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Traveler's Gear Box: Mountain Hardwear's Minimalist

While you might have a quiver of skis to handle conditions that vary from deep powder to hard pack, or a lake canoe along with a kayak or down-river canoe, there's no need to have a closet full of jackets for varying weather conditions. One shell jacket that can withstand a variety of conditions will let you maximize your gear investments across the board.

Areas of Rocky Mountain, Zion National Parks Closed For Nesting Raptors

With spring, and warmer weather, around the corner, raptors will soon be nesting on the cliffs and crags of Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado and Zion National Park in Utah, and so temporary closures have been put in place in the two parks.

Salt Marshes At Cape Cod National Seashore Being Squeezed Out Of Space

Ever so gently, but steadily nonetheless, development and sea-level rise are slowly squeezing salt marshes at Cape Cod National Seashore. High marshes are being being transformed into low marshes, and low marshes are in danger of being drowned out.

The Cemeteries Of Big South Fork National River And Recreation Area

Years ago during a visit to Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky, as impressed as I was with what was underground, I was equally struck by the park's surface and the cemeteries that told a silent story of the generations dating back to Revolutionary War times that had called this place home. Cemeteries going back decades, if not hundreds of years, can be found throughout the National Park System, and represent a moving chapter of the country's settlement.

Lone Wolf Prompts Voyageurs National Park Staff To Reroute Snowmobile Trail

A lone wolf that seems intrigued by snowmobilers has prompted Voyageurs National Park staff to reroute some snowmobile trails as a safety precaution.

Reader Participation Day: Do Predictions That Glacier National Park Soon Will Be Glacierless Have You Planning A Visit Sooner Than Later?

With the possibility that Glacier National Park will be glacierless by as soon as 2020, are you moving up your plans to visit the park?

Don’t Let “Mud Season” Keep You From The Parks

Mud season is here. In most national parks above the Mason-Dixon Line, and quite a few south of that line, it can be a messy time. Choosing a destination can be problematic due to the weather in general and the snow line specifically.

Maple Sugar Time Coming To Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Tired of the chemicals that go into the syrup you pour over your pancakes? Then plan to visit Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore later this month for the annual Maple Sugar Time event.

Parks Looking For Youth Conservation Corps Applicants

High school students interested in spending their summer in a national park and gaining valuable skills have at least three parks to consider for jobs with the Youth Conservation Corps. Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, and Joshua Tree National Park in California all are seeking applications for their YCC programs.

Photography In The National Parks: Don’t Forget Those National Park Lodge Photos

When visiting a national park with your camera, don't forget to flesh out your travel album with some interior or exterior images of those historic and rustic national park lodges. Contributing photographer Rebecca Latson shows you how to take advantage of the photo ops offered by these park buildings.

DOI Report: National Park Service Left Tens Of Millions Dollars On The Table In Potential Fees

By failing to implement higher entrance fees across the 131 parks that charge them, the National Park Service left tens of millions of dollars on the table in potential user fees, a report from the Interior Department's Inspector General claims.

Special Tours Offered At Mesa Verde National Park

While visitors to Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado generally need to stick to tour routes, there are some ranger-led hikes that will take you to some of the less visited ruins in the park, or for special activities.

Campground Opening Schedule At Cape Hatteras National Seashore Announced

You can start planning your camping trip to Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina now that the park has released the opening dates for the campgrounds.

Essential Paddling Guide '15: Kayaking And Camping In The Ross Lake National Recreation Area

We started paddling from the south end of Ross Lake just as a breeze began to riffle the blue-green water. By the time we were ready to stop for lunch an hour later, the north wind straight out of Canada had whipped the calm waters into a froth of whitecaps. So instead of picnicking on the beach, we gobbled down some energy bars and fought our way north through the chop.

