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Great Basin National Park Officials Seeking Comment On Plan To Restore Native Bonneville Cutthroat Trout

Snake Creek in Great Basin National Park has been without native Bonneville Cutthroat Trout since non-native trout forced them out. Now park officials want to reverse that.

Ranger Guided Hike To Unique Archeological Site At Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park

One of the "most unique archeological areas in the National Park System" will be the subject of a ranger-guided hike on February 8, and the location might surprise you. The Moccasin Bend National Archeological District, which "spans 12,000 years of continuous human habitation," is part of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, a park best known for major Civil War battles.

Welcome Traveler's Newest Supporters And Advertisers

Observant readers of the Traveler no doubt noticed some new sponsors and advertisers who believe in our mission to nurture advocates and stewards for the National Park System while exploring how best to get the most out of the park experience.

Reader Participation Day: What Are The Most Unnerving Trails In A National Park?

Hiking is a popular activity in our parks, and trails—long and short, easy to arduous—provide almost unlimited opportunities for us to stretch our legs or challenge our abilities. Whether a hike on a particular trail seems "scary" is a pretty subjective question, since our tolerance for steep drop-offs, uncertain footing or other factors varies widely from person to person.

A View From the Overlook: “How Do You Get A Permanent Job With The NPS?”

“How Do You Get A Permanent Job With The NPS?” This is a frequently asked question, Neighbors! No doubt about it, the NPS is a feel-good agency that many people would like to join, and they are not easily dissuaded. Unfortunately, the answer to that question is complicated, ambiguous and fluid.

Birding In The National Parks: Are You Planning Your Park Birding Trips For The Year?

Much of the northern half of the country is locked into winter now, which makes it a perfect time to plan your birding trips for the rest of the year.

Castle Rock Cut To Be Deepened Again at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Castle Rock Cut is a popular short-cut route on Lake Powell that allows boaters to shorten the trip between the major Wahweap Marina and destinations uplake by a distance of 12 miles. Years of drought and falling water levels for the lake have made this shortcut unusable by boaters, so work is getting underway at to lower this channel by another twenty feet.

"Changing Seasons" Discussion Topic At Joshua Tree National Park This Saturday

The science around the change of seasons will be the topic of a one-day workshop at Joshua Tree National Park this Saturday.

Bryce Canyon National Park Schedules Open House On Transportation Plan

An open house is scheduled for March 5 at Bryce Canyon National Park to discuss the park's environmental assessment on a "multimodal transportation plan" that would link the park with Bryce Canyon City.

Interesting And Overlooked National Parks In America

It very likely is true that one person's overlooked national park is another's jewel.

New Study Finds Many Appalachian Trail Hikers Are Unable To Identify Key Sign Of Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease is a common and serious tick-borne illness that can be difficult to diagnose, and both early recognition of infection and prompt treatment are important. Unfortunately, a new study says many hikers on the Appalachian Trail are unable to recognize one of the key indicators that an individual may have contracted the illness.

Just How Accurate Are National Park Concessionaires' On-Line Reservation Sites?

Are you making your summer park vacation plans? Don't place full faith in on-line reservations sites, as they don't always tell the full story of what's available.

Handling Of Acadia National Park's Concessions Contract Contested In Federal Claims Court

The long-time concessionaire at Acadia National Park, saying a "flawed evaluation process" was used, is appealing the loss of its contract.

Commemoration Of Gen. Sherman's "Meridian Campaign" Planned At Vicksburg National Military Park

It was 150 years ago when Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman and his troops swept down on Meridian, Mississippi, to capture a Confederate supply center. That "Meridian Campaign" will be revisited next week at Vicksburg National Military Park.

Turn Down Your Volume Near Old-Growth Forests In Redwoods National Park

Shhhhhhhh! That's the urging at Redwoods National Park in California, where officials intend to ban loud music within 500 feet of old-growth forests during part of the year.

Talks On Maritime History Coming To Salem Maritime National Historic Site

Maritime history and how it ties into the port of Salem, Massachusetts, will be the focus of two talks coming up at Salem Maritime National Historic Site.

Rocky Mountain National Park Seeking Input On Proposal To Open Short Trail To Mountain Bikes

Public input is being sought on a draft environmental assessment that examines a proposal to open a 2-mile-long trail at Rocky Mountain National Park to mountain bikes.

Unseasonably Mild Weather Ends Snowmobile Travel In Parts Of Denali National Park

The unseasonable weather that has stricken the Sierras in California is also impacting Alaska, where warm, rainy weather has brought an end to snowmobiling for traditional activities in parts of Denali National Park and Preserve.

Satellite Photos Show How Dire Snow Conditions Are At Yosemite National Park, Sierra Range

How skimpy are snow levels across the Sierra Nevada this winter? The above satellite photo pretty much sums things up.

Touring The National Parks: What Does It Take To Get Into An RV Today?

When we first hatched our plan to visit all 59 National Parks in sprint-like fashion, we really didn't know how were going to do it logistically. About the only thing we knew for certain was that we wanted to take our Maltese puppies Bubba and Lilly. Everything else was on the table.

Celestial Stargazing Comes To Paramount Ranch In Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

For over 70 years, there was plenty of "star gazing" at the Paramount Ranch. Located near Los Angeles, the Ranch was used for filming more than 150 movies and TV shows featuring some of the biggest names in the industry. Now part of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, the ranch will host a chance for the public to enjoy a more timeless type of star gazing during a winter sky star party on the evening of February 8.

Five Aspects Of Theodore Roosevelt National Park Not To Miss On Your Next Visit

It can take a long time to reach Theodore Roosevelt National Park, located as it is in southwestern North Dakota. Fortunately, there are some great hikes to do once you get there to stretch your legs. Here are five aspects of the park not to miss on your next visit.

Black History Month Brings Diverse Programs To San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

A diverse sampling of maritime history will be on display in February at San Francisco Maritime National Historical in honor of Black History Month.

Study Points To Value Of Protecting Migrational Routes Between National Parks

The need to prevent national park units from turning into biological islands, cut off from other wild lands by development, is not a new worry. But a recent study reinforces the value of ensuring migrational corridors survive.

Gray Wolf Shot At Inholding Within Grand Teton National Park

An investigation was ongoing Tuesday into the shooting death of a gray wolf on the grounds of a private inholding within Grand Teton National Park.

Photography In The National Parks: Going Inside

In early November of every year the gates are closed and the rest of Yellowstone National Park seems to cease its existence for six whole months.

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park Has Plenty To Entertain You With In February

Planning to find yourself in Hawaii next month? Check out the following roster of activities in February at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park.

Canyonlands National Park The Latest To Move To Online Backcountry Permitting

Add Canyonlands National Park to the growing list of parks that are moving their backcountry permitting process to the Internet.

What Is National Parks Traveler's Role?

What is the role of National Parks Traveler? For long-time readers, that might be easy to answer, but it has evolved and continues to evolve.

Everglades National Park Mulling Acquisition Of Power Transmission Corridor

Everglades National Park officials are mulling an option to acquire a transmission corridor along roughly 7 miles along one edge of the park, and are collecting public comment through mid-March on the matter.