In generations past, survival may have depended on a person's ability to "read sign" in the natural world to secure food, detect the presence of friends or foes, or find the safest route to a destination. Those skills are rarely needed by most of us in today's world, but the ability to sort out what happened by interpreting tracks or other evidence on the ground—or in the snow—can be a fun and sometimes challenging activity.
New units to the National Park System, a face-off over concession fees at Grand Canyon National Park that impacted nearly a quarter of the park system, and even the basic relevancy of national parks were among the top stories of 2014 involving the park system.
Christmas came a little early for Chiricahua National Monument in Arizona, where The Trust for Public Land transferred 40 acres to the park to help preserve the look of its entrance corridor.
What Value Is "The Ahwahnee Hotel," "Curry Village," Wawona Hotel," And Other Place names In Yosemite National Park?
Would "The Ahwahnee Hotel" still be the grand dame of national park lodging if called by another name? Would you stay at the Old Faithful Inn no matter what it was called? How much is the name "El Tovar Hotel" worth?
Fewer ranger-guided tours of Cliff Palace at Mesa Verde National Park will be offered next spring due to the need for preservation work on the massive dwelling.
Fewer things will snake their way across the pavement at Zion Lodge now that two new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations have opened.
Whether you were looking to improve your technical expertise with a camera, or curious about the thought processes that professional photographers went through in framing their photos, Contributing Photographers Deby Dixon and Rebecca Latson covered the bases for you through the past 12 months. Here for your review, and just a click away, are the columns they wrote in 2014.
With over half the world's geysers, Yellowstone National Park offers tremendous opportunities to see these geologic wonders in action. Explore the mechanics of geysers, their role in the park's history and what they teach us about the world in which we live. Produced by Steven Bumgardner.
Officials of the George Wright Society (GWS) have announced the winners of the group's 2015 awards, and National Parks Traveler Founder and Editor-in-Chief Kurt Repanshek will be among those honored at the GWS bi-annual conference in April. He will receive the GWS Communication Award, one of five awards being presented by the organization next year.
Despite all the electronic gadetry that allows you to consume media, hard-bound and paperback books continue to hold a considerable marketshare. And more than a few of those titles have something to do with national parks. We read as much as we could this year, and came away with the following reviews for your consideration.
Christmas is coming a bit late at Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota. At least if you wanted to be involved in the holiday bird count there.
A prominent figure of Seattle, Washington, Carsten Lien grounded his career in business and government with a love for Olympic National Park. Alfred Runte recounts how Lien fought to save the park after observing that it had been logged. The result was a history of the park disclosing the controversy of saving old-growth forests from the Park Service itself. The book is again available as Olympic Battleground: Creating and Defending Olympic National Park. Second edition, reissued.
Though the summer months are the peak travel seasons for national parks in the Rocky Mountain region, the winter months with their snow and cold...and often crystalline skies...are perfect for a retreat to the Rockies. Here's a handful of parks worthy of your consideration.
How long do you think it takes to summit Mount McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve? For most climbers who summited this year, the average trip was about 18 days. For Kilian Jornet, it took less than 12 hours.
National Park Service, Xanterra Parks & Resorts Reach Agreement On Temporary Contract For Grand Canyon
National Park Service officials reached a temporary, one-year agreement with Xanterra Parks & Resorts that will keep concessions on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park operating without interruption, though prospects for a long-range contract were still up in the air.
NPCA Takes Issue With Grand Teton National Park Decision Over Wildlife Management On Private Inholdings
Grand Teton National Park officials, who have drawn ire over an annual elk hunt in the park, now are facing criticism for turning over management of wildlife on private inholdings within park boundaries to the state of Wyoming.
National Park Service Chesapeake Bay was one of 37 national parks selected to receive a 2014 Active Trailsgrant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks. Now in its sixth year, the Active Trails program supports healthy living by getting people out and active in national parks through projects that help restore, protect, and/or create land and water trails across the country
Winter's heavy snows are starting to fall across the high country in parts of Utah, and at Cedar Breaks National Monument that means one access route to the monument has closed. It also means the monument will be a great destination for snowshoers and even cross-country skiers.
It'll Cost You A Little To See The Ice Caves At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Next Time They Form
If the coming winter months ice over Lake Superior at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and turn the mainland caves into castles of ice, it'll cost you a little to see them.
The excitement surrounding word that a condor chick had been born this year in Zion National Park, the first condor born in southern Utah in decades, has been dashed by word that the chick apparently has died.
Once the snow piles up in Iowa, you can head to Herbert Hoover National Historic Site for a snowshoe trek through the park's tallgrass prairie.
Bringing Businesses Into The National Parks At Valley Forge National Historical Park And Gateway National Recreation Area
Keeping buildings in the National Park System in use is one way to maintain them. At Valley Forge National Historical Park and Gateway National Recreation Area, officials hope to do just that by advertising for businesses to operate out of some historic buildings.
Reader Survey Day: Should The National Park Service Angle For "A New Generation," Or "Go Back To Its Roots"?
The clock is ticking down to the National Park Service's centennial in 2016, and the focus of the PR campaign has been on attracting a new generation to the parks. But how far should it go in trying to lure millennials and a more diverse visitor? At least one Park Service veteran wants to see the agency "regain the spiit of John Muir and Teddy Roosevelt."
Predicting the eruption of geysers in Yellowstone National Park can be a tricky thing, but now you can load an app on your smartphone that will provide the estimated time of eruption for Old Faithful and five other fairly predictable geysers in the park.
With long, cold, snowy months descending on the northern half of the country, it's not a bad time to cast your eyes to the south and national parks where you can find warm weather, sandy beaches, and plenty of sunshine.
The weekend's heavy rains in California brought heavy snows to the High Sierra, and that was enough for Yosemite National Park officials to close the Tioga and Glacier Point roads for the winter.
Birding In The Parks: Discerning An Ancient Murrelet From A Japanese Murrelet At Point Reyes National Seashore
If I were to mention a controversy at Drakes Bay in Point Reyes National Seashore, undoubtedly the two words that would pop into your head are “oyster company” rather than “Japanese Murrelet,” but the latter is what birders have been talking about since Thanksgiving week.