Spring Is No Season To Be Cooped Up

Springtime is a bit of an “in-between” season. It’s somewhere between the longer, warmer days of summer, and the cooler and muddier days of a late winter. Hopefully you’ll find your place farther from winter’s cold and closer to summer’s breezes.

Main Attraction At Jewel Cave National Monument Growing Longer Bit By Bit

For cavers, poking their heads into dark places can often lead them into new passages. And at Jewel Cave National Monument in South Dakota, that sort of poking around recently led to more than a mile of charted cave.

Pyramid Peak Trail Back Open To Hikers At Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park’s Pyramid Peak Trail has reopened after a nearly six-month closure. The trail closed in late August 2104 because of unsafe conditions in a slide-prone area.

Higher Fees Coming To Mammoth Cave National Park In March

Mammoth Cave National Park Superintendent Sarah Craighead has announced that fee increases proposed last year will take effect on March 14. This year, income from park fees will fund renovations at the Mammoth Cave Hotel, she said.

Ten Signature Projects In Yosemite National Park To Help Highlight National Park Service Centennial

Yosemite National Park officials, with an eye on the National Park Service Centennial in 2016, have picked 10 "signature" projects to help celebrate that notable birthday.

Presidio Expected To Add An Additional Lodging Facility

San Francisco's Presidio, part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area, is in the process of planning for a second lodging facility.

Yellowstone National Park Thermal Regions Harbor Rare Plants

Gift shops in and around Yellowstone National Park are filed with postcards, videos and guidebooks featuring grizzly bears and gray wolves. But you’d be hard-pressed to find a photograph—or even a passing mention—of three much rarer species found only in Yellowstone.

New Look Starting To Appear On National Park Websites

As we told you early this week, the National Park Service is revamping its websites in advance of the agency's centennial next year. Some of the changes can already be seen on a number of park websites.

"Ice Caves" At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore On Track To Open To Public Saturday

The third time apparently was the charm at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin, where continued frigid weather has frozen Lake Superior hard enough to allow for the public to tour the lakeshore's "ice caves" beginning Saturday, barring any significant changes.

Go Fly A Kite...At San Juan National Historic Site

While flying kites at San Juan National Historic Site in Puerto Rico used to cause problems with kites that "escaped" and discarded kite string, park officials have turned the hobby into a festival that focuses on flying kites, cleaning up afterwards, and preserving the fortifications in the park.

Essential Paddling Guide '15: 10 Great Whitewater Paddles In The National Parks

There are a lot of whitewater runs in the National Park System just waiting for you out there. Some for experts, others intermediates, and a few that will help a novice gain confidence.

With Harbor Seals Pupping, Some Areas Of Point Reyes National Seashore Off-Limits

With pupping season arriving for harbor seals at Point Reyes National Seashore in California, some areas of the seashore will be off-limits to visitors for the next four months.

Birding In The National Parks: Where Are All The Wading Birds Going?

No national park is more associated with birds than Everglades, and the most prominent birds in the park are undoubtedly the waders. Herons, egrets, storks, and ibises are the rock stars of the Everglades. The park was even created partly with the protection of egrets in mind after plume hunting for the millinery industry nearly wiped them out in the 19th century.

Possible Fireworks Over Interior Funding As Sen. Murkowski Threatens To "Squeeze" Budget

Funding for the National Park Service and other Interior Department bureaus could turn into a bargaining chip U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is willing to dangle to prevent the Obama administration from standing in the way of energy development in Alaska.

White-Nose Syndrome Creating "Wildlife Crisis" For Bat Deaths At Mammoth Cave National Park

White-nose syndrome, a disease deadly to bats and with no known cure, has created a "wildlife crisis" at Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky, where some bat species have declined as much as 80 percent compared to 2013 population counts, according to park officials.

Thinking Of A Seasonal National Park Job? Here's Where To Look

It's bitterly cold, you're tired of snow and ice, and a seasonal job in a beautiful, and warm, location somewhere in the National Park System sounds ideal. So where do you look?