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Exploring The Parks: Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument

Archaeologists for years have puzzled over the scale and range of prehistoric activities that created the remarkable flint quarry sites at Alibates, Texas. No doubt some Native Americans, in search of flint, merely picked up exposed chunks or cobbles lying on the ground. Others chiseled boulders directly from the bedrock.

Higher Fees Coming To Your Favorite National Parks As Officials Search For Cash

As we told you last month, National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis has given his superintendents the OK to increase entrance and other fees in their parks once they've conducted the requisite public outreach and engagement. While many fees are likely to increase by $5 or $10, there could be more creativity into fee collections aimed at generating more money for the parks.

Rabies At Grand Canyon National Park

A rabies alert has gone up at Grand Canyon National Park, where a bat with the disease has been found in the Inner Gorge along the Colorado River.

A Visit To Missouri National Recreational River

The Missouri River, often referred to as the “Big Muddy” due to the large amount of sediment it carries, once served as the country’s major thoroughfare to the West, first by trappers and traders, and later by Lewis & Clark as the Corps of Discovery searched for a water route to a western ocean. Today it offers an incredible waterscape for paddlers in search of beauty.

Reader Participation Day: How Much Extra $$ Do You Send The National Park Service?

After you've purchased your annual parks pass, or paid your week-long entrance fee to your favorite national park, how much more money do you send to the National Park Service?

Yosemite Nature Notes: Monarchs And Milkweed

Take a microcosmic safari through a field of milkweed and discover a whole world of life, from bees to wasps to hummingbirds to butterflies. The charismatic Monarch butterfly is completely dependent on milkweed for its survival, and places like Yosemite National Park offer protection for this often overlooked plant.

Nation's Largest Memorial To WW2 Vets Rededicated At Redwood National And State Parks

A popular attraction in Washington, D.C. is the World War II Memorial, but the nation's largest memorial to World War II veterans is located on the opposite side of the country—in a unit of Redwood National and State Parks. In 1949, five thousand acres of old-growth redwoods were dedicated as the National Tribute Grove to honor those vets, but over the years that designation had been largely forgotten. That's now changed, and the Grove was rededicated in a ceremony late last month.

Photography In The National Parks: Digitally Capturing The Bears In Lake Clark National Park And Preserve

Having focused on the bears during her 2014 photo tour of Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, Alaska, Rebecca Latson returns to give us some tips on how she captured those shots and how you can use these insights to get amazing bear images of your own.

Groups Sue Over U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service's Refusal To Provide Wolverine With Endangered Species Act Protection

Whether climate change is adversely impacting wolverines, something the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service believes is uncertain, is being challenged by a coalition of conservation groups that is suing the agency to provide Endangered Species Act protection to the small carnivores.
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Sweating The Trail Details In The National Parks: Rehabbing Trails In Saguaro National Park

You might think the arid climate of Saguaro National Park precludes trail woes, but you’d be wrong. Last year Friends of Saguaro National Park helped the park land a grant of more than $71,000 to help pay for the rerouting of a nearly mile-long section of the Carrillo Trail in the Cactus Forest. Over the years the trail had become badly eroded, no doubt because of its popularity as part of the “Three Tanks Loop” that gives hikers a panoramic view of the Cactus Forest and even the city of Tucson.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park Considering More Mountain Biking Trails

Cuyahoga Valley National Park is considering the addition of more than 10 miles of biking trails in the park, including about 10 miles of single-track and three miles of cross-country trails.

Friends Group Sends Nearly $200,000 To South Florida Parks For Programs

Nearly $200,000 is flowing to four south Florida national park units to help underwrite habitat restoration, protect wildlife, and support visitor programs.

Around The Parks: Friends Support Voyageurs National Park, Aspiring Writers At Everglades National Park, Fall Colors At Guadalupe Mountains National Park

A quick glance around the National Park System finds a celebration coming to Voyageurs National Park, gifted writers at Everglades National Park, and fall colors at Guadalupe Mountains National Park.

Aramark Holds On To Concessions At Mesa Verde National Park

Aramark Leisure, which has run the concessions at Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado for the past 33 years, will continue in that role, with another 10-year contract.

