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Cost Of Enjoying Shenandoah National Park Going Up May 1

It's going to cost you a little more to enjoy Shenandoah National Park beginning May 1.

Bottled Water Industry Urges National Park Service To Permit Bottled-Water Sales In Parks

A National Park Service ban on bottled water sales, which has been attributed to a reduction in litter and garbage in general, is depriving visitors of the life-sustaining beverage, according to the International Bottled Water Association.

Studies Show Magma Chamber Deep Below Yellowstone National Park Would Fill Grand Canyon 11 Times

Standing on either rim of the Grand Canyon, it's impossible not to be overcome by the sheer depth, breadth, and length of that canyon. Yet that abyss pales in size to a newly found magma chamber below Yellowstone National Park, according to new research.

Major Concession Upgrade Planned For Virgin Islands National Park

The newly-issued prospectus for concessions at Virgin Island National Park includes the demolition and rebuilding of much of the park’s hospitality facilities, most of which are at Cinnamon Bay Beach.

Capitol Reef National Park Receives Gold Tier Dark Sky Designation

Superb opportunities to enjoy the night sky are just one of many reasons to visit Capitol Reef National Park, and that quality has earned some special recognition for the site. The park has been named a “Gold Tier” park by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA), the highest ranking awarded by that non-profit organization. In doing so, Capitol Reef becomes the seventh unit of the National Park Service to achieve designation as an International Dark Sky Park.

NPS: National Park System Is An Economic Engine, And Valuable Carbon Dioxide Sink

Top Interior Department and National Park Service officials used Earth Day to promote the National Park System as an economic engine with an annual output of $30 billion and which serves as a carbon sink with an additional value of nearly $600 million.

Major Concessions Contract Up For Bid At Denali National Park And Preserve

The National Park Service recently released a prospectus soliciting proposals for concession operations in Denali National Park and Preserve. Commercial operations required of a concessionaire in the Alaska park include transportation, retail sales, and campground management. The prospectus also authorizes, but does not require, the concessionaire to offer winter transportation, garage service, equipment rental, and ATMs.

Special Fee To Tour Ice Caves At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Covers Park's Expenses...And Then Some

A year after going deep in the hole to manage visitation to unusual "ice caves" with their dripping formations, Apostle Islands National Seashore came out head this past winter thanks to a special fee charged visitors.

Experts Help Joshua Tree National Park Staff "Erase" Graffiti At Barker Dam Historic Site

It took more than a year, but crews at Joshua Tree National Park, aided by professional conservators from the University of New Mexico, have largely "erased" graffiti scratched into the Barker Dam, a historic site inside the California park.

Wildflower Weekend Coming To New River Gorge National River In West Virginia

If, after the long, snowy and cold winter, you're ready for some colorful spring wildflowers, consider heading to New River Gorge National River in West Virginia this weekend for the 12th Annual New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend.

President Obama Visiting Everglades National Park On Earth Day To Draw Attention To Climate Change

President Barrack Obama is turning to Everglades National Park to serve as a backdrop for an Earth Day discussion of climate change and the impacts it would bring to the United States.

Acadia National Park Opens Loop Road For The Summer Season

Winter must be over at Acadia National Park in Maine, for officials have opened the Park Loop Road for wheeled traffic, a kickoff to the summer high season.

Fifty Years Of The Greater Yellowstone Coordinating Committee

This year marks a milestone in the management of the Greater Yellowstone Area. It starts the second 50 years of the Greater Yellowstone Coordinating Committee (GYCC), created by the United States Forest Service (USFS) and the National Park Service (NPS) in 1964.

Gain Some Respect For Bears At Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

In the late 1700s when Daniel Boone came through the Cumberland Gap and into the land that would eventually become the state of Kentucky, black bears were common and brought the respect of settlers coming through. Today at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park staff is working to see that today's visitors to this landscape continue to respect the bears.

