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Sequoia National Park Officials Developing Cave Management Plan

Sequoia National Park long has been known for its tall trees and High Sierra backcountry. But more and more of what's under the park's surface is being discovered, necessitating an updating of the park's Cave Management Plan.

UPDATED: Authorities Confirm the Deaths of Father and Daughter at Biscayne National Park

The spring boating season is off to a sad start at Biscayne National Park in Florida, where authorities have released additional details about the deaths of a father and daughter last weekend.
It's not often you can watch a seastar, aka starfish, move. Most of the times I've spied them they've been stuck in place. But this short video shows one on the move at Acadia National Park.

National Park Quiz 49: “Bones and Stones”

This week’s quiz will find out how much you know about archeological research and the remains of past human life and culture in our national parks. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you write on the whiteboard 100 times: “Archeology derives from the Greek ἀρχαιολογία, archaiologia – ἀρχαῖος, archaīos and -λογία, -logia.”

NPCA: Climate Change Greatest Threat Facing the National Park System

When you think about threats to national parks, you can point to air pollution, water pollution, development on a park's boundaries, and genetic bottlenecks affecting a park's wildlife. But few people seem to think about climate change. Well, the National Parks Conservation Association wants you to start thinking about it.

Latest Lodging Deals at Sequoia, Olympic National Parks and Lake Powell National Recreation Area

If you're nimble and flexible, there are some special lodging deals to be had in Sequoia and Olympic national parks, and some boating deals at Lake Powell National Recreation Area.

Iconic Trail at Grand Canyon National Park Set for a Major Makeover

View on the South Kaibab Trail.
For over 80 years, hikers and mule riders have enjoyed—or endured—trips up and down the South Kaibab Trail at Grand Canyon National Park. That's a lot of footprints, and the iconic route will receive a major, multi-year makeover starting in May 2009.

Building at Glacier National Park Garners LEED Gold Certification

Glacier National Park's Apgar Transit Center has received the U.S. Green Building Council's gold certificate for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for its "pioneering example of sustainable design."

Verizon Wireless Wants Cellphone Tower Near Grant Grove in Kings Canyon National Park

Can you hear me now? Verizon Wireless wants an affirmative answer to that question if you're in Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks, and says it needs a cellphone tower possibly 80 feet tall in Kings Canyon to get it.

Creature Feature: Meet the Asian Swamp Eel, "the Animal Equivalent of the Kudzu Vine?"

The Asian swamp eel is prolific, hardy, voracious, ecologically disruptive, and on its way to becoming the scourge of the Everglades. Is it already too late to stop it?

Musings From Virgin Islands National Park

Salt Pond Bay, Virgin Islands NP, Kurt Repanshek photo
Floating face down in the Caribbean, with snorkel clenched in your mouth, lacks the structure, the regimentation, of observing the natural world in the way we’ve grown up to accept while walking through a forest, strolling through a meadow, or hiking up a mountain. Clouds of neon blue tangs drift by while black-and-yellow striped sergeant majors flit about, lacking the tangs’ regimented approach to life in the ocean.

Trails I've Hiked: Reef Bay Trail, Virgin Islands National Park

Mango trees, lime trees, and one of the best preserved ruins of a sugar plantation in Virgin Islands National Park are among the payoffs of the Reef Bay Trail.

Where To Look For Spring Wildflowers in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Smoky Mountains are home to more than 1,600 species of flowering plants. During each month of the year, some forb, tree or vine is blooming in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. During the spring, wildflowers explode during the brief window just prior to trees leafing out and shading the forest floor (from about mid-April through mid-May).

Where Does Your Reservation At Yosemite National Park Stand?

Rockfalls at Yosemite National Park have created a lodging problem in the Yosemite Valley, but it might not be as bad as you were initially led to think.

Descendants of Mesa Verde Anasazi Help Produce a Musical Masterpiece

The Pueblo Indians in New Mexico and northern Arizona are descendants of the Ancestral Puebloans who abandoned the cliff dwellings now preserved in Mesa Verde National Park. Does the modern pueblo culture straddle the ages? See for yourself. Just cue this composite audio/video, turn up the volume, and get ready for a surprise.

"A Wildlife Crisis of Unprecedented Proportions"

Little brown bats with white-nose syndrome.
Managers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park have closed all of the park's caves to public entry until further notice. The move is in response to growing concern about white-nose syndrome, a new malady that the Fish and Wildlife Service calls "a wildlife crisis of unprecedented proportions."

Remains of Professor Who Went Missing in Canyonlands National Park Found in Needles District

It was just about a year ago that a college professor headed into the remote backcountry of Canyonlands National Park to find his final resting place. His remains recently were discovered by another hiker.

Is Winter in Yellowstone National Park Losing Its Allure?

For decades winter visitation to Yellowstone National Park has been a lifesaver for the December-March economies of gateway towns such as West Yellowstone, Gardiner, and Cooke City in Montana, and Jackson and even Cody in Wyoming.

Demolition Update: It’s One Down and One to Go at Gettysburg

At Gettysburg, the old visitor center and the Cyclorama Building were constructed atop a key part of the historic battlefield. The NPS has long planned to remove both buildings and return the site to its 1863 appearance. The old visitor center is now being knocked down and toted away, but preservationists have blocked demolition of the Cyclorama Building.

Top 10 National Parks: Do You See Your Favorites in This Short Video?

Everybody seems to have their own top 10 list of America's national parks. Here's a short video collection of one set of 10 selected by the National Park Service.

UPDATE: Mt. Redoubt Volcano Adds Unwelcome Fireworks to Alaska Statehood Anniversary

Mt. Redoubt eruption on March 30, 2009.
Alaska marks 50 years of statehood this year, and Mt. Redoubt, located in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, has crashed the party with a series of impressive eruptions.

Traveler Editor Kurt Repanshek Spurns Pulitzer, Goes into Hiding

Have you seen Kurt Repanshek? We need to talk to him.

Trust For Public Land Leverages Land Purchase for Virgin Islands National Park

For roughly 47 cents on the dollar, Virgin Islands National Park is growing by more than 400 acres thanks to the efforts of the Trust for Public Land.

National Park Quiz 48: Mysteries

This week’s quiz will test your knowledge of various and sundry national park mysteries. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you explain the difference between a mystery, a riddle, and an enigma.

Climate Change and Coral Bleaching: Changing the Seascape of Virgin Islands National Park

Forget what you might have heard about polar bears being the first species to gain Endangered Species Act protection due to climate change. Two species of coral lay claim to that unfortunate distinction.

National Parks Traveler Back On-Line, Back in Business!

After an "interesting" two days, the Traveler is back on-line and back in business.

Early Tourism at Bryce Canyon National Park: No Color in This Film, But Hot and Cold Running Water in the Cabins!

Today practically all you need to say is "Bryce Canyon" to create a colorful mental picture of this Southwestern gem of the National Park System. But back in the early 1900s when a travelogue of the park was filmed, the color had to be in the narrative.

Creature Feature: Yellowstone National Park, Home to Wolves, Grizzlies, Elk, Moose, and ... Crystal Salamanders

Yellowstone National Park is "charismatic mega-fauna" defined. Spend a handful of days in the park and you're likely to spy wolves, elk, grizzlies, black bears, moose and more. But salamanders?

By the Numbers: President Bush’s National Park Legacy

George W. Bush’s national park legacy includes seven new NPS units, five redesignations, one deauthorization, and one oddity.

Traveler Housekeeping: Don't Forget To Check in On Our Favorite Links

While the lion's share of parks-related content shows up right here on the Traveler's home page, there's more behind the scenes.