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Man Dies In Apparent Base-Jumping Incident At Glacier National Park

A young Montana man who apparently tried to base jump from a cliff in Glacier National Park was killed in the attempt, according to park officials.

Traveler's View: National Park Service Logos Lack Creativity, Fail To Celebrate "America's Best Idea"

National parks, it's held up, are "America's best idea," but logos chosen for the National Park Service to celebrate its centennial and to use in other venues fail to reflect that belief. Indeed, they ignore the rich heritage and beauty of the National Park System in a curious attempt to "engage and connect with new audiences."

Tracing The History Of National Park Service Emblems

Like the familiar “Smokey the Bear” Stetson ranger hat, which was formally adopted nearly 90 years ago, the Park Service arrowhead emblem has become an American icon. The story behind the Arrowhead is quite interesting. We’ll try to cover the basics here and throw in a little trivia for fun.

Lighthouse Renovations Near Completion At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore In Wisconsin

The multi-year Light Station Preservation Project for Apostle Islands National Lakeshore’s six historic lighthouses is nearing completion.

The Unusual Story Behind Death Valley National Park's Popular Zabriskie Point

Death Valley National Park has plenty of colorful place names, including Furnace Creek, Stovepipe Wells, Last Chance Mountain and Devil's Golf Course, so modern-day visitors might be curious about the one given to a popular scenic overlook in the park: Zabriskie Point. The explanation may be a bit surprising, since the name is tied to an activity not usually associated with national parks, and the story of the overlook itself offers a fascinating glimpse into the park's history.

Big Cypress National Preserve To Conduct Wilderness Inventory

As part of its backcountry access plan, Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida will also conduct a wilderness eligibility assessment for lands within the original boundaries of the preserve.

Lassen Volcanic National Park Considering Changes To Bumpass Hell Access

Can there be a better way to visit Hell? Bumpass Hell, that is, at Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Special Tours At Fort Union National Monument Offer Rare Chance To Visit Site Of The First Fort Union

Fort Union National Monument is home to what was once the largest military post west of the Mississippi River, but only adobe and stone ruins now remain on the New Mexico prairie. These surviving walls are actually part of the third Fort Union, and September 20, 2014, you can join rangers for a special, once-a-year chance to visit to the site of the First Fort and Arsenal.

Some Tips For Visiting Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Parks This Fall And Winter

Fall is a great time to visit national parks in general, and Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks specifically. The cool mountain air, the towering trees, and the relatively empty hiking trails combined offer an incredible setting for an escape.

Tri-Park Pass Lets You Enjoy Three Hawaiian National Park Gems

For less than seven cents a day, visitors can enjoy Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park, and Haleakalā National Park by purchasing the annual tri-park pass, which is good for one year from the date of purchase.

Essential Fall Guide '14: Sweating The Trail Details In National Parks, No. 1

Floods. Windstorms that down trees. Wildfires. Millions of feet. Hiking trails take a pounding from all these things. And while the paths are the responsibility of the National Park Service, the agency often lacks money and staff to tackle all but the most pressing needs. That’s where national park friends groups come into play with their financial resources and, at times, volunteers.

Campsite Reservations System Will Continue At Voyageurs National Park

A campsite reservation system that took effect at Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota this year performed well during the summer's near-record flooding and will continue operations going forward, park officials say.

Route To The Top Of Half Dome To Reopen To The Public On Saturday

Fire conditions near Half Dome in Yosemite National Park have ebbed enough for the route to the summit of Half Dome to reopen to the public on Saturday, park officials say.

There Likely Is A National Park Fee Increase In Your Future...

It very likely will be a bit more costly to enter Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Acadia, Shenandoah and the other 126 units that charge entrance fees by the time the National Park Service's centennial arrives in 2016, and you also should brace for slightly higher fees to camp, shower, paddle, and participate in boat and cave tours.
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A Video Primer On Bumpass Hell At Lassen Volcanic National Park

Though the towering peak of a dormant volcanic is the main attraction of Lassen Volcanic National Park, there are many other fascinating aspects to this park in northern California. Take Bumpass Hell, for instance.

