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RVing In The Parks: Five Great Western Campgrounds In The National Parks

RVers who enjoy America's national parks know that most government campgrounds weren't designed to accommodate today's recreational vehicles. However, some exceptions exist, especially in the vast open lands west of the Mississippi. Here are the best national park campgrounds for RVs in California, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.

Red-Legged Frog Tadpoles Released In Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

Things hopefully will be hopping in the near future in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in California, where hundreds of California red-legged frog tadpoles have been released as part of the first-ever effort to expand the range of the threatened species in Southern California.

Exploring The Brooks Range Of Northern Alaska

The Brooks Range is the northernmost portion of the Rocky Mountains, extending over 700 miles from the Bering Sea to the Canadian border. Steep, rocky slopes and glacier-carved valleys dominate this vast, rugged landscape along the east-to-west running Continental Divide. The Brooks Range is nearly entirely protected and open for all to enjoy.

Rocky Mountain National Park Rangers Work Through The Night To Save Climber

Rocky Mountain National Park rangers worked through the night early Saturday to sve the life of a Colorado climber who had injured himself while glissading down a snowy chute.

National Park Service Reissues Glacier Bay Park Lodging Concession Prospectus With Incentives

The National Park Service recently issued a modified concession prospectus for Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska.

Fatality Reported Near Longs Peak At Rocky Mountain National Park, Followed By Injured Climber

The body of an unidentified man has been recovered from the approach to Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park, where rangers found themselves working another search-and-rescue in the mountains leading into the night Friday.

Essential Summer Guide '14: Spanish Galleons, Elephant Seals, And Great Birding At Point Reyes National Seashore

It's the stuff of legends, of treasure seekers. Somewhere, not far from land, lies buried treasure in the seabed of Drakes Bay. Within the remains of the 16th century Spanish galleon San Agustin there could be priceless heirlooms, or merely shards of porcelain dishes that the ship was carrying from the Philippines to Mexico. What is known is that the wreck of the San Agustin in 1595 in waters now within Point Reyes National Seashore is the first recorded shipwreck on the West Coast.

Old Fall River Road In Rocky Mountain National Park To Close For All Uses For Repairs

Old Fall River Road in Rocky Mountain National Park, which took a severe hit when storms rolled through last September, will be closed beginning Monday to all users so major repairs can begin.

Natural Quiet In Denali National Park

How quiet is nature? It can be deafening. The following video segment from an upcoming film about silence drives that point home during a visit to Denali National Park in Alaska.

Water Damage Temporarily Closes St. Mary Visitor Center At Glacier National Park

A possible furnace malfunction at the St. Mary Visitor Center in Glacier National Park led to water damage when the center's sprinkler system was activated, forcing the temporary closure of the facility.

World War II Ordnance Found, Detonated At Cape Cod National Seashore

An interesting shell was found on one of Cape Cod National Seashore's beaches the other day, but it was not your typical seashell. Rather, it was a 14-inch, World War II military shell.

Parks And Local Economies—Observations From Glacier National Park

A recent article in the Traveler highlighted a report that describes the economic impact of NPS areas on "local communities, states and the nation." While some will quibble about the methodology used or the accuracy of the numbers, there's no question that parks are an important factor in the economy of local communities. I was reminded just how much that's the case during a recent visit to Glacier National Park.

Making Sense Out Of National Park Visitation Statistics

Making sense out of National Park System visitation statistics can be tough due to faulty counters, late opening dates, and storms that close parks. All that considered, though, attendance at the parks seems to be up a bit this year through the first six months.

Yosemite National Park Decision To Close Some Curry Village Housing Possibly Saved Lives

As rare as a vacant bed in the Yosemite Valley can be during the high summer season, a decision by Yosemite National Park officials to reduce housing in the Curry Village area very possibly saved lives.

Trails I've Hiked: Grinnell Lake By Boat And Boot In Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is often described as a "hiker's paradise," and over 700 miles of trails offer plenty of choices for what the park describes as "adventurous visitors seeking wilderness and solitude." Glacier also offers some fine shorter hikes that offer a taste of the backcountry with only moderate physical demands, and one of the most popular is the combination boat trip/hike to Grinnell Lake.

