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Work Under Way on Rebuilding Grand Canyon National Park's South Kaibab Trail From Rim to River

What do you get for several million dollars and several years of work at Grand Canyon National Park? A fully refurbished South Kaibab Trail from rim to river.

Traveler's Checklist: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Shared by Tennessee and North Carolina, Great Smoky Mountains National Park stretches for more than 521,000 acres in the rumples of the Southern Appalachians. The park is easily one of the National Park Service's largest properties east of the Mississippi, so it is no wonder that many first-time visitors are overwhelmed. Here are 10 suggestions to help make your trip planning easier.

Roadwork In Sequoia National Park to Snarl Traffic For a While

Wouldn't it be great if roadwork could be done during the off-season months, say November through April? Sadly, the weather makes that difficult and so you'll have to tolerate traffic at a snail's pace at times if you head to Sequoia National Park this summer.

Surprise Tour Bus Inspections at Yosemite Yield Disturbing Results

A surprise inspection of commercial tour buses at Yosemite National Park turned up numerous safety concerns. Over half the buses inspected were cited for violations and two were immediately removed from service.

National Park Mystery Photo 6: A Movie-Goers Special

Can you identify this geologic feature, the national park in which it is located, and at least one movie in which it made a cameo appearance?

Rocky Mountain Wrestling: A Long-Distance Runner's Grizzly Encounter in Grand Teton National Park

Michael Dunn always wondered how he would die, whether his life might be lost in a plane crash or if he would grow old and simply not wake one morning. But as he repeatedly was raked by the grizzly's 4-inch-long claws and berry-stained fangs, he feared fate was at hand.

Jon Jarvis Nomination As Next Director of National Park Service Imminent

Multiple sources say the nomination of Jon Jarvis as the next director of the National Park Service will be announced in the very near future.

By the Numbers: Memorial Day Weekend at Yosemite National Park

A busy day at a popular park generates lots of incidents for rangers to handle.

Cyclist in Yosemite National Park Dies in Collision With Auto

A cyclist in Yosemite National Park died recently when he collided with an automobile on Southside Drive.

National Park Quiz 58: Tunnels

Tunnel vision is one thing, but tunnel knowledge is quite another matter. See if you can sort things out in this week’s quiz. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you hold the steel for a cross-eyed sledge wielder.

Coming Thursday: Rocky Mountain Bear Wrestling

Michael Dunn always wondered how he would die, whether his life might be lost in a plane crash or if he would grow old and simply not wake one morning. But as he repeatedly was raked by the grizzly's 4-inch-long claws and berry-stained fangs, he feared fate was at hand.

Suicide? Murder? What Secrets Lie in that Grave on the Natchez Trace?

Famed explorer Meriwether Lewis is said to have committed suicide while overnighting at an inn along the old Natchez Trail in 1809. Many skeptics, however, believe he was slain. The Lewis descendants want his remains exhumed for examination, but the Park Service won’t allow it.

Yellowstone Poacher Loses Hunting Privileges for Life

Convicted Yellowstone poacher Stephen Slavinsky has been prohibited from hunting or possessing firearms for the rest of his life. If he wants to visit national parks again, he has to wait 20 years.

Is the National Park Service Wise to Be Promoting The Use of Segways?

In a unit of the National Park System that preserves one of the "last unspoiled coastal wetlands on the Atlantic Coast" along with 6,000 years of human history, should the National Park Service be promoting the use of Segways to explore the park?

Reservation System Set Up for Lady Liberty Crown Visits

On July 4th, the Statue of Liberty’s crown will be reopened to the public for the first time since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The NPS will start taking reservations this Saturday.

Update: Seizure Threat Accelerates Land Acquisition for Flight 93 Memorial

The Flight 93 National Memorial won’t be ready for dedication on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks if land acquisition efforts remain stalled. Interior Secretary Salazar will order seizure of the land if willing seller agreements cannot be reached by the end of this week.

Trail Jogger at Glacier National Park Walks Away from Encounter With Two Grizzlies

A trail runner in Glacier National Park has survived an encounter with two young grizzly bears, although he's got some bite marks to show for it.

Vehicle Passes Still Available for Great Smoky Mountains National Park's 75th Anniversary Concert

Vehicle passes for those wanting to attend the 75th anniversary concert at Great Smoky Mountains National Park are still available, but if you plan to go, cross your fingers that the weather will cooperate. Park officials note that rain could wipe out the concert and there are no plans to make up the event and no refunds will be given.
Bear-watching in Alaska is a big draw for tourists come summer. This podcast offers pointers on where to go in search of bears, what permits are necessary, and how to stay safe.

NPCA Report: National Parks Provide Economic Security for Surrounding Communities

National parks can, and do, provide an economic lifeline to their surrounding communities. In its latest report, the National Parks Conservation Association points out just how valuable southeastern Utah's parks are to their nearby communities.

Yellowstone National Park's Spring Visitation Up 11 Percent

While Interior Secretary Ken Salazar allowing free entry to national parks for three weekends this summer to boost visitation, it seems many park travelers already are heading back to the national parks, at least in the case of Yellowstone National Park.

It’s a Bear! Everybody Get Behind the Ranger!!

She was a big female with a cub in tow, and she was bearing down fast on the ranger and his frightened entourage. What was a city boy to do?

Should the National Park Service Rescue the National D-Day Memorial?

National D-Day Memorial.
The National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia, is reportedly almost out of money and may have to close later this year. A Virginia congressman has introduced legislation to "bring the Memorial under the supervision of the National Park Service." Is an NPS bailout the right answer?

With 391 Units In the National Park System, You'd Think TripAdvisor Could Find 10 It Liked

Memo to TripAdvisor: If you're going to run a story on the top 10 parks in the National Park System, make sure they're all in the National Park System, and, preferably, make sure they're all "national parks."

Search For Missing Climber at Denali National Park Leads to Remains Of Two Other Lost Climbers

While one chapter of the climbing history of Mount McKinley remains unfinished, another has been closed with the discovery of two partially buried bodies high on the unforgiving mountain.

No Matter What Lens You Look Through, the Grand Canyon Is Pretty Impressive

Sure, the 1920s footage is grainy and just black and white, but this vintage home movie of the Grand Canyon is worth watching. Be sure to look for the pack trains headed down into the canyon.

National Park Lodging Concessionaires Creating Their Own Stimulus Plans

In this summer of economic discontent, businesses that operate lodgings in the National Park System are coming up with their own strategies for luring visitors.

Falling Into the Grand Canyon Isn't Always Fatal

A 38-year-old woman who fell 50 feet off the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park survived the ordeal without life-threatening injuries and was lifted back to the rim by rangers.

How Familiar Are You With Yosemite National Park?

Standing in the Yosemite Valley, it's easy to spot Half Dome, El Capitan, even Nevada Fall. But would you recognize those features from a jetliner?

Running Lava Falls In Grand Canyon National Park: What Would Major Powell Think?

Much has changed when it comes to running rivers since Major John Wesley Powell first floated the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. What do you think he'd say of today's voyages down the iconic river?