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Conserving Wild Bison: Finding Space For An American Icon

There's a success story to be told about bison at Yellowstone National Park. Though there's controversy over how the population is managed, there was a time when it was feared these iconic animals would be lost.

Joy Riders At Cape Hatteras National Park Tear Up Cape Point Campground Grounds

Joy riders out for a wild time ripped up parts of the Cape Point Campground at Cape Hatteras National Seashore with their free-wheeling.

Cascade Outfitters Can Outfit Your Float, Or Paddle, Trip

If you've been paddling or floating for more than a few years, you know how often you can find yourself in need of a new piece of gear, whether it's a kitchen table, throw line, or even a spare paddle. At Cascade Outfitters, not only can they meet your needs, but they'll take 10 percent off your entire order for being a Traveler reader.

New Prospectus For Grand Canyon National Park Concessions Denies Xanterra Parks & Resorts Trademark Claims

National Park Service officials, in trying yet again to attract a business to run concessions on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, claim the agency owns trademarks to business names associated with popular South Rim lodges and that Xanterra Parks & Resorts should abandon its bid to secure those trademarks.

Historic Yellowstone Novel Offers Romantic View Of Park From Bygone Era

You don’t have to go far in Yellowstone National Park to find a romantic spot that would be the perfect setting for an epic love story. From sweeping overlooks to hot springs and waterfalls to historic hotels and cabins, the park is full of beautiful places that would inspire passion in even the coldest heart.

10 Great Paddles In The National Park System

You want to get out on the water, preferably for a few days at least. Scenery, wildlife, and solitude are on your checklist. Here’s where to go in the National Park System.

Work On Big Oak Flat Tunnels At Yosemite National Park Could Lead To Traffic Snarls

Much-needed repairs to the Big Oak Flat Tunnels in Yosemite National Park likely will delay your travel to the park during the next three months, though holidays will be spared.

Sea Lion Yearling Rescued After Crossing Road In Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Why did the sea lion cross Skyline Drive in Golden Gate National Recreation Area? That's a good question with no ready answer. But the bottom line is that the male yearling, though undernourished, is doing well and being cared for at the Marine Mammal Center at the Marin Headlands of the NRA.

Backcountry Fees Going Up At Rocky Mountain National Park

It's going to cost you a little bit more to head into the backcountry of Rocky Mountain Nationa Park for overnight stays beginning this summer, when the permit fee climbs from $20 to $26 per trip.

Bird Count This Weekend At Scotts Bluff National Monument In Nebraska

Too early for bird counts? Never! And if you're looking to get involved with one, consider this weekend's tally being taken at Scotts Bluff National Monument in Nebraska.

Legislation Offered That Would Reroute Sections Of North Country Scenic Trail, Connect It With A.T.

Legislation introduced in Congress would, if enacted, one day allow you to walk from North Dakota to Vermont on the North Country Scenic Trail, and then hang a right and head down to Georgia on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.

Wolf Spotted At Grand Canyon, Killed In Utah, Was From Yellowstone Area

Genetic analysis has concluded that a wolf that had been seen on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon last fall, and was shot and killed in Utah late in December, had been fitted with a radio collar outside of Yellowstone National Park in January 2014.

Free Entry To Entire National Park System This Presidents Day Weekend

Make an executive decision to visit a national park this Presidents Day weekend. All 405 national parks will offer free admission February 14-16.

Paddling The Border Route In The Boundary Waters

It’s a 200-mile paddle along Minnesota’s Border Route, from Crane Lake on the eastern side of Voyageurs National Park to Grand Portage National Monument on Lake Superior. There are twists and turns as it follows a series of pristine, remote lakes linked by portages along the Minnesota and Ontario border.

Reader Participation Day: How Would You Build A "Top 10" National Parks List?

Recently, a website that will go unmentioned put together a list of "the nation's worst national parks." While that list was soundly, and justifiably, ridiculed and dismissed, it brings to mind this question: What are the nation's best national parks? If you were to compile a Top 10 list of national parks, which would you include on it?

