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Snow Removal Opens Road To Two Medicine Campground At Glacier National Park

Snow removal operations in Glacier National Park have cleared the road to the Two Medicine Campground on the east side of the park, and officials expect it to be open for business this weekend, though with limited services.

Here's A Hiking Guide For Your Next Visit To Zion National Park

You're planning a trip to Zion National Park in Utah, you plan to do some hiking, and you're wondering which trails to search out.

St. Croix National Scenic Riverway Camping Permits Now Available

Frequent camper along the Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway in Wisconsin? Then you might want to pick up an annual permit for camping on the Lower St. Croix River.

Old Faithful Expected To Be Accessible From West Yellowstone, Mammoth Hot Springs This Friday

Some key interior roads in Yellowstone National Park are set to open Friday, with traffic expected to be able to drive from both West Yellowstone and Mammoth Hot Springs to the Old Faithful complex.

Appalachian Trail Conservancy's 40th Biennial Conference Set For Mid-July

History, hikes, and, of course, trail lore, will be the main attractions during the Appalachian Trail Conservancy's 40th Biennal Conference when it convenes in Winchester, Virginia, in July.

Reader Participation Day: Grand Canyon Float, Or Appalachian Trail Trek

There are more than a few experiences of a lifetime to be had in the National Park System, but arguably two right at the top of anyone's list would be a raft trip on the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park, and a multi-month sojourn along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.

Mount Desert Island Road Trip Loop: Schoodic Peninsula, Saint Croix Island International Historic Site

Springtime finds many flocking to the warmer climates and sun, desperate to break free of winter. But put off bathing-suit season for just a while longer and head north to Maine and Acadia National Park in late April or early May to beat the summer crowds.

National Park Service: Rim Of The Valley Study Suggests Expansion Of Santa Monica Mountains NRA

A long look at whether a landscape that generally includes the mountains encircling San Fernando, La Crescenta, Santa Clarita, Simi and Conejo Valleys of Los Angeles and Ventura counties in California should be designated a unit of the National Park System is suggesting that 173,000 acres be added to Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

UPDATE: Cold Brook Fire 30 Percent Contained At Wind Cave National Park

A prescribed burn at Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota that got out of control was 80 percent contained Tuesday, though it had blown up to about 4,500 acres on top of the 1,000 acres that was within the prescribed burn boundaries, park officials said.

Wild Things With A View

I have never been much of a landscape photographer and am ashamed to admit that during my first visits to Grand Teton National Park, where the views don’t get any better, I only had eyes for the close up shots of the bears.

Long Overdue Fixes Coming To Visitor Center At Fort Donelson National Battlefield

How long have federal buildings been required to provide ADA access, emergency exits, and fire suppression systems? Quite a while, which makes it great to hear the National Park Service finally found the funding to address such projects at Fort Donelson National Battlefield in Tennessee.

Maintenance Problems Could Impact National Park Week At Cape Cod National Seashore

As most folks know, the Northeast has endured a pretty tough winter, and it is taking a while to put things back together. At Cape Cod National Seashore on Massachusetts, for instance, several problems exist that could impact your National Park Week plans if they involve a trip to the seashore.

Prescribed Burn Turns Into Wildfire At Wind Cave National Park In South Dakota

What started out Monday as a prescribed burn turned into a wildfire of roughly 1,000 acres at Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota.

Trails I've Hiked: Canopy View Trail At Muir Woods National Monument

The trail climbed steeply uphill, helped by a wooden staircase, and into the trees. The crowds, though, mostly went straight, making our choice easy. Up we went!

Mountain Lake At Presidio Growing In Diversity With Recovery Of Stickleback Fish And Other Species

With a multi-year cleanup completed, efforts are now under way to return native species that once called Mountain Lake to the lake that's on the grounds of the Presidio in San Francisco.

No More Reservation Requests Being Taken For Wonderland Trail At Mount Rainier National Park

If you thought 2015 would be the year you would finally navigate the Wonderland Trail at Mount Rainier National Park, well, if you haven't already submitted an application, don't bother. Park officials say they've been deluged with applications for this summer and are no longer accepting permit applications.

