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Rescue of Injured Climber from Remote Site in Rocky Mountain National Park

A 57-year-old Colorado man was hauled out of Rocky Mountain National Park's backcountry in a hand-carried litter Tuesday night in a grueling evacuation.

Senate Loads Credit Card Bill With Amendment to Allow Loaded Weapons in National Parks

The U.S. Senate, which struggles mightily with topics such as health care, education, and a balanced budget, had no troubles Tuesday amending a credit card bill of all things with a measure to allow concealed weapons to be toted about national parks and wildlife refuges.

Roads and Facilities Opening at Mount Rainier National Park

Road access to Mount Rainier National Park continues to improve following the long winter, with crews scheduled to open State Routes 123 and 410 over Cayuse Pass today. However, Route 410 over Chinook Pass remains closed by snow.

Bald Eagle Numbers Continue to Grow at Voyageuers National Park

Bald eagles are continuing to find Voyageurs National Park to their liking, with 69 nests sighted this spring. Thirty-eight of those had adults focused on incubating eggs, according to park officials.

Severe Storm Hits Ozark National Scenic Riverways

tree blocking road
A severe storm stuck Ozark National Scenic Riverways last Friday, knocking down thousands of trees, blocking roads and stranding visitors throughout the area.
Yellowstone Treasures: The Traveler Thank goodness there still are independents taking pen to paper to produce guides to national parks. Forget the cookie-cutter approach, toss aside worries about over-emphasizing one area, never mind about catering to one demographic. Janet Chapple's Yellowstone Treasures is a must for Yellowstone National Park visitors.

Some Sure Signs of Spring at Denali National Park and Preserve

Mt. McKinley
The first climbers of the season have reached the summit of Mt. McKinley, there's no longer enough snow on the ground to allow the use of snowmobiles in the area, and the first 30 miles of the road into the park are open. It must be spring at Denali National Park and Preserve.

Don't Feed the Bears! New Regs for Backcountry Campers at Rocky Mountain National Park

Black bear.
"Don't feed the bears" is hardly new advice, but whether bears get "people food" due to irresponsible handouts or by raiding campsites, the result is the same: trouble. To help with this problem, new rules for backcountry campers went into effect on May 1st at Rocky Mountain National Park.

Predictions for the 2009 Wildfire Season

Firefighter and brush fire.
What might 2009 hold for wildfires, in parks and other areas? Experts at the National Interagency Fire Center have issued a fire season outlook for the next several months that provides an educated guess.

Castle Rock Cut at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Open For Boaters

Lake Powell boaters can now access the Castle Rock Cut, which has been opened after workers deepened the cut.

Rocky Mountain National Park Crews Battling Bark Beetles With Insecticide

To what lengths should national parks go to combat climate change? Do such efforts run contrary to the National Park Service's mission, to let natural processes run their course? And in some cases, are those efforts akin to turning back a flood with a rake?

Looking For Lodging: the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway attracts more visitors than any other unit of the National Park System. Which makes this guide to lodging along the parkway so valuable.

H1N1 Flu, You, and the National Parks

Is the swine flu, er is the H1N1 flu a real threat to you, or is it being blown out of proportion due to the 24-hour news cycle? Good question, but regardless the National Park Service has tips for staying flu-free in the National Park System.

Building with Notorious History in Death Valley National Park Burns in Mysterious Fire

Remains of the Barker Ranch.
Some otherwise ordinary sites achieve notoriety in unlikely ways. That was the case with the Barker Ranch in Death Valley National Park, which burned under mysterious circumstances earlier this week. Its link with history? Charles Manson.

Here's the Latest on Road and Campground Openings in Glacier National Park

There's expected to be better access in Glacier National Park this weekend thanks to the hard-working plow crews, and, as a result, campgrounds are slowly beginning to open.

