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Photography In The National Parks: Winter Essentials

At this time of year, winter waxes as fall wanes, so I thought it pertinent to now emphasize the concerns and rewards of winter photography, be it in the sub-zero temperatures of Yellowstone or along the balmy beaches of the Virgin Islands or the moss-carpeted downed tree trunks of Olympic National Park.

Surprising Halloween Night Discovery Provided A Real "Treat" At Carlsbad Caverns National Park

A little curiosity by a pair of cavers turned a fairly routine evening's project at Carlsbad Caverns National Park into an exciting adventure for the duo. Their original assignment on October 31—surveying to help complete a new map of the Big Room—led to the discovery of the largest new "room" in the cave in decades.

Fort Stanwix National Monument To Offer Candlelight Tours Of 18th Century Fort

If you find yourself in upstate New York for the long Thanksgiving Day weekend, treat yourself to a candlelight tour of Fort Stanwix National Monument.

Budget Concerns Lead To Cutbacks At Lassen Volcanic National Park

With a second phase of budget cuts set to kick in in January, officials at Lassen Volcanic National Park in California have announced reductions in visitor center hours through the winter.

Suzanne Ditmanson Discusses Life As A National Park Superintendent's Wife

Suzanne Ditmanson on the trail
Suzanne Ditmanson, wife of Great Smoky Mountains National Park Superintendent Dale Ditmanson, talks about her National Park Service life. How did her husband's career affect her and their children?

New Exhibit At Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Site Tied To Kennedy Assassination

How news of President John F. Kennedy's assassination was received at the Texas home of Lyndon Baines Johnson is the focus of a new exhibit at the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park.

Devils Punchbowl Bridge In Olympic National Park To Close Briefly For Repairs

The Devils Punchbowl Bridge on the Spruce Railroad Trail in Olympic National Park that has been closed to pack strings for two years due to cracks in the decking will be closed briefly next month for repairs.

Group Pushing For National Monument In Southern New Mexico

A group in southern New Mexico has been pushing to create a 600,000-acre national monument from lands that wrap the Sierra de Los Oranos mountains.

Yosemite Nature Notes: Fall In Yosemite

Winter is on its way, and has already arrived in some parts of the country, but vestiges of fall remain elsewhere. Take a few minutes to enjoy the fleeting colors of fall in Yosemite National Park via this video produced by Steven Bumgardner as part of his Yosemite Nature Notes series made possible by the Yosemite Conservancy.

Voyageurs National Park Looking For Some Good Volunteers

Wanted: Reliable volunteers who would enjoy spending their free time at Voyageurs National Park.

Backcountry Camping, Wedding Permits Likely To Get More Expensive At Grand Teton National Park

The price of a permit for backcountry traveling, or getting married, in Grand Teton National Park might be going up in 2014 as park officials are reviewing their pricing for the camping and special-use park permits.

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park Visitors Urged To Watch Out For Nēnē

It's that time of year at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Yep, the breeding and nesting season of the endemic Hawaiian goose, or nēnē, has arrived.

Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts New Concessionaire At Kings Canyon National Park

November 1 marked the first day for Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts as concessionaire for hospitality services at Kings Canyon National Park.

A Former National Park Superintendent Replies: Prioritizing Park Budgets

I read with interest the various comments after the first question was posed on this forum. Being that this is a new feature on the National Parks Traveler, it is to be expected that there will be some working out of the format. It is gratifying to see such avid interest in how the parks are managed.

Exploring The Parks: Tracing LBJ's Footsteps

A visit to Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park allows a person to understand why our 36th U.S. president chose to return and spend the remainder of his life in the Hill Country of Texas following his five-year term in the White House.

Op-Ed: Let's Compromise To Support The National Parks

There is a place to start coming together on the federal budget, and Sen. Patty Murray is well-suited to lead the way as chairwoman of the Senate Budget Committee and a leader in the current, difficult budget negotiations. Shutting down the government — and our national parks — is simply not a reasonable choice.

Tracking Climate Change In Sequoia National Park: What Will Happen?

What will climate change bring to the national park landscapes, places like Everglades National Park or Kenai Fjords National Park or Sequoia National Park? That is one of the questions now being asked to help park interpreters better explain climate change to visitors.

A View From The Overlook: The Advantages Of National Parks

“What good are national parks?” This is a question often raised by the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party when faced by non-utilitarian public land use.

Acadia National Park Proposing Entrance Fee Increase To Better Support Shuttle Bus System

Acadia National Park officials want to do away with their yo-yoing entrance fee price and settle on a year-round fee of $20 per week to better support operations of the Island Explorer shuttle system.

Three Watery Trails Added To National Water Trails System

A water trail that flows above abandoned frontier towns, waters that Lewis and Clark traveled, and a popular water trail that follows an international border were added to the National Water Trails System this week.

Everglades National Park's Long Pine Key Campground Opening Delayed Until Mid-December

A road paving project at Everglades National Park has prompted the delay, until mid-December, of Long Pine Key Campground's opening for the season.

"Down Rigging" Underway For Sailing Ship "Friendship" At Salem Maritime National Historic Site

The sailing ship Friendship of Salem is a popular attraction at Salem Maritime National Historic Site, but visitors to the park in coming months shouldn't be concerned if it appears the vessel has been "demasted." Removal of sections of the masts and rigging began last week as part of a two-year project to inspect key parts of the ship, and make any repairs that are needed.

Birding In The National Parks: Christmas Bird Counts Around The Corner

The weather outside might be frightful, but in the parks, the birding’s delightful. With Thanksgiving still on the horizon, we shouldn’t be talking about Christmas yet, but the Christmas Bird Count spirit has overwhelmed me!

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Officials Defend Putting Down Head-Butting Elk

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have defended their decision to put down a young bull elk who took to butting a photographer sitting on the road in the Cataloochee Valley.

Two Christmas Events Offered On December 14 At San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park will offer a pair of special events with a Christmas theme on Saturday, December 14. Afternoon activities will include live music, refreshments, ornament-making, and a special visit from Santa Claus. During the evening, join costumed Living History players as they turn the clock back to Christmas in the year 1901.

Around The Parks: Paddling Legislation, GOP Wants Potential Monument List, New Director For Intermountain Region

A glance around the National Park System finds efforts to legislate paddling in some waters of Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, GOP requests for list of possible national monuments, and a new director for the National Park Service's Intermountain Region.

National Parks Traveler's Parkipedia Explained

One of the most intriguing, and exciting, new aspects of National Parks Traveler is the Parkipedia section open to all NPT members. What is Parkipedia? Let me explain.

43rd Annual Fiesta At Tumacácori National Historical Park

A celebration of the various cultures that have lived in the Santa Cruz Valley in southern Arizona will be held December 7-8 during the 43rd annual Fiesta at Tumacácori National Historical Park.

Survey Shows Public Blames Congress, Not The White House, For National Parks Closure

Congress, not the Obama Administration, must shoulder the blame for the 16-day closure of the National Park System last month, according to a recent survey of voters.

Contest Under Way To Choose Acadia National Park's Centennial Logo

With Acadia National Park's centennial coming up in 2016, there's a search under way for a logo to mark that birthday.