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Grand Canyon National Park Rangers Scaling Back Search For Two Missing in Colorado River

With odds dwindling quickly, the search for two young men missing in the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park is being scaled back.

Billing For Search and Rescue Missions -- Yes, or No?

Should search-and-rescue subjects be billed for the cost of their rescue? It's long been a thorny issue, one that organizations that respond to SARs long have opposed.
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National Park Mystery Photo 1: Wow – This is One Big Boulder!

There are plenty of glacial erratics in our national parks. This particular one is not only unusually large, but also situated along a road where it can be admired by thousands every year. Do you know where this boulder is and where it came from?

Change is in the Wind for Offshore Energy Leases. How Might Parks Be Impacted?

Offshore wind farm.
Major changes are in the wind—literally and figuratively—concerning leasing of sites for offshore energy production. How might parks be affected by the current national plan being developed for offshore energy?

So, How'd Spot Do in the Backcountry of Dinosaur National Monument?

So, what'd you think of SPOT's test run through the backcountry of Dinosaur National Monument? Overall, it seemed to perform well, but I have a couple of suggestions for the designers.

Snowbound Couple Rescued From Fire Tower at Dinosaur National Monument

A snowbound couple were rescued from a fire tower in Dinosaur National Monument last weekend in an incident that highlights some of the challenges faced by the folks who do search and rescue work.

When Will the Super Volcano Beneath Yellowstone National Park Erupt?

When you fully appreciate that Yellowstone National Park is centered over one of the world's largest super volcanoes, you can't help but wonder when it might next erupt. This final installment of a USGS video series on Yellowstone touches on that question.

What Is The Yellowstone Volcano Observatory?

In this, the second of a three-part USGS video series on the dynamics of Yellowstone National Park's geothermal basement, the role of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory is explained.

Creature Feature: Burmese Pythons Prowl the Everglades, and That’s Not a Good Thing

Breeding populations of Burmese pythons have been established in Everglades National Park and some other parts of Florida. Limiting the growth and spread of this ecologically disruptive, potentially dangerous invader will be a daunting task.

Work by Thomas Moran and Other Artists on Exhibit at Zion National Park

Overlook in Zion.
A temporary exhibit featuring work of Thomas Moran and 21 other nationally known artists is on display at Zion National Park through May 26, 2009.

Need a Lunch Stop Between Vegas and L.A.? The Beanery Lunch Counter is Now Open

The Kelso Depot.
If you're driving between Las Vegas and Los Angeles, here's a new option for lunch that combines history with a short scenic respite from the interstate: the Beanery lunch counter is open for business again at the historic Kelso Depot in Mojave National Preserve.

One Dead, Two Missing In Colorado River at Grand Canyon National Park

bridge over Colorado River near scene of this incident
Grand Canyon National Park rangers recovered a young man's body Friday and were continuing efforts to find two other men missing since Thursday morning after the three jumped into the Colorado River near Phantom Ranch.

Kurt Made it to Jones Hole on the Green

Traveler Editor Kurt Repanshek’s Dinosaur National Monument rafting excursion has taken him to the Utah side of the park and to Jones Hole on the Green River. What a great place for hiking, photography, and trout fishing. Check it out.

The "Other Grand Canyon"—the North Rim—Opens for the Season on May 15th

View of the Grand Canyon from the North Rim.
Visitors to the Grand Canyon will soon have another—and less crowded—option for visiting the park. Highway 67 to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park is scheduled to open for the season on Friday, May 15.

Yes, Yellowstone National Park Is Centered Atop A Living, Breathing Volcano

One of the most fascinating topics in the National Park System is Yellowstone National Park and its geothermal basement. Sometimes, as you're watching Old Faithful or walking through the Upper Geyser Basin, that the park is set atop a living and breathing volcano. Actually, a super volcano.

Accessible National Parks, Airline Division

Units of the National Park System are really closer than you think. Some are quite literally in your backyard. Today we're pointing out those that are within an hour's drive of an airport with commercial service.

