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Boulder Dam National Recreation Area – Forgotten but Not Gone?

October 13, 1936, marked the creation of Boulder Dam National Recreation Area and a brand-new category of management units for the National Park Service. The recreation area no longer exists by its original name, but its legacy continues in one of the most heavily-visited parks in the country. During their first 30 years the park and the dam underwent more name changes than the rock entertainer formerly known as….

Park History: Obed Wild and Scenic River

Obed Wild and Scenic River, which preserves one of the best whitewater rivers in the eastern United States, is tucked away in the wilds of Morgan and Cumberland Counties in Tennessee. Having been established on October 12, 1976, the park celebrates its 32nd birthday today.

Body of Man Missing in Shenandoah National Park Found Outside Park

The body of a man who went missing during an outing in Shenandoah National Park has been found outside the park.

Part of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Lands on National Register of Historic Places

Great Lakes fishing history has led to a segment of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore being named to the National Register of Historic Places.

Yorktown Day – Our Country's "Other Birthday"

Our nation will celebrate its 227th birthday on October 19, 2008, in Yorktown, Virginia—and you're invited to the party! "Whoa, not so fast," some of you may be thinking; what happened to the Fourth of July?

Imagine the Impacts of Climate Change on the National Park System

Waterless Yosemite Fall, Kurt Repanshek photo
Imagine Yosemite National Park without Yosemite Fall. Or Glacier National Park without glaciers. Or Old Faithful becoming less faithful. Across the National Park System, the effects of climate change could be quite dramatic.
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First Ladies National Historic Site Struggles to Attract Visitors

First Ladies National Historic site, which was established on October 11, 2000, has a prime location. Nevertheless, the Canton, Ohio, park attracts scarcely more than 10,000 visitors a year. Why is that, and does it really matter?

Musings from Yosemite National Park

El Capitan, Kurt Repanshek photo
There arguably is no national park that better showcases geology than Yosemite National Park. Sure, Arches National Park offers more arches in one place than anywhere else on the planet, and Grand Canyon National Park has that incredible gouge. But stand before Half Dome or El Capitan and you can't help but marvel.

Now “Thirtysomething,” Big Thicket National Preserve Has Matured Nicely

On October 11, 1974, Congress grafted a new and controversial branch onto the National Park System family tree by creating the first two National Preserves – Big Thicket National Preserve in Texas and Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida. Big Thicket, like its Florida cousin, is now a nicely maturing “thirtysomething” park with a lot of visitor appeal.

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site and the Struggle to Save Sweet Auburn

The establishment of Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site on October 10, 1980, did more than just preserve the martyred civil rights leader’s birth home and church. It provided further impetus for the preservation of historic Sweet Auburn, one of the most important black neighborhoods in America.

Is Bush Administration Moving to Shuck Some Congressional Oversight on Public Lands Management?

In a move that could be interpreted as a thumb in the eye of congressional oversight, the Bush administration is moving to revoke Congress's authority to direct the Interior secretary to withdraw public lands from mining under certain situations, according to U.S. Representative Raul Grijalva.

Improving Paradise: Mount Rainier National Park Gets a Fine New Visitor Center

The new Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center opening October 10 at Mount Rainer National Park completes a 9-year project to improve visitor services in the park’s renowned Paradise area. The many green features of the new facility include a snowfield-chilled cooling system and a roof that holds heat and shucks snow.

Upon Further Review – A Rare Photo Op

National parks are great places to take photos, and there are some opportunities for unusual images at the Big Thicket National Preserve in southeast Texas. But even after working there as a ranger for several years I was surprised one afternoon to witness the reported sighting of a large mammal not previously known to inhabit the area.

Stanley W. Abbott, Wizard of the Blue Ridge Parkway

Millions of motorists enjoy the Blue Ridge Parkway every year, but most have never heard of Stanley W. Abbott. That’s a shame. Abbott was the young landscape architect who threaded the road through the mountains and made it a scenic-recreational masterpiece.

Clues Found in Search for Ginseng Hunter Who Went Missing in Shenandoah National Park

A pack of cigarettes, a hat, some keys, and a boot are among the few clues searchers have to go on in their hunt for a ginseng hunter missing in Shenandoah National Park for ten days.

