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Community Lists Requirements It Wants Approved Before Supporting Maine North Woods National Park

A community close to the proposed Maine North Woods National Park has drafted a letter that outlines the requirements it would like to see met before it could support such a park.
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Pedal Around Glacier National Park For A Good Cause

What could be worse than pedaling your bike for five days around Glacier and Waterton Lakes national parks this summer?

Long History Of Concession Operated Trail Rides Comes To An End At Theodore Roosevelt National Park

A long tradition of guided horseback rides at Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota has come to an end, and the park has no immediate plans to seek another outfit to run the business.

January Was The Warmest And Driest January On Record At Tuolumne Meadows In Yosemite National Park

Until a storm blew into California this weekend, winter weather had largely gone missing in Yosemite National Park, especially in Tuolumne Meadows. Rangers there reported that this January was the warmest and driest on record in Tuolume Meadows as measured at the weather station there.

Saguaro National Park Offers Wilderness Exploration Day Camp For Youngsters

Saguaro National Park has a great idea for helping kids learn about—and be more comfortable in—the out-of-doors. For three days later this month, young people ages 10 to 14 can participate in a three-day "Wilderness Exploration Day Camp" at the park, and the staff has scheduled the event to coincide with a scheduled holiday in the local school's calendar.

Fleeing Yellowstone & Grand Teton Crowds by Sea Kayak

Had we been ashore, our feet might have been badly scalded, or worse, if we had absent-mindedly stumbled into a hot spring. But here, in a sea kayak just off the West Thumb Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park, the bubbling waters popped to the surface of Yellowstone Lake, merely a harmless marvel to watch.

Public Pushback Prompts Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Officials To Drop Higher Fee Proposal

The public has spoken. And at Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, the staff listened and agreed to shelve, at least temporarily, a plan to increase user fees.

No Charges Yet In "Creepytings" Vandalism Case That Left Painted Images Across The National Park System

An investigation into a case of vandalism that left painted images on rock outcrops in at least eight Western national parks is continuing with charges yet to be brought in the case, National Park Service officials say.

Big Plans On Tap At Valley Forge For George Washington's 283rd Birthday

For George Washington's 46th birthday, Martha surprised him with a public celebration at his headquarters in Valley Forge, bringing some mid-winter excitement (and cake) to the general and his troops. Following in her footsteps, Valley Forge National Historical Park has planned a weekend of programs and activities to celebrate Washington's 283rd birthday this year.

Backcountry Users At Yellowstone National Park To Pay A Little More

Disappearing into the backcountry of Yellowstone National Park is going to cost you a little more beginning in May when the park moves to a fee structure designed to help offset the costs of operating the backcountry permit system.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore Taking Another Look At Wildlife Buffers

Cape Hatteras National Seashore officials, three years removed from what seemed to be a settled approach to managing wildlife, off-road vehicles, and pedestrians on their beaches, are re-examining aspects of that plan as ordered by Congress, a request that must be complied with by mid-June.

Katmai National Park Moves To Ban Bicycles From Valley Of 10,000 Smokes

As mountain bikes continue to evolve, they are able to tackle more and more terrain...and are found in more and more places. But at Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska, officials don't believe bikes of any kind fit in the Valley of 10,000 Smokes and are moving to ban them via an update to the superintendent's compendium, or rulebook.

Yellowstone National Park Elk Herds On Rebounding, Up Nearly 25 Percent

Elk herds in Yellowstone National Park are on the rebound, with the annual winter survey indicating an increase of nearly 25 percent in the northern herd to nearly 4,900 animals.

Paddling Through History On The Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

We knew we were being watched. We skimmed across the water, with our paddle blades rising and falling in a quick cadence. From its tall perch atop a pine, a bald eagle slowly rotated its white-feathered head and kept its eyes on us as we paddled further across Menokin Bay towards Cat Point Creek.

Make Plans To Attend Family Fun Fest At Biscayne National Park

Find yourself in Florida this month and pencil in a trip to Biscayne National Park on Sunday to attend the Family Fun Fest, where five sciences will be the topics for discussion.

