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1930s-Era Explosives Safely Removed from Sequoia National Park's Crystal Cave

Explosives experts have safely removed the remnants of 1930s-era explosives that were found late last week in Sequoia National Park's Crystal Cave.

Power Plant Proposed Near Theodore Roosevelt National Park Put Off

A 500-megawatt power plant proposed to be built roughly 60 miles from Theodore Roosevelt National Park has been pulled off the table due to uncertainties over how pending climate-change legislation will impact carbon dioxide emissions.

University Professor Missing in Canyonlands National Park

May is one of the more enjoyable months to visit Canyonlands National Park in southern Utah, but for a college professor from Minnesota a backcountry trek apparently has gone amiss.

Closed to the Public For Nearly a Year, Artist Point in Yellowstone National Park is Reopening

After months of restoration and rehabilitation work, Artist Point is ready to once again offer visitors to Yellowstone National Park expansive views of the Lower Falls that so inspired Thomas Moran more than a century ago.

Tioga Road Opens Through Yosemite National Park's High Country, Half Dome Cables Up

Further proof that spring has arrived in the West is word that the Tioga Road across the high country of Yosemite National Park is now open. And, the cables that run to the summit of Half Dome also are in place for intrepid hikers.

National Park Quiz 3: Bridges

Bridges are among the most favored of all human structures. They serve us well, make a bold visual statement, and open the door to a storehouse of memories. Who doesn’t admire the elegant lines of a suspension bridge? Who can look at a covered bridge without thinking of a time when life was simpler and slower and friendlier? This week's quiz will find out how much you know about the bridges and bridge-related things in our national parks. Answers are at the end. No peeking.

Most, But Not All, Of Olympic National Park Within Reach For Memorial Day Weekend

The aftermath of a tough winter can be seen throughout Olympic National Park, but officials say most of the park should be accessible for visitors during the coming Memorial Day Weekend.

Free Shuttle Buses Will Make It Easier To Visit The South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park

Negotiating the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park during the busy summer season can be a nightmare if you're trying to find a parking spot or crossing the road. With hopes of making it a bit easier this year, the National Park Service is implementing a free shuttle service from Tusayan to the South Rim.

Facilities at Mount Rainier National Park Slow to Open Due to Heavy Snowpack

You can add Mount Rainier National Park to the growing list of Western parks where this past winter's heavy snowfall is pushing back the openings of campgrounds and even some roads.

While Bison Are Driven Back into Yellowstone National Park, Questions Over Management Continue

With winter's killing fields still fresh in the memory, several hundred bison that had been held in a National Park Service "capture facility" were driven back into Yellowstone National Park on Monday. While the bison gained the relative safety of the park's landscape, nagging questions over their long-term management persisted.

Everglades National Park Wildfire Grows To nearly 33,000 Acres

Dry, windy conditions are feeding a wildfire that has burned nearly 33,000 acres in Everglades National Park. Officials believe the so-called "Mustang Corner" fire was human-caused.

Glacier National Park Slowly Opening For the Summer Season

As summer slowly approaches, more and more of Glacier National Park's landscape is becoming snow-free and accessible. Still, not all of the park's campgrounds will be open for the coming Memorial Day weekend.

Is Your Backcountry Safety Net A Personal Locator Beacon or Cell Phone?

Do you skimp on backcountry preparations, figuring you've got your trusty personal locator beacon or cell phone to summon help at a moment's notice? It's tempting, no? Why prepare yourself equipment-wise and possibly skill-wise when help is just a push button away?
Like the other publications in the Journals Unlimited “Write it Down” series, Let’s Go See All 50! is rooted in this simple philosophy: “Life is an adventure. It is not the destination we reach that’s the most rewarding. It’s the journey along the way. So write it down!

Explosives, Possibly Dating to 1930s, Found in Sequoia National Park's Crystal Cave--Updated

Some sort of explosives, believed to date to the 1930s, have been found in Sequoia National Park's Crystal Cave. The discovery has prompted the cave's closure and evacuation while the National Park Service's regional chief blaster assesses the situation.

Park Service Retirees Urge Interior Department to Halt American Revolution Center

The Coalition of National Park Service Retirees, saying a development proposed on land surrounded on three sides by Valley Forge National Historical Park would "desecrate" the park, wants Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne to intervene.

Wolf Killed Illegally Near Grand Teton National Park, $3,000 Reward Offered

A gray wolf has been illegally shot and killed just outside Grand Teton National Park. Wyoming wildlife officials have posted a $3,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the poacher.

Coal-Fired Plants Obscuring National Park Vistas

On a clear day, you often can see for miles and miles. But as a report from the National Parks Conservation Association points out, clear days are harder and harder to find in our national parks under the Bush administration's relatively laissez-faire approach to coal-fired power plants.

Montana Governor Asked to "Provide Leadership" In Yellowstone Bison Controversy

With hazing operations resuming to drive bison back into Yellowstone National Park, conservation groups are urging Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer to "provide leadership" to resolve the controversy.

National Park Service Sued Over Personal Watercraft at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Gulf Islands National Seashore

In an action sure to inflame some national park visitors, Friends of the Earth and The Wilderness Society have sued the National Park Service to reinstate bans against personal watercraft at Gulf Islands National Seashore and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
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Battlefield National Parks: Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park

May is a month that looms large in the annals of the Civil War. Battles fought in northern Virginia during that month had major implications for the war’s outcome. Today, visitors can walk the hallowed ground of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park and reflect on the deeper meaning of the pivotal events, gallant deeds, and unspeakable suffering that took place there nearly a century and a half ago.

Public Comment Section and Traveler Forums

Have you checked in on the latest public comment periods in the National Park System? Have you looked into the Traveler Forums for lodging information?

Too Much Snow Delays Opening Of Yellowstone National Park's Norris Campground

When it snows in the Rockies, it really snows. The most snow in a decade this past winter has resulted in too much snow to open the Norris Campground in Yellowstone National Park on schedule.

Blue Ridge Parkway Revising General Management Plan, Might Close Campground

It's been roughly six decades since the Blue Ridge Parkway's general management plan was tinkered with, so it shouldn't be too great a surprise that parkway officials are working on an update. However, what parkway officials are proposing might not sit well with everyone.

National Park Quiz 2: Straddlers

Folks had fun with the little quiz we published last week, so we’ve decided to publish a national park system quiz in Traveler every week. Most will be themed. The first one was about centers, and this one is about straddlers. Straddlers are parks that straddle state lines, rivers, mountain ranges, or anything else a park can straddle. There's an extra credit question that's a little off the wall. Answers are at the end. Don’t peek.

Park History: Carlsbad Caverns National Park

How times have changed. These days when you drop down into the underworld that is Carlsbad Caverns National Park you do it via stairs, not old guano buckets as was the custom early on in the park's history.
The Interior Department hasn't made it easy to comment on this issue by having the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, not the National Park Service, collect public input. As a result, the typical comment page does not appear on the Park Service's Planning, Environment, and Public Comment web site.
Description: The National Park Service has released for public review an environmental assessment for cultural landscaping in Hot Springs National Park, Hot Springs, Arkansas. The environmental assessment (EA) was prepared according to requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act, applicable regulations, and agency procedures.
Description: The National Park Service (NPS) is proposing to upgrade the existing Brooks Camp communications system and install a real-time web camera at the Brooks Falls viewing platform within Katmai National Park and Preserve. This project would provide a reliable backbone communications infrastructure to the Brooks Camp facility for the benefit of staff and visitors.
Description: In September of 2007, the NPS held public scoping meetings to gain public input on the plan's proposed purpose, need, objectives, and issues, which will serve as the framework in developing the plan.