during National Park Week, which kicks off Saturday, you're not trying hard enough.

Backpacking Challenge Coming To Sequoia, Kings Canyon National Parks

Like to backpack? Then you might consider entering the 3rd annual Hike Big challenge at Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks this summer.

Sonar Successful In Locating Drowning Victim At Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Nine months after a swimmer disappeared in the waters of Lake Mead National Recreation Area, his body apparently has been located and recovered with the help of side-scan sonar.

Searching For Wildflowers In The National Parks Of The Southern And Middle Appalachians

This is the time for wildflowers in the Appalachians. Where can you see them? Wildflower weekends are being hosted by many parks in the next few weeks. Going with an expert is the best way to learn about wildflowers.

Yellowstone Park Foundation Provides $600,000 To National Park For Projects

Sequestration. Budget cuts. Tough times for America’s most cherished places – its national parks. For Yellowstone National Park, a bit of relief from the fiscal hard times is coming from the Yellowstone Park Foundation, which is underwriting $600,000 worth of projects in the park this year.

Tennessee's House Of Representatives Opposes Backcountry Fee At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

In its biggest political coup to date, a group fighting the backcountry fees charged at Great Smoky Mountains National Park has gotten the backing of the Tennessee State House of Representatives.

Grand Portage National Monument Altering Schedule To Cope With Budget Cuts

A slight shift in operational hours at Grand Portage National Monument in Minnesota will occur late this spring due to budget cuts mandated by Congress and the White House.

More Roads In Yellowstone National Park To Open Friday

More wheeled access will be possible in Yellowstone National Park this Friday -- barring a major snowstorm -- as the routes from Mammoth Hot Springs and West Yellowstone, Montana, to Old Faithful are scheduled to open.

Updated: Lingering Winter Brings Welcome Snow But Increased Avalanche Danger To Rocky Mountain National Park

Winter just keeps on hanging around in parts of the country, and it's not finished yet. An early spring storm at Rocky Mountain National Park has brought some welcome moisture to the park—and the snow is still falling today.

A View From The Overlook: Nudity And The National Parks

Summer is coming in. The days are getting longer, and lake, sea, and river water are getting warmer. This leads to a desire on the part of some national park patrons to take off their clothes and a similar number of fellow taxpayers to complain about nudity, with the hapless park ranger in the middle. This can lead to problems.

Voyageurs National Park Looking For Teen Ambassadors

Teenagers from the Minnesota are being sought to participate in the 2nd annual National Park Teen Ambassador program in Voyageurs National Park.

Congressman Upset With Yosemite National Park's Merced River Plans

A congressman from California is furious over Yosemite National Park's proposed Merced River Plan, saying it calls for changes that would "limit public access and enjoyment of Yosemite."

Acadia National Park Rangers Looking For Visitors Who Cut Down Trees

Climbers know trees and branches can snag their ropes, but apparently not all climbers know that you're not supposed to cut down trees in national parks without permission. That seems to have been what happened at Acadia National Park, where officials are looking for those responsible for felling trees near the Precipice Trail.

Annual Gray Wolf Report For Northern Rockies Shows Slight Decrease In Overall Population, Increase In Packs

Wolf numbers in the northern Rocky Mountain states of Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and parts of Washington and Oregon at the end of 2012 showed only a slight decrease from a year earlier, though the number of packs increased, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

American Rivers: Colorado River Tops List Of 10 Most Endangered Rivers In United States

Despite taking in what the Green, Yampa, and other tributaries large and small contribute, the Colorado River is in a death spiral, over-allocated and a victim of growing climate change, left in a state of constant thirst that has made the river the most-endangered in the country, according to American Rivers.

Yellowstone National Park's Preferred Winter-Use Plan Open For Public Comment

A preferred winter-use plan for Yellowstone National Park that is crafted around "transportation events" and which could allow more than twice as many snowmobiles into the park on a given day than has been experienced in recent years is open for public comment.

Photography In The National Parks: Scale, Perspective And Connection

What's the deal with scale and perspective when you're taking photographs in the national parks? It's all about placing things in their proper context...or the context you want to reflect.

Enjoy “Music Of The Mountains” At Great Smoky Mountains National Park April 19-21

Looking for some music this coming weekend at a great price? Great Smoky Mountains National Park will hold its 9th annual “Music of the Mountains” celebration Friday, April 19 through Sunday, April 21, and the event offers a nice variety of tunes and styles in several settings in and near the park.

National Park Rafting, Biking Trips On Sale Now

Who doesn't like saving money? During National Park Week, April 20-28, you can book a trip running the white water through Canyonlands National Park or Dinosaur National Monument and save as much as $200 per person.

Graphic Highlights Sequester Impacts At Acadia National Park

A glance at this graphic clearly shows how the budget sequester is impacting operations at Acadia National Park in Maine.

Comment Period Open On Proposed Multi-Use Trail For Bryce Canyon National Park

A proposal to create a multiple-use trail in Bryce Canyon National Park from Bryce Canyon City on the park's northern boundary is open for public comment.