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Three Bison Killed At Wind Cave National Park When Motorist Runs Into Them

It's always wise to observe the speed limit in national parks, and even slow down more after sunset. Proof of that comes from Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota, where three bison were killed when a truck plowed into them after dark.

Battle To Keep Lake Powell Free of Quagga Mussels Continues At Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

The battle to prevent quagga mussels from establishing a reproducing population in Lake Powell continued earlier this month with an intensive four-day search and destroy dive operation at the two major marinas on the lower end of the lake. Based on the results, officials at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area are optimistic the huge lake can still be kept free of an infestation.

Updated: Thursday Was A Deadly Day In The National Park System

At least five people lost their lives in the National Park System this week, all on Thursday.

400-Foot Rockfall Closes Trail At Dinosaur National Monument

Repeated rockfalls, including one that featured pickup-truck-sized boulders that fell as much as 400 feet, have forced Dinosaur National Monument officials to close a stretch of the popular Jones Hole Trail.

Annual Passport To Your National Parks® Photo Contest Announced; Bonus Contest For Facebook Fans

It's time for National Park Service employees and Volunteers-in-the-Parks to enter their best photos for Eastern National's annual contest for pictures to grace its annual Passport To Your National Parks® annual commemorative stamp set.
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Historic Haynes Photo Shop Reopens At Old Faithful In Yellowstone National Park On Saturday

After a relocation and rigorous restoration, the historic Haynes Photo Shop reopens to the public in Yellowstone National Park this weekend, with the grand opening running through next week, too.

Full Calendar Of Events In July At James A. Garfield National Historic Site

A full calendar of events is on tap in July at the James A. Garfield National Historic Site in Ohio, where special events range from a naturalization ceremony to a Civil War encampment.

June 27 Ceremony Marks Presidio Of San Francisco's 237th Anniversary

Come June 27, it will have been 237 years since the Presidio of San Francisco was founded. Not surprisingly, that's cause for celebration!

Camping In The Parks: Dinosaur National Monument's Gates Of Lodore Campground

It takes a concerted effort to reach the Gates of Lodore Campground in Dinosaur National Monument, but the payoff is a peaceful, historic setting with a river out your tent or RV door for evading summer's heat.
Pilgrim Living in isolation offers perhaps the best opportunity for mind control. Of course, it also takes a strong personality to wield such control over those around you. Robert “Bobby” Hale had such a strong personality, and he found the seclusion he needed to control and manipulate his growing family in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in Alaska.

Exploring John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

Hidden within the sagebrush covered hills and badlands of eastern Oregon is evidence of past worlds covered by ancient forests and inhabited by strange looking beasts.

Firefighter Revived After Backcountry Cardiac Arrest At Rocky Mountain National Park

The call for help from the backcountry at Rocky Mountain National Park early on Father's Day morning could have been a worst-case scenario: a firefighter on the Big Meadows Fire had collapsed due to a sudden cardiac arrest. The outcome is a testimony to excellent planning, training, communications and equipment.

Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Park Visitors, Employees Urged To Do Better Job Washing Hands

A rash of gastrointestinal illness sweeping through Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks has National Park Service officials urging visitors and employees to pay more attention to thoroughly washing their hands.

Big Meadows Fire At Rocky Mountain National Park 95 Percent Contained

At Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado the Big Meadows Fire is 95 percent contained, according to park officials.

Reader Participation Day: What Tops Your National Park Bucket List?

If costs and scheduling didn't get in the way, what would be the national park trip that would top your bucket list? Want to float the Colorado through Grand Canyon National Park, or climb Mount McKinley in Denali?

Traveler's Gear Box: The Lowepro SlingshotTM 202 AW Camera Pack

When I first heard about Lowepro’s sling-type camera backpack, I rolled my eyes. Yeah, I’m so sure carrying that thing around would feel good. I’m used to hefting my gear in backpacks with regular shoulder straps… which have a habit of slipping off my small rounded shoulders.

