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Mud Snares 19-Year-Old At Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Caution: Lakes that have been emptied for repair work can harbor deep pits of mud. A 19-year-old discovered that the hard way when she became mired up to her waist at Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Lightning Strike Injures Four Appalachian Trail Hikers

Four people were injured by lightning last Sunday while hiking on the Appalachian Trail near Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.

National Park Quiz 56: Memorials

I hope that this belated salute to Memorial Day doesn’t fall too far outside your comfort zone. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you write the Super Bonus Question on the whiteboard 100 times.

Search Suspended for Missing Climber on Mount McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve

Mount McKinley seems to have claimed its second victim of the climbing season. Rangers at Denali National Park and Preserve have suspended their active search for a Coloradan missing since he launched a solo bid for the summit last Tuesday.

Tricky Conditions Lead Zion National Park Officials to Temporary Close Middle Echo Canyon to Visitors

Too many stranded canyoneers who required help has prompted Zion National Park officials to temporary ban access to Middle Echo Canyon.

Body of Penn State Student Recovered from Stream in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The body of a 20-year-old student from Penn State has been recovered from a deep pool in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

New Life for a Lighthouse at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

The new light.
The beacon atop the South Manitou Island Lighthouse in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore has been dark for years, but light is returning to the historic tower, thanks to a cooperative effort by the NPS and several generous partners.

Backcountry Repairs, Cleanup Scheduled For Mammoth Cave National Park

There will be quite a bit of activity in the backcountry of Mammoth Cave National Park during the next month as crews clean up from storms and make repairs to trails and bridges.

Remember, No Mardis Gras Beads or Dry Ice While Floating at Niobrara National Scenic River

Planning to spend some time paddling at Niobrara National Scenic River this summer? Don't forget your sunscreen, wide-brimmed hat, and PFD. Oh, and leave the Mardi gras beads, dry ice, and Styrofoam cups and coolers at home.

New Shuttle Service Debuts at Valley Forge National Historical Park

Visitors to Valley Forge National Historical Park now have a new way to enjoy the area: the park is experimenting with a free shuttle around the park through the end of August.

Take a Hike In Shenandoah National Park to Celebrate National Trails Day

National Trails Day falls on Saturday, June 6, and the folks at Shenandoah National Park have plenty of ways for you to celebrate.

Aerial Search Continuing for Missing Coloradan On Mount McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve

Favorable flying conditions allowed searchers to spend more than 10 hours in the air Saturday looking for a Coloradan missing on Mount McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve, but there's still no sign of him.

All Major Roads at Yellowstone National Park Open for the Season

Bighorn sheep on road.
All major roads leading to and within Yellowstone National Park are opening for the Memorial Day holiday weekend—and for the summer season. There will some construction delays beginning in late May.

Visitation Jumps in April at Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Perhaps the weather was nicer than usual, maybe it was because Easter showed up in April, but whatever the reason visitation to Great Smoky Mountains National Park was up by double-digits in April.

Mules In Grand Canyon National Park: Should They Stay?

Mules in Grand Canyon National Park. They can be a bane, and they can be a beast of burden that makes your trek down into the abyss somewhat easier. Now park officials want to know if mules should continue to be utilized in the Grand Canyon.

Still No Sign of Missing Climber on Mount McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve

A second day of searching has failed to turn up any sign of a missing climber on Mount McKinley in Denali National Park, and rangers plan to continue the search through the weekend.

Dead Carp at Lake Mohave Make This Memorial Day Memorable for Wrong Reason

Lake Mohave.
Lake Mohave is one of two large reservoirs at Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Memorial Day weekend is traditionally one of the busiest times of the year for the park, but this year's holiday has an unwelcome wrinkle for visitors to Lake Mohave: dead carp.

Creature Feature: Synchronous Fireflies Work Their Magic at Great Smoky

What some call the most beautiful mating ritual on the planet takes place at Great Smoky Mountains National Park in June when synchronous fireflies do their thing.

Tips for Staying Safe During Your Visit to the National Parks

A spate of fatalities in the national parks this spring sends a sobering message: parks can be dangerous places. But they don't have to be if you remember some simple rules when visiting the parks.

New Gun Regulations for National Parks, Wildlife Refuges Won't Take Effect for Nine Months

Don't go armed into a national park or wildlife refuge this weekend. New gun regulations for those federal properties won't take effect for nine months.

Search Under Way for Overdue Climber in Denali National Park and Preserve

Rangers at Denali National Park and Preserve are looking for a Colorado man who was making a solo bid to reach the summit of Mount McKinley.

Hiker Dies at Death Valley National Park

Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes
Death Valley unfortunately lived up to its name earlier this week, when an Ohio hiker failed to return from a day trip in the park.

Historic Pear Trees and a Pig are Part of the Story at this Beautiful Island Park

Historic orchard in spring.
There may not be any partridges in these pear trees, but they're some of the oldest surviving specimens in the country. They're located in a beautiful setting on an island, where a pig had a starring role in a key event in our nation's history.

Mesa Verde’s Tribal Park Neighbor: So Near, So Far, So Different

Dumb and Dumber trips can take interesting twists and turns. We’d seen similar cliff dwellings just a few miles away at Mesa Verde National Park but this Ute Mountain Tribal Park experience was oh, so different.

Why Are Those Planes Flying Over Grand Canyon National Park This Weekend?

Lava Falls at Grand Canyon
The U. S. Geological Survey is applying lessons learned from the recent debacle with Air Force One flying over New York City for a photo op. The scientists will be making some scientific overflights at Grand Canyon National Park for the next six days, and they're doing their best to inform the public in advance.

8-Mile-Long Multi-use Path Opens in Grand Teton National Park On Saturday

Memorial Day Weekend visitors to Grand Teton National Park will be the first to try out an 8-mile-long multi-use pathway that runs along the Teton Park Road from Moose to South Jenny Lake.

Two Boating Incidents in Coastal Parks Have Very Different Outcomes: 7 safe, 4 rescued, 1 missing

Coast Guard helicopter.
Two groups of boaters encountered problems recently at separate coastal parks, but the situations had vastly different outcomes. Seven teenagers in North Carolina fared immensely better than a group of adults in Mississippi. Four members of the latter group spent the night in the water and 1 is still missing.

Winner of the Annual Harry Yount Award for Excellence in Rangering Announced

Award ceremony.
Each year NPS rangers nominate one of their own for the Harry Yount National Park Ranger Award for excellence in “rangering.” This year's winner received his award at a Capitol Hill ceremony this week.

National Park Mystery Photo 3: It's All In the Patterns

Nature can be very geometric at times. Just look closely at snowflakes or crystals of sand. But are things always as they appear? Or are they exactly as they appear?

House Seals Deal To Allow Wide Range of Firearms into The National Park System

Thanks to a brilliant tactical move, gun rights advocates are a step closer to arming themselves in national parks and national wildlife refuges across the country following a U.S. House of Representatives' vote on a credit card bill.