Got Pics? "Share the Experience Photo Contest" Offers Some Great Prizes

Photographer at work.
If you can take a top-notch photo sometime this year while visiting one of America's national parks or other federal public lands, you may be interested in a photo contest that offers some great prizes.

New Yorker Climbing Mount McKinley in Denali National Park Dies on West Buttress

A 61-year-old New Yorker collapsed and died, apparently of natural causes, while being guided to the top of Mount McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve. William Hearne died Thursday after his team hauled gear to 13,500 feet.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Releases Final EIS on Restoring Elkmont Historic District

A slice of the past will be preserved, and a larger slice removed, under Great Smoky Mountains National Park's plans for restoring the Elkmont Historic District.

Secretary Salazar Announces Plan to Open Statue of Liberty Crown to the Public

Continuing on his whirlwind work schedule, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has cut through all the security red tape of the Bush administration and announced that the public once again will be able to climb all the way to the crown of the Statue of Liberty.

Special NPS Events for Railroad Buffs May 9th and 10th

Recreation of the historic East Meets West photo.
Fans of trains and national parks have opportunities for special activities in a number of cities across the country on May 9 and 10, 2009.

Grand Teton, Yellowstone National Parks Offering Migratory Bird Day Activities

What better day to go on a ranger-led tour of birding sites in Grand Teton or Yellowstone national parks than on International Migratory Bird Day?

Obama Budget Proposes $2.7 Billion National Park Service Budget

President Barack Obama's proposed fiscal 2010 budget includes $2.7 billion for the National Park Service, a $171 million increase from FY09. Within that total is $68 million for use in buying private property inside national park boundaries.

Mark Your Calendars: ABC TV's 20/20 To Explore Billing Search-and-Rescue Subjects This Friday

Talk about whether search-and-rescue subjects should be charged by their rescuers is getting a lot of attention lately. On Friday, ABC TV's 20/20 will raise that question.

National Research Council Blasts Park Service Report on Oyster Farming at Point Reyes National Seashore

National Park Service reports on the impacts of commercial oyster farming at Point Reyes National Seashore were skewed, "selectively" manipulated in several areas, and inconclusive overall, according to a National Research Council review.
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A Tough Week for Hikers and Mule Riders at Grand Canyon National Park

Short haul rescue at Grand Canyon. NPS photo.
It's been a tough week or so for hikers, mule riders and rescue teams at Grand Canyon National Park. During a 6-day span, a hiker fell off a trail and a rider was injured in an accident on a mule trip. Both required rescue via a park helicopter.

Two Special Bird Walks Offered in May at Fire Island National Seashore

Birding at Fire Island.
In honor of International Migratory Bird Day, Fire Island National Seashore in New York is offering a special three-hour ranger-guided tour at 9:00 a.m on Saturday, May 9, followed on Sunday, May 17 by a "Peak of Spring Migration" Bird Walk.

Fire in the Hole! Explosives Help Uncover Fossils At Dinosaur National Monument

In a field that often employs paint brushes and dental picks to unlock fossils from their encasing rock, you'd think explosives would be the last tool paleontologists at Dinosaur National Monument would reach for. But, actually, it can come in quite handy when you have hundreds of tons of overburden to remove.

Rooms Available for The Summer At Zion National Park -- At Least Right Now

If you've ever wanted to visit Zion National Park, and stay in Zion Canyon, now is the time to make that reservation. Zion Lodge officials say advance bookings are down, which is good news for travelers.

National Park Quiz 53: Castles

Castles here, castles there, castles everywhere. If you know your national park castles, you’ll do just fine on this week’s quiz. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you write on the whiteboard 100 times: “Medieval castle walls have visually distinctive battlements featuring alternating crenels and merlons.”

Mammoth Cave National Park Tours Not Affected By White-Nose Syndrome

White-nose syndrome continues to be a serious problem in many bat populations in eastern states. Fortunately, the disease has not appeared at Mammoth Cave National Park, and the underground tours are continuing as usual.