With more than 400 units in the National Park System, trying to zoom in on any one particular park for a visit can be a challenge. Over the past 12 months the Traveler has "explored" quite a few parks, and we list those stories here to help you plan your next national park adventure.
Great Basin National Park
One of my most favorite places on the face of the Earth is Great Basin National Park. It’s one of those Get Out and Do parks, although it certainly has a bunch of stuff for you if you prefer Look and See.
Great Basin National Park in Nevada and the Flagstaff Area National Monuments -- Sunset Crater Volcano, Walnut Canyon and Wupatki -- have received certification as International Dark Sky Parks from the International Dark-Sky Association.
Campers planning to enjoy the National Park Service Centennial this summer with a camping trip to Great Basin National Park in Nevada will find limited space to pitch their tents, as the Upper Lehman Creek Campground will be closed and water will not be available at the Lower Lehman Creek Campground.
Building support, and revenues, for the National Park System can not be done as simply as designating a unit in the system.
I’ve talked at length about the best parks for birds and the parks where all the birders go. Everglades National Park usually tops that list. Big Bend and Acadia are also extremely popular birding parks. But which of the 59 national parks gets the least birding attention? That’s tough to quantify, but I’ve made an educated guess from perusing eBird data.
Ok, travelers, the blush is still on the new year, but that doesn't mean we can't plan, right? With that in mind, what national park adventures are on your 2016 calendar?
A 132-year-old, well-weathered, lever-action Winchester rifle found against a tree in the backcountry of Great Basin National Park is now on display at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Wyoming, where it will remain until fall when it will return to the park.
National Park Week officially kicks off tomorrow, April 18, and if you're wondering how to celebrate, the National Park Service and National Park Foundation have some ideas.