Archive List

Photography In The National Parks: Mesa Verde Light And Shadow

That park photograph that didn't come out as perfect as you had hoped might be saved through a little magic with editing software.

Celebration Planned To Mark Chesapeake And Ohio Canal National Historical Park's 75th Birthday

As the centennial of the National Park Service in 2016 draws near, more and more units of the National Park System are coming up on their own significant anniversaries. The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, for instance, turns 75 in September and will be feted with a special event benefit party.

Archaeological Work Under Way At Bent's New Fort

Digging into the past is under way near Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site, where archaeologists are sampling the area for artifacts dating to the mid-1800s when the fort was a military outpost.

Enjoy Bluegrass Music Along The Natchez Trace Parkway

Traveling the Natchez Trace Parkway through the South later this month? Consider stopping at the Williamson County Courthouse in Franklin, Tennessee, for some bluegrass.

Plane Missing Since December Found In Yosemite National Park Backcountry

A single-engine plane and its pilot missing over Yosemite National Park since last December have been found.

Traveler's Five Picks For New National Parks

Creating national parks doesn't happen every day. Lately, it seems the quickest way to create one is to legislatively redesignate a national monument as a national park. But it doesn't hurt to dream, does it? Here are five picks from the Traveler for new national parks.

Alaska National Parks Helping Inventory Permafrost To Monitor Climate Change

In Alaska, where about 80 percent of the landscape has been identified as being permafrost, National Park Service scientists are working with several partners to inventory those lands to better monitor climate-change impacts.

Exploring The Parks: Jimmy Carter National Historic Site

Plains HS principal office
The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site tells the story of President Carter's humble rural beginnings and his life after his presidency. Plains, Georgia is also a fun place to visit.

Volunteers Honored At Great Smoky Mountains National Park For Thousands Of Hours Of Service

Volunteers are a large part of the national park community, donating time and sweat to help improve their favorite park. At Great Smoky Mountains National Park, officials recently honored some volunteers who eclipsed 5,000 hours of service to the park.

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park Rangers On Mission To Keep Plants From Going Extinct

As lush and overgrown as the landscape at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park might appear, there are some plants that are at risk of going extinct. To prevent that from happening, park rangers have been working to collect seeds of four extremely rare plants.

Sand Island At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Closed To All Visitors Due To Bears

Continued aggressiveness by one or more black bears at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin have forced park officials to close Sand Island to all visitors until further notice.

Inexperience, Poor Planning Tied To Canyoneering Accidents Outside Zion National Park

Inexperience and errors of judgment, two factors often cited in accidents and injuries in the National Park System, played a role in two recent canyoneering accidents just outside Zion National Park.

The British Are Coming, The British Are Coming....To Salem Maritime National Historic Site

The calendar will be turned back a few centuries later this month when re-enactors stage a British encampment at Salem Maritime National Historic Site in Massachusetts.

Fluke Fire Burning Atop Sequoia Tree Leads To Small Closure Of Congress Trail At Sequoia National Park

A fluke fire burning in the crown of a giant sequoia has prompted the partial closure of the Congress Trail at Sequoia National Park.

33rd Annual Cultural Festival Coming To Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

For the 33rd time, on July 13 Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park will host the Annual Cultural Festival. The festival is free, and park entrance fees are waived all day.

Smokejumpers Called In To Protect Historic Structures From Wildfires In Denali National Park

A team of smokejumpers has been working in the backcountry of Denali National Park to protect some historic structures from wildfires that are burning nearby them.

Trails I've Hiked: A Trio Of Watery Jewels At Rocky Mountain National Park

While Bear Lake is a potent draw at Rocky Mountain National Park, and justifiably so, there lies a trio of watery delights beyond this attraction that are more than worthy of your attention...before visiting Bear Lake.

National Park Foundation Grants Designed To Help Parks Improve Visitor Transportation

While some national parks struggle with moving tourists around during the peak season due to traffic jams and road systems designed for fewer vehicles, the National Park Foundation is working to provide the National Park Service with the expertise to help improve the situation.

"Flightseers " Spend Fourth Of July Stranded On Denali National Park Glacier

A group of visitors enjoying Denali National Park from the air spent the Fourth of July grounded on a glacier on Mount McKinley and were awaiting help from rangers bringing tents, food, and warm clothing on foot.

Yosemite Nature Notes: Neon Red Psychedelic Asparagus

One of the most unusual plants in the far West is the snow plant, a brilliant red stalk of vegetation that some refer to as a "neon red psychedelic asparagus."

National Park Service's 2012 Search-And-Rescue Caseload Reflects Many Ill-Prepared, Out-Of-Shape Visitors

Search-and-rescue missions in the National Park System in 2012 cost the agency nearly $5.2 million, and in many cases the individuals spurring the rescues were ill-prepared or out of shape.

Some Acadia National Park Peregrines Fail In Nesting Attempts, Trails Reopen

Well, it appears that nesting attempts by Peregrine falcons in some areas of Acadia National Park have failed this year. As a result, areas that had been closed during the nesting season have been reopened.

Chimney Tops Trail Reopens In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Just in time for the extended Fourth of July weekend, the Chimney Tops Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park has been reopened after extensive trail work. However, more work to the trail will require temporary closures in the weeks to come.

U.S. House Subcommittee To Take Testimony On Yosemite National Park's Merced River Plan Impacts

California politicians, who jumped quickly to prevent horse pack trips at Sequoia National Park from being derailed last year, are moving to take a close look at Yosemite National Park plans that could lead to some concessions closings in the Yosemite Valley.

Light Station Maintenance Under Way At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Means Temporary Closures

It takes a lot of maintain lighthouses, particularly old ones. So, not surprisingly, work on some of the historic light stations at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin mean there will be some temporary closures this year.

Reader Participation Day: Where's The Best View From A Dining Room In A National Park?

There are restaurants in and near national parks that serve up some mighty fine food, but not all of them offer an outstanding view to go with your meal. What are your choices for the restaurant with the best view in or near a national park?

Wildflower Festival Coming To Cedar Breaks National Monument

At 10,000 feet and above, wildflowers bloom a wee bit later than, for instance, at sea level. That's why Cedar Breaks National Monument's 8th Annual Wildflower Festival is just beginning this Saturday.

Heat Possibly Played Role In Death Of Grand Canyon National Park Hiker

With an extended heat wave baking the West, generating temperatures above 100 degrees in many national parks, Grand Canyon National Park officials are investigating whether the heat played a role in the death of a hiker on trhe South Kaibab Trail.

Swimming Holes Once Again Open At Chickasaw National Recreation Area In Oklahoma

The swimming holes are once again open at Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Okalahoma.

Overnight Use Of Sand Island At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Closed Due To Bears

An acquired taste of human food by a black bear has forced the overnight closure of Sand Island at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin.