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Sweltering in another heat wave on the East Coast? Tired of the rain in the Midwest? Fed-up with wildfires in California? If you'd prefer snow, head to Glacier National Park. Check out this video to see how just much snow still remains to be cleared from Glacier's Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Celebrating Glacier National Park's Going-to-the-Sun Road

It's an engineering wonder, one that not only delights, but also perplexes and confounds, both motorists and road crews. And today the 75th birthday of the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park is being celebrated. It's a time to both reflect on the history of this 50-mile pathway across the park's interior and look as well at the effort to rebuild it.
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Comment Period For Revised Gun Regulations for National Parks About to Close

Barring a last-minute change of heart, the Interior Department on Monday will close the public comment period on a proposal to allow national park visitors to arm themselves.
Ever wonder what bears do when we're not watching them? This remote USGS footage obtained in Glacier National Park shows how bruins scratch some of their itches.

National Park History: Prince William Forest Park Was a Top Secret Spy Training School

Virginia’s Prince William Forest Park became a national park in 1940 and acquired its present name 60 years ago this month. Many people know that the park offers solitude, scenery, and recreation. Most don’t know it was a top secret training school for OSS spies during World War II.

Recalling Yellowstone National Park's Historic 1988 Fire Season

No one realized it at the time, but when a lightning strike ignited a single tree in Yellowstone National Park's Lamar Valley 20 years ago, it was a dire harbinger of what would become a historic fire season.

Eight of California’s 800+ Wildfires Started in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

Electrical storms of remarkable ferocity surged in from the Pacific this past weekend and started more than 800 wildfires in California. At least eight fires were started in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area in Shasta County. Four fires still burning Wednesday are uncontained and expected to merge.

National Park Quiz 8: Firsts

There is a first time for everything -- every innovation, every event, every development, every activity, every you-name-it. The storied history of the National Park System is loaded with firsts. Take this week's quiz and see if you can be the first to answer all the questions correctly. Answers are at the end. No peeking!

Deal to Close Sugar Plant and Preserve 187,000 Acres Should Benefit Everglades National Park

In what's being called an unprecedented chapter in land conservation history, the state of Florida has agreed to buy 187,000 acres north of Everglades National Park and preserve the land to help ensure water flows into the park from Lake Okeechobee.

Oglala Sioux Just Might Reclaim Southern Half of Badlands National Park

The Oglala Sioux Tribe might regain exclusive control of 133,000 acres of tribal land that was incorporated into Badlands National Park and is being jointly managed with the National Park Service. If the tribe gets its land back it will establish a major precedent.

NPCA Report Offers Poor Grades For Protection of National Parks

If the National Park Service were graded on how it's managing the National Park System, its latest report card would reflect a mediocre student, one with poor attention to detail.

Mount Rainier National Park Officials Mulling Future of Carbon River Road

Heavy rains frequently wash out sections of the Carbon River Road in the northwestern corner of Mount Rainier National Park. In fact, the road has been closed since torrential rains destroyed sections in 2006. Now park officials are wondering whether they should even try to reopen the road to vehicles.

Park History: Biscayne National Park

Biscayne National Park celebrates its 40th birthday on June 28. Situated just a few miles south of Miami, and encompassing most of Biscayne Bay, it is one of the largest marine parks in the National Park System It is also an ecological treasure and a marvelous playground.

Creature Feature: The Pacific Treefrog

If you've ever heard a frog doing its “ribbet” thing anywhere along the Pacific Coast, it's probably been a Pacific Treefrog. And if you’ve ever seen one of these little critters up close, you know why many consider it one of the most fascinating of all the amphibians.

At Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the Presidio Trust Ponders Where to Put a New Art Museum

The Presidio Trust must decide where to put a new art museum to be built at the Presidio unit of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The donor-specified site is problematic, and some critics argue that the museum complex’s massive scale and modern appearance are incompatible with the Presidio’s historic milieu.

A Solution to the National Park Service's Funding Woes Lies Within Each of Us

A few weeks ago, a colleague and I were discussing the financial plight of the National Park System and I wondered aloud how it possibly could be improved. After all, this country has some enormous bills, starting with those from the Iraq war and running on down to Social Security and the national infrastructure, just to name the most obvious.

Director Bomar Suggests Special "Parks Edition" Mountain Bike

National Park Service Director Mary Bomar not only sees a "special bond" between her agency and the International Mountain Bicycling Association, but can even picture a special "parks edition" mountain bike.

Yellowstone National Park Relocates the 45th Parallel

Geographers might blanch at the thought, but Yellowstone National Park officials have pushed the 45th Parallel a bit north in an effort to make park visitors safer.

New Movie “To the Limit” Shows Record Speed-Climb of El Capitan Nose Route at Yosemite National Park

On October 8, 2007, the Huber brothers set a new speed-climbing record of two hours, 45 minutes, and 45 seconds for El Capitan’s Nose route, one of the world’s most difficult big wall climbs. The event was captured on film, and you won’t believe your eyes.

Backpackers Rescued at Denali National Park Didn’t Know How Lost They Really Were

The two lost backpackers rescued Wednesday in Denali National Park were far from where they thought they were and didn’t know they were the subjects of a massive search lasting four days and costing an estimated $120,000. But as they say, all’s well that ends well.

Congressman Calls for Emergency Declaration to Protect Grand Canyon National Park from Mining

The chairman of the House national parks subcommittee believes sufficient threat exists to Grand Canyon National Park to withdraw more than 1 million acres from the possibility of being mined for uranium.

Threats to the Parks: Biscayne National Park

Situated a few miles south of Miami, Biscayne National Park is the only place in the world where a living coral reef lies adjacent to a large metro area. Biscayne’s metro periphery location, fragile resources, and heavy visitation make it one of our most vulnerable parks.

Park History: Director Hartzog and the Automobile

How's that saying go, the more things change, the more they stay the same? That certainly seems to be the truth in the case of national parks jammed with automobiles.

Lost Backpackers Reunited with Families at Denali National Park

Backpackers Abby Flantz and Erica Nelson were rescued in good condition after being lost for six days in the Denali National Park wilderness. The two women, who had used a cell phone to help searchers locate them, were reunited with family members Wednesday afternoon.

Bodies of Three Mexican Nationals Found in Big Bend National Park

Rangers at Big Bend National Park have recovered the bodies of three Mexican nationals who illegally entered the United States and tried to make their way across the park’s desert terrain in searing summer heat. Officials suspect there may have been other fatalities.

Threats to the Parks: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Struggles with Invasive Plants

Many nonnative plant and animal species that have invaded our national parks pose a danger to the native species. On Hawaii’s Big Island, invasive plants are threatening to wreak ecosystem havoc in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. To combat this onslaught, the Park Service uses manual and mechanical removal, herbicide spraying, and biological controls.

Lost Backpackers Are Reported Alive and Well at Denali National Park

Two backpackers missing at Denali National Park since Friday are alive and well.

Fresh Search Teams Arrive at Denali National Park to Help Locate Missing Women

Tuesday’s efforts to locate two missing backpackers in Denali National Park were fruitless, despite the best efforts of eleven ground teams and four aircraft crews. Today’s operation will more thoroughly search high priority areas and send ground teams into higher terrain. Five new teams will help out.

National Park Service Issues Beach Access Report for Cape Hatteras National Seashore ORV Users

The National Park Service Beach Access Report for June 12, 2008, provides detailed background and regulatory information concerning ORV use at the popular Cape Hatteras National Seashore under the terms of the consent decree signed on April 30. The Park Service is soliciting your opinion about modifying the format and content of the Beach Access Report.

National Park Quiz 7: Islands

The national parks have islands galore. There are islands in the ocean, islands in rivers, islands in lakes, and even islands in lakes on islands. Take this week's quiz and see how much you know about these islands. Answers are at the end. No fair peeking!