Archive List

Demolition Update: It’s One Down and One to Go at Gettysburg

At Gettysburg, the old visitor center and the Cyclorama Building were constructed atop a key part of the historic battlefield. The NPS has long planned to remove both buildings and return the site to its 1863 appearance. The old visitor center is now being knocked down and toted away, but preservationists have blocked demolition of the Cyclorama Building.

Top 10 National Parks: Do You See Your Favorites in This Short Video?

Everybody seems to have their own top 10 list of America's national parks. Here's a short video collection of one set of 10 selected by the National Park Service.

UPDATE: Mt. Redoubt Volcano Adds Unwelcome Fireworks to Alaska Statehood Anniversary

Mt. Redoubt eruption on March 30, 2009.
Alaska marks 50 years of statehood this year, and Mt. Redoubt, located in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, has crashed the party with a series of impressive eruptions.

Traveler Editor Kurt Repanshek Spurns Pulitzer, Goes into Hiding

Have you seen Kurt Repanshek? We need to talk to him.

Trust For Public Land Leverages Land Purchase for Virgin Islands National Park

For roughly 47 cents on the dollar, Virgin Islands National Park is growing by more than 400 acres thanks to the efforts of the Trust for Public Land.

National Park Quiz 48: Mysteries

This week’s quiz will test your knowledge of various and sundry national park mysteries. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you explain the difference between a mystery, a riddle, and an enigma.

Climate Change and Coral Bleaching: Changing the Seascape of Virgin Islands National Park

Forget what you might have heard about polar bears being the first species to gain Endangered Species Act protection due to climate change. Two species of coral lay claim to that unfortunate distinction.

National Parks Traveler Back On-Line, Back in Business!

After an "interesting" two days, the Traveler is back on-line and back in business.

Early Tourism at Bryce Canyon National Park: No Color in This Film, But Hot and Cold Running Water in the Cabins!

Today practically all you need to say is "Bryce Canyon" to create a colorful mental picture of this Southwestern gem of the National Park System. But back in the early 1900s when a travelogue of the park was filmed, the color had to be in the narrative.

Creature Feature: Yellowstone National Park, Home to Wolves, Grizzlies, Elk, Moose, and ... Crystal Salamanders

Yellowstone National Park is "charismatic mega-fauna" defined. Spend a handful of days in the park and you're likely to spy wolves, elk, grizzlies, black bears, moose and more. But salamanders?

By the Numbers: President Bush’s National Park Legacy

George W. Bush’s national park legacy includes seven new NPS units, five redesignations, one deauthorization, and one oddity.

Traveler Housekeeping: Don't Forget To Check in On Our Favorite Links

While the lion's share of parks-related content shows up right here on the Traveler's home page, there's more behind the scenes.

Tracing The Postage Stamp-Sized History of the National Park System

You could call it a postage stamp-sized history of the National Park System, but the history of park scenes on U.S. postage is really quite colorful and carries a few stories with it.

Was This the Best-Ever Use of a Bra in a National Park?

Deane Lengkeek wasn’t carrying a concealed weapon when he was attacked and mauled by a grizzly bear in Glacier National Park. His wife Lorraine was wearing a bra, though, and that made all the difference.

Watching Wildlife In and Around Grand Teton National Park

If you've ever been to Yellowstone National Park, you know that it is well-deserving of its reputation as an open-air zoo thanks to all the bison, elk, bears, wolves, coyotes, moose, and bird life to be seen. But don't sell neighboring Grand Teton National Park short when it comes to viewing wildlife.

How Not to Launch a Boat at Catoctin Mountain Park

Boat accident at Big Hunting Creek
Catoctin Mountain Park offers a lot of great activities, but boating is not one of them. A motorist towing a boat past the park recently confirmed that's the case with an unplanned, and very unorthodox, "boat launching."

Ignorance and Complacency—Common Denominators in Many Park Accidents

River at flood stage
Spring can be prime season in some parks for canoeing, kayaking and other types of boating. Water levels are often higher in rivers from either spring rains and/or snow melt, but when combined with ignorance or complacency, too much water can present a serious problem. Two visitors at Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area recently learned that lesson the hard way.

Showdown at the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park

When Daniel Snyder, the owner of the Washington Redskins, was last mentioned in the Traveler, it had to do with some tree-cutting he had performed on a scenic easement to improve the view from his estate to the Potomac River. Well, it's time to revisit that story, this time with a happy ending.
We don't often hear about the National Park System's marine sites, but one that's worth learning more about is the Buck Island Reef National Monument. You can't easily get there, as not only is it located in the Caribbean, but most of it is under water.

What Should a Park Do With "Surplus" Wood? Yellowstone National Park Has One Answer

stack of firewood
Any NPS area that has very many trees will occasionally face a dilemma: what to do with the wood that results from activities such as hazardous tree removal, wildland fire fuel reduction and similar work? Yellowstone National Park has one solution—firewood permits.

It's That Time of Year: Peregrine Falcons Are Nesting At Acadia National Park

It's that time of year again -- the peregrine falcons are the Precipice Cliff in Acadia National Park. And while that means you can't head up the Precipice Trail, you can get a good look at these raptors that once were thought on the way to extinction.

Congress Passes Sweeping Public Lands Package, National Parks Will Benefit

Hundreds of thousands of acres of officially designated wilderness. Boundary adjustments that will preserve cultural and ecological resources, not to mention scenery. Authorization to create the Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail.

Spring Openings on Tap for Shenandoah National Park

Winter's worst apparently is behind in the mid-Atlantic states, as Shenandoah National Park is beginning to open its facilities for the spring. In fact, the Big Meadows Campground opens Friday.

National Park Quiz 47: Spring

Spring arrived at 11:44 UT last Friday, March 20, so let’s make spring the key word for this week’s quiz. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you write on the whiteboard 101 times: “The celestial coordinate system that employs the vernal equinox as the origin of the ecliptic longitude is known as the ecliptic coordinate system.”

Developer Outlines Financing To Transform Fort Hancock at Gateway National Recreation Area

A controversial proposal to restore rundown historic buildings at Gateway National Recreation Area for commercial purposes seems to be moving forward with a financing package, according to the NRA's superintendent.

National Park Foundation Launches 2009 Junior Ranger Essay Contest

The National Park Foundation wants to hear from your kids regarding their concerns about national parks, and the winning essayist will be able to see $5000 donated to the park of her or his choice. And they'll also get a $1,000 Visa gift card of their own!

Grand Teton National Park Roads Open to Cyclists, Hikers, Skaters

With snow-clearing operations well-advanced, roads in Grand Teton National Park are opening up to cyclists, hikers, and in-line skaters.

Spring Plowing Operations Under Way in Glacier National Park

They've unleashed the snowplows in Glacier National Park, which means it shouldn't be too terribly long before the Going-to-the-Sun Road is once again open end-to-end.

House Consideration of Massive Public Lands Bill Could Involve Gun Amendment

Less than two weeks after he lamented items he viewed as frivolous in the massive public lands bill that would designate official wilderness and launch three new units of the National Park System, a Utah Republican believes the bill should carry an amendment allowing concealed carry in national parks.

Scientists in Hot Water at Yellowstone National Park—for a Good Cause

Scientist next to hot spring at Yellowstone.
Research projects have become a popular target for politicians and citizens concerned about government spending, but at least some studies do have practical applications. A recent example involves a project at Yellowstone National Park, where scientists have been in hot water for a good cause.