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Birding In The National Parks: Have You Dipped Lately?

Have you ever missed a unique birding sighting by just this much? That's dipping, for you.

Barge Day At Kalaupapa National Historical Park

Every so often, something pops up that sounds so fascinating, it simply must be investigated. That’s what happened the other day when I made my daily visit to the NPS Morning Report and found an article that set my curiosity ablaze. I don’t remember ever having heard of Kalaupapa and I know I’ll never be able to visit the place in person, but thanks to modern electronic communications and the Internet, I was able to visit.

New Guide Looks At Climate Change At National Parks In Alaska

A new guide that describes climate change in Alaska’s national parks seeks to engage both state residents and the parks’ two million annual visitors.

"Bone Digger" Interns Fuel Their Passion At Dinosaur National Monument

Ben Otoo and Nicole Ridgwell are spending the summer living a dream as they scramble and climb among the remains of the long dead. These young paleontologists are photographing and mapping the world famous deposit of ancient bones at Dinosaur National Monument.

As National Park Service Looks At Grizzly Bear Recovery In North Cascades, What's The State Of The Endangered Species Act?

News that the National Park Service wants to consider whether grizzly bears should be restored to the North Cascades ecosystem in Washington state is a big step towards bolstering the region's ecological integrity, but recent events surrounding the Endangered Species Act raises questions about whether the Park Service can succeed if it decides grizzly recovery is in the ecosystem's best interests.

Doggy Daycare Near Popular National Parks: Five Great National Park Destinations To Visit With Dogs

If you and your dog are inseparable, don't let the National Park System's pet rules stop you from taking a dog-centric vacation to our national treasures. A growing assortment of pet sitters, upscale boarding facilities and dog-friendly people hotels are making it possible for pets and humans to have unforgettable adventures in and around popular national parks.

Flying To The Rescue At Zion National Park

Curious about what a "short-haul" is? Wonder how rangers get to remote areas in the parks to perform rescues? Check out this short video from Zion National Park.

Essential Fall Guide '14: The Big Wild: Wrangell-St. Elias National Park And Preserve

Visitors to the far north might think they know what’s big. That is, until they see it, touch it, and feel it. In Alaska, peaks and glaciers, rivers and lakes, waterfalls and forests, beaches and bays stretch far away to all horizons, nearly untouched by the hand of man. Even the chattiest air traveler will grow quiet as they fly for hours over pristine landscapes. Things are different up North, and that’s why we love it.

Celebrate the National Park Service's 98th Birthday with free entrance to all parks!

August 25th is free entrance day to all parks

Golden Gate National Recreation addresses beach fires

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area is trying address safety issues with fires along Ocean Beach

Body of missing Russian hiker found in Grand Teton National Park

The body of a Russian summer employee was retrieved August 22 from Grand Teton National Park

$1.5 Million In Grants Go Out To Help Tribes, Museums, Alaska Native Villages Regain Human Remains And Cultural Objects

The National Park Service has released more than $1.5 million in grants under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act to assist museums, Indian tribes, and Alaska native villages to document and return human remains and cultural objects to their native people.

Ignoring Warning Signs Leads To Four Accidents In Four Days At Same Location In Yosemite National Park

The Lower Yosemite Fall Trail at Yosemite National Park is a favorite with visitors, but despite warnings from park officials, some tourists just can't resist getting off the trail. The result earlier this month was four consecutive days with 911 calls due to accidents near the footbridge over Yosemite Creek.

Mystery Photo Solved: It's The Loomis Seismograph Station!

Astute observers, and wide-ranging park travelers, easily identified this week's Mystery Photo as the seismograph station at Lassen Volcanic National Park in northern California.

Yellowstone National Park Wants Your Thoughts On Sewer Line Replacement

Some issues that come up in the National Park System are no brainers, and the proposal in Yellowstone National Park to replace a sewer line nearing a quarter-century in service is one.

National Park Service Will Again Try To Reuse Historic Buildings At Fort Hancock In Gateway National Recreation Area

Gateway National Recreation Area officials, who several years ago thought they had a lessee for historic buildings at Fort Hancock, will try again to find businesses to use the structures. This time, the National Park Service hopes a phased approach for redevelopment of the Fort Hancock and Sandy Hook Proving Ground National Historic Landmark will succeed.

National Park Service Releases Centennial Logo

National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis has released the agency's logo for its centennial in 2016, one that uses the agency's familiar arrowhead for the zero in 2016.

Monday Is Entrance-Fee Free Day Across The National Park System

If you can manage it, be sure to head to the National Park System on Monday, when the gates will all be open with no need to pay an entrance fee.

Bridge Work Coming To Acadia National Park

Maintenance work is coming up for bridges in Acadia National Park this year and next, which means you could encounter delays from time to time. But better to make the repairs than wait for greater problems down the road.

Essential Park Guide, Fall '14: Fish, Bike, Hike, Or Photograph The Fall From West Yellowstone

Finding yourself in West Yellowstone, Montana, this fall is the easy part. Deciding what to do, well, that could take some time

Mystery Photo: Where In The National Park System Is This?

After a long, long hiatus, the Mystery Photo returns to the Traveler. How sharp are you? Have many parks have you visited? How is your memory of those visits? Bottom line, where was this photo taken, and what is it?

Bodies Of Three Climbers Recovered From Mount Rainier National Park

The bodies of three climbers killed back in May by a likely avalanche on Mount Rainier have been recovered by park rangers.

Trails I’ve Hiked: Castle Crest Wildflower Trail At Crater Lake National Park

Though short, at not quite a half-mile, the Castle Crest Wildflower Trail offers a refreshing walk through a cool, colorful corner of Crater Lake National Park.

Float The Last Undammed River On The Colorado With National Parks Traveler

Join National Parks Traveler as we spend five days floating the Yampa River, the last undammed tributary of the Colorado River, through Dinosaur National Monument in northwestern Colorado and northeastern Utah.

September Moonrise Tours Scheduled For Cape Lookout Lighthouse On the Outer Banks

For a unique September outing, head to Cape Lookout National Seashore on the Outer Banks of North Carolina to catch the moonrise from the national seashore's lighthouse.

Park History: The Railroads And The National Parks

Railroads played a huge role in the establishment of the national parks in the early 20th century. Just how great their influence was will be discussed by Dr. Alfred Runte as part of the lecture series at Zion National Park this summer.

Olympic National Park Visitor Scratched By Bat, Getting Treated For Rabies As A Precaution

A 59-year-old Washington state man is undergoing rabies prevention treatment after being scratched by a bat in front of Lake Crescent Lodge in Olympic National Park earlier this month.

Explore, And Contribute To, Parkipedia, The First Crowd-Sourced Approach To National Park Guides

Bring us your knowledge of the National Park System, travelers, and grow the Internet's first-ever crowd-sourced approach to the ultimate national park guides.

Essential Fall Guide '14: Find Your Place In The West At A Dude Ranch Near A National Park

There’s a sense of place in the West. It flows from endless stands of lodgepole pines, glades of aspen tinged gold by the season, horizons that spread the sky wider than you’ve ever noticed. Spend a little time here, and it seeps into you. It’s the distant bugle of a bull elk, a band of pronghorn darting across the open range, the chortling flock of sandhill cranes, southbound, high overhead. They all fill your senses with the West as it’s always been, as it always should be.

Photography In The National Parks: Same Park, Same Scene, Different Seasons, Different Times

Rebecca Latson shows how the change of seasons, time of day, and/or weather conditions can make the same scene in a national park look totally different.