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Far View Lodge At Mesa Verde National Park Extends Season

If you're thinking of visiting Mesa Verde National Park in southwestern Colorado yet this year, here's some good news: the park's Far View Lodge has extended its season through October 25.

Scientists Solve The Mystery Of The "Sailing Stones" At Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park has long been the site of a mystery that has intrigued visitors and baffled scientists—the "sailing stones" of Racetrack Playa. The playa is a dry lake, and its surface is marked by a web of "trails" left in the soil by the unexplained movement of hundreds of rocks. Now a team of researchers has solved the puzzle...and the answer involves a very unlikely process in the hottest place in America.

Peaks, Politics & Passion, Grand Teton National Park Comes Of Age

Creating national parks is not a clean, simple process, and that certainly was not the case with Grand Teton National Park, where a little subterfuge was needed to preserve the landscapes millions of visitors enjoy each year.

National Park Service Addresses Ticketing Problems At USS Arizona Memorial

A loosely run system for distributing free tour tickets for the USS Arizona Memorial that had "ample opportunities for abuse" is being addressed by National Park Service personnel to ensure walk-up visitors aren't locked out of the tours.

Assessing National Park Wilderness On The 50th Anniversary Of The Wilderness Act

It's been 50 years since President Lyndon B. Johnson signed The Wilderness Act into law in 1964, but the question remains: Why has so much land within the National Park System not been designated as wilderness?

Booker T. Washington National Monument To Offer “Harvest Time” Program

Virginia’s Booker T. Washington National Monument will be offering its popular “Harvest Time” event on September 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The reenactment of 1864 life on the plantation is expected to include basket making, blacksmithing, butter churning, chair caning, rag doll making, open hearth cooking, sheep shearing, spinning, tatting, and tobacco twisting.

Mile Marker 63 Rest Area In Big Cypress National Preserve Back In Business

After nearly $9 million worth of improvements, the rest area at Mile Marker 63 along Interestate 75 in Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida is back in business.

Photography In The Parks: Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Dreams Of Wild Horses Realized

It is late August, and most families will soon be returning home, just in time to send their children back to school, but not before one last trip to see the wondrous sights in one of our nation’s major national parks.

Of Puffins And Wilderness At Acadia National Park

People love puffins so much that visitors to Acadia National Park often ask rangers where they can see them, even though they are too far from shore to be visible.

The “Maine” Event: Acadia’s Best Fall Color Hikes

One could argue that there is no bad time to visit Acadia National Park—and one would likely receive little resistance from those who have experienced the magical park. However, like a proud peacock showing off its striking plumage, autumn’s arrival to Maine’s coastal gem ushers in a symphony of fleeting shades of red, yellow, gold, and even purple as maple, beech, birch, oak, white ash and other deciduous trees don their brilliant fall leaves beginning in early October.

Tuolumne Grove Parking Area In Yosemite National Park To Close For Improvements

If you hope to see the Tuolumne Grove of Sequoias in Yosemite National Park this month, you'll need to plan on a weekend visit if you're driving directly there. And after September passes, the parking area at the site will be closed for the rest of the year while improvements are made to it.

Grand Teton National Park Honors Native American Tribes

A tribute to Shoshonean history and culture will take place at the Colter Bay Visitor Center in Grand Teton National Park on Wednesday and Thursday.

Buzzing Drones Lead To Tickets In Yellowstone National Park

Just weeks after a visitor crashed a drone into Yellowstone National Park’s largest hot spring, park officials have filed criminal charges against the alleged pilot, and are stepping up their efforts to publicize and enforce a ban on unmanned aerial vehicles in the park.

Relocation Of Enchanted Valley Chalet In Olympic National Park To Impact Campers, Hikers, Stock Users

Work to temporarily relocate the Enchanted Valley Chalet in Olympic National Park away from the East Fork Quinault River will require hikers and stock users to get park escorts through the valley during the first half of September.

Hurricane Damage Closes Santa Barbara Island At Channel Islands National Park

Damage from Hurricane Marie has forced the temporarily closure of Santa Barbara Island at Channel Islands National Park off the California coast.

Man Sentenced To 22 Weeks In Jail For Poaching Ginseng From Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A North Carolina man who has been convicted four times for digging ginseng plants in Great Smoky Mountains National Park will spend 22 weeks in jail for his latest conviction.

