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Inspector General Finds Yosemite National Park Staff Responded Appropriately To 2012 Hantavirus Outbreak

An investigation into the deadly hantavirus outbreak in Yosemite National Park last year has concluded that the park's staff acted appropriately in responding and managing the matter.
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Mesa Verde National Park To Serve As Backdrop For Photography Workshop This Fall

While you can learn a lot from reading Traveler's twice-monthly photography columns by Deby Dixon and Rebecca Latson, sometimes you just need to get out into the field to hone your skills. And you'll have that chance this fall in Mesa Verde National Park.

Reader Participation Day: Which Flowers Mean "Spring Is Here" In The National Parks?

The spring and early summer blooming season is well underway in much of the country, and for many people that brings to mind some specific varieties of wildflowers or blooming trees or shrubs that they associate with a particular National Park Service area. Do you have any favorite "park flowers"?

Essential Friends + Gateways: Let The Grand Canyon Association Introduce You To Grand Canyon National Park

First-timers to the Grand Canyon can quickly be overwhelmed, and not just by the depth and breadth of this world famous canyon. Where do you begin to explore this wondrous landscape? While the National Park Service provides a good foundation of interpretive materials, it lacks the staff and resources to develop the robust array of materials that the Grand Canyon Association does.

German Climber Dies Of Heart Attack On Mount McKinley In Denali National Park

A 59-year-old German mountaineer suffered a fatal cardiac arrest at the 13,500-foot level of Mt. McKinley this past Sunday night, Denali National Park officials reported Tuesday.

Birding In The National Parks: Chasing Warblers And Other Birds

It's that time of year. Yep, the warblers are descending on national lakeshores for nesting.

Exploring The Parks: Cape Lookout National Seashore's Historic District

Original life saving station
Summer is a perfect time to explore Cape Lookout National Seashore. A visit to the Cape Lookout Village Historic District rewards you with fascinating structures from a bygone era. Located only two miles from the cape's lighthouse, village visitors are almost guaranteed solitude.

Half Dome Cables To Go Up Friday In Yosemite National Park

The season for hiking to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park officially begins Friday when cables leading to the summit will be put in long as the weather cooperates.

Wind Cave National Park To Reopen Elk Mountain Campground

A shuffling of money has enabled Wind Cave National Park officials to reopen the Elk Mountain Campground for the summer.

Native American Artists To Appear At Grand Teton National Park Through Summer

Native American artists, specialists in beadwork, flint knapping, music and other traditional and contemporary art forms, will be appearing at Grand Teton National Park through this summer.

Fire Island National Seashore Institutes Online Backcountry Reservation System

You can add Fire Island National Seashore to the growing list of National Park System units with an online reservation system for backcountry camping. While the seashore won't charge you per night in the backcountry, there is a $20 reservation fee.

Cape Cod National Seashore Beaches To Be Ready For Summer

While some of the beaches at Cape Cod National Seashore were hit particularly hard by Hurricane Sandy last fall and winter storms, park officials say repairs will be made in time for the high summer season.

Maple Springs Trailhead, Campground, Loop Road At Mammoth Cave National Park To Be Closed This Summer

Expansion of trailhead parking and construction of the Big Hollow Trail at Mammoth Cave National Park will require the closure this summer of the Maple Springs Trailhead, Maple Springs Group Campground and Maple Springs Loop Road.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park To Take Aim At Non-Native Ungulates

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park officials have adopted an approach to rid the park of non-native ungulates that are exacting a toll on the park's vegetation and landscape.

Essential Friends + Gateways: Merging Two Great Groups To Benefit Glacier National Park

This year’s merger of the Glacier National Park Fund and the Glacier Association produced a stronger organization working on behalf of Glacier National Park.

Native American Skills To Be Demonstrated At Cape Cod National Seashore On June 1

The culture and traditions of the Wampanoag tribe will be on display at Cape Cod National Seashore on June 1 at the Salt Pond Visitor Center.

NPCA Wants Ban On Hunting Wolves In John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway In Wyoming

National Park Service officials have been petitioned by the National Parks Conservation Association to start the process to ban hunting of wolves in the John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Parkway in Wyoming.

Traveler's Gear Box: Platypus's Sprinter X.T. Hydration Packs

With summer quickly approaching and the temperatures already soaring in some parts of the country, there’s a new series of hydration packs on the market for you to consider for your national park adventures.

Organizations Want Veto Power Over National Park Service At Colorado National Monument

There's a story in western Colorado involving Colorado National Monument that bears watching. The gist of the story is that some local community organizations are in support of redesignating the monument as a national park, but only if they can veto Park Service decisions on what uses the monument is appropriate for.

Acadia National Park To Open Loop Road This Friday

You'll be able to navigate Acadia National Park via the park's Loop Road beginning this Friday.

Take A Hike In Shenandoah National Park For National Trails Day

National Trails Day arrives on June 1, and you can celebrate it at Shenandoah National Park that day by taking a hike.

From Visitor To Advocate: A Student’s Journey Through National Parks

How can you interest today's youth in national parks and the outdoors? Have them join the Student Conservation Association and take their park experiences a few steps beyond summer vacation trips.

Zion National Park Looking For 2014 Artists In Residence

Zion National Park will begin accepting applications for the 2014 Artist-in-Residence program on May 26. Applications must be postmarked by July 19 and received by July 24, 2013.

A View From The Overlook: A Tale Of Two Songs

Although it was a relatively short war, the War of 1812 was one of our most “Songniferous” wars.

Migratory Bird Day To Be Marked In Yellowstone National Park With Birding Events

Migratory Bird Day will be marked this Saturday in Yellowstone National Park, where rangers will take you birding and staff from the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center will teach you about raptors seen in the park.

Olympic National Park Releases 2013-14 Fishing Regs

Olympic National Park has released its sport fishing regulations for 2013-2014 and announced the closure of recreational fishing in the Hoh River watershed effective immediately.

Essential Friends + Gateways: The Boone Area High Country, An NC Parkway Gateway

The scenery and attractions of the lofty Blue Ridge Mountain bastion called the High Country are a pinnacle of the Blue Ridge Parkway experience.

Photography In The National Parks: Made For Monochrome

Color photographs are the mainstay of the national park traveler, but black and white has its role in the parks, too.

Saguaro Cacti Tagged By Vandals At Saguaro National Park

It appears little is free from graffiti vandalism, not even age-old saguaro cacti at Saguaro National Park in southern Arizona.

150th Anniversary Of Freedmen's Colony Of Roanoke To Be Commemorated May 18 At Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

It was 150 years ago that the Freedmen's Colony of Roanoke, a colony of former slaves, was established on Roanoke Island. That event will be commemorated this Saturday at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site.