Essential Friends + Gateways: High Tech Means High Touch With National Parks

As people become more and more wedded to mobile devices, the National Park System is trying to keep up—and so are its friends. To engage visitors and potential supporters, national park friends groups and foundations are enticing the public with high technology. Here are some savvy ways that’s happening.

Amid Accusations Of "Political Pressure," Yellowstone National Park Officials Asked To Strengthen Winter-Use Plan

"Political pressure" has forced the National Park Service to soften its approach to minimizing the impacts of over-snow traffic in Yellowstone National Park, a coalition of groups charges in comments submitted on the park's latest winter-use plan.

Saguaro National Park, Other Park Units, Ban Campfires

Fire danger in the Southwest has gotten so bad that a ban on campfires is being implemented in a handful of national park units, including Saguaro National Park and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.

Groups Criticize Senate Bill That Would Require Park Service To Reassess ORVs At Cape Hatteras National Seashore

A Senate committee on Tuesday approved legislation that would require the National Park Service to reassess how to manage off-road vehicles at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, a measure that conservation groups said was unnecessary and would lead to a waste of taxpayer dollars.

Trust For Public Land Buys Land To Protect Access To Zion Narrows Trail At Zion National Park

To reach the start of the Zion Narrows Trail, a 16-mile-long route that enters Zion National Park through a slender rift in the Earth carved by the Virgin River, you need to cross a ranch. While developers were eyeing that ranch for plots of homes, the Trust For Public Land has purchased it to preserve it as is.

Birding In The National Parks: Interesting Numbers From Acadia Birding Festival

The numbers are in from the 15th annual Acadia Birding Festival, and two of them are very impressive: 151 and 200,000.

Climate Change Workshop For Teachers Coming To Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Next Month

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore will be participating in the 2013 Parks Climate Challenge program using national parks as classrooms to educate students about climate change, thanks to funding provided by the National Park Foundation.

Tribes Receive $3.7 million In Historic Preservation Grants From National Park Service

Nearly $4 million in historic preservation grants have been handed out by the National Park Service to 142 American Indian tribes to help them carry out national historic preservation program responsibilities on tribal lands.

Around The Parks: Fire Update, Mesa Verde SAR, Tribal National Park

Crews were gaining the upper hand Monday on a fire at Rocky Mountain National Park, while teams were dispatched to battle a backcountry blaze at Dinosaur National Monument. Meanwhile, a search for a missing visitor at Mesa Verde National Park was scaled back, and the Oglala Sioux Tribe was moving closer to managing the southern half of Badlands National Park.

Dining In The Parks: Healthy Parks, Healthy People

Seared ahi tuna with pickled watermelon and a splash of chipotle lime vinaigrette. Scottish salmon tostadas. Bison ribeye. Fish tacos with sustainably sourced seabass. These are some of the entrées you can find in national parks these days, and they’re not the result of the National Park Service’s Healthy Parks, Healthy People initiative and its food guidelines for concessionaires.

2012 Offered Mixed Bag For Crime In National Parks

How bad is crime in the National Park System? That question comes up every year, and it gained heightened attention earlier this year when U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn claimed that murders had greatly declined thanks to legislation that allows park visitors to carry firearms with them.

Wilderness Forever Photo Contest Underway Across The Public Landscape

From now until September 3, the Wilderness Forever public photography competition will accept entries of images illustrating the sheer majesty, diversity, and value of our nation's wilderness areas.

Let's Be Careful Out In The National Parks This Summer

Drownings, heat stroke, dangerously low salt levels; like it or not, these are all threats when we enter the national parks in the summertime. With a little common sense, and awareness about your surroundings, you can ensure your park vacation will be a great one.

Ride Your Bike Through The World's National Parks

A great way to experience national parks is to get out on your bike and pedal through them. While there are many national parks here in the United States that offer great cycling opportunities, places such as Devils Tower National Monument, Badlands National Park, and Shenandoah National Park, you can quickly expand the possibilities when you look out across the globe at national parks abroad.