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Maintenance Problems Could Impact National Park Week At Cape Cod National Seashore

As most folks know, the Northeast has endured a pretty tough winter, and it is taking a while to put things back together. At Cape Cod National Seashore on Massachusetts, for instance, several problems exist that could impact your National Park Week plans if they involve a trip to the seashore.

Prescribed Burn Turns Into Wildfire At Wind Cave National Park In South Dakota

What started out Monday as a prescribed burn turned into a wildfire of roughly 1,000 acres at Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota.

Trails I've Hiked: Canopy View Trail At Muir Woods National Monument

The trail climbed steeply uphill, helped by a wooden staircase, and into the trees. The crowds, though, mostly went straight, making our choice easy. Up we went!

Mountain Lake At Presidio Growing In Diversity With Recovery Of Stickleback Fish And Other Species

With a multi-year cleanup completed, efforts are now under way to return native species that once called Mountain Lake to the lake that's on the grounds of the Presidio in San Francisco.

No More Reservation Requests Being Taken For Wonderland Trail At Mount Rainier National Park

If you thought 2015 would be the year you would finally navigate the Wonderland Trail at Mount Rainier National Park, well, if you haven't already submitted an application, don't bother. Park officials say they've been deluged with applications for this summer and are no longer accepting permit applications.

A National Park Classic: Hiking Zion's Narrows

We splash downstream in The Narrows of the North Fork of the Virgin River, deep in the backcountry of Utah’s Zion National Park, mostly craning our necks up like turkeys hypnotized by falling rain. But our fascination is not with rain, but red walls on both sides that rise hundreds of feet overhead. The sun does not find us in this deep canyon, where the air temperature approximates the inside of a refrigerator, and the ankle- to calf-deep water feels about the same.

Changes To Visitor Services At Everglades National Park Coming For Summer

Summer is coming to Everglades National Park, and that means some changes in visitor services in some parts of the park.

Scofflaws Piloting Drones In The National Park System

How can someone spend anywhere from $500 to $3,000 for a drone, drive to the Marin Headlands portion of Golden Gate National Recreation Area, walk several hundred yards from the parking lot along with dozens of other visitors, commence to flying his drone on the trail to the Point Bonita Lighthouse, and claim not to know he was in a national park?

Federal Judge Okays Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon National Park

A federal judge has denied a request by a coalition of conservation groups and the Havasupai Tribe to halt uranium mining at a site near the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. The legal action had challenged the U.S. Forest Service’s decision to allow the mine to be reopened without updating a federal environmental review that dated to 1986.

Research Shows Steady Decline In Snowfall At Yellowstone National Park

This past winter saw an earlier-than-usual decline in snowpack on Yellowstone National Park roads, one that forced the park to shut down access to some snowmobilers and snowcoaches. While some might write that off to simply an unseasonal winter, record-keeping in the park shows less snow is falling there and that in some parts of Yellowstone the once-typical Rocky Mountain winter is much shorter than it used to be.
The Galápagos: A Natural History For Charles Darwin, the Galapagos Islands off the Ecuadoran coast kindled the spark of evolution in his mind. Ever since that time these islands, and their unique flora and fauna, have captivated visitors. This curiosity, sparked by the plants and animals, even played a passing movie role in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, a 2003 film starring Russell Crowe as captain of a British warship during the Napoleonic wars.

Sun King's Solo Solar Light Chases Away The Dark

Solar chargers are one of the big product categories these days in outdoor products. This lightweight, easy to use, long lasting solar light works just great.

Obama Administration Passes On National Parks In DOT's "Grow America" Plan

Despite the Obama Administration's drive to expand the National Park System, and with $11.5 billion in backlogged maintenance needs in the parks, the administration overlooked the National Park Service when putting together its $478 billion "Grow America" plan for improving the nation's infrastructure.

National Park Service Director Sees Value In Adding Waco Mammoth Site To Park System

In an unusual public statement, National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis has spoken highly of adding the Waco Mammoth site in Texas to the National Park System.

Spring Coming Early To Olympic National Park, But Still Some Things Visitors Need To Know

While spring is showing up a bit earlier than usual at Olympic National Park, visitors trying to get a jump on the high season need to be aware of a few things out in the park.

