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Helicopter From Big Meadows Fire Aids Climber's Rescue At Rocky Mountain National Park

The Big Meadows fire, which was started by lighting on June 10 at Rocky Mountain National Park, proved to offer an unexpected benefit for a visitor—and a park rescue team. The man was injured during a climb in the park, and his rescue was aided by a helicopter which was assigned to personnel battling the fire.

NPS Extends Time For Mojave National Preserve Concession Proposals

The National Park Service recently announced an extension for proposals to operate the Beanery, the food concession at the historic Kelso Depot in California’s Mojave National Preserve.

Tough Times At Sequoia, Kings Canyon National Park Campgrounds

The unseasonably dry winter in the High Sierra means some tough times in campgrounds this summer at Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks in California.

Piping Plover Chicks Lead To ORV Closure To Part Of Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Discovery of piping plover chicks has led to temporary closure of off-road vehicle access to part of Cape Hatteras National Seashore as required under the seashore's off-road management plan.

Historic Old Fall River Road At Rocky Mountain National Park Closing For Repairs

Historic Old Fall River Road, a popular, historic one-way dirt road from the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park to the Alpine Visitor Center, will be closed for about two weeks for repairs to damage caused by avalanches.

Update: Great Smoky Mountains National Park Trails Closed By Storm Damage, Hiker Injured

A military helicopter was used Friday to airlift an injured hiker from the backcountry of Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the wake of a tornado that raked the area and left behind a jumbled tangle of trees that made a foot rescue impractical.

Man Still Missing At Mesa Verde National Park

Searchers have had no luck in their hunt for a man gone missing at Mesa Verde National Park earlier this week.

Progress Being Made On Big Meadows Fire In Rocky Mountain National Park

Firefighters are making slow, but steady, progress on containing the Big Meadows Fire in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Traveler's Gear Box: The Antares Sleeping Bag From Therm-A-Rest

Once upon a time, Therm-A-Rest was known strictly for making sleeping pads to go under your sleeping bag while out camping. Since then however, the company's product-line has evolved into pillows, seating, cuts, pillows and more for your backcountry or front-country camping comfort.

Head To Sagamore Hill National Historic Site On Sundays This Summer

Head to Sagamore Hill National Historic Site on select Sundays this summer and you'll be able to enjoy the home of Theodore Roosevelt on Oyster Bay, Long Island, with some special programs.

Arches National Park Proposes Regs For Climbing, Canyoneering

Canyoneering and climbing would be permitted in Arches and Canyonlands national parks under guidelines currently open for public comment.

Crews Working To Contain Big Meadows Fire At Rocky Mountain National Park

A wildfire in the backcountry of Rocky Mountain National Park has shown little growth in the past two days, giving firefighters a chance to make progress in containing the blaze.

Yosemite National Park Features New Exhibit On Native American Culture

A 36-inch-wide basket that took three years to hand weave, restored film footage of American Indian history in the 1920s, and an oral history of native cultural demonstrators are among the items showcased in Sharing Traditions, a new exhibit in Yosemite National Park.

Former Park Superintendent Elected To Lead Friends Of Olympic National Park

A former superintendent of Olympic National Park has been elected president of the Friends of Olympic National Park.

Swimmers Cautioned About High River Flows At Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

Boaters at Delaware Water Gap NRA have been ordered to wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device (PFD) in good and serviceable condition while on board any vessel on the waters of the Delaware River within Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.

Video Offers Insights Into Life In The Potholes Of Canyonlands National Park

Last fall we took a look at the interesting creatures that live in potholes in Canyonlands National Park. Now we can offer you a video of life in those emphemeral water holes, thanks to the staff at Canyonlands.

Butterflies Native To South Florida Most Likely Extinct

Two butterflies native to South Florida are most likely extinct, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Updated: Big Meadows Fire Ballooning In Size At Rocky Mountain National Park

A wildfire sparked by lightning in the backcountry of Rocky Mountain National Park was burning across 400 or so acres Wednesday, while fire bosses developed a strategy to contain the blaze on the western side of the Continental Divide and away from Trail Ridge Road.

Shooting Of Moose At Denali National Park Deemed Justifiable Self-Defense

How would you react if charged by a moose? A visitor at Denali National Park, worried about the safety of others, shot the animal in the head, a decision the Park Service has determined was justifiable.

A View From The Overlook: Long Shot

One of the many joys of being a national park ranger is that you get to referee America’s culture wars.

Fossilized Remains Of New Dinosaur Species Unearthed At Big Bend National Park

For many, Big Bend National Park would not be the first place you would associate with fossilized dinosaur remains. However, the park located in south Texas continues to surprise researchers with the fossils that turn up.

T.A. Moulton Barn At Grand Teton National Park To Mark Centennial Next Month

One of the iconic scenes at Grand Teton National Park is that of the TA Moulton Barn on Mormom Row. That barn turns 100 next month, and there will be a celebration to both recognize the history of the barn and to raise money to help preserve it.

Members Of Congress Call On President Obama To Join Them In Supporting National Park Service On Eve Of Centennial

With three years to go until the National Park Service celebrates its centennial, a bipartisan coalition of U.S senators and representatives is asking Pres. Obama to work with them on developing and executing a “bipartisan, dynamic, and effective initiative to commemorate the national park centennial and prepare our national parks for their second century of service to the American people.”

Check This Schedule For Music Along The Blue Ridge Parkway

Just as the Blue Ridge Parkway winds 469 miles down the spine of the Blue Ridge Mountains through Virginia and North Carolina, so too does an Appalachian tradition of mountain music run deep in the history and culture of the people whose ancestors settled the region and gave it its special character.

Search Under Way In Mesa Verde National Park For Missing Man

A search was under way Tuesday morning for a man reported missing at Mesa Verde National Park in southwestern Colorado.

Photography In The National Parks: How About A Little HDR?

I must be honest and admit that I am on the fence regarding HDR. When done well, an HDR image is rich with color, depth, and detail. When not done well, an HDR image is a bizarre, over-edited scene. So why on earth would I write an article about something for which I don’t always care? Read on.

University Of Wyoming Study: Wolf Harassment Has Little Impact On Elk

The mere presence of wolves, previously shown to affect the behavior of elk in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, is not potent enough to reduce the body condition and reproductive rates of female elk, according to new research published Tuesday.

Appalachian Trail Conservancy Again Looking For An Executive Director

In what has to be a surprising development, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy is once again looking for an executive director and chief executive officer, as Mark Wenger, on board for just 18 months, is leaving at the end of the month.

Goats Do Roam The Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Goat from the Baatany project
On the Appalachian Trail, goats keep the balds bald. Hikers can see the goats on Roan Mountain and adopt one.

Trail Work Requires Slight Reroute Along Jenny Lake Trail To Hidden Falls In Grand Teton National Park

One of the most beautiful hikes for families young and old at Grand Teton National Park is the trail around Jenny Lake to Hidden Falls and Cascade Canyon. While you can still do that hike, trail work means you'll have to take a slightly steeper route for the next few weeks.