Exploring The Parks: Oregon National Historic Trail In Wyoming

Plant yourself -- leaning into the wind, of course -- on the open prairie near South Pass City, Wyoming, and you can quickly envision the setting that faced Conestoga-riding emigrants more than a century ago in their exodus to the West Coast. Endless miles of sagebrush, the Wind River Range looming ever-present to the north, a boundless sky dotted here and there with distant rainstorms.

Arizona Man Busted For Organizing 300-Hiker Rim-to-Rim Crossing Of Grand Canyon National Park

Three-hundred hikers. Well, not quite 300, but almost, according to Grand Canyon National Park rangers. And they all descended on the park last October 19 in a bid to hike from the North Rim to the South Rim. In one day.

Solo Hiker Dies In Apparent Fall At Grand Teton National Park

A California man who set out to hike to a backcountry lake in Grand Teton National Park was found dead Tuesday of an apparent fall off a cliff.

Olympic National Park Working On Long-Range Mountain Goat Management Plan

Mountain goats are spectacular animals, even iconic in places such as Glacier National Park, but they can cause problems in parks where they don't belong. At Olympic National Park, where a 1920s era introduction project brought non-native goats into the landscape, officials are embarking on a management plan for how to deal with the animals. Adding weight to the need for such a plan was the fatal goring of a hiker in the park four years ago.

Fire Restrictions Spreading In Western National Parks As Hot, Dry Conditions Persist

Mid-summer's arrival in western parts of the National Park System have been accompanied by restrictions on campfires in such parks as Sequoia, Mesa Verde, and Yosemite.

Photography In The National Parks: Leading Lines, Tight Compositions And One’s Point Of View

Opposites do attract...the viewer's eye. Rebecca Latson offers up a few more handy techniques for you to try out during your next visit to a national park.

Heading To Logan Pass At Glacier National Park? Bring Some Water!

With work on the water tank at Logan Pass in Glacier National Park ongoing this summer, it wouldn't hurt for you to stash a case of bottled water or, better yet, a 5-gallon water jug along with some refillable water bottles, in your rig when you head to the pass.

Traveler's View: Anti-Government Politicians Bear Watching This Election Year

How much federal land is too much? When it comes to the state level, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas believes 50.5 percent is too much. While he recently failed to force the federal government to reduce the size of its holdings, the Republican and other anti-government politicians bear watching, particularly with the coming fall elections.

Following Restoration, Mabry Mill To Reopen Along Blue Ridge Parkway

After many months of restoration work, the Mabry Mill along the Blue Ridge Parkway will be celebrated on July 31.

National Park Service Promotes Parks As Economic Engines

Once considered largely to be worthless, national parks today are economic engines that generate $26.5 billion for the nation's economy.

Rabies Turns Up In Bats At Grand Canyon National Park

Two bats at Grand Canyon National Park, including one that landed on a visitor who allowed it to crawl on their shorts and shirt for about 10 minutes, have tested positive for rabies, park officials said Sunday.

Traveler's View: Great Smoky Mountains National Park's Backcountry Fee Debate Points To Larger Problem

In a 25-page motion attacking not just the propriety but also the legality of a backcountry user fee at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a group of backpackers has not only asked that the fees be tossed out, but shined some light on the conundrum of how to afford our public lands.
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Essential Summer Guide '14: Turtles, Birds, And Surf-Kissed Beaches At Padre Island National Seashore

Turtles and birds are some of the higher profile visitors to the stretch of Texas along the Gulf Coast that's home to Padre Island National Seashore.

Bald Eagles Flourishing At Channel Islands National Park

Just as the island fox is flourishing at Channel Islands National Park off California's coast, so are bald eagles, which are now nesting on San Clemente Island.

Yosemite National Park Concession Prospectus Includes Significant Lodging Changes

The recently issued prospectus for operation of the majority of Yosemite National Park’s concession facilities includes several significant changes related to the park’s lodging. Lodging, a major revenue generator for the winning bidder (and the National Park Service), is expected to generate from $52-$57 million in 2016, the year the new lease kicks in.