Four Civil War Battlefields Gain Added Protection Via $500,000 In NPS Grants

Four Civil War battlefields will gain additional protection from damage or destruction by urban and suburban development, thanks to more than $500,000 in grants to states from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The grant projects announced on August 26, 2014, are for the Bentonville (North Carolina), Kelly’s Ford (Virginia), Rappahannock Station (Virginia.) and Shepherdstown (West Virginia) battlefields.

"Ticket To Ride" Grants Helps Provide Transportation For Students To Parks Across The Country

Much has been written in recent years about the disconnect between the current generation of young people and the natural world, along with concerns that national parks are not seen as relevant by Americans from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Both issues aren't helped when field trips to parks and other off-site areas are often among the first casualties of tight school budgets. One solution is being provided by the National Park Foundation's "Ticket to Ride" grant program.

Rocky Mountain National Park's Centennial Celebration Kicks Off On September 3

Rocky Mountain National Park reaches a big milestone in 2015, so the park is kicking off a year-long celebration of its 100th birthday on September 3, 2014. An ambitious agenda featuring a wide variety of activities has been planned through September 2015 for the centennial observance which has a great slogan: "Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder: Honor the Past, Celebrate the Present, Inspire the Future."

Saving South Africa's Rhino By Moving Some Of Them Out Of National Parks

When we think about the safest places for wild animals, areas such as national parks and wildlife refuges tend to come to mind. Efforts to bring the rhino population back from the brink of extinction have succeeded in South Africa, notably in Kruger National Park, but now officials are moving some rhino out of the park to other locations where they would be safer from poachers.

Floating Through The Gates Of Lodore In Dinosaur National Monument

Western rivers are the lifeblood of the landscape, threading through canyons and sweeping past the plains. The Green River is one such, born high in the Wind River Range of Wyoming and flowing steadily down to its confluence with the Colorado River in Canyonlands National Park. In Dinosaur National Monument, the Green has cut through the Uinta Mountains, creating the Gates of Lodore.

Following The Caribou South Through Gates Of The Arctic National Park And Preserve

It's about time for Alaska's caribou herds to start heading south before winter hits. The folks at Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve captured some shots of caribou in the park and put together a short slideshow for your enjoyment.
Your Complete Guide to the Arizona National Scenic Trail This guide book describes the 800 mile Arizona national Scenic Trail that stretches from Mexico to Utah

Yellowstone National Park concessions employee found dead

The body of a 21-year-old Yellowstone National Park employee has been found near the Old Faithful Lodge area

Old Report Describes Photographer W. H. Jackson's Return To Yellowstone National Park At The Age Of 94

William H. Jackson was a photographer on the now famous Hayden Geological Survey of the Yellowstone region in 1871, and his images are often cited as an important factor in the campaign to have the area established as a national park. In 1938, at the age of 94, W. J. Jackson returned to the park for a visit, and an old report about his trip offers some fascinating insights into the Hayden Survey and how times have changes in the world of photography.

Ten Top Geologic Parks In The National Park System

Geology factors into many units of the National Park System, but there are some parks that rise above all others if you have an interest in the geologic past...and present. What follows is a short list of some of the most geologically fascinating parks in the system, though we're sure you can add others.

Essential Fall Guide '14: Autumn Park Tours, No. 1, The Road To Ruins

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 first of four suggestions to jump on now, or to add to your to-do list.

Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim groups will now need a permit

Grand Canyon National Park to require permits for non-commercial rim-to-rim hikes

A Visual Tour Of Lassen Volcanic National Park

North of Yosemite, Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Joshua Tree, and a host of other national park units in California, you might say Lassen Volcanic National Park gets no respect. You might also say it's a jewel in the rough, one that doesn't draw crowds, instead allowing you to enjoy this incredible landscape in relative solitude. A measure of solitude, of course, when compared to the Yosemite Valley, the Giant Forest, even sections of Death Valley come the cooler winter months.

Railfest 2014 Coming To Steamtown National Historic Site This Weekend

Train fans looking for their fill of rail history should think about heading to Steamtown National Historic Site in eastern Pennsylvania this coming weekend for Railrest 2014.