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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.

Artist-in-Residence. Great Benefit National Parks Offer to Painters, Sculptors, Writers and More

National parks often are looked upon as places of not just great beauty, but also great inspiration. So it's only natural that they should spur the creative juices of writers, painters, sculptors, and other artists.

Young Woman Missing After Falling into Merced River in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park rangers are searching for a young woman who fell into the Merced River below the Vernal Fall footbridge.

Memorial Day Weekend Events in the Nation's Capital

Netherlands Carillon in Arlington, VA.
NPS areas in and around the nation's capital will host or assist in special activities during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, including an unusual concert and opportunity to view the city from a unique location.

National Park Quiz 55: Climbing

This week’s national park quiz will find out how much you know about climbing in the national parks. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you write on the whiteboard 100 times: “Placing protection without due regard for security has been the last mortal act of many a weekend climber.”

Tioga Pass in Yosemite National Park to Open Wednesday

It will be a bit easier to negotiate Yosemite National Park on Wednesday. That's when the Tioga Road will open for the summer.

Yellowstone National Park Rangers Kill Habituated Wolf

For the first time since Yellowstone National Park's gray wolf recovery program began more than a decade ago, rangers have had to kill a wolf that had become too accustomed to turning to people for food.

Group says Landscape Arch in Arches NP, Not Kolob Arch in Zion NP, is World's Largest Span of Stone

If you stood beneath both Landscape Arch in Arches National Park and Kolob Arch in Zion National Park, could you tell which span is longer? Probably not, but a group has come up with a standardized way to measure arches and says Landscape is the longer span of stone.

Missed Portage Leads to Death At Big South Fork National River And Recreation Area

A missed portage around Angel Falls Rapid in Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area has led to the death of a 61-year-old paddler.
Cape Cod National Seashore is more than just breakers and sailing. There are dunes to explore and trails to hike. This short video profiles one of those trails, the Fort Hill Trail.

Bryce Canyon National Park's Star Festival Right Around the Corner

One of the best star shows in the National Park System is just a few weeks off. This year's Astronomy Festival at Bryce Canyon National Park, the ninth annual, will not only feature gazing at night skies but also model rocketry and a variety of talks on night skies and nocturnal animals.

Rafting Accidents Drowns 37-Year-old In Cataract Canyon at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

A 37-year-old man drowned in a section of the Colorado River in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area when he was thrown from his raft.

What's the Latest on the Search for a Director of the National Park Service?

While Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has been traveling a lot lately and handing out dollars to the national parks, where is he at on the selection of the next director of the National Park Service? That's a very good question.

Cables Are In Place On Half Dome in Yosemite National Park

Getting up Half Dome in Yosemite National Park got a little easier this past weekend. That's because the cables that give you something to hold onto as you scale the shoulder of the dome were put up for the season.

Zion National Park's Hike to Angel's Landing: eHike to the Top

The hike to the top of Angel's Landing in Zion National Park has gotten a lot of attention from Traveler readers over the years. If you've never experienced it and are curious, check out the ehike the park recently produced.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore BioBlitz: Latest Tally Above 1,700 Species

The latest species tally from the BioBlitz at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: 1,716. How high will it go?

Facilities, Roads Opening Around Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park is not something to be rushed through, but rather savored like a fine glass of wine, a bold cup of tea, or a beautiful sunset. And the road network, such as it is, ensures that you won't rush through this park, which is how it should be. There's just so much to enjoy that you shouldn't rush.