There's a Treat in Store for Early Risers on International Dawn Chorus Day

Thousands of birding enthusiasts will be out and about to enjoy International Dawn Chorus Day this Sunday, May 3. Early risers have a special Dawn Chorus treat in store for them at South Carolina’s Congaree National Park.

Terrain Map Shows that Kurt’s Wednesday Campsite on the Yampa Was Way Cool

After spending Tuesday ashore, presumably hiking, Kurt Repanshek headed down the Yampa River again Wednesday and ensconced himself at a new campsite for the night. SPOT has marked the spot in scenic Dinosaur National Monument, and the Terrain topographic map reveals that it's a dramatic place.

A U.S. – Mexico International Park. Will This Long-Standing Idea Be Revived?

Boquillas Canyon
Will President Obama's recent visit to Mexico revive interest in a formal U.S. – Mexico International Park in the Big Bend area of Texas? Supporters of the idea hope so, but the plan, which dates back over seventy years, faces some challenges.

Some Popular Trails are Closed in Great Smoky Mountains National Park as Crews Combat Wildfires

If you’ve made plans to hike in Great Smoky Mountains National Park this week, inquire about trail closings before you leave home. Five of the park’s trails have been closed as crews deal with three wild fires and some flare-ups.

Kurt's Yampa River Sojourn Marks Step for a Day

Kurt’s Yampa River rafting trip encounters a one-day delay due to bad weather. Kurt's SPOT gizmo is still reporting his location. The satellite imagery is way cool. Check it out.

Bridge to Somewhere Stirs Debate at Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

Drawing of bridge.
A proposed bridge at Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area in the Atlanta area is stirring debate among local residents and government officials. Among the issues is the perceived potential for increased mountain bike use on and off of area trails.

More Low Water Woes at Lake Mead – but This Isn't the Worst Drought on Record for the Lake

Launch ramp at Lake Mead.
Lake Mead National Recreation Area is one of the most heavily-visited units in the National Park System, and its two lakes are a magnet for recreationists. Falling water levels are requiring some changes that will affect visitors to the area, but the current drought isn't the worst to impact the lake—yet.

National Park Quiz 52: Celebrities

This week’s national park quiz marks the completion of one whole year’s worth of these puzzlers. Can you believe it? Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we'll sic the paparazzi on you.

Kurt’s Still on the Yampa, and He Wishes We Were There Too

Traveler Editor Kurt Repanshek is still on the Yampa, and thanks to his SPOT GPS gizmo, we know he’s still OK and making his overnight camps as planned. He says he wishes we were there with him, but we suspect he's fibbing.

Car Clouter with a Cannon? Point Reyes National Seashore Case has an Unusual Twist

Point Reyes lighthouse.
An investigation into several vehicle break-ins at Point Reyes National Seashore resulted in the arrest of a suspect, and then the case took an unusual twist: the man had a loaded, homemade cannon in the bed of his pickup.

Three Dead, Two Rescued, One Missing in Accident at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Lake Powell.
Authorities at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in Utah continued to search for a missing boater after an accident on Lake Powell late last Saturday. Two members of group were rescued that afternoon and the bodies of three others have been recovered.

Yampa River, Lifeblood To Dinosaur National Monument, Eyed for Water Diversions

Somewhat small in stature at just about 250 miles in length, the Yampa River that flows through Dinosaur National Monument is significant not just for its white-water rapids but for its unbridled flows. Not a single dam stands in the way of this river famous with rafters and the lifeblood for four species of endangered fish.
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That “America’s Marines” Commercial Shows Five NPS Units, Not Six

Nobody was able to correctly identify the NPS units in that Marine Corps commercial we invited you to look at. It’s not as simple as it seems. Here’s the solution.

Traveler Tip: Staying On Top Of News From Mount Rainier National Park

Trying to individually sort through all of the data flowing across the Internet is impossible. Can't be done. There's just too much. So when you come upon a cool site, spread the word. Today the word is "VisitRainier."