Archive List

Exploring The Parks: Chatham Manor At Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park

"Chatham." That one word captures a rich and poignant chapter of American history spanning nearly 250 years.

BioBlast! For Bats, Birds, And Bugs Coming To Cedar Breaks National Monument

If you're planning to be in Utah this coming weekend, consider stopping by Cedar Breaks National Monument to take part in a biodiversity search revolving around bats, birds, and bugs.

Moods Of The Wild: Lassen Volcanic Wilderness

With the 50th anniversary of The Wilderness Act being marked this year, the National Park Service has been producing a number of videos in celebration of that legislation. This video, guided by the poetic musings of some of our most enlightened thinkers, explores the many moods of the Lassen Volcanic Wilderness in Lassen Volcanic National Park in California.

Dinosaur National Monument Adds Visitor Programs

You really don't need any incentives beyond the spectacular beauty of Dinosaur National Monument's river corridors, fossils, and geology to convince yourself to visit this intriguing unit of the National Park System. But there are more incentives now that the park has added a variety of public programs from guided hikes and campground evening programs to the very popular Junior Ranger Program.

Preserving Natural Soundscapes In The National Parks

The National Park Service (NPS) Management Policy defines natural soundscapes as “the unimpaired sounds of nature”, something to be preserved, and cherished by those visiting the parks. Think of serene, trickling creeks, cheeping robins, chirping marmots and the lullaby of crickets when dusk sweeps over your favorite park. The NPS protects these natural and cultural sounds that affect the emotions, attitudes and memories of park visitors.

Exploring the Parks: New River Gorge National River

Deep in West Virginia, the New River has cut a 1,000-foot gorge that, in places, froths with whitewater. Its V-shaped mountainsides are covered in trees. Outcrops of Nuttall sandstone packed with quartz, the gorge’s bones, show near the tops of the cliffs.

UPDATE: Second Lightning Fatality At Rocky Mountain National Park In Two Days

A hiker was struck and killed by lightning Saturday at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, the second fatality in two days due to lightning.

Key Concessions Contracts Up At Yosemite National Park, Along Blue Ridge Parkway

The coming months could tell whether Xanterra Parks & Resorts and Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts are both still in an acquisition mode, or will look to stand pat, as concessions opportunities are weighed in Yosemite National Park and along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Lightning Strike Fatality At Rocky Mountain National Park

A woman was killed and seven other hikers injured by a lightning strike Friday at Rocky Mountain National.

Tour Bus Crash In Grand Teton National Park Injures 24, But Fortunately No Fatalities

A tour bus crash at Grand Teton National Park injured two dozen passengers, including eight who spent the night in area hospitals, but a much more serious tragedy was averted by a lack of traffic on the highway linking the park to Yellowstone National Park.

Creature Feature: Wandering Wolverines

Is that a black bear cub? A badger? No, it’s a wolverine! Wolverines have distinct color patterns on their face, neck and chest making each individual animal unique, and are referred to as “skunk bears” by the Blackfeet Indians. Though their appearance leads most to believe them to be a relative of bears, they are the largest members of the weasel (mustelidae) family that exclusively live on land.

Yosemite Nature Notes: Bird Songs Out In The Park

Wander down any trail in a national park, or simply sit back in a meadow, and you'll be serenaded by birds. But can you name those birds by song or appearance? Throughout Yosemite National Park, unique soundscapes can be found within the beautiful landscapes. Videographer Steven M. Bumgardner took his cameras and microphones out into the park to capture those birdsongs in this video.

Land And Water Conservation Fund Used To Expand Richmond National Battlefield Park

The Gaines Mill battlefield in Richmond National Battlefield Park in Virginia is growing by 285 acres thanks to $400,000 from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Geothermal Heat Melting Road Surface Of Firehole Lake Drive In Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park's underground "furnace" is causing problems for Firehole Lake Drive, where the heat from below is melting the asphalt.

Turbulent Waters Keep National Park Rangers Busy With Rescues At Lake Mead NRA And Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

A quick turn of the weather forced rangers into rescue mode at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore as high winds and waves left dozens of boaters seeking help. The final tally: 70 distress calls at Lake Mead, 11 rescues performed, including of one woman who spent three hours treading water and praying, and the rescue of five young sea kayakers at Sleeping Bear.

