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A Duo Of Dunes: Indiana Dunes And Sleeping Bear Dunes

They share the same lake waters, but you can spot the differences between Indiana Dunes and Sleeping Bear Dunes national lakeshores.

Coalition Of National Park Service Retirees Worried About Pressure On National Park Service

National Park Service officials have found themselves turned into political pawns, first as the administration's face of the government shutdown and now by being splintered through a handful of park openings.

Peaks Of Otter Lodge Along Blue Ridge Parkway Reopens

The Peaks of Otter Lodge has been reopened along the Blue Ridge Parkway, although all National Park Service operations along the Parkway remain closed.

Two Alaskans Survive Plane Crash In Yellowstone National Park

It's a story the two Alaskans will carry with them forever: crashing their single-engine plane in Yellowstone National Park's backcountry and walking out to safety before rescuers could reach them.

Seeing The Parks By Webcam During The Shutdown

Among the many casualties of the government shutdown are some of the popular webcam views of locations around the National Park System, since NPS and some other government web services have been disabled for the duration of the dispute. If you enjoy the ability to check in on favorite park locations via those cameras, all is not lost, however, and we'll provide some tips about park webcam views provided by non-government sources.

Notes From The Field: Acadia National Park From The Sea…Not

Acadia National Park from sea...can you see it?

NPCA: Reopen The National Parks, Then Fund Them Properly

Once the partial government shutdown ends -- and it will -- and the National Park System is back in business, advocates want to see Congress properly fund the National Park Service.

Grand Canyon National Park Reopens Temporarily With Funding From Arizona

Grand Canyon National Park reopened Saturday, and will remain open at least through Friday, with funding from the state of Arizona.

America's Champion Trees Include At Least One In the National Park System

There are trees, big trees, and really big trees that are recognized as national champions by American Forests. And one of those champion trees, a chesnut oak, can be found in a small Civil War setting in Washington, D.C., preserved by the National Park Service.

Updated: Colorado Follows Utah's Lead, Rocky Mountain National Park To Reopen Saturday

Colorado officials quickly followed Utah in working out an agreement Friday with the Interior Department to reopen Rocky Mountain National Park on Saturday.

Utah Reaches $1.7 Million Deal To Open Five National Parks In State

Five national parks in Utah, plus one national recreation area and two national monuments, will reopen, temporarily, under a deal the state reached with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.

When Does Civil Disobedience Morph Into Criminal Mischief In National Parks?

When does a purported act of civil disobedience turn into criminal mischief in the National Park System? That's a good question as visitors across the country are turning a blind eye to closure signs and barricades.

By The Numbers: The Impacts Of Shuttering The National Park System

"By the numbers" stories are usually intriguing and interesting, though the following numbers on the impacts of the shutdown of the National Park System are sobering and disconcerting.

Traveler's Gear Box: Solar 50 Rash Guard From Bomber Gear

Paddling trips in the national parks, either by canoe or kayak, expose you to a lot of sunshine. So much that it'll bake you if you're not careful. That's where a good hat, comfortable shirt, and sunscreen, can help you enjoy the day to its fullest.

Updated: Interior Department Might Let States Pay To Open National Parks

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Thursday she would consider reaching a working agreement with states to open national parks within their borders if they have the financial resources to pay for the National Park Service staff in the parks.

A National Park Of Your Own And Nowhere To Go

Imagine Yellowstone National Park as your own private backyard...and you're not allowed to explore the landscape. That, in essence, is the situation employees of the National Park Service and of concessionaires find themselves in.

Losses Mounting For Yellowstone Association Due To Closure Of Yellowstone National Park

The Yellowstone Association, a non-profit cooperating association that conducts field schools in Yellowstone National Park and runs gift shops there, is losing tens of thousands of dollars due to the ongoing government shutdown.

Around The Shutdown: Utah Offers To Run National Parks, House Committee Wants NPS Answers, Petition To Stop Oil Production From The Parks

Another state suffering from the loss of fall tourism has raised its voice, House members are seeking answers from the National Park Service, and a Democratic congressman is petitioning to halt the oil flowing out of park units. Those are just some of the topics involving shuttered national parks.

Traveler's View: There's No Lack Of GOP Chutzpa In The House When It Comes To National Parks

Despite the estimated loss of $76 million a day, the furlough of more than 20,000 federal and non-profit employees, and the ruination of countless vacations, 94 Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives want to know how many rangers it takes to keep the World War II Memorial on the National Mall closed.
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Everglades National Park Ranger Survives Potentially Deadly Bite From Rattlesnake

These days if you hear the terms "snake" and "Everglades National Park" in the same news story, you might logically expect the subject to be Burmese Pythons. The pythons can be very large snakes, but they aren't venomous. A bite from an Eastern diamondback rattlesnake is a much different story, as one ranger at the park can readily confirm from his recent harrowing experience.

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Mojave Desert Land Trust Acquires 40 Acres Near Joshua Tree National Park

A 40-acre parcel of valuable wildlife habitat has been acquired near the northern boundary of Joshua Tree National Park by the Mojave Desert Land Trust.

Public Lands Partners, American Hiking Society Call For End To Government Shutdown

Citing lost jobs, hiker safety, and untended trails, two groups with close ties to the out-of-doors are calling on Congress to quickly end the partial government shutdown that has shuttered national parks and some other public lands.

Fur Trade Encampment At Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site Victim Of Shutdown

Anyone planning to attend the Fur Trade Encampment at Bent's Old Fort National Historicl Site this coming weekend can look for something else to do. The encampment has fallen victim to the ongoing government shutdown.

Tenth Annual Yosemite Facelift Shows Power Of Volunteerism At Yosemite National Park

Late September marked the tenth year that the Yosemite Climbing Association has spearheaded a major volunteer effort at Yosemite National Park known as Yosemite Facelift. The 2013 version of the event ran from September 24-29, and over 1,200 volunteers once again made a huge positive impact on the park and its resources

Birding In The National Parks: Yes, Birding Is Suffering From The National Parks' Closure

Though the loss of birding opportunities due to the closure of national parks pales to the economic hardships dealt by the closure, the timing of the government shutdown -- during the fall migration -- will lead to a loss in data.

Around The Parks: A Blurring Of National Park Lines

Around the country, as the partial government shutdown moves into its second week, taxpayers angry with the closure of national parks are showing their disgust through civil disobedience, mockery, and anger directed at the National Park Service.

Beached Colorado River Runners Gain Refunds, Choice Of Launch Dates Down The Road

Though it won't be an immediate help to those Colorado River runners beached at Lees Ferry by the shutdown of the National Park System, the National Park Service will refund their permit fees and give them a choice of launch dates in the years to come.

Around The Parks: Vandals, Occupiers And Cyclists

As the government shutdown drags into its second week, there are increasing risks of vandalism in the National Park System and possibly even poaching, according to past National Park Service personnel.

Search Goes Underground In Effort To Find Hiker Missing In Craters Of The Moon National Monument

A search for a hiker missing in the rugged Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve in Idaho led underground, as cave specialists headed into lava tubes looking for the missing physician.