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Is San Juan National Historic Site Haunted?

San Juan National Historic Site celebrates its 60th birthday today, February 14. This remarkable park, America's only national park in Puerto Rico, preserves some of the finest Spanish Colonial-era coastal forts left in the Caribbean. Many people believe that one of these forts is haunted.

Will Recent Storms in Death Valley National Park Fuel A Spring Bloom?

Rain and snow have pelted Death Valley National Park somewhat frequently this winter, which raises the question of whether there will be a tremendous spring bloom in the park?

Two Rangers Have a Narrow Escape with an Avalanche in Alaska

Avalanche blocking road in Washington State.
Your last trip home from a business meeting may have been a bit wearing, but it was probably lacked the drama of a recent drive by two rangers returning home to Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in Alaska.

Survey Spots 45 Moose in Voyageurs National Park, Which Puts Total Population Around 80

How many moose reside in Voyageurs National Park? Well, the 2009 winter survey spotted 45 Alces alces, but biologists believe that translates to a park-wide population of at least 80.

NPCA Applauds National Park System's Cut of Stimulus Package, But Says Much Remains to Do

In a short, to the point, and politically understandable statement, the National Parks Conservation Association applauded the National Park System's share of the stimulus package funding. But it added that much more work needs to be done across the park system.

New Lodge Gives You an Opportunity to Better Know Kenai Fjords National Park

For more than a few of us, visiting many of our national parks can only be done vicariously -- most often while we're firmly seated in our most comfortable armchair, at that. So many far off places -- whether you're in Florida wondering about Denali or Glacier Bay national parks in Alaska, or in Alaska wondering about the Everglades or maybe Biscayne national parks in Florida -- can only be visited through words, videos, or audio.

Upon Further Review: Pocahontas meets Hollywood

National parks and historical events which occurred at those sites have provided the setting or the inspiration for dozens of movies, as Bob Janiskee has previously discussed on the Traveler. Fame can be a mixed blessing for the staff of the featured parks, however, as employees at Colonial National Historical Park learned a few years ago when Hollywood decided to bring Pocahontas to the big screen.

Heavy Metals Detected in Wildlife of Cape Krusenstern National Monument

Heavy metals are turning up in wildlife of a unit of the National Park System that's so far removed from most Americans that it might as well be on the other side of the world. But that shouldn't be cause for ignoring the report.

Bush Administration's Haste Could Doom New Gun Rules In National Parks

In its apparent haste to rewrite the rules so national park visitors could arm themselves, the Bush administration might have shot itself in the foot.

Ginseng Poachers At Great Smoky Mountains National Park Receive Jail Time

Poaching "sang" in Great Smoky Mountains National Park rewarded two North Carolina men with time in jail and fines.
How to manage the elk in Rocky Mountain National Park has been in the news lately, what with the beginning of culling operations. But the decisions on how to manage the elk herds were not made overnight.
Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer The 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth began with a bang. Given the historic ascension and rise of the first African American to the presidency of the United States, Lincoln’s relevancy is perhaps more essential today than ever before.

Apparent Clumsiness Claims Life Of Famed Bull Elk In Yellowstone National Park

It's difficult to imagine an elk being clumsy, especially one that has lived 15 years, carried an impressive rack, and sired who knows how many offspring. But that apparently is behind the death of a bull elk at Yellowstone National Park.

Rare Motion Pictures Show Civil War Veterans at the 75th Gettysburg Battle Anniversary Reunion

Gettysburg National Military Park celebrates a birthday today, its 114th, but it was the battle anniversaries that interested the Civil War veterans. In 1938, the 75th anniversary of the battle, motion picture crews filmed the aged veterans at the battlefield as they gathered for their final reunion. There’s some amazing film footage on the Internet.

More than Just Another Pretty Lake - Curecanti National Recreation Area

Curecanti National Recreation Area, East Portal.
Curecanti National Recreation Area includes not one, but three mountain lakes, and can claim bragging rights in several categories. It also offers some surprising attractions not found in most reservoir-based recreation areas, including a "fluffy muffin" and a treat for railroad history buffs.