Here's Your Chance To Tour The Gardens At The White House, A Unit Of The National Park System

The culmination of National Park Week brings you an opportunity to tour the gardens on the south grounds of the White House, a unit of the National Park System known as President's Park, this coming weekend.

Volunteers Pitch Into To Slice Up, Remove 180-Foot Long Pipe From Elliott Key At Biscayne National Park

It's not every day that a 180-foot-long, 6,000-pound plastic pipe washes ashore in a national park. But that's what happened recently at Elliott Key in Biscayne National Park in Florida. What follows is the story of how it was removed by a band of volunteers.

Tule Elk Deaths At Point Reyes National Seashore Bring Charges Of Mismanagement

Charges of wildlife mismanagement by the staff at Point Reyes National Seashore are being leveled in the wake of the deaths of more than 200 Tule elk caused, apparently, by a lack of water inside their fenced preserve.

Tribes Would Be Allowed To Gather Plants In National Parks Under Proposed Regulation

The National Park Service has proposed to modify the regulation governing the gathering of plants in national parks. The rule would allow members of federally recognized Indian tribes with traditional associations to areas within specific units of the National Park System to gather and remove plants or plant parts for traditional purposes.

One Vandalism Case In The National Park System Resolved, Another Lingers On

One incident of vandalism in the National Park System has been resolved, agents continue to investigate a more high-profile, and wide-spread case in which a woman used acrylic paint to create images in parks across the West.

Where To Go, What To Do During National Park Week

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.

Snow Removal Opens Road To Two Medicine Campground At Glacier National Park

Snow removal operations in Glacier National Park have cleared the road to the Two Medicine Campground on the east side of the park, and officials expect it to be open for business this weekend, though with limited services.

Here's A Hiking Guide For Your Next Visit To Zion National Park

You're planning a trip to Zion National Park in Utah, you plan to do some hiking, and you're wondering which trails to search out.

St. Croix National Scenic Riverway Camping Permits Now Available

Frequent camper along the Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway in Wisconsin? Then you might want to pick up an annual permit for camping on the Lower St. Croix River.

Old Faithful Expected To Be Accessible From West Yellowstone, Mammoth Hot Springs This Friday

Some key interior roads in Yellowstone National Park are set to open Friday, with traffic expected to be able to drive from both West Yellowstone and Mammoth Hot Springs to the Old Faithful complex.

Appalachian Trail Conservancy's 40th Biennial Conference Set For Mid-July

History, hikes, and, of course, trail lore, will be the main attractions during the Appalachian Trail Conservancy's 40th Biennal Conference when it convenes in Winchester, Virginia, in July.

National Park Service: Rim Of The Valley Study Suggests Expansion Of Santa Monica Mountains NRA

A long look at whether a landscape that generally includes the mountains encircling San Fernando, La Crescenta, Santa Clarita, Simi and Conejo Valleys of Los Angeles and Ventura counties in California should be designated a unit of the National Park System is suggesting that 173,000 acres be added to Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

UPDATE: Cold Brook Fire 30 Percent Contained At Wind Cave National Park

A prescribed burn at Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota that got out of control was 80 percent contained Tuesday, though it had blown up to about 4,500 acres on top of the 1,000 acres that was within the prescribed burn boundaries, park officials said.

Long Overdue Fixes Coming To Visitor Center At Fort Donelson National Battlefield

How long have federal buildings been required to provide ADA access, emergency exits, and fire suppression systems? Quite a while, which makes it great to hear the National Park Service finally found the funding to address such projects at Fort Donelson National Battlefield in Tennessee.

Maintenance Problems Could Impact National Park Week At Cape Cod National Seashore

As most folks know, the Northeast has endured a pretty tough winter, and it is taking a while to put things back together. At Cape Cod National Seashore on Massachusetts, for instance, several problems exist that could impact your National Park Week plans if they involve a trip to the seashore.

Prescribed Burn Turns Into Wildfire At Wind Cave National Park In South Dakota

What started out Monday as a prescribed burn turned into a wildfire of roughly 1,000 acres at Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota.
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