Grizzly Bears Emerging At Yellowstone National Park

Here it is, not even mid-February, and grizzly bears are starting to emerge from their dens at Yellowstone National Park. Just in time for Valentine's Day, too!

Keep Track Of Events Surrounding Acadia National Park's Centennial Celebration At This Website

The National Park Service isn't the only entity turning 100 next year. So is Acadia National Park in Maine. If you want to stay atop of events surrounding Acadia's centennial, there's a website you should follow.

Birding In The National Parks: Try Your Luck At A National Historic Or Battlefield Park

It’s not difficult to see why many of our national parks offer spectacular birding. Vast expanses of protected natural areas are bound to be good spots for watching birds and other wildlife. The national seashores and lakeshores are even more inviting as birding destinations than some of the “parks.” But what about the historic sites and national battlefields?

California Senators Introduce Legislation To Expand Death Valley, Joshua Tree National Parks, Create National Monuments

Congress, which in December passed legislation that created a number of new national park units, is now being asked to expand by 75,000 acres the Mojave National Preserve as well as Death Valley and Joshua Tree national parks, while also being called upon to create two new national monuments.

NPCA: Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Evidence Of Why California Desert Protection And Recreation Act Is Needed

The timing no doubt was coincidence, but while Interior Secretary Sally Jewell was celebrating the country's largest solar project in California, two U.S. senators were introducing legislation to protect desert landscapes in the state.

Community Lists Requirements It Wants Approved Before Supporting Maine North Woods National Park

A community close to the proposed Maine North Woods National Park has drafted a letter that outlines the requirements it would like to see met before it could support such a park.
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Pedal Around Glacier National Park For A Good Cause

What could be worse than pedaling your bike for five days around Glacier and Waterton Lakes national parks this summer?

Long History Of Concession Operated Trail Rides Comes To An End At Theodore Roosevelt National Park

A long tradition of guided horseback rides at Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota has come to an end, and the park has no immediate plans to seek another outfit to run the business.

January Was The Warmest And Driest January On Record At Tuolumne Meadows In Yosemite National Park

Until a storm blew into California this weekend, winter weather had largely gone missing in Yosemite National Park, especially in Tuolumne Meadows. Rangers there reported that this January was the warmest and driest on record in Tuolume Meadows as measured at the weather station there.

Saguaro National Park Offers Wilderness Exploration Day Camp For Youngsters

Saguaro National Park has a great idea for helping kids learn about—and be more comfortable in—the out-of-doors. For three days later this month, young people ages 10 to 14 can participate in a three-day "Wilderness Exploration Day Camp" at the park, and the staff has scheduled the event to coincide with a scheduled holiday in the local school's calendar.

Fleeing Yellowstone & Grand Teton Crowds by Sea Kayak

Had we been ashore, our feet might have been badly scalded, or worse, if we had absent-mindedly stumbled into a hot spring. But here, in a sea kayak just off the West Thumb Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park, the bubbling waters popped to the surface of Yellowstone Lake, merely a harmless marvel to watch.

Public Pushback Prompts Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Officials To Drop Higher Fee Proposal

The public has spoken. And at Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, the staff listened and agreed to shelve, at least temporarily, a plan to increase user fees.

No Charges Yet In "Creepytings" Vandalism Case That Left Painted Images Across The National Park System

An investigation into a case of vandalism that left painted images on rock outcrops in at least eight Western national parks is continuing with charges yet to be brought in the case, National Park Service officials say.

Big Plans On Tap At Valley Forge For George Washington's 283rd Birthday

For George Washington's 46th birthday, Martha surprised him with a public celebration at his headquarters in Valley Forge, bringing some mid-winter excitement (and cake) to the general and his troops. Following in her footsteps, Valley Forge National Historical Park has planned a weekend of programs and activities to celebrate Washington's 283rd birthday this year.

Backcountry Users At Yellowstone National Park To Pay A Little More

Disappearing into the backcountry of Yellowstone National Park is going to cost you a little more beginning in May when the park moves to a fee structure designed to help offset the costs of operating the backcountry permit system.