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Waterton Lakes National Park Almost Back To Normal

It has taken some time and a concerted effort, but most of the Waterton Lakes National Park facilities that were damaged by a storm that dumped nearly 8 inches of rain on the Canadian park have been repaired and reopened.

If You Live In A National Park, You Understand The Theory Of Relativity

A comic strip in my morning newspaper offered an amusing explanation about the Theory of Relativity, and it has a definite application to life in a park: "If you put in a swimming pool...you'll discover relatives you never knew you had." That's a concept anyone who has ever lived or near in a national park can understand!

Shuttle Bus Service Resumes In Glacier National Park On July 1

Glacier National Park’s free optional shuttle system that provides shuttle services along the Going-to-the-Sun Road will begin operations July 1 and run through Labor Day.

Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Parks Asked To Open More Waters To Canoeists, Kayakers

Lewis River Channel, Yellowstone, Marcelle Shoop copyright
More rivers and streams in Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks should be open to paddlers, according to the American Whitewater advocacy group, which charges the National Park Service is wrongly banning the activity.

Hunting Permits Available At Cumberland Island National Seashore For Managed Hunts

Cumberland Island National Seashore, one of the park system units were hunting is permitted, on Monday will begin accepting on-line registrations for the 2013-2014 Managed Hunts

Fire Restrictions Instituted At Rocky Mountain National Park, Dinosaur National Monument,

A blast of unseasonally hot air, coupled with extremely dry forests, has led to fire restrictions being put into effect at Rocky Mountain National Park and Dinosaur National Monument.

New Exhibits Installed At Petrified Forest National Park's Rainbow Forest Museum

Some new exhibits have been installed at the Rainbow Forest Museum in Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona.

Wind Cave National Park To Install New Airlock To Cave Entrance

The revolving door at the Walk-In Entrance to Wind Cave National Park will be replaced with a small airlock structure this winter as a result of a recently completed environmental assessment.

Mountain Goat Research Coming To Logan Pass In Glacier National Park

A long-term research project into mountain goats and humans is getting under way in Glacier National Park, where researchers want to better understand how the goats are impacted by people, cars, and infrastructure.

Washington State Man Dies At Glacier National Park, Possibly From Fall Off Highline Trail

Glacier National Park authorities are investigating the circumstances that led to the death of a 64-year-old Washington state man who might have slipped in snow along the Highline Trail and fallen to his death.

Rockefeller Hall To Be Dedicated At Acadia National Park

The National Park Service and Schoodic Institute will dedicate the newly renovated Rockefeller Hall at the Schoodic Education and Research Center in a public ceremony on July 3.

Update 2: More Facilities At Mount Rainier National Park To Open By Fourth Of July

While many, if not most, national parks are deep into their summer seasons, at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state some facilities have yet to open. That should change by the Fourth of July, when the Sunrise Road, Sunrise Lodge, and Sunrise Visitor Center are scheduled to open.

Olympic National Park's 75th Birthday To Be Celebrated Saturday

A celebration will be held Saturday to mark Olympic National Park's 75th birthday, with cake and lavender ice tea available for all comers.

Yellowstone National Park Rangers Put Down Black Bear After It Obtained Human Food

A black bear that raided some campers' food and rummaged through a campground in Yellowstone National Park was put down by rangers.

Elk Dance In Rocky Mountain National Park

Dancing elk, copyright Kurt Repanshek
Some years ago we passed on word of what grizzly bears and wolves in Yellowstone National Park do when nobody is watching. Well, now we know what elk in Rocky Mountain National Park do when they don't think anybody is watching. They dance.

A View From The Overlook: Mountain Bikes

First of all, and most paramount, we must say that there is nothing intrinsically wrong with mountain bikes.

Fern Lake Fire, Caused By Untended Campfire, Finally Declared Out In Rocky Mountain National Park

Nearly nine months after it was started by an illegal campfire, the Fern Lake Fire has been declared out in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Glacier National Park Experiencing A Veritable Snowstorm Of Beargrass

It's big, snow white, and puffy, and it's blooming in Glacier National Park.

Reader Participation Day: Which Historic Person Would You Take Hiking In The National Parks?

Which historic person would you take on a hike in a national park?

Photography In The National Parks: Fox Kits In Yellowstone National Park, Shooting Nature And Broken Hearts

Life is so precious and fleeting and there are no guarantees that tomorrow will come in our lives, or while watching and photographing the wildlife in our national parks, and so every moment counts.

Dining In The Parks: Blackened Ahi, Pickled Watermelon, Basil Coulis, Chipotle Lime Vinaigrette

Last week we took a look at the evolution of dining in the National Park System, and one of the items mentioned was a blackened ahi dish from the Rainbow Room at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. So you can treat yourself to this dish without heading to Utah, here's the recipe, courtesy of Chef Matt Smith.

Plan Now To Attend The Annual "Fall For Glacier" Event In September

Sure, it's only June, but that doesn't mean it's too early to plan for fall in the Rocky Mountains. In Glacier National Park, specifically, to help raise money for the Glacier National Park Conservancy.

Modern Technology Aids Repairs To 14th-Century Kiva At Bandelier National Monument

It's not surprising that some repairs were needed on a kiva located in a cliff dwelling at Bandelier National Monument—the structure dates back to the 14th century. One big challenge has been figuring out how to get tons of supplies to the nearly inaccessible site, safely and efficiently. The answer involved a modern approach to this very old location.

Legislation Calling for Commemorative Coins To Mark National Park Service Centennial Introduced

Bipartisan legislation has been introduced to the U.S. Senate calling for the U.S. Treasury to issue gold and silver coins of varying denominations to mark the centennial of the National Park Service in 2016.

New Trails For Hikers, Bikers And Even Climbers Approved For New River Gorge National River

New trails are coming to New River Gorge National River in West Virginia that will appeal to hikers, mountain bikers, and even climbers.

Help The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation Repair Mabry Mill's Waterwheel

Historic preservation can be a costly, and regular, routine. That's why the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation needs your help to repair the waterwheel of the historic Mabry Mill at Milepost 176 along the parkway.

Trails I've Hiked: Giant Logs Trail At Petrified Forest National Park

It's summer, shade is not something you find in abundance at Petrified Forest National Park, and you don't want to head out on a long hike with the mercury peaking above 100 degrees. So where do you go? To the Giant Logs Trail.

Essential Friends + Gateways: Best Kept Secrets In The National Parks

It's summertime. The crowds are out at the parks. Can you escape them and find a bit of solitude? Well, not entirely, but with the following suggestions from Traveler's Essential Friends, you can break from the crowd.

The David T. Vernon Collection: Living History Comes Home To Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park, known for craggy peaks, wildlife, and adventure sports, also ranks among the country’s top spots for Native American art and artifacts. When Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott first arrived in 2004, she was amazed to discover the incredible David T. Vernon Collection, one of the most diverse Indian art collections in the world.

Traveler's Gear Box: Lowepro Introducing New Packs To Keep Your Cameras Dry

Lowepro, which has a long history of making camera bags, just came out with a few more that are designed especially to keep your gear dry in the wettest conditions.