Archive List

Bird Walk This Sunday At Theodore Roosevelt National Park

If you're at or near Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota this weekend, there's a birding walk scheduled for Sunday in the South Unit of the park.

Bryce Canyon National Park's Annual Astronomy Festival Set For June 5-8

If you have any interest in the night sky and other wonders of the universe, the number "13" will be a lucky one this year if you can get to Bryce Canyon National Park between June 5 and 8. Those are the dates for the 13th annual Bryce Canyon Astronomy Festival, and the list of activities is an impressive one.

Sequoia Natural History Association Works With Wuksachi Lodge To Build Memories

Summer is the definitely the high season in the national parks, and at Sequoia National Park that means lots of family activities, ranging from campfire programs to scanning the night skies to learn a little about astronomy.

Lodging Specials Coming For Denali National Park Visitors

If winter really is on the run, additional lodging will be available for visitors to Denali National Park and Preserve on May 31.

Traveler's Gear Box: Sierra Designs' Cloud Layering System

When you go out and buy a tent, no matter the manufacturer, it typically comes with an integrated rainfly, and you often can also pick up a ground cloth to match the tent's footprint. So why not consider an integrated layering system when shopping for outerwear?

Going The Extra Mile(s) At Gates Of The Arctic National Park And Preserve

The roadsides, trails and shorelines of our national parks would be a lot less attractive without the hard work of volunteers, park employees and conscientious visitors who pick up litter left by others. Every now and then, however, we learn about someone who has gone the literal "extra mile" many times over to help make a park a better place.

Bat Programs On Summer Calendar At Pipe Springs National Monument In Arizona

Bats come out at night in the skies around Pipe Spring National Monument in Arizona, so it's only natural for the monument staff to offer you programs on those creatures of the night.

NPCA, NPHA Want National Park Service To Raise Entrance Fees To Parks

A coalition led by the National Parks Conservation Association and the National Park Hospitality Association is lobbying National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis to increase entrance fees in parks that now charge them, and to expand such fees to parks that don't have them.

Essential Friends + Gateways: Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, A Great Gateway To The Smokies

What could be better than combining the Great Smokies, America’s most-visited national park, with an iconic gateway to summer fun in the South?

Slavery Topic Of "Public Archaeology Day" At Timucuan Ecological And Historic Preserve In Florida

Archaelogolists frequently are confronted by mysteries, and that's the case at Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve in Florida where they're trying to piece together the history of slavery at the Kingsley Plantation.

Exploring The Parks: City Of Rocks National Reserve

There are hybrid cars, hybrid corn, hybrid cattle, so why not a hybrid park? City of Rocks in south central Idaho is one. City of Rocks National Reserve is part of the national park system, but there are no NPS personnel there.

Photography In The Parks: Grand Teton National Park's Queen, Grizzly No. 399

If there's an icon in the wild kingdom of Grand Teton National Park, it would be No. 399, a venerable grizzly sow known for her prolific breeding and trio of cubs in tow.

You're Invited To Help Denali National Park Staff Maintain Trails

Want to know what it takes to provide trails for visitors in Denali National Park? Come join the Denali trail crew on Saturday, June 1, and celebrate National Trails Day by helping with annual maintenance activities on the Mount Healy Overlook Trail.

Where Will You Retire? Imagine How Ideal That Destination Would Be If It Had A National Park In The Backyard

If you’re enticed by retirement near a national park, your options swell to 401. But how do you decide which park is perfect for you?

New Leases On Life For Hot Springs National Park

In this, the second of a two-part series on how the National Park Service manages its concessions, David and Kay Scott look at how facilities at Hot Springs State Park in Arkansas are being used for some untraditional purposes.

"State Of The Parks" Reports Provide Insights Into Conditions Of National Parks

What condition are the national parks in? That's an easy, and important, question to ask, but one not always easily answered.

Tent Flap With A View: 25 Favorite Backcountry Campsites

Where are some of the best backcountry campsites in the world (as well as the national parks)? Michael Lanza, Northwest editor of Backpacker Magazine, shares his thoughts on 25 of the best places to pitch your tent.

Keep An Eye On Lake Michigan During Your Visit To Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

National lakeshores seem to pull at us a little harder when the weather turns warm and the waters help cool us off. Just remember, though, the Great Lakes can be as dangerous as the oceans for swimmers.

New Lodging Possibilities Coming To West Yellowstone For Yellowstone National Park Treks

A collection of small, but beautifully designed, cabins have sprouted at West Yellowstone, Montana, for travelers looking to explore Yellowstone National Park.

Concessions, Leases, And Adaptive Reuse In The National Parks

Just how does the National Park Service decide who will operate lodgings in the park system, and what uses are appropriate inside those facilities? In a two-part series, David and Kay Scott answer those questions.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park's Painted Canyon Visitor Center Reopens

Theodore Roosevelt National Park's Painted Canyon Visitor Center and Rest Area along Interstate 94 is opening for the summer today. The area has been open to foot traffic only since last November.

Trail Ridge Road At Rocky Mountain National Park Opens For Memorial Day Weekend

Summer is finally staging an arrival at Rocky Mountain National Park, at least at the lower elevations, but park crews have had to hustle to complete the seasonal opening of Trail Ridge Road in time for the Memorial Day weekend.

Wilderness Hike This Weekend At Theodore Roosevelt National Park

An adventure into the geologic past will be the focus of the first Wilderness Hike of the summer season this Sunday in the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota.
Capitol Reef National Park: The Complete Hiking and Touring Guide By just about any measure, Capitol Reef National Park in south-central Utah is a sleeper. It falls in the shadow, largely, of the state's four other national parks. And for most people, a visit to the Fruita orchards, campground, and visitor center is the long and short of their experience with Capitol Reef.

Next Time You’re Looking For Lodging During Your National Park Vacation, Consider A Dude Ranch

How many times have you started planning your national park vacation, only to suddenly and regretfully realize that you started too late and all the lodgings inside the park are booked for the dates you wanted to travel? Well, perhaps you should consider staying at a dude ranch near one of the national parks on your itinerary.

Wildfire Skirts Scotty's Castle At Death Valley National Park

A wildfire approached Scotty's Castle in Death Valley National Park, but firefighters managed to keep the flames from reaching the historic complex.

Democratic Congressman Laments Impact Of Budget Sequestration On National Parks

Just ahead of the Memorial Day Weekend, the traditional kickoff to summer, a Democratic congressman has released a report pointing to how the budget sequestration has impacted the National Park System, citing reduced search-and-rescue capabilities in some parks to dirtier restrooms in others.

More Road Work In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

More road work -- relatively straightforward paving, not reconstruction -- is coming to Great Smoky Mountains National Park this summer.

Traveler's Gear Box: Osprey's Volt And Viva Series Packs

Just in time for high school graduation, or maybe even Father's Day, comes the Volt backpack from Osprey.

Ecological Balance Benefits Rare Fox At Channel Islands National Park

A story about pigs, foxes, and golden eagles might sound like it was pulled from Aesop's Fables, but at Channel Islands National Park it's one of how ecological balance has rescued one species from possibly vanishing forever.