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Yellowstone National Park's Final Winter-Use Rule Published In Federal Register

More than a decade of debate, disagreement, and litigation took a step closer to settlement Tuesday when the National Park Service published its final rule for managing recreational winter-use in Yellowstone National Park in the Federal Register.

Reopening of National Parks "Just In Time" For Two Major Park Events

The reopening of NPS areas late last week came just in the nick of time for not only the popular fall color season, but also for some annual special events in parks. Among the activities held last weekend were the 34th Annual Bridge Day at New River Gorge National River and Yorktown Day at Colonial National Historical Park, which commemorates the 232nd anniversary of America's climactic Revolutionary War victory at Yorktown.

Birding In The National Parks: Chasing Boobies And Other Out-Of-Place Birds

“I’ll chase that bird with you if the furlough is still going on.”

Cape Lookout National Seashore Chooses Ferry Company For Service To Shackleford Banks, South Core Banks

A Beaufort, North Carolina, company has been awarded a contract to ferry Cape Lookout National Seashore visitors out to Shackleford Banks and South Core Banks.

Hunting Season At Big Cypress Preserve Extended Due To Government Shutdown

To offset hunting days lost in Big Cypress National Preserve due to the closure of the National Park System, the National Park Service and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have agreed to extend the hunting seasons in the preserve.
To Conserve Unimpaired: The Evolution of the National Park Idea There is no better time than now -- with the searing aspects of a shuttered National Park System still fresh -- to sit down with a copy of To Conserve Unimpaired, The Evolution of the National Park Idea.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Back To Normal After The Reopening

Chasteen Cascade
The first couple of days after Great Smoky Mountains National Park reopened were remarkably normal. Visitors were so happy to get back to the bookstores and the trails.

Special Deal On Private Chartering Of River Trips Through Dinosaur National Monument

Got a large, extended family, or a great group of friends you like to hang out with? Act now and you can all go on a river trip through Dinosaur National Monument next year at a special rate.

Legislation Introduced To Let States Manage National Parks, Other Public Lands

In a move not entirely surprising, U.S. Rep. Don Young of Alaska is proposing legislation to create a mechanism for states to take over management of national parks and other federal lands.

Traveler Members, Dive Into Parkipedia!

It's the weekend, and if you're a National Parks Traveler member with some time on your hands, please jump into the Parkipedia section and start building park guides!

Lake Crescent Lodge At Olympic National Park To Stay Open Through New Year's Day

Normally about this time of year the staff at Lake Crescent Lodge in Olympic National Park is getting ready to close down for the winter. But this year the lodge will stay open through New Year's Day 2014.

Reader Participation Day: Has The Reopening Of Parks Revived Your Fall Travel Plans?

Among the many casualties of the recent government shutdown were cancelled plans for visits to National Park Service areas. Now that parks have reopened, do you have plans for a trip that you'd put on hold due to the shutdown? If so, what are your park destinations"

National Park Service Investigating Dirt Bike Ride In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

National Park Service authorities are investigating a magazine story about a dirt bike ride through Great Smoky Mountains National Park, including through a creek, during the government shutdown.

Traveler's View: The National Park Service Has An Image Problem It Needs To Address

The National Park Service has a serious image problem, part of it earned, and part of it manufactured, that it needs to address.

Young Humpback Whale Comes Ashore At Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Dies

A young humpback whale came ashore at Cape Hatteras National Seashore on Wednesday and died overnight, according to seashore officials.

Updated: National Parks Quickly Reopening After Budget Impasse Temporarily Resolved

National parks across the country quickly began reopening Thursday in the wake of Congress' move to temporarily resolve the budget impasse and fund the federal government.

Search For Missing Hiker At Craters Of The Moon National Monument Continues

While attention the past two weeks has focused on Washington and when the National Park System might reopen in full, searchers doggedly continued their efforts to find a hiker who went missing in Craters of the Moon National Monument last month.

Fall In Zion National Park, Magic And Majesty

There is only one word to describe Zion National Park in the fall and that is, magical. Or, would it be majestic?

If You Support Outdoor Advocacy Groups, We Want You As A Traveler Member!

If you support the National Parks Conservation Association, The Wilderness Society, the Southern Utah Wilderness Association, the Great Old Broads for Wilderness, the Appalachian Mountain Club, the American Hiking Society, or any other outdoors advocacy group, we want you as a National Parks Traveler member.

Congressional Hearing Into National Park Service Shutdown Process Leads To Bashing

A smug, biting, and sarcastic roster of Republicans bashed National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis during a hearing Wednesday into how the Park Service handled the closure of the park system in the wake of the federal government's partial shutdown.

Fireside Reads: Why Do Bluebirds Hate Me?

Outwardly, Why Do Bluebirds Hate Me? is not a book about national parks, but the wisdom the author offers can be carried into the parks.

Reader Participation Day: How Will The Temporary Opening Of Several Parks Impact The Shutdown?

Many feel the national parks are being used by both parties as "political pawns" during the government shutdown. If that's the case, is the temporary reopening of several major parks likely to shorten or lengthen the shutdown?

A View From The Overlook: Volunteers In The Parks. Is That Legal?

Recently, the much-esteemed Ranger Ron Mackie, late of Yosemite and the National Park Service, took time off from his new career of fighting forest fires in “retirement” to send me e-mail on the subject of volunteer labor.
Why Do Bluebirds Hate Me?: More Answers to Common and Not-So-Common Questions about Birds and Birding Though there's a pile of books on the edge of my desk waiting to be reviewed, Mike O'Connor's book jumped to the top of the heap when it arrived at my door. Outwardly, My Do Bluebirds Hate Me? is not a book about national parks, but the wisdom the author offers can be carried into the parks.

Around The Shutdown: Great Smoky To Open Briefly, Citations At Olympic National Park, State-Run National Parks

Great Smoky Mountains National Park to open Wednesday, citations issued at Olympic National Park, and a call for states to share in national park management are among the issues floating around the National Park System during the ongoing government shutdown.

Photography In The National Parks: A Biplane’s View Of Acadia National Park

Most people explore Acadia National Park by foot, pedal, or paddle. Contributing photographer Rebecca Latson is not like most people. She toured the park from the a biplane!

Trail Magic Will Be Flowing Friday In Honor Of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, A.T.

A little Trail Magic will be flowing, quite literally, Friday as the Nantahala Brewing Co. celebrates the season, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.

Want A Caving Adventure? Spider Cave Tour At Carlsbad Caverns National Park Worth A Future Visit

Sooner or later we'll once again be able to enjoy visits to parks around the country, and while we're waiting, we can start to compile a list of potential activities in NPS areas. If you'd enjoy a challenging, ranger-guided trip into a section of "wild" cave, the Spider Cave Tour at Carlsbad Caverns National Park may be just what you've been looking for.

Around The Shutdown: Which National Parks Are Open Today?

Wondering which national parks have been able to reopen with state funding? Here's a list, and the dates the parks are to remain open...barring some resolution in Washington or more funding from the states.

Guest Column: Government Shutdown Highlights Value Of National Parks

The shutdown of our national government, driven by an extremist minority in the U.S. Congress, is economically reckless and, ultimately, politically self-defeating.