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Snow Closes Part Of Going-To-The-Sun Road In Glacier National Park

Even if Congress finds a way to keep the federal government operating beyond midnight, part of the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park still might be closed Tuesday...due to snow.

Updated: National Parks Just Hours Away From Closing

With Congress at odds over whether to pass a Continuing Resolution to keep the federal government in business, National Park Service and concessions staff were preparing Monday for possible closure of the National Park System.

There's A New Look Coming To The Traveler....Benefit From It!

There's a new look coming to National Parks Traveler, and along with it a way for you to benefit, and not just from reading.

Around The Parks: Wine Sales, Park Fees, Point Reyes Seals

A glance around the National Park System seems to show wine sales can benefit the parks, more and more user fees are being approved despite a five-year-old "moratorium" against them, and Point Reyes National Seashore has had a bumper crop of seals this year.

Federal Government Asks Court To Dismiss Backcountry Fee Lawsuit At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A group of backpackers who sued over a fee program instituted at Great Smoky Mountains National Park have failed to show they were harmed by the $4 nightly fees, according to a motion asking that the lawsuit be dismissed.
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National Trust For Historic Preservation Urges National Park Service To Protect Historic Buildings By Leasing Them

A report from the National Trust for Historic Preservation challenges the National Park Service to be more aggressive in leasing out historic properties in the name of preserving those properties, even if it restricts public access to those properties.

Travel Into The Wilderness Of Olympic National Park And Listen To The Sounds Of Nature

Have you ever stopped in the backcountry of a national park and just listened tothe nature around you? The following video from Olympic National Park lets you not only listen to nature, but gaze across the park's wilderness.

Bill Wants National Park Service To Study More Than A Dozen Sites For Inclusion In Park System

More than a dozen sites around the country should be considered for inclusion in the National Park System, according to legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Great Ranger-Led Hikes Offered Through Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park's Kahuku Unit

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Kahuku Unit by offering free programs to introduce visitors and residents to the park's southernmost section from October through December.

National Park Service Shutdown Plan Calls For Furlough Of 21,379 Employees

If Congress and the Obama administration fail to avert a budget impasse next week, the National Park Service will move to furlough more than 21,000 employees in the process of closing down the National Park System.
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Ku Klux Klan To Appear At Gettysburg National Military Park

The gathering of a chapter of the Ku Klux Klan at Gettysburg National Military Park will take place on October 5, barring the closure of the National Park System, under a permit approved by the park.

There's A New Look Coming To The Traveler....Be Part Of It

There's a new look coming to National Parks Traveler, one that includes a significant building block for building a stronger community around the national parks.

You're Invited To Take A Hike With The Shenandoah National Park Trust

What could be better than a fall hike through Shenandoah National Park? How 'bout one with old, and new, friends from the Shenandoah National Park Trust?

Photography Workshops, Hiking Sojourns Coming To Yosemite National Park

Fall is a great time to experience the national parks. The weather is cooling, the crowds are shrinking, and the wildlife is moving. You can take advantage of this season at Yosemite National Park by signing up for one of the custom trips being offered by YExplore.

Trail Access To Rainbow Bridge National Monument Restored

Barring an unforeseen event, Rainbow Bridge National Monument in Utah was scheduled to reopen Friday after crews rebuilt a trail that had been washed out earlier this month.

Just About All Of Rocky Mountain National Park Open To Visitors

Just about all of Rocky Mountain National Park, which was hit by torrential flooding two weeks ago, has been reopened to visitors.

Just How Big Is Wrangell-St. Elias National Park? Take A Look

Just how big is Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve? To give you an idea, check out the accompanying map. It shows how Wrangell-St. Elias would swallow a number of parks you might have considered to be large themselves.

More Terrain Opening On Eastern Side Of Rocky Mountain National Park

More and more terrain slowly is being opened to Rocky Mountain National Park visitors as cleanup of this month's flood debris and damage makes progress.

Interior Officials Studying What Must Close, What Might Remain Open, Under A "Lapse Of Appropriations"

While most eyes in government are on Congress and how it handles the ongoing debt crisis, some Interior Department officials are studying what options they have if a "lapse in appropriations" arrives at midnight September 30.

Pinnacles National Park Seeking To Double Entrance Fee To Support Shuttle Buses

Officials at Pinnacles National Park in California are proposing to double the cost of entering the park, to $10, to help fund their shuttle bus system.

Joshua Tree National Park Still Struggling With Storm Cleanup

Crews at Joshua Tree National Park in California are continuing to cleanup flood debris from a storm early this month, but there's no timetable for when roads and trails closed by the mess will reopen to the public.

Trail Ridge Road Through Rocky Mountain National Park Closed For Heavy Equipment Convoy

While Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain National Park has remained open, when weather allowed, in the wake of this month's flooding, it was to close today to allow a convoy of heavy equipment to reach Estes Park, Colorado.

With Debt Ceiling Approaching, How Will National Park Service React To Congressional Gridlock?

With the clock, and the calendar, ticking closer to congressional gridlock over the country's debt ceiling, how might the National Park Service react if October 1 arrives without an increase in the ceiling?

Traversing The Range Of Light: 24 Days On The John Muir Trail

High among the pinnacles of Mt. Whitney’s sheer western face, we hiked upward with measured breath and watched from our shifting, precarious vantage as the sun’s first light peeled back the long gown of night, revealing the contours of so many miles we’d recently walked, cragged mountain faces and clear sky aglow in lakes like mirrors, far below.

Proposed Project To Move Water From California Desert Raises Concerns For Nearby Parks

A plan to pump groundwater from beneath the desert and send it to thirsty cities in southern California has attracted a rather unusual group of opponents, including a Republican Congressman, a Democratic Senator, conservation groups, a mining company, a labor union and ranchers. Now the latest wrinkle in the debate involves a proposal for steam train excursion trips into the Mohave Desert.

Fall Nature Festival This Weekend At Cedar Breaks National Monument

Fall colors contrast magnificently with the ruddy foundation of the Markagunt Plateau at Cedar Breaks National Monument in Utah. If you can work it into your schedule, you can enjoy that contrast as the monument celebrates its Fall Nature Festival this weekend
Minus 148: First Winter Ascent of Mount McKinley (Legends and Lore) It was an audacious gambit, one that had never been attempted before, and which almost ended from the get-go.

Timpanogos Cave National Monument Ends Season Early Due To Sequestration

Cave tours at Timpanogos Cave National Monument have fallen victim to the budget sequestration, as the monument's superintendent decided to end the tours early rather than laying off staff.

Harvest Day Celebration Coming To Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

Harvest days, circa 1840, will be celebrated early next month at Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve in Florida with displays of plantation cooking, harvesting, blacksmithing and more.

Birding In The National Parks: A New Peterson Reference Guide To Seawatching: Eastern Waterbirds In Flight

From time to time I start to get the idea that I’m becoming a pretty good birder. When that happens, all it takes is a quick trip to the fall lakewatch at Whitefish Point here in Michigan to set me straight.