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Exploring The Parks: Musings From Chaco Culture National Historical Park

It’s a long, rough and dusty road from anywhere to Chaco Culture National Historical Park. But, boy, is it worth the trip! The fact that it’s such a rough trip may have a lot to do with determining the kind of people who come to visit this place carved out of the high desert of northwestern New Mexico. Unlike visitors to so many other parks, these folks have a certain quality about them that hit me right off the bat.

Akamina Parkway In Waterton Lakes National Park Is Now Open

The Akamina Parkway, a 9-mile-long scenic route that leads to Cameron Lake in Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, Canada, has been reopened to traffic following a construction project.

Stretch Of White Rim Road In Canyonlands National Park To Be Closed In July

If you're planning to mountain bike the White Rim Road in Canyonlands National Park in July, know that a short stretch of the road will be closed for a few days to all travelers.

Twenty-One Trails, 452 Miles, Added To National Trails System

With National Trails Day coming Saturday, 21 trails and 452 miles have been added to the National Trails System.

Exploring The Parks: Floating Nebraska’s Niobrara National Scenic River

The Niobrara River flows eastward 535 miles from the high plains of Wyoming to its confluence with the Missouri River in northeastern Nebraska. Over its course the river cuts through nearly the entire width of northern Nebraska, much of which is in the state’s scenic Sandhills region. Unlike most rivers that are fed by rainwater runoff, nearly three-quarters of the Niobrara’s flow is the result of groundwater from the vast Ogallala Aquifer.

Mountain Goat Studies Continuing At Glacier National Park

Stylish collars and perhaps a splash of paint will mark some mountain goats this summer at Glacier National Park in Montana, where an ongoing study of the animals is moving into its second year.

Traveler's Gear Box: Helinox Table One And Chair One From Big Agnes

Roughing it isn't always as difficult as it once was, and with two pieces of camp furniture from Big Agnes it gets even more comfortable.

Rally At Yellowstone National Park Aims To Boost Public Support For Wolves In The Wild

A rally to raise public awareness about wolves in and around Yellowstone National Park is scheduled for late June near the north entrance to the park at Gardiner, Montana.

Comfort Station Doors And The Law Of Unintended Consequences

Throughout the National Park System, and other public lands across the nation, arguably the most popular facilities are also the most utilitarian: comfort stations. They come in a variety of styles, from modern to rustic, but one good rule applies to them all—please keep the outside door closed. Failing to do so can lead to some classic examples of the Law of Unintended Consequences.

California Condor Pair Thought To Have Hatched A Chick In Zion National Park

In what would be a milestone for the California condor recovery program, biologists believe a pair of the large birds has hatched a chick high in the cliffs of Zion National Park.

Watching Wildlife At Grand Teton National Park, The Video

Living with wildlife challenges all of us. When you visit Grand Teton National Park on vacation, encountering wildlife in their own environment is thrilling and potentially dangerous. The following video produced by the park will help you learn where to spot wildlife and how to stay safe while doing so.

Moose Population Remains Fairly Stable At Voyageurs National Park

The moose population at Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota seems to be holding its own, according to a recent survey conducted by park biologists. While the herd isn't growning, moose mortality rates in Voyageurs are about half of that found elsewhere in northeastern Minnesota, officials say.

Road Construction On Tioga Road In Yosemite National Park This Summer

Traveling across the upper tier of Yosemite National Park this summer will be touch and go, as construction on the Tioga Road will lead to short delays.

Tips For Dealing With Crowds At Yosemite National Park This Summer

Yosemite National Park, one of the most-visited parks in the system, likely will be even busier this year as attention is drawn to the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant that set aside the landscape for protection and which was a prelude to the idea of creating "national parks." As a result, park officials have some tips you might consider for avoiding the crowds as much as possible when you visit Yosemite.

Around The Parks: Maritime Heritage Trail At Biscayne, Hiking For Health At Voyageurs, Early Season Hiking At Grand Teton

From exploring sunken wrecks in Biscayne National Park to improving your health on the hiking trails of Voyageurs National Park, there's a lot going on in the National Park System this summer.