Returning Bison To Western Landscapes

With the Interior Department's recent report on how to restore bison to federal and tribal landscapes in the West, the following video about restoring bison to the West is worth a watch. It touches on how the National Park Service will have to look beyond traditional wildlife management practices and existing park boundaries.

Essential Summer Guide '14: Rocks And Roll Through Canyon Country

For mind-blowing scenery, vast vistas of eroded stone, and rugged topography, Utah is the place. The Beehive State is home to five national parks (Arches, Bryce, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Zion) and five national monuments (Cedar Breaks, Grand Staircase-Escalante (managed by the BLM), Rainbow Bridge, Natural Bridges, and Hovenweep) for good reason. It’s the greatest earth on show.

Congressman Calls For "Wolf Safety Zone" Around Yellowstone National Park, Says Fish And Wildlife Service Acting "Irrationally" On Wolf Recovery

A congressman from Oregon is calling on Interior Secretary Sally Jewell work with Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho officials to develop a "wolf safety zone" around Yellowstone National Park, saying without one the health of the park's wolf populations will suffer.

Death Can Lead To The Dissolution Of Wolf Packs In Denali National Park

Life can be hard for the integrity of a wolf pack, particularly when one of the alpha animals dies, according to studies at Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska.

Acadia National Park Officials Proposing Slight Change In Visitor Capacity For Isle Au Haut

One of the great destinations at Acadia National Park isn't on Mount Desert Island off Maine's coast. Rather, it's down coast a bit, on the Isle au Haut, where roughly half of the island is part of the national park. While the Park Service has been working with daily visitor limits since the late 1980s, park officials now want to update those numbers, and hope you'll lend your thoughts.

Photography In The National Parks: The Birds Have Attitude!

Just last week I learned that there was a Williamson's Sapsucker nest in the park, something that is apparently rare, according to another photographer, and that we could get photos of the adult bringing food into the nest. Last year, while photographing a Flicker nest, I saw the same bird and assumed that it was a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Well, I got the sapsucker part right.

Changing The Designation Of Colorado National Monument Not In The Offing

Colorado National Monument will, for the near term, remain a "national monument," and not a "national park."
Crown of the Continent: The Wildest Rockies A new book exams an old subject, in a fashion seldom seen before.

Sample The Old West At Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site

Interested in life in the Old West of the later 1800s? Plan a stop at Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site in Montana this summer.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Proposing Rules For Firewood You Can Bring Into Park

Globalization is not just a sweeping economic trend, but also one involving insects that's been going on for decades, one that is a serious threat to national park forests. At Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina and Tennessee, officials are taking a step they hope will slow any infestation of non-native insects that can wreak havoc on native forests by proposing a rule that only heat-treated firewood can be brought into the park for campfires.

Interior Department Has Plan For Restoring Bison To Public, Tribal Landscapes

Bison, an iconic species of the Plains that once were nearly driven to extinction by the country's westward expansion, has rebounded greatly through conservation efforts over the past century, but more work to restore these animals to public and tribal lands remains to be done, according to an Interior Department report.

Essential Summer Guide: Maritime Forest, Wilderness, And History At Fire Island National Seashore

You may not think that you could lose yourself in the embrace of a forest at a national seashore, but that’s something you’ll encounter when you head to Fire Island National Seashore just off the south shore of Long Island, New York.

Discriminating Explorer: Lake Hotel, Yellowstone National Park's Elegant Lady, Renovated And Invigorated

When Robert Reamer approached the task of remodeling a simple lodge in the still fledgling Yellowstone National Park, he had a backdrop of a sweeping lake rimmed by mountains that remained jacketed in snow well into summer. And yet, to draw Eastern society out to this wilderness, he realized he would need more to lure them than a stunningly beautiful setting.

Musings From Timpanogos Cave National Monument: Who Gets The Fees?

As fees for recreating on public lands continue to increase, who gets the money? Contributor Lee Dalton came away with some answers to that question from his recent visit to Timpanogos Cave National Monument in Utah.
Photography Night Sky: A Field Guide for Shooting After Dark This photography guide will tell you everything you need to know about taking photographs at night.