George Washington Really Did Sleep at Longfellow National Historic Site

If you can prove that “George Washington Slept Here,” your house is Historic with a capital “H”. Washington really did sleep at the Vassall-Craigie-Longfellow House, the focal attraction of Longfellow National Historic Site. The park celebrates anniversary number 36 on October 9.

Don't Forget Buffalo National River When You're Looking for Fall Foliage

One of the relatively undiscovered gems in our National Park System is the Buffalo National River, located in the Ozarks of north-central Arkansas. The park is perhaps best known for canoeing, but that activity is usually most enjoyable in the spring and early summer, unless you enjoy the possibility of carrying your canoe more than paddling it.

Rock Falls Close Curry Village Lodgings in Yosemite National Park

Two rock falls from the face of Glacier Point -- one described as perhaps the largest ever seen -- have closed the lodgings in Curry Village on the floor of Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park. While there were some injuries reported, fortunately no one was killed.

Valley Forge Development Gains OK

A bid by the National Park Service, the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees, and the National Parks Conservation Association to halt development of a privately run museum and conference center at Valley Forge National Historical Park has been denied by zoning officials in Pennsylvania.

Wyoming Congressional Delegation Pushing Interior Secretary To Move on Yellowstone Snowmobile Plan

Wyoming's congressional delegation, concerned about the winter economies of Cody and Jackson, have asked Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne to, essentially, order Yellowstone National Park open to snowmobiling this winter.

National Park Quiz 23: Farms, Gardens, and Orchards

You won’t need to be a farmer or rancher to do well on this week’s quiz, which focuses on agricultural endeavors and associated terms. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you milk the goats and slop the pigs.

Man Falls 250 Feet to His Death from a South Rim Overlook at Grand Canyon National Park

On October 6, 47-year old Michael Wilson from Scottsdale, Arizona, fell 250 feet to his death from an overlook on Desert View Drive in Grand Canyon National Park.

National Park Service Director Mary Bomar Presents George B. Hartzog Lecture at Clemson University

NPS Director Mary Bomar will present the annual George B. Hartzog, Jr. Lecture at Clemson University on Wednesday, October 8. Director Bomar’s talk will focus on the agency’s three main goals: re-engaging people with their national parks, increasing system capacity, and preparing the next generation of park leaders.

Turkey Hunters Appreciate Wildlife Habitat Preservation at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

Though permitted in National Preserves and some other units, sport hunting remains a controversial issue in the National Park System. One area of agreement is the importance of preserving wildlife habitat. The National Wild Turkey Federation recently showed its appreciation for the preservation of turkey habitat at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.

There's Plenty to See Above Ground at Wind Cave National Park

If you were planning a Black Hills trip and couldn’t visit all of the area's parks, would you skip Wind Cave? That would be a mistake, even if caves don’t interest you. There's plenty to see and do above ground at Wind Cave.

Great National Park-Related Museums in Washington, D.C.

The most famous piece of art work related to the National Park System, in my opinion, is The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone by Thomas Moran. And if you visit Washington, D.C., you can see it for yourself.

Yosemite National Park Staff Helped Locate and Investigate the Fossett Crash Site in the Sierra Nevadas

A year-long search for missing billionaire adventurer Steve Fossett was finally brought to a close with an accidental discovery by a man and his dog hiking in the Sierra Nevada wilderness. Yosemite staff played a key role in helping to locate and investigate the crash site.
Hawks Rest: A Season in the Remote Heart of Yellowstone Eleven weeks spent in what arguably is the most remote corner of the continental United States taught writer Gary Ferguson that, sadly, some who pass through the landscape take it too much for granted.

Grand Canyon National Park to Host "Celebrate Wildlife Day" in November

On November 1, Grand Canyon National Park will host its first Celebrate Wildlife Day, an event designed to enhance visitor awareness and understanding of Grand Canyon’s wonderfully diverse wildlife. In addition to an all-day open house there will be an assortment of indoor and outdoor programs focused on Grand Canyon wildlife and their habitat.

Lassen Volcanic National Park Gets Its First Purpose-Built Visitor Center, and It’s a Dandy

Lassen Volcanic National Park is one of our oldest national parks, but it has never had anything more than a makeshift visitor center. Until now, that is. A 92-year wait ends today, October 4, when the park celebrates the grand opening of the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center at the park’s southwest entrance.