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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.

What's Driving Rep. Issa's Opposition to Tackling the National Park System's Backlog?

Two years ago, U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa seemed to think it was no big deal that $12 billion for the Iraq reconstruction effort vanished. So why is he so opposed to spending $2.25 billion to make inroads on the National Park System's roughly $9 billion maintenance backlog?

Updated: Murder-Suicide Leaves Two Dead at Grand Canyon National Park

A murder-suicide is suspected in the deaths of an elderly couple in Grand Canyon National Park.

Add Olympic National Park to the Destinations With Lodging Deals

To say this is the slow season in many national parks is an understatement. However, if you're flexible and curious about off-season vistas, the slow season can carry many benefits. Such as half-off on lodging in some parks.
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Olympic National Park Proposing to Erase the Old Boulder Creek Road

It's going on three decades since you last could drive your rig to the old Olympic Hot Springs Resort and automobile campground in Olympic National Park. And now park officials are proposing to erase the last vestiges of that asphalt road.

Book An Early Season Trip to Shenandoah National Park and Save on Lodging

Shenandoah National Park in late spring and early summer can be a glorious place, with wildflowers popping up in the meadows, songbirds returning to the mountainous setting, streams running full, and warm breezes.

Discounted Lodging Available in Glacier National Park this June

In light of the weak economy, should it be any surprise that lodging deals are starting to materialize in the national parks? At Glacier National Park, for instance, you can find lodging discounts up to 40 percent per night for visits this coming June.

That's Cold, Doubly So When You Realize the Temperature Was In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Normally when you hear "22 below" you think of places like Fraser, Colorado, or Ice Box Canyon, North Dakota, not Tennessee. But that was the temperature near the top of Great Smoky Mountains National Park the other morning.

Volcanics in the National Parks: They Ain't All Tied to "Redoubt"

Yellowstone National Park entered the new year shaking and rattling. Fortunately, there hasn’t been any real rolling just yet. But over at Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, Redoubt Volcano has been going through its own gyrations, and volcanologists suspect it just might erupt any time now. Against that backdrop, if you want to see volcanics in action, or signs thereof, the National Park System has many opportunities for you.

Elk Culling Under Way in Rocky Mountain National Park

Bullets, not wolves, worked on culling the elk herds in Rocky Mountain National Park on Wednesday with sharpshooters taking down one cow.

Secretary Salazar Scuttles Oil and Gas Leases Near National Parks in Utah

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, in a move that repudiates the Bush administration's energy policies, on Wednesday scuttled a series of controversial oil and gas leases near national parks in Utah.

Lake Clark National Park's Redoubt Volcano Still Sputtering and Fuming, But No Eruption. Yet.

Scientists are continuing to take the pulse of Redoubt Volcano in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve 24 hours a day. While more than a week ago they were saying an eruption was "imminent," this week they've stepped away from that pronouncement somewhat.

If Science in Lake Clark National Park Is Good, Is It Also Good in Yellowstone National Park?

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is praising the scientists who are keeping tabs on Redoubt Volcano in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, using them as an example of "the importance of investing in science..." Which begs the question of whether science is just as important elsewhere in the National Park System?

Four "Natural Landmarks" Added to National Natural Landmarks Program

"National parks" are not the only repositories of scenic beauty in the National Park System. You'll find an abundance of spectacular natural landscapes within the National Natural Landmark Program, which just added four new sites.