A National Park Classic: Hiking Zion's Narrows

We splash downstream in The Narrows of the North Fork of the Virgin River, deep in the backcountry of Utah’s Zion National Park, mostly craning our necks up like turkeys hypnotized by falling rain. But our fascination is not with rain, but red walls on both sides that rise hundreds of feet overhead. The sun does not find us in this deep canyon, where the air temperature approximates the inside of a refrigerator, and the ankle- to calf-deep water feels about the same.

Changes To Visitor Services At Everglades National Park Coming For Summer

Summer is coming to Everglades National Park, and that means some changes in visitor services in some parts of the park.

Scofflaws Piloting Drones In The National Park System

How can someone spend anywhere from $500 to $3,000 for a drone, drive to the Marin Headlands portion of Golden Gate National Recreation Area, walk several hundred yards from the parking lot along with dozens of other visitors, commence to flying his drone on the trail to the Point Bonita Lighthouse, and claim not to know he was in a national park?

Federal Judge Okays Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon National Park

A federal judge has denied a request by a coalition of conservation groups and the Havasupai Tribe to halt uranium mining at a site near the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. The legal action had challenged the U.S. Forest Service’s decision to allow the mine to be reopened without updating a federal environmental review that dated to 1986.

Research Shows Steady Decline In Snowfall At Yellowstone National Park

This past winter saw an earlier-than-usual decline in snowpack on Yellowstone National Park roads, one that forced the park to shut down access to some snowmobilers and snowcoaches. While some might write that off to simply an unseasonal winter, record-keeping in the park shows less snow is falling there and that in some parts of Yellowstone the once-typical Rocky Mountain winter is much shorter than it used to be.
The Galápagos: A Natural History For Charles Darwin, the Galapagos Islands off the Ecuadoran coast kindled the spark of evolution in his mind. Ever since that time these islands, and their unique flora and fauna, have captivated visitors. This curiosity, sparked by the plants and animals, even played a passing movie role in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, a 2003 film starring Russell Crowe as captain of a British warship during the Napoleonic wars.

Sun King's Solo Solar Light Chases Away The Dark

Solar chargers are one of the big product categories these days in outdoor products. This lightweight, easy to use, long lasting solar light works just great.

Obama Administration Passes On National Parks In DOT's "Grow America" Plan

Despite the Obama Administration's drive to expand the National Park System, and with $11.5 billion in backlogged maintenance needs in the parks, the administration overlooked the National Park Service when putting together its $478 billion "Grow America" plan for improving the nation's infrastructure.

National Park Service Director Sees Value In Adding Waco Mammoth Site To Park System

In an unusual public statement, National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis has spoken highly of adding the Waco Mammoth site in Texas to the National Park System.

Spring Coming Early To Olympic National Park, But Still Some Things Visitors Need To Know

While spring is showing up a bit earlier than usual at Olympic National Park, visitors trying to get a jump on the high season need to be aware of a few things out in the park.

Saddling Up In The National Parks

As a longtime resident of northern Virginia, I feel like I know Shenandoah National Park fairly well. I’ve driven the 105-mile length of Skyline Drive several times, stayed in and near the park, and spent many weekends hiking there. And yet I’ve never experienced the park from the back of a horse...until now.

National Park Service Sued Over Potential For Grizzly Deaths At Grand Teton National Park

Human encroachment, elk feedlots, and climate change increasing are puttin pressure on the survival of grizzly bears in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, and the annual elk reduction hunt at Grand Teton National Park is an unnecessary stressor that is impacting the bears' survival in the ecosystem, according to a lawsuit filed against the National Park Service, Interior Department, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Colorado River At Grand Canyon National Park Called "America's Most Endangered River"

In many situations organizations from sports teams to corporations strive to earn the distinction of being named "Number One in the country." That's not the case, however, when it comes to a list of America's Most Endangered Rivers, and the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park has unfortunately earned that label on a just-released annual report.

Birding In The National Parks: Birding By Impression

Experienced birders tend to do things that make them look like wizards to beginners. One of the things that often both impresses and confounds the neophyte is an expert’s ability to catch a glance of a back-lit bird flying out of a tree or a shorebird standing by a pond a half-mile away and nail the identification seemingly without thought. For better or worse, there’s no magic involved. What the experienced birder is doing is birding by impression.