National Park Quiz 41: Lincolnalia

Tomorrow is the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. If you’re up to snuff on your Lincolnalia, you’ll do just fine on this week’s quiz. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you recite the Gettysburg Address backwards.

NPCA, Congressman Issa Battle Over Propriety of Stimulus Funding for National Parks

Congressman Darrell Issa's continued assault on the propriety of national park stimulus funding in House of Representatives legislation drew a harsh response Tuesday from the National Parks Conservation Association, which accused the Republican of libeling the organization.
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Humane Society of America Critical of Culling Elk in Rocky Mountain National Park

What doors will the culling of elk in Rocky Mountain National Park open? Is it possible that, in the wake of sharpshooters turning up shortly before sunrise in Rocky Mountain to shoot an elk or two, similar "management" actions will pop up in places like Yellowstone, Theodore Roosevelt, or Wind Cave national parks, or any other park where the natural balance of wildlife is skewed?
Long before they were the backdrop for Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, the mountains in this part of Alaska gave birth to one of the most incredible copper mines in the hemisphere.

Permit Period Open for Noncommercial Colorado River Runners Through Grand Canyon National Park

If you think you'd like to run the Colorado through Grand Canyon National Park next year, without paying a commercial operation for the privilege, now is the time to get your permit application filed with the park.

Logan Pass Improvements Proposed at Glacier National Park

If you've ever headed to Logan Pass in Glacier National Park, more than likely the first stop you made was to the restrooms at the visitor center. If so, you're well aware of the updating they need. And so you'll appreciate the effort by Glacier National Park officials to improve that situation.

Return of the Beach – A Once Popular Site Set for a Comeback at Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Aerial view of Willow Beach
The legendary phoenix may have risen from its own ashes, but a campground and other visitor facilities will soon be rising from the mud of recurring flash floods at one location in Lake Mead National Recreation Area. The mud has actually been dry for years, but there's good reason for caution in rebuilding at this location, and the project has an unusual twist or two.

Are We Properly Caring for Our Ocean-Based National Parks?

There was an essay recently that brought to my attention a startling figure: Even though there are nearly 1,700 marine protected areas in U.S. territorial waters, 99.9 percent of all our territorial waters were open to fishing in 2008.

This Coke's For You, Grand Teton National Park!

It might have been great advertising if the 93-ton truck hauling Coca Cola products hadn't snarled traffic on the main road through Grand Teton National Park. Even then, the photo of the red, Coke-logo emblazoned truck with the snow-capped Tetons as a backdrop is priceless.

Battle Your Way through the Traffic and Visit Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Sherman needed 100,000 troops to take Atlanta in 1864, and you’ll need patience and good humor today if you visit this park commemorating the Atlanta Campaign. Established as a national battlefield 92 years ago today, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park offers many delights, despite being engulfed by urban sprawl and plagued with awful traffic.

Maine-based Groups Join Fight to Overturn Gun Rule for National Parks

Two groups in Maine have joined the legal bid to overturn the Bush administration's decision to allow national park visitors to arm themselves.

If You Can You Squeeze Through an 8.5 x 24-Inch Opening, You Can Take the Spelunking Tour at Jewel Cave National Monument

South Dakota’s Jewel Cave National Monument, which celebrates its 101st birthday today, offers convenient access to underground beauty and the world’s second longest cave system. While it hasn’t always been easy for the public to enjoy Jewel’s scenic wonders, visitors today have three great tours to choose from. Be prepared for a tight squeeze if you choose the Spelunking Tour.

2008 Visitation to the National Parks Up and Down, But Essentially Flat

Visitation to the National Park System in 2008 was, essentially, flat from the year before. There were spikes in some areas, and deep drops in others, but overall the 275 million visitors who were counted represented just 800,000 fewer than in 2007, according to preliminary data from the National Park Service.
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Lecture Series On Yellowstone Ecosystem and Climate Change On Tap

A series of discussions on how climate change could impact the greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is coming to Big Sky, Montana, in the weeks ahead.
Glacier Bay National Park's main attraction are the rivers of ice that course atop the landscape. But what lurks beneath the waters of the bay? This brand new 26-minute video from the National Park Service helps answer that question.