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Chaco Culture National Historical Park Earns Designation As An International Dark Sky Park

Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico is home to both outstanding archeological resources and an increasingly rare treasure—dark nights that allow for outstanding viewing of the night skies. The park has just become one of only a dozen Dark Sky Park's recognized around the world by the non-profit International Dark Sky Association (IDA).

Lake Mead National Recreation Area Offering Free Loaner Life Jackets In Bid To Save Lives

The numbers at Lake Mead National Recreation Area are sobering: the leading cause of unintentional deaths at the park is drowning and none of the drowning victims were wearing a life jacket. The park is trying to change those statistics by offering free loaner life jackets at two popular swim beaches.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Running Out Of Water For Boat Ramps

If you look forward each year to boating on Lake Powell at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, you might want to consider a rain or snow dance upstream of the reservoir. Continued drops in the water level are creating some problem for those who need a ramp to launch their boat.

Some Backcountry Travelers At Canyonlands National Park Will Have To Pack Out Poop

Some backcountry travelers in Canyonlands National Park will have to carry out their human waste as the National Park Service strives to better protect resources.

"Vehicle-Free" Weekend Arrives At Crater Lake National Park On September 21-22

Cyclists will have the right-of-way -- actually, all the way -- along East Rim Drive at Crater Lake National Park in September as the park marks its first "vehicle-free weekend."

Bison Numbers Increase Slightly In Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park's bison herd is healthy and productive, so much so that it's approaching the peak estimate of 5,000 animals made back in 2005.

Rangers Searching For Overdue Hiker At OlympIc National Park

A search was under way Thursday for a 71-year-old Seattle man who failed to return on schedule from a backpack trip along the coast of Olympic National Park.

Emerald Ash Borer Turns Up In Shenandoah National Park

The arrival of the emerald ash borer into Shenandoah National Park heightens the concern over what this invasive insect might do to the park's forests, and reinforces why the park asks that you not bring firewood into the park.

International Mountain Bicycling Association Wants Access To National Scenic Trails

The International Mountain Bicycling Association is running a campaign to gain access to national scenic trails, such as the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, and is being opposed by the American Hiking Society.

Traveler's Gear Box: MSR's Flex 4 Cooking System

In need of a good, lightweight cooking set that will help you feed a group of four? Check out MSR's Flex F System, which offers two pots and four plates and cups in a tidy package.

Shenandoah National Park's Wilderness Weekend Coming In September

Though located in one of the most urban areas of the country, Shenandoah National Park has an impressive amount of officially designated wilderness. And on September 14 and 15 the park will be celebrating that wilderness with its 13th annual Wilderness Weekend.

Special Backcountry Hikes Coming To Mesa Verde National Park This Fall

This fall you have a chance to see some parts of Mesa Verde National Park that aren't normally accessible to park visitors. But you have to be in shape.

18th Century British Shipwreck Protected By National Park Service At Biscayne National Park

An 18th-century British warship that sank in 1748 near present-day Miami in waters now within Biscayne National Park is now protected by the National Park Service under terms of an international memorandum.

Fall In The National Parks: A Perfect Season For Catching The Wild Side Of The Park System

Wonderment and joy unfold in the national parks come fall when the wild kingdom becomes more visible, literally voicing the call of the wild in parks such as Great Smoky Mountains or Rocky Mountain or winging overhead in any number of parks.

Reader Participation Day: What Impacts On The National Parks Have You Noticed From The Budget Sequestration?

In your travels through the National Park System this summer, have you noticed any impacts from the budget sequestration? If so, how did they impact your visit?

Rare Butterflies Spotted At Biscayne National Park

Good news out of Biscayne National Park, where biologists have spotted almost three dozen Schaus Swallowtail Butterfly adults, as well as nine individuals of the Bahama Swallowtail.

Wisconsin Climber Partially Buried By Rockslide In Grand Teton National Park

A 54-year-old Wisconsin man sustained multiple traumatic injuries when he was buried Tuesday by a rockfall in the South Fork of Garnet Canyon in Grand Teton National Park.

Rim Fire Spreading In Northern Yosemite National Park, Some Roads Closing

Though much of Yosemite National Park is unaffected by the nearly 180,000-acre Rim Fire, the blaze is spreading across northern portions of the park and forcing the closure of some park roads.

Cracked Stretch Of Blue Ridge Parkway Reopened With Major Construction To Follow This Fall

A 21-mile stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway that had been closed due to a fracturing of the pavement has been reopened under a temporary fix, with a longer, more expensive repair to start later this year.

Sequoia National Park Proposing Increase In Campground Fees

Sequoia National Park officials are proposing an increase in fees at four campgrounds, and are seeking your thoughts on the proposal between now and September 21.

Birding In The National Parks: Telling The Birds From The Cacti At Saguaro National Park

One of the complaints about birding in summer in many parts of the country is the plethora of leaves hiding the birds. Just when you think you’re about to get a good look, the sparrow dives into a bush or behind a leafy branch, never to be seen again. I figured that meant desert birding would be easy. Cacti don’t have leaves.

ARAMARK Parks And Destinations Gets Extension To Run Glacier Bay Lodge

You can make your reservation at Glacier Bay Lodge in Glacier Bay National Park without fear of the lodge being closed. The National Park Service has reached a two-year extension with ARAMARK Parks and Destinations to continue operating the lodge on the shores of Bartlett Cove.

Around The Parks: Trolley To Everglades National Park, Volunteers Needed At Santa Monica Mountains NRA, Storytelling At Big South Fork National River And Recreation Area

You soon will be able to ride a trolley to Everglades and Biscayne national parks from Homestead, Florida.
Hiking and Traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway: The Only Guide You Will Ever Need, Including GPS, Detailed Maps, and More (Southern Gateways Guides) Hiking and Traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway by Leonard M. Adkins is the "go-to" book on every hike on the Parkway. From a few steps off the pavement to strenuous hikes, Mr. Adkins details every place you can walk. There is lots of invaluable information in the appendices, as well.

Traveler's Gear Box: The Ally Canoe, A Packable Option For Paddlers

Nimble and responsive, the Ally was firm, if not entirely rigid, as we paddled into the swells on Shoshone Lake in Yellowstone National Park. This Norwegian curiosity was no slouch on the lake, and even handier on the Lewis River Channel.

Musings From Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

I’m sitting on the shore of Lake Superior just looking across the water from the mainland of northern Wisconsin toward Madeline Island, one of 22 islands that comprise the Apostle Islands. A parade of sailboats works upwind across the water and I’m breathing air so fresh it still has labels attached. I’ll be leaving tomorrow morning. With regrets.

The Underground Railroad In Eastern North Carolina

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Underground Railroad Network to Freedom sites appear in most unlikely places. Here are four in eastern North Carolina.

50th Anniversary Of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" Speech Marked Wednesday

A nationwide commemoration is planned for Wednesday to mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech, with one program planned for the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

A Sampling Of Canada's Maritime Provinces Parks: Cape Breton Highlands National Park

If you mention "Canadian National Parks" to travel buffs, that nation's spectacular western sites such as Banff and Jasper National Parks will likely come to mind. There are, however, some worthy candidates for your "gotta plan a trip" list on the opposite side of the county in Canada's Maritime Provinces. One not to miss is Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

Loonies And Toonies – Tips For Your Trips To Canadian National Parks

For an international park trip with opportunities for outstanding scenery, compelling history, and minimal challenges for American travelers, you can't beat the neighboring country to our north. These tips won't keep your accent from marking you as a tourist, but they'll at least ensure you know the difference between a "loonie" and a "toonie."