Is Outsourcing Parks A Key To Solving The National Park Service's Financial Woes?

With a park system that is being strangled by its maintenance backlog and operating costs, would the National Park Service, and the system, be better off if the agency outsourced entire parks?

Study Shows Southern California Mountain Lions Lack Genetic Diversity

A genetic sampling of more than 300 mountain lions in southern California, including within the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, shows the big cats lack genetic diversity.

Winning The Denali Road Lottery, And Loving Every Mile Of It

There are 3,381 miles that separate my quaint and humid Baton Rouge neighborhood from the front door of Mount McKinley in Alaska's Interior. I have no doubt you can envision the stark contrast between the two, but let me give you a first-hand perspective.

National Christmas Tree Lighting Set For December 4; Ticket Lottery Opens October 17

The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation have set the date for the 92nd annual National Christmas Tree Lighting on the White House Ellipse at President’s Park. This year’s kick-off to the holiday season in the nation’s capital will be held Thursday, December 4, at 5 p.m. Free tickets for the lighting ceremony will be awarded through an online lottery.

New Bridge Aids Hikers On The Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail

Long-distance hikers, and even weekend warriors, in middle America can thank the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service for rebuilding the Lick Creek Bridge on the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail that runs 319 miles from Morehead, Kentucky, south into the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in Tennessee.

National Fossil Day Celebrated In National Parks Next Week

Fossils large and small will be the stars of the National Park System next week when National Fossil Day is celebrated on Wednesday.

Joshua Tree National Park Campgrounds Reopen For The Season

While more than a few parks are winding down their high seasons and getting ready to ease into the winter months, at Joshua Tree National Park in California the high season is coming and to prepare the park has reopened all of its campgrounds.

Grand Canyon National Park's Concessions Issue Impacting National Parks Nationwide

A problem roughly a century in the making that left Grand Canyon National Park in a nearly $200 million hole is impacting parks from coast to coast, with superintendents forced to find programs and projects they can postpone, cutback, or simply cut.
John Muir Trail: The Essential Guide to Hiking America By now, it's getting a bit late to be hiking the entire John Muir Trail. In fact, you should be nearing the end of your trek. But if you've wondered about taking on that long-distance walk, there's a good book you should read.

Shenandoah National Park Trust Funds Research Fellowships At Shenandoah National Park

Funding provided by the Shenandoah National Park Trust is enabling Shenandoah National Park officials to offer a research fellowship program designed to facilitate and encourage scientific research in the park.

Xanterra Parks & Resorts Sues National Park Service Over Grand Canyon Contracts

Xanterra Parks & Resorts, which operates lodges and restaurants in some of the most iconic national parks in the system, on Wednesday announced it was suing the National Park Service over its handling of concessions contracts on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

Air Tanker Pilot Killed In Crash While Fighting Wildfire In Yosemite National Park

An air tanker pilot involved in fighting a wildfire in Yosemite National Park was killed when his plane crashed just outside the park. The fire, last reported to cover 150 acres, has led to the shut off of power to the Yosemite Valley and evacuation of Foresta residents.

Reader Participation Day: Where Is The Best Microbrew In The National Park System?

After a long day in a national park, it's nice to sit back and enjoy one of the local microbrews. Which raises the question: Where is the best-tasting microbrew with a park connection located?

Fourteen Properties In Yosemite National Park Added To National Register Of Historic Places

Yosemite National Park's High Sierra Camps and its historic Wilderness cabins have been added to the National Register of Historic Places, which brings to 40 the number of sites in the park on the list.

Summer 2015 Seasonal Jobs To Consider At Cape Lookout National Seashore

2015 is months away, but that doesn't mean you can start your job search for next summer. Cape Lookout National Seashore in North Carolina will soon announce its seasonal jobs that you can apply for.

Birding In The National Parks: Grand Canyon National Park Designated Important Bird Area Of Global Significance

When it comes to the preservation of threatened and endangered bird species, it’s safe to say that there’s no such thing as too many layers of protection. Just because the habitat of a declining bird falls within the borders of a national park doesn’t mean that bird’s best interests will always be served. In most cases it will, but it never hurts to have that extra recognition.