Plein Air Painting Event Coming To Rocky Mountain National Park

Open-air painting can be one of the most challenging, and beautiful, forms of the art. And later this month you'll have the opportunity to watch painters in action as they work to capture the fall at Rocky Mountain National Park.

Parkway Inn, Inc. Retains Contract To Run Pisgah Inn Along Blue Ridge Parkway

The Pisgah Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway will continue to be managed by Parkway Inn, Inc., under a 10-year contract awarded by the National Park Service.

Reader Participation Day: What Do You Think Of The NPS Centennial Logo?

A couple weeks ago we shared the logo that was chosen to brand the National Park Service's centennial in 2016. What do you think of it?

Sand Replenishment Work Coming To Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Moving sand around -- from beaches that are growing too wide, to those that are shrinking -- will be going on at Golden Gate National Recreation Area in California next month.

Essential Fall Guide '14: Autumn Park Tours, No. 2: An Uncivil War

Fall is a season of transition in the National Park System, from long, hot days with crowded roads and trails, to cooler, crisper weather that beckons you to make a few more trips before winter sets in. Here is the second of four suggestions to jump on now, or to add to your to-do list.

Catch The Bugling At Wind Cave National Park This Fall

Wind Cave National Park rangers will be leading tours this month to listen for the bugle of the Rocky Mountain elk. The elk’s high-pitched whistle heralds the arrival of fall and the elk’s mating season.

Floodwaters Force Temporary Closure Of Zion National Park

Floodwaters, not snow, forced the temporary closure Tuesday of Zion National Park, where monsoonal downpours swelled the Virgin River from a tranquil stream to a raging torrent that flooded portions of Zion Canyon.

Wintry Conditions Close Section Of Going-To-Sun Road At Glacier National Park

A preview of winter blew into Glacier National Park on Tuesday and shut down a portion of the Going-to-the-Sun Road due to hazardous driving conditions.

Check Out The Mountain Life Festival At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The annual Mountain Life Festival in Great Smoky Mountains National Park will take place on Saturday, September 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Mountain Farm Museum adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. This special event preserves the legacy of Appalachian folkways and is a tribute to the many families who lived on lands that later became the national park.

What Bird Is That? Free Merlin App From Cornell Lab Of Ornithology Can Help

Whether you're a serious bird watcher or just have a casual curiosity about the avian world, there's a good chance that at some point in a park visit you've wondered, "What bird was that?" If you're a smart phone user, a free app from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology dubbed "Merlin" can help provide the answer.

Head To Voyageurs National Park To See Ghosts

Sure, Halloween is almost nine weeks off, but that doesn't mean the ghosts can't show up early at Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota.

UPDATE: Missing Hiker Walks Out Of Olympic National Park Backcountry

A backpacker missing in Olympic National Park since Thursday turned up Monday morning in good condition.

Half Dome Hikers Evacuated Via Helicopter Due To Wildfire In Yosemite National Park

Nearly 100 hikers who made their way to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park received helicopter rides down to the Yosemite Valley floor due to a wildfire that has spread into the Little Yosemite Valley below the iconic dome.

New Date Tagged To "Great Gallery" At Canyonlands National Park

Just how old is the artwork in the "Great Gallery" of Canyonlands National Park? It's a question that long has dogged archaeologists, and which recently produced a new, much more recent, time period assigned to it.

Glacial Outburst Noted At Kenai Fjords National Park

On Friday, August 15th, Kenai Fjords National Park staff received numerous reports that water from Bear Glacier Lagoon had breached the moraine separating the lagoon from the mouth of Resurrection Bay, also referred to as the Harding Gateway. Subsequent reports indicated that water levels peaked in the lagoon on August 14th and breached the moraine on August 15th.