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Federal Grant Will Help Gateway National Recreation Area Continue Recovery From Superstorm Sandy

More than a year has passed since Superstorm Sandy roared up the East Coast, battering just about everything in its path. The damage was particularly extrensive at Gateway National Recreation Area in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area, where wastewater treatment systems were destroyed, phone service was knocked out, and historic buildings were ravaged.

The Strange Case Of The Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

The following is the second of a two-part article on the significance of religious symbolism at the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial in Indiana, symbolism that the National Park Service has largely overlooked. The author, Richard Sellars, was a historian for the National Park Service for three decades.

Wintry Conditions Returning To Glacier National Park

Though the calendar says mid-June, winter is returning to Glacier National Park in Montana, where the high country could get up to 2 feet of snow in the coming days, prompting park officials to warn visitors of challenging conditions.

Conference On Best Environmental Practices For Climbing Community Coming In July

A conference next month will discuss how the climbing community can leave an even smaller footprint on the world's peaks.

Traveler's View: National Parks Are Boring, Outside Magazine? Really???

Did you hear the news? National parks, those wondrous and scenic expanses of Nature's eye candy, those wild and rumpled landscapes that test your skills and will kill you if you're not careful and prepared, or maybe just in the wrong place at the wrong time, are boring. They've been transformed -- or, perhaps, kept since their creation -- as "drive-through museums."

Smoking Ban Comes To Beaches At Cape Cod, Fire Island National Seashores

In a move to minimize second-hand smoke problems and to help keep beaches cleaner, smoking bans are coming to guarded beaches at Cape Cod National Seashore.

Abraham Lincoln: God And Man In Indiana, The Strange Case Of The Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

Why has the National Park Service largely overlooked the religious symbolism at Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial?

Marking The Yosemite Grant That Helped Launch The National Parks Movement

While it's long been accepted that Yellowstone National Park is the world's first national park, there's significant weight to the statement that the wondrous Yosemite landscape helped launch the national parks movement with the signing of the Yosemite Grant by President Lincoln on June 30, 1864. That Grant set aside Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias for protection, establishing the very idea of today's national parks.

Exploring Mount Rainier National Park's Trails

The three kids—my 12-year-old son, Nate, and 10-year-old daughter, Alex, plus my 15-year-old nephew, Marco—are slightly less than enthusiastic about our plan to hike the Skyline Trail Loop above Paradise, on the south side of Mount Rainier National Park. My 76-year-old mom, Joanne, normally an eager hiker, shuffles along this morning, still recovering from a long, hard hike up Mount St. Helens two days ago.

New Regulations Coming To Kittatinny Point At Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

With the goal of improving visitor safety, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area officials have implemented some new regulations for the Kittatinny Point Area, some of which might not be welcomed by all on a hot summer day.

New Hiking Trails At Acadia National Park

Two trails have been added at Acadia National Park, where the additions make it easier for campers in the Blackwoods Campground to explore parts of the park without driving.

Cyclists Invited To Enjoy Banff National Park This Summer

Cyclists, both those who prefer pavement and those seeking a single-track adventure, are invited to Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, this summer.

Grand Canyon National Park In Four Hours

Can you experience Grand Canyon National Park in a half-day? Not thoroughly, but if you're traveling on business, or on a tight schedule, four hours might be all you have. So what should you do? Watch this video from the park for some great ideas.

Exploring The Parks: Musings From Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde is an old friend. I’ve been here many times. But I still have lots more to see. It’s one of those places where you could spend a lifetime and still miss some of it.
Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge: A Hiking Guide to the Cascades of the Blue Ridge Mountains The natural geologic cut of the Appalachian Mountains, and the plentiful moisture and frequency of springs in the region, combine to produce a cascading system of waterworks from Shenandoah National Park down through the Blue Ridge Parkway and into Great Smoky Mountains National Park that provides more than enough incentive to take a hike.