Deer Culling At Valley Forge National Historical Park Leads To Better Forest Growth

Dogwood. Black Gum. Sassafras. These are just some of the native species seedlings that have been spotted in the forests of Valley Forge National Historical Park, where a significant reduction in the white-tailed deer herds has allowed these trees to recover from overbrowsing.

Road Closure Coming To Section Of North Cascades National Park This Fall

Work to make substantial repairs to the Cascades River Road will shut off access to the Boston Basin and Cascade Pass areas of North Cascades National Park in Washington state this fall.

Sea Turtles, History, And Solitude At Canaveral National Seashore

Though Florida is one of the most populated states in the country, there still are places where you can flee humanity in the Sunshine State. Canaveral National Seashore, just north of the Kennedy Space Center, is one of them. Here on the Atlantic Coast the seashore’s beaches draw surfers, swimmers, surfcasters...and turtles...lots of turtles.

Celebrate National Trails Day With A Hike In Your Favorite National Park

Not that you need an excuse to visit your favorite national park, but there's a perfect one this Saturday: National Trails Day!

Birding In The National Parks: Birding By Ear

When I was first learning the basic skills of birding, I read a line in Roger Tory Peterson’s famous field guide that almost made me want to give up any aspirations of becoming a good birder. He said something about skilled birders sometimes doing 95 percent of their birding by ear. I was horrified. Here I was, looking through a field guide, imagining all of the pretty birds I would see some day, and Peterson was telling me I’d learn to do 95 percent of it by sound. That’s no fun at all!

Nesting Loons Lead To Rum Island Closure At Acadia National Park

Rum Island on Long Pond in Acadia National Park in Maine will be closed to the public through mid-July so you won't ruffle the feathers of loons that nest there.

Exploring The Parks: Musings From El Morro National Monument

El Morro National Monument is one of the little gems in the crown jewels of our national parks, and even though it may not be as noticeable as its bigger cousins, it is precious just the same.

Yosemite In Pictures

There are a lot of photography books about Yosemite National Park, and sometimes it seems like the photographers shoot the same scene from the same place at the same time. Maybe they look for the marks of previous tripods.

World Ocean Day Programs Scheduled At Cape Hatteras National Seashore

What role do oceans play in our daily lives? How will we rely on them in years to come? These are just some of the questions that are prompted by World Oceans Day, which was first recognized in 2008 and which will be marked this coming Saturday. At Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina, rangers will be exploring some of those questions.

Climate Scientists Coming To San Juan Island National Historical Park

San Juan Island National Historical Park offers a bit more than just sightseeing to its visitors this summer. Residents and visitors alike will have an opportunity to learn about the impacts of climate change, how it affects the popular San Juan Islands and other admired national parks through a series of expert speakers.

Roadwork Will Slow Summer Travel Through Yellowstone National Park

Roadwork will slow your travels through Yellowstone National Park this summer, with various bridge and pavement widening projects on tap in the park.

Six Climbers Feared Dead In Accident At Mount Rainier National Park

Six climbers are feared dead from a fall of more than 3,000 feet at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington, where they were on a route that took them along one of the more technical approaches to the summit.

Move Over Baseball, National Parks Have Trading Cards, Too

People have been collecting stuff forever. When adults visit national parks, they can collect passport stamps or pamphlets. Children earn Junior Ranger badges, though getting one takes a lot more effort and time than a passport stamp. But there’s something else out there to collect, too, and it looks a lot like baseball trading cards

Photo From Space Shows Plight Of Colorado River

Books have been written about the waning waters of the Colorado River drainage, and roughly $1 million has been spent to deepen boat channels at Lake Powell, but perhaps the best evidence symbolizing the plight of the once-majestic river is a photo from Space.

Construction To Close Devils Garden Loop Road, Trailhead At Arches National Park In June

A project to improve parking and traffic flow will close the Devils Garden Loop Road and traihead at Arches National Park for 11 days in June.