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Spring Plowing Operations Under Way in Glacier National Park

They've unleashed the snowplows in Glacier National Park, which means it shouldn't be too terribly long before the Going-to-the-Sun Road is once again open end-to-end.

House Consideration of Massive Public Lands Bill Could Involve Gun Amendment

Less than two weeks after he lamented items he viewed as frivolous in the massive public lands bill that would designate official wilderness and launch three new units of the National Park System, a Utah Republican believes the bill should carry an amendment allowing concealed carry in national parks.

Scientists in Hot Water at Yellowstone National Park—for a Good Cause

Scientist next to hot spring at Yellowstone.
Research projects have become a popular target for politicians and citizens concerned about government spending, but at least some studies do have practical applications. A recent example involves a project at Yellowstone National Park, where scientists have been in hot water for a good cause.

Flamingo Lodge is No More

Hurricane damaged beyond repair in 2005, Everglades’ venerable Flamingo Lodge has finally been demolished. It remains to be seen when, if ever, a replacement structure will be built.

Mount Redoubt in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve Erupts as Predicted

Mt. Redoubt vents steam
Alaska's Lake Clark National Park and Preserve is back in the news with the eruption overnight of Mt. Redoubt.

Fish Camp Cabin Rentals On Sale At Cape Lookout National Seashore

A summer vacation at the beach is hard to beat. And now the folks at Cape Lookout National Seashore are making it more affordable than in recent years.

Designations Just One Example of Disparities Within the National Park System. Web Sites Are Another

The recent article about the roughly 30 designations that are in play across the 391 units of the National Park System highlights just one of the disparities that exist among units. Another example is the uneven quality of the 391 units' websites.

Yellowstone National Park Roads Opening to Cyclists Sans Automobiles

It's that perfect season for cycling in Yellowstone National Park -- the roads have closed to over-snow traffic, plowing is under way, and automobiles won't be allowed into the park's interior for a month or more.

Early Tourism in Yellowstone National Park Caught on Camera

Early visitors to Yellowstone National Park didn't travel lightly, as this video shows. They seemed to cram everything they could into their trailers and head off, ever-hopeful that their rigs could stand the demands of the uphills and downhills.

NRA Appeals Ruling Blocking Concealed Carry in National Parks

The National Rifle Association on Friday appealed a federal judge's ruling that put a halt to concealed weapons permit holders arming themselves in national parks.

This Park Includes Great History, Fine Scenery and a Mouse That Howls Like a Wolf

View from Betatakin overlook
Navajo National Monument includes great history, fine scenery and an off-the-beaten-path location that allows you to escape the crowds. The park also includes an interesting wildlife species—a carnivorous mouse with a call said to resemble the howl of a wolf.

Federal Judge Issues Scathing Opinion in Blocking "Concealed Carry" In National Parks, Wildlife Refuges

A federal judge, in a biting opinion highly critical of the Bush administration's Interior Department, has blocked a rule change that would have allowed national park visitors to carry concealed weapons.
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Sections of Pacific Crest Trail Poached by Mountain Bikers; Could Problems Arise in National Parks?

The Pacific Crest Trail ranges from Canada to Mexico, running through Washington, Oregon, and California along the way, traversing not one but seven units of the National Park System in the process. While mountain bikers are not supposed to use the trail, recently some have been poaching sections in California.

The American Revolution: Official National Park Service Handbook -- Everything That an NPS Handbook Should Be

Kudos to the National Park Service and Eastern National. This new handbook on the American Revolution is a gem.

Voyageurs National Park Offers Birch Bark Weaving Class

Birch bark was a key building material for Native Americans and the fur trappers who traveled across Canada and the northern United States. It was used for baskets as well as canoes. If you've got time, you can learn how to weave your own creations with birch bark at Voyageuers National Park.

National Park Quiz 46: Glaciers

This week’s quiz is all about glaciers and glaciation in the national parks. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you write on the whiteboard 100 times: “Eskers, depositional landforms composed of stratified gravel and sand, characteristically exist as long, narrow, sinuous ridges with steep sides.”

National Park Designation is an Unholy Mess

With national park redesignation back in the news, this seems like a good time to remind Traveler readers just how nonsensical National Park System unit nomenclature has become. Why can’t Congress and the National Park Service put their heads together and come up with a designation system that actually makes sense?

Fall Proves Fatal to Climber in Joshua Tree National Park

A 67-year-old icon of the southern California climbing community has died in a fall at Joshua Tree National Park.

Panoramic Photography, Or "How Do I Get All of the Teton Range in the Picture?"

Few photographic presentations can capture the feel and magnitude of our scenic national parks like the panoramic print. When you walk past a wide photo, you can feel yourself getting drawn in. Here's how to make those photos happen.

Should Ocmulgee National Monument Be Transformed into a National Park By Stimulus Funds?

While no decisions have been announced by the Interior Department as to how stimulus funds can best be used in the National Park System, there are plenty of suggestions being offered. One is to turn Omculgee National Monument into a national park.

The Only Planetarium in the National Park System

The Milky Way.
Some units of the National Park System offer premier sites for enjoying the night sky, due to their location far from cities and the accompanying light pollution. One park which doesn't have the advantage of dark skies has something else—the only planetarium in the National Park System.

Spring Blooms Not Too Far Away in Shenandoah, Blue Ridge Parkway, And Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Sunflowers, violets, trillium and other wildflowers are just around the proverbial corner in the Appalachian Mountains. You can spot these and dozens of others in Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains national parks, as well as along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The 10 Best of Everything Families: An Ultimate Guide for Travelers (National Geographic 10 Best of Everything Families) The problem with the "10 best" of anything books, articles or wish-lists is that you're bound to fail from the get-go. That's one reason why the Traveler has yet to release its Top 10 National Parks list. As soon as you begin listing the "ten best" of anything, you're trolling for a debate.
Wheeled access into the heart of Denali National Park and Preserve is intentionally limited to the 92-mile-long Parks Highway to protect the wildness and character of the park. This short video explains the rationale behind that decision, and looks at the future of the highway.
Mention a "national lakeshore" and thoughts will almost immediately jump to summer sun, frolicking in the water, and sand under your feet. But lakeshores endure winter, too, and the season brings its own magic to these places.

Cape Cod National Seashore To Sell ORV Permits Beginning April 10

If you like to leave the pavement for the sand dunes at Cape Cod National Seashore, mark April 10 on your calendar. That's when the seashore will begin selling this year's off-road-vehicle permits.

Congressman Seeks Stimulus Funds For Restoration Work at Gateway National Recreation Area

A congressman from New Jersey hopes he can convince the National Park Service to spend some of its economic stimulus funds on historic restoration work at Fort Hancock in Gateway National Recreation Area.

Campgrounds Opening This Weekend In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Spring must be here. Or nearby. First the bears are coming out of hibernation in Yellowstone, and now Great Smoky Mountains National Park is opening many of its campgrounds.

Upon Further Review – Is My Room in Paradise Ready?

Plowing the road to Paradise in 1954.
Now that most of the country has sprung forward into daylight saving time, can summer be far behind? For some parks, summer is still a coming attraction, and just getting the snow off the road can be quite a job. In one park in years gone by, opening the road to Paradise was a highly anticipated annual event that created a different kind of challenge for another group of workers.

Bears On the Prowl In Yellowstone National Park

The last time I saw a grizzly in Yellowstone National Park, back in September, it was more interested in grubs, tubers and forbs than it was in me, fortunately. But that was last fall, when the park's bears were just topping off their nutritional needs. Now they're coming out of hibernation and they're really hungry.