Cost Of Rescue Of Canadian Teen Released By Rocky Mountain National Park

In late May the plight of a Canadian teenager stranded on a mountain ledge at an elevations of 13,000 feet in Rocky Mountain National Park attracted international media attention. A major and risky rescue effort ensued, resulting in the teen's eventual return to safety. The park has now released additional details, including the cost of the rescue.

Kayaker Dies On First Day Of Grand Canyon Float Trip

A 43-year-old German just embarking on a multi-day trip down the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park has died in a river accident.

Camera Catches Daring Rescue Of Hiker Who Fell Into Yosemite Fall

Using helicopters in search-and-rescue missions in the national parks can be tricky, particularly when the rescue involves flying close to towering granite walls. That was the case recently in Yosemite National Park, where a helicopter helped rescue a hiker who had fallen into a section of Upper Yosemite Fall.

What To Do In The National Parks This Summer? Take A Hike!

Summer can pose a difficult problem for national park travelers: Where do you go and what should you do? Traveler’s Facebook audience had some great ideas for family hikes in the parks, and we’re happy to share them with you.

Traveler's Gear Box: Sierra Designs' Backcountry Bed And Therm-A-Rest's Auriga Blanket

Evolution isn’t unheard of when it comes to backpacking gear, and Sierra Designs and Therm-A-Rest have products that are proof of that when it comes to keeping you warm in your tent.

Railfest 2014 Coming To Steamtown National Historic Site In Late August

Railroad buffs will be gathering in eastern Pennsylvania in late August, when Railfest 2014 is held at Steamtown National Historic Site.

Fall Proves Fatal To Colorado Man At Rocky Mountain National Park

A Colorado man apparently trying to summit Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park has been killed in what appears to have been a fall of about 1,000 feet, according to park officials.
On Mountaineering Probably everyone has a book inside themselves, somewhere; some interesting....some not so much. Radford West's is interesting, mainly because he's had an interesting life, with a keen passion for the outdoors. In 1971 West came home from the confusion of Vietnam and sought solace in the high, lonesome. "The mountains gave me a new respect for nature and myself," he says, and his book reflects that.

Annual March Out This Weekend At Valley Forge National Historical Park

Summer officially kicks off at Valley Forge National Historical Park in Pennsylvania this weekend with a commemoration of the Continental Army's departure from the winter quarters in pursuit of the British Army.

Surveying Of Seabed Off Fire Island National Seashore Under Way

Despite appearances, war games are not being held at Fire Island National Seashore this summer. Rather, the amphibious vehicle plying the waters around the Seashore is surveying the seabed and coastline.

Redwood National Park Officials Working On Management Plan For Second-Growth Forest

Fifty years ago a section of forest in the Middle Fork of Lost Man Creek in Redwood National Park was logged. Now the National Park Service is drawing up a plan for managing that acreage and seeks your input.

Falling Tree Kills Yellowstone National Park Visitor

A 36-year-old Taiwanese visitor to Yellowstone National Park who apparently was aiming for a better camera angle of Grand Prismatic Spring was killed when a tree fell on top of him.

Cape Cod National Seashore : Clambakes, Whales, And Beach Time

Summer vacations at the Cape have long been an American tradition, dating back well before the national seashore was authorized in 1961. So popular is the seashore, in fact, that the vacation season has stretched out, going well beyond Labor Day and creeping into October. And why not? Waters, whether you’re talking about the Cape’s freshwater kettle ponds, Cape Cod Bay, or the Atlantic, remain relatively warm through September.

Celebrate A Quarter Millennium Of The Sandy Hook Lighthouse At Gateway National Recreation Area

Quick, how old is the Sandy Hook Lighthouse at Gateway National Recreation Area in New Jersey?

Photography In The National Parks: A Wildlife Advocate's View Of Wildlife Photography

Nearly every day someone tells me that I have the dream job as a full-time wildlife photographer in Yellowstone National Park, but if they knew that a Dutch photographer nearly punched me out yesterday, when I was trying to assist a black bear in crossing the road on a blind curb, they might think again.