Higher Entrance, Camping Fees Opposed At Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic Park

Higher entrance and camping fees proposed for Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park in Maryland and West Virginia are being opposed by some Maryland lawmakers, who say the proposed increases would lead to reduced tourism and jobs in their state.

National Park Supporters Thrilled With President's FY2016 Budget Proposal And What It Holds

The boost President Obama wants to see in the National Park Service's budget for the next fiscal year is a huge one compared to recent budgets, and his work is being applauded by those who support the national parks. But will it be embraced by the Republican-controlled Congress?

Yosemite National Park Adopting Sliding Entrance Fee Schedule, Higher Campground Fees

A sliding scale for entrance fees, and slightly higher campground fees, will take effect at Yosemite National Park on March 1.

Photography In The National Parks: My Five Fave Shots of 2014

It's 2015 - a new year with all sorts of new prospects for photography in the national parks. Looking back to the old year, what images did you capture that were your ultimate favorites? Contributing photographer Rebecca Latson shows us her five favorites from 2014 along with camera settings and the reason each is a favorite with her.

President Obama's FY2016 Budget Request Includes $3 Billion For National Park Service

President Obama's budget request for the 2016 fiscal year seeks $2.6 billion for the National Park Service, an increase of $55 million from current funding levels. That request seeks hundreds of millions of dollars for infrastructure needs, such as renovations to the Many Glacier Hotel in Glacier National Park and for safety, efficiency, and access upgrades to the visitor's center at Gettysburg National Military Park.

A New Look Is Coming To The Traveler...

A new look is coming to National Parks Traveler, one that mobile phone users will rejoice over!

Your Two-Minute Break To Enjoy Wildlife Along The Moose-WIlson Road In Grand Teton National Park

Watch the unique wildlife and scenery of the Moose-Wilson corridor in action! Grand Teton National Park managers are studying the resources of the corridor as part of an effort to plan for its future.
Ponderosa: Big Pine of the Southwest They are one of the iconic trees found in parts of the Southwest and Rocky Mountain states. You can’t miss their massive stature and warm, red trunks when you’re out on a hike in the national parks.

Another "Off-Season" Rescue At Rocky Mountain National Park

The winter season may not be as busy as the summer in terms of total visitation at Rocky Mountain National Park, but the scaled-down "off-season" staff has stayed plenty busy with rescues. The past week brought a multi-day search for a hiker on an ill-advised attempt to cross the park via Trail Ridge Road; that effort was followed yesterday by the rescue of a climber after a fall in the park's backcountry.

The World's Largest National Park Is "Not Your Typical National Park"

The nation of Greenland only has one national park...but when a park has this many superlatives, one is probably enough. The world's largest national park covers more territory than all but 30 entire countries, and features dramatic scenery and abundant wildlife. However, due to its relative inaccessibility, it is not a national park in the traditional sense, and a visit to Greenland National Park requires plenty of advance planning.

Application Period Opens For Non-Commercial River Trip Permits At Grand Canyon National Park

Today marks the opening of the application period for the permit lottery for 2016 Noncommerical River Trip launch dates at Grand Canyon National Park. Applications will be accepted online through noon Mountain Standard Time on February 24.

2nd Annual Essential Guide To Paddling The Parks

Flat water. Whitewater. Tranquil pools and rising tides. All this and more abounds in the National Park System’s water world. Though often described as “more than 84 million acres” of landscape, the system also embraces endless miles of streams, lakeshore, and ocean front. It’s a watery landscape you can explore for half-a-day, or for the rest of your life.

Bobwhite Quail Recovery Project Under Way At Pea Ridge National Military Park

Efforts are under way at Pea Ridge National Military Park in Arkansas to rebuild habitat for bobwhite quail, a grasslands bird that has suffered from declining habitat nation-wide.

Rainbow Bridge National Monument Reopens To Visitors

Rainbow Bridge National Monument, which had been closed to most visitors for trail repairs, fully reopened Friday.

General Management Plan For Ozark National Scenic Riverways Approved By National Park Service

A plan to manage the Ozark National Scenic Riverways for the next two decades has been approved by the National Park Service, though some elements might not immediately be implemented.