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Two Alternatives Under Consideration For Multi-Use Path At Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park officials, after considering public opinion and input from other federal agencies, have come up with two alternatives for a proposed multi-use path.

Essential Park Guide, Winter: Painting The Parks, Driven By Nature's Beauty

Outdoors, in the majesty of the national parks, masterpieces are created by artists drawn to nature's beauty.

It's Giving Tuesday: Help Your Favorite National Park Friends Group

It's "Giving Tuesday," and that means you should consider donating to your favorite national park friends group today.

Birding In The National Parks: Snowy Owl Invasion, Round Two

It’s happening again! No, not another government shutdown. That’s next month. What we have here is another invasion of Snowy Owls.

Budget Constraints Mean No Lifeguards At Cape Hatteras National Seashore In 2014

Budget constraints dictated by Congress mean you'll be swimming at your own risk next year at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, where officials will not be hiring lifeguards for three beaches that in the past have had the guards.

Hickman Bridge Trail Open Once Again At Capitol Reef National Park

After more than a year of closure, the Hickman Bridge Trail at Capitol Reef National Park in Utah is open once again.

Mammoth Cave National Park Officials Proposing Improvements To Lodging Facilities

A multi-phase rehabilitation of lodging facilities in Mammoth Cave National Park is being proposed by park officials, with various improvements instituted as funding becomes available.

Around The Parks: Holiday Events Feature Toymakers And Glimpses Into The Past

A toymaker with skills from the past and glimpses into holiday celebrations from years ago are some of the events on display around the National Park System in December.

Denali National Park Visitors Seeing Fewer Wolves Along Park Road, Possibly Due To Increased Hunting

A precipitous drop in wolf viewing opportunities for Denali National Park visitors is being attributed to increased hunting of the predators on lands next to the park, though Park Service personnel haven't publicly voiced that connection.

Social Media Sites Share Some "Special Moments In Time" Images From Grand Canyon National Park

There's plenty of debate about the pros and cons of "social media" in today's world, but among the advantages of those sites are the opportunities to enjoy some photos of "wish I'd been there" moments. The Facebook page for Grand Canyon National Park includes some recent images that remind us that our parks offer some special views of the ever-changing natural world.

Exploring The Parks: Andersonville National Historic Site--A Sad History

ANDE commemorative wall
Andersonville National Historic Site is a sad reminder of the Civil War. It's so well interpreted, it's been called the South's Holocaust Museum.

National Parks Traveler's Essential Park Guide Winter 2013-14

It was a (hopefully not) one of those once-in-a-lifetime visits to a far off national park, and I was flat on my back. That, however, was not all bad at Virgin Islands National Park on the Caribbean island of St. John, where basking under the February sun on the sugar-sand beaches in between snorkeling adventures is de rigueur. Preferably with a cool drink in hand and a rattan mat beneath you.

Some Great Outdoors Books for Year-End Gifts

Thanksgiving has come and gone, which means the year-end holidays aren't far off. Still searching for gifts? Consider the following great reads for friends and family.

Traditional Holiday Celebration Coming To Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

Year-end holidays, with a Western frontier flair, will be observed at Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site in Colorado on December 6-7.

Cumberland Island National Seashore Counted Nearly 600 Sea Turtle Nests This year

Sea turtles nesting this year at Cumberland Island National Seashore added more than 43,000 hatchlings to their populations, according to seashore estimates.

Around The Parks: Holiday Events And Light Pollution Concerns At Joshua Tree

Holiday events, and concerns over light pollution from solar power projects, are among the news flowing from around the National Park System.

Maintenance Work Will Lead To Temporary Closures Along Blue Ridge Parkway

If you're planning to travel the Blue Ridge Parkway next month, you'll want to read this to see the schedule for temporary road closures due to routine maintenance.

Geologists Continue To Study Cause Behind Massive Denali National Park Landslide

Geologists are continuing to search for the cause behind a massive landslide at Denali National Park and Preserve that blocked the park road near Mile 38.

Webcam Offers Views Of Mount Rushmore National Memorial 24 Hours A Day

It's easier to keep an eye on Mount Rushmore National Memorial, from anywhere you have an internet connection, thanks to EarthCam.

Tracking Climate Change At Everglades National Park: What Will Happen?

In the following video, produced by the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands, the National Park Service’s Interpretive Development Program, and the NPS Climate Change Response Program, how climate change might impact Everglades National Park is examined.

After 125 Years, Pinnacles National Monument Becomes The Nation’s Newest 'National Park'

Pinnacles National Park took 125 years to become the nation’s newest designated parkland. But it took immensely longer for the mountains to arrive at the present location 40 miles southeast of Salinas, California.

88th Annual Trek To Nation's Christmas Tree Set For December 8 At Kings Canyon National Park

For a memorable kickoff to the year-end holiday season, you might head to Kings Canyon National Park to be on hand December 8 for the 88th Annual Trek to the Nation's Christmas Tree.

NPCA Releases New Graphic To Support Calls For Better Funding Of National Parks

The coffee-drinking public spends much, much more on its caffeine surge on an annual basis, per capita, than taxpayers do supporting the National Park System.

Reader Participation Day: Which National Park System Unit Do You Want To Visit, But Probably Won't?

Which unit of the National Park System would you most like to see...but fear you won't for one reason or another (most likely distance and/or cost)?

Road & Track Editor Facing Charges For Dirt Bike Ride Through Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A Road & Track editor who tested a dirt bike by riding through Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and crossed a creek, faces three misdemeanor charges that could land him in jail, according to park officials.

Traveler's Gear Box: The Lowepro Nova Sport 35L Camera Bag

Lowepro's Nova Sport 35L has some nice qualities to it...but it also has some flaws that need to be corrected.

Olympic National Park Ready For Winter Season

Olympic National Park has three very distinct options for winter visitors. For those who enjoy indoor comforts, options include ocean storm-watching from the Kalaloch Lodge along the park’s Pacific Coast to lakeside dining at Lake Crescent Lodge to weekend day trips to the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center on snow-covered Hurricane Ridge.

Enjoy A Video Preview Of Great Basin National Park

Great Basin National Park long has been on my to-do list, and the following 30-second video explains why. The mix of landscapes -- towering mountains, intricately carved caves -- seems like a fascinating place to explore.

Shoal Markers Set Out To Protect Seagrass Beds At Biscayne National Park

To better protect fragile seagrass shoals and improve boater safety, Biscayne National Park recently completed the installation of 14 fixed shoal markers around the Featherbed Banks in southern Biscayne Bay.

Fire Break Planned Between Cape Hatteras National Seashore And Nags Head

Late next month crews plan to establish a fire break between the town of Nags Head, North Carolina, and the northern end of Cape Hatteras National Seashore.