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Summer: A Great Season To Find Yourself In A National Park

National Parks. They are places of wonderment. They spark our curiosity, help us relax, and can keep us in shape. They offer thousands of miles of hiking trails, majestic vistas, deep woods, rushing streams, and quite literally an open-air zoo of wildlife that relies on these landscapes to thrive and, in some cases, merely survive.

New Navajo Leadership Opposes Escalade Project At Grand Canyon

One proposed development that conservationists feared would appear next door to Grand Canyon National Park now seems unlikely to materialize, as the new leader of the Navajo Nation has gone on record opposing the Grand Canyon Escalade project that envisioned a tram from rim to river.

Higher Entrance, Backcountry Fees Coming To Grand Canyon National Park

In a little more than two weeks it will be a bit more expensive to visit Grand Canyon National Park and to spend a night or more in the backcountry, as higher fees are being implemented. At the same time, the park is doing away with its "Frequent Hiker Membership" program.

Solo Climber Found Dead High On Mount McKinley In Denali National Park

A 39-year-old Argentine climber hoping to summit Mount McKinley in Denali National Park was found dead at the 17,200-foot high camp on the mountain.

Captain Penniman House At Cape Cod National Seashore To Get Painted Thanks To Friends

Captain Edward Penniman would be proud. The whaling captain's home at Cape Cod National Seashore is getting some much needed upkeep thanks to a $100,000 donation from Friends of Cape Cod National Seashore.

Great Online Climber's Aid From Denali National Park

Climbers with an eye on some of the peaks in Denali National Park and Preserve have a great tool just a few clicks away to check on the latest conditions.

Burros Inadvertently Save Life Of Hiker Lost In Death Valley National Park

A group of feral burros inadvertently saved the life of a hiker lost in Death Valley National Park by leading him to water.

UPDATED: Big Cypress National Preserve Fire Complex Now Covering 4,000+ Acres

A wildfire complex ignited by lightning strikes at Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida has spread to more than 4,000 acres, with only about 20 percent of the fires contained, according to park officials.

Forests At Valley Forge National Historical Park Coming Back After Deer Culling

Five years of culling deer at Valley Forge National Historical Park in Pennsylvania has succeeded in reducing over-browsing of the park's forests and allowed them to rebound with growth, according to park officials.

A Traveler Special Report: "Oil Trains" Pose A Significant Threat To National Parks

For more than a century, freight trains have rumbled up and over Marias Pass, skirting the south boundary of Glacier National Park, casting rolling shadows on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River below. Until recently the major threat was a grain car derailment, which on occasion left bears woozy from eating fermented grain. Today a derailment involving a 100-car train hauling highly combustible Bakken crude oil risks an environmental catastrophe unprecedented in National Park Service history.

Anatomy Of An Oil Train Derailment: Collision And Explosions

Bryan Wilson knew immediately that there was no chance of stopping his 106-long oil train, which was traveling at about 43 miles per hour, when he saw the grain car lying across his tracks.

Reader Survey Day: Have Fee Increases Prompted You To Buy An America The Beautiful Pass?

Higher entrance fees are spreading across the National Park System. Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Cape Cod, Capitol Reef, Yosemite, Shenandoah. The list of parks that are raising, or have raised, their entrance fees goes on and on.

Two Idaho Climbers, Stranded In Denali National Park Backcountry, Airlifted To Safety

"Widespread avalanche activity" in the backcountry of Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska stranded two Idaho climbers on a mountain. Fortunately, they were spotted by an air taxi and later taken off the mountain by a park helicopter.

More Than 2,000 Acres Burned By Wildfires At Big Cypress National Preserve, Just 15 Percent Containment

A wildfire complex at Big Cypress National Preserve ub Florida has burned more than 2,000 acres, with firefighters having to cope with thunderstorms expected to bring more lightning to the preserve.

What Lurks In The Landscape Of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park?

