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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 the 10 Best of Everything) 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.

This Hike at Great Smoky Mountains National Park Took a Nasty Turn

Trail through forest
Rhododendron and Mountain laurel provide beautiful blooms in the late spring and early summer in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Those thickets can also have a dark side, as two hikers recently learned the hard way.

National Park Service Ban on Lead Ammo, Fishing Gear Draws Ire of Shooting Sports Foundation

What seemed to be a fairly innocuous announcement, that the National Park Service was banning lead ammunition and fishing gear throughout the National Park System, has drawn the ire of the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

House Fails to Pass Massive Lands Bill That Would Have Aided National Park System

A massive lands bill, one that would have added nearly 1 million acres of national park lands to the national wilderness system, has failed to gain passage in the U.S. House of Representatives. But it could live to see another vote.

Philatelists Rejoice: New Stamps Honoring Zion and Grand Teton National Parks On The Way

For those of you who keep track of the national parks with stamp collections, get ready to add two new stamps to your albums.

Building a Tour Boat For Voyageurs National Park Can't Be Done Overnight

While Voyageurs National Park received permission and the funding to purchase a new tour boat, it's going to take just a little while for that cruiser to show up in Rainy Lake.

Ahhh, When it Snows At Bryce Canyon National Park....

Copyright, Marion Littlefield
If you were lucky enough to be in Bryce Canyon National Park on Tuesday, you would have been surrounded by one of the prettiest days of the year, as these photos clearly show.

National Park Quiz 45: Green

St. Patrick’s Day is less than a week away, so this week’s quiz will see if you’re ready to start thinking green. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you write on the whiteboard 100 times: “The shamrock of Irish legend is a three-leaf clover symbolizing the Holy Trinity.”

How Valuable Are Fossilized Mammoth Bones To the National Park System?

There are national parks that focus on geology, that provide windows into ancient civilizations, and which honor westward expansion. So should one that preserves fossilized mammoth bones be added to the mix?

Glacier National Park Officials Developing Battle Plan For Lake Trout in Quartz Lake

In a sign of how difficult it can be to overturn mistakes in national parks, crews in Yellowstone National Park are moving into their second decade of fighting non-native lake trout in Yellowstone Lake, where they're threatening to wipe out the lake's native cutthroat trout population. Now Glacier National Park has its own lake trout battle.

Historic Oath of Allegiance Comes Home to Valley Forge National Historical Park

Historic document - oath of allegiance
Military personnel, federal employees and elected officials take an oath of allegiance or oath of office, but during the American Revolution there was a lot at stake for those who promised "true allegiance to the United States of America"—in writing. One of those historic documents was recently donated to Valley Forge National Historical Park.

Send Your Kid To Work in Great Smoky Mountains National Park This Summer

Great setting, inspirational leadership, insights into a possible career, and $10.31 an hour. What more could a teenager want from a summer job? All they have to do is live in North Carolina and want to spend a chunk of the summer in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.