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Updated: Colorado River Guide Hit By Lightning In Bottom Of Grand Canyon

You wouldn't think with walls rising roughly a mile above you on either side that you'd get struck by lightning. But that happened the other day to a Colorado River guide in the bottom of Grand Canyon National Park.

Glacier National Park Black Bear Put Down For Being Threat To Campers

A black bear at Glacier National Park that turned too often to campgrounds for meals was put down by park rangers "after numerous incidents in which the bear exhibited aggressive and food-conditioned behavior towards park visitors," park officials said Tuesday.

Trails I've Hiked: Cub Lake Trail At Rocky Mountain National Park

A few hours spent enjoying the Cub Lake Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park shows off both the calamity of careless campers, and the rebirth of a landscape.

Construction Coming To Devils Garden At Arches National Park

Heading to Arche National Park next month? Watch out for the construction around Devils Garden. Crews will be installing new toilets and sidewalks near the trailhead, and that will cause congestion and delays.

Photography In The National Parks: Yellowstone's Famous Bison Jams

It is July in Yellowstone. At the height of tourist season it is hot and dry and traffic is moving slow throughout the park, as visitors take their time meandering the roads, hoping to see a bear or a wolf along the way and hitting the brakes if they do spot some wildlife.

Mount Rainier National Park Climbers Need To Be More Self-Reliant As Park Alters Rescue Techniques

The death of a climbing ranger last year at Mount Rainier National Park has prompted a shift in how the park uses helicopters on rescues. In the near-term, that means climbers could find themselves responsible for their own rescues.

Exploring The Parks: Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

One of our newest, and perhaps one of our most unusual, national historic sites is located alongside Interstate 90 in South Dakota just outside the northeast entrance of Badlands National Park.

Millions Flocking To Lake Mead National Recreation Area This Year

Visitation to Lake Mead National Recreational Area has risen more than 6 percent this year, with nearly 3.4 million people having visited the NRA that sprawls over parts of Nevada and Arizona.

Climber's Fall, Heart Attack Kill Two Olympic National Park Visitors

Two visitors to Olympic National Park died Saturday, one killed by a fall while climbing, the other by an apparent heart attack, according to park officials.

Man Drowns At Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

A New York man no doubt seeking some relief from the heat wave that's been baking the Northeast apparently drowned while swimming in the Delaware River at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.

Exploring National Parks Through The Lens Of Steven Bumgardner

Intricate details of Yosemite National Park -- the seasonal run of frazil ice, moonbows, and "neon red asparagus" -- all have fallen before the lens of Steven Bumgardner. How did he get his start capturing the essence of Yosemite, and what's next on his schedule? Traveler did a quick Q&A with Steven to learn the answers to those and other questions.

Driving the Park Loop Road in Acadia National Park

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Driving the Park Loop Road in Acadia National Park is a classic introduction to the park. You can navigate it in a few hours, or take the entire day.

30th Year Of RAMROD Ride Will Bring 800 Cyclists To Mount Rainier National Park

A "recreational" biking event will bring 800 cyclists to Mount Rainier National Park this week for the 30th Annual RAMROD, or Ride Around Mount Rainier In One Day.

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park Offering Special Hikes For Next Two Months

Wondering how to enjoy a day at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park? For the next couple of months the park will be marking the tenth anniversary of the Kahuku Unit by offering free programs to introduce visitors to the park's southernmost section.

Sand Island Reopening To Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Visitors

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore's Sand Island, which has been closed to all visitors due to bear problems, has reopened to day use and soon will be open for camping, park officials said Friday.

Rocky Mountain National Park's Fern Lake Trail Damaged By Mudslide

There's a need for some trail work at Rocky Mountain National Park, where a torrential thunderstorm spawned a rock-and-mud slide that swept trees and other debris across a section of the Fern Lake Trail.

Cape Cod National Seashore Swimmers Cautioned About Great White Sharks

It's shark season, and not just on television. With summer beach season in full swing, Cape Cod National Seashore officials are offering guidelines on how to avoid great white sharks that follow grey seals to the cape's waters.

Musings From Devils Tower National Monument

One of the first thoughts I had upon rolling through the gate at Devils Tower was that Teddy certainly got it right when he used the Antiquities Act to designate this tall stump of rock as America’s first national monument.

Loons Returning To La Mauricie National Park In Quebec

After more than two decades, the common loon has returned to La Mauricie National Park in the Canadian province of Quebec.

Friends Of Smokies, Appalachian Trail Conservancy String More Bear Cables In The Smokies

For the third year in a row the Friends of the Smokies and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy have teamed up to string bear cables in the backcountry of Great Smoky Mountains National Park so backpackers can keep food and gear away from bruins.

Strong Thunderstorms, Lightning Causing Injuries In National Parks In The Rockies

Thunderstorms raking the Rocky Mountains have led to numerous injuries, and possibly one fatality, in national parks in the region. A mud-and-rock slide Thursday afternoon at Rocky Mountain National Park also possibly trapped hikers in the backcountry.

Hiker, Angler Die In Separate Incidents In Yellowstone National Park

A hiker on Electric Peak and an angler fishing the Yellowstone River died in Yellowstone National Park this week
Yellowstone Has Teeth Marjane Ambler's new book, Yellowstone Has Teeth, may be the tale of life behind the derring-do that hits home for readers not familiar with what the people in parks do, or why.

You'll Be Able To Drive Entire Length Of Bear Lake Road In Rocky Mountain National Park Soon

Road construction continues along the Bear Lake Road in Rocky Mountain National Park, but beginning Saturday you'll be able to drive the entire route, albeit with possible delays in both directions.

Pinto Basin Road Project Complete At Joshua Tree National Park

A much-needed rehabilitation of the Pinto Basin Road in Joshua Tree National Park has been completed, providing visitors with a safer road and improving drainage and turnouts.

NPCA Official Selected To Lead The Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Ron Tipton, whose resume reflects a career spent on advocating for the outdoors, has been chosen to lead the Appalachian Trail Conservancy as its executive director.

Traveler's Gear List: Paddling In The Parks

Paddling trips in the national parks take more than a little planning. To help ensure you cover all the bases and leave nothing necessary at home, here's Traveler's gear list for overnight paddling trips.

Stretch Of Blue Ridge Parkway Closed Indefinitely Due To Road Cracks

Structural engineers have been called in to assess a 21-mile section of the Blue Ridge Parkway that was closed down the other day due to the appearance of cracks in the pavement.

Newspaper Takes California Congressman To Task Over Yosemite Criticism

A congressman who has harshly criticized Yosemite National Park staff for their work on a management plan for the iconic Yosemite Valley has in turn drawn criticism from one of California's largest newspapers.

Is National Park Service Abrogating Its Responsibility With The Tour Of Utah Bike Race?

Federal lands make up the majority of Utah's landscape, so it shouldn't be surprising that state roads crisscross those lands. But when a state road crosses a national park, and that road is going to be traversed by a bike race, should National Park Service approval be required?