Saddling Up In The National Parks

As a longtime resident of northern Virginia, I feel like I know Shenandoah National Park fairly well. I’ve driven the 105-mile length of Skyline Drive several times, stayed in and near the park, and spent many weekends hiking there. And yet I’ve never experienced the park from the back of a horse...until now.

National Park Service Sued Over Potential For Grizzly Deaths At Grand Teton National Park

Human encroachment, elk feedlots, and climate change increasing are puttin pressure on the survival of grizzly bears in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, and the annual elk reduction hunt at Grand Teton National Park is an unnecessary stressor that is impacting the bears' survival in the ecosystem, according to a lawsuit filed against the National Park Service, Interior Department, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Colorado River At Grand Canyon National Park Called "America's Most Endangered River"

In many situations organizations from sports teams to corporations strive to earn the distinction of being named "Number One in the country." That's not the case, however, when it comes to a list of America's Most Endangered Rivers, and the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park has unfortunately earned that label on a just-released annual report.

Birding In The National Parks: Birding By Impression

Experienced birders tend to do things that make them look like wizards to beginners. One of the things that often both impresses and confounds the neophyte is an expert’s ability to catch a glance of a back-lit bird flying out of a tree or a shorebird standing by a pond a half-mile away and nail the identification seemingly without thought. For better or worse, there’s no magic involved. What the experienced birder is doing is birding by impression.

Volunteers Sought For Alum Cave Trail Rehab At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

If you'd like to help with work to rehab to Alum Cave Trail at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, volunteers are now being recruited for that project, with work occurring on Wednesdays run from May 20 through October 28, 2015.

Music Of The Mountains Festival Coming To Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park will hold its 11th annual “Music of the Mountains” celebration April 17-19 with a mix of music that harkens to the "Old-Time" music that long has reverberated through the mountains.

Mountainsmith's Tour FX Camera Bag Is Big Enough

This lumbar pack is big enough for the essentials, but won't make you walk like Quasimodo.

Youth Crew Restores Historic Trail Connection at Lake Mead National Recreation Area

A popular hike at Lake Mead National Recreation follows a former railroad grade associated with the construction of Hoover Dam in the 1930s. Thanks to work by a youth trail crew, visitors now have an additional option for accessing the Historic Railroad Trail: a 0.3-mile spur connecting the Railroad Trail to the Hoover Dam Lodge parking area.

Limited Mountain Biking Possible In Rocky Mountain National Park

A long-standing prohibition against mountain biking in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park will be lifted – just a little – in the next few months.

Rescues In Two Parks Illustrate Value Of Helicopters In Remote Area Emergencies

Modern technology, including cell phones and helicopters, can be a mixed blessing when emergencies occur in remote locations in parks. The downside is some people will expect quick results when things go awry, and due to weather, terrain or other factors, cell phones don't always work, and helicopters aren't always available. When everything comes together, however, those modern devices can make a big difference for rescuers and victims alike.

Essential Spring Guide '15: On The Road To Castles Of Stone And Wood Turned To Rock

Arizona is rich in history -- from the 1800s all the way back to the Late Triassic Period. Stitch together this trip that winds out of Flagstaff to Montezuma Castle National Monument, to Petrified Forest National Park, and ends at Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site. You’ll experience fascinating chapters of geologic and cultural history.

Tune Up Your Fiddles And Mandolins For The Tallgrass Prairie Fiddle Festival

Rosin up your bow and tune your mandolin, for the Tallgrass Prairie Fiddle Festival is coming to Homestead National Monument of America.

April Fools' Spoofs Offer Creative Fodder For National Park Fans

The growth of both photo editing software and social media sites such as Facebook have provided a fertile field for April Fools spoofs on a variety of subject, including national parks Here are just a few examples for your reading and viewing pleasure.

Parks Canada CEO Honored By George Wright Society For Excellence

Alan Latourelle, chief executive officer of Parks Canada since 2002, has been honored with the George Melendez Wright Award for Excellence during the George Wright Society's biennial conference.

National Parks Traveler Honored By George Wright Society

Kurt Repanshek, founder and editor-in-chief of National Parks Traveler, the top-ranked website dedicated to daily editorial coverage of national parks, has been awarded the George Wright Society’s Communication Award for 2014.