What mysteries lurk in the landscape of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park? We'll have some inklings this coming weekend in the wake of a two-day "bioblitz" at the island park.

Yellowstone, Grand Teton Raising Entrance Fees This Summer

It's going to cost a bit more to get into Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks this summer. Indeed, if you visit both parks and don't have a national parks pass, it will cost more than double to visit them than it does today.

Low Waters Levels Will Hamper Some Boating At Ross Lake National Recreation Area

Scheduled maintenance by Seattle City Light will require the lowering of Diablo Lake by 10 feet, down to 1,192 feet above sea level, for periods this spring and again in the fall. As a result, boat ramps will be inaccessible to power boats and some paddlers might have trouble launching, as well, according to North Cascades National Park officials.

Northern Tier Senators Want A Little National Park Service Love

A clutch of U.S. senators from the northern tier of the United States is seeking some love from the National Park Service via their National Scenic Trails Parity Act, which is designed to formally make three national scenic trails part of the National Park System.

Joshua Tree National Park Taking Comments On Proposed Trail

A new trail is being proposed at Joshua Tree National Park in California, one that would be less than a mile while providing additional educational and interpretive opportunities.

U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers, USFWS, Sued For Flooding Cape Sable Sparrow Habitat At Everglades

A lawsuit has been filed against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for flooding Everglades National Park habitat relied upon by the Cape Sable seaside sparrow, an endangered species.

Delaware Water Gap NRA Working On How Best To Handle Visitation In A Changing World

Located roughly mid-way between New York City and Philadelphia, the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is a verdant, mountainous oasis cut by a cooling river that attracts millions every year, with most coming during the summer months to relax and gain a bit of respite from the region's notorious humidity. Those millions, though, can be oppressive when squeezed too closely together.

Cape Cod National Seashore Receives Funds For Emergency Repairs

Damage at Cape Cod National Seashore from winter storms will be repaired in time for the summer season with emergency funding provided the park.

Historic House At Valley Forge To Serve As Party Venue For Next Decade

An estate house on the grounds of Valley Forge National Historical Park that dates to the 1700s will serve as a party venue for the next decade under a contract the National Park Service signed.

Abandoned Ship Beaches At Katmai National Park, Possibly Leaking Fuel

Salvage teams hoped to get a chance this weekend to work on recovering a capsized vessel that came aground at Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska, where an oil sheen was seen drifting away from the wreck.

Rangers File Charges In Graffiti Vandalism At Gateway National Recreation Area

Spray-painted graffiti is becoming an increasing problem in parks around the country, so it was encouraging to learn about a successful investigation of one such incident at Gateway National Recreation Area. This case involved graffiti on top of a historic gun battery structure at the park, and nice work by a ranger has resulted in charges against the individuals responsible.

Fees For Backcountry Travelers Kicking In At Yellowstone National Park

If you're planning a backpacking trip in Yellowstone National Park, it's going to cost you a little bit more. This month the park's new fee for backcountry travel is taking effect.

Moose Population In Voyageurs National Park Holding Steady

Steady is a good thing at Voyageurs National Park, where the resident moose population is holding constant with estimates from the past five years, according to wildlife biologists.

Petition Urges Interior Secretary To Intervene Over Killings Of Denali National Park Wolves

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is being urged by more than 100,000 petitioners to intervene to halt the killings of wolves that wander out of Denali National Park in Alaska.

Traveler's View: Really, Aren't The National Parks Worth More Than $2.5 Million?

Is that number, $2.5 million, accurate, Budweiser, or is there a zero missing? I mean, you get to be a proud partner of the world's most incredible national park system for two years, get to have your corporate logo on the same page as the National Park Service arrowhead, and all it costs you is $2.5 million?

National Park Service Taking Public Input On How To Manage Valles Caldera National Preserve

The Intermountain Region of the National Park Service has scheduled three public listening sessions in northern New Mexico next week to discuss the transition in management of Valles Caldera National Preserve from the Valles Caldera Trust to the NPS.