Parks in the News

Floating The Colorado - River Trip Options At Grand Canyon National Park

A Colorado River trip at Grand Canyon National Park can be a truly memorable experience, and depending upon the type of trip you choose, it can require anywhere from a few hours to several weeks. In Part Two of our look at these trips, we'll explore ways to see the Canyon other than via lengthy private river expeditions.

Commemoration Of H.L. Hunley's Sinking Of USS Housatonic Coming To Fort Sumter National Monument

One-hundred-and-fifty years ago naval warfare history was marked when a Confederate submarine used a torpedo to sink the USS Housatonic in the waters near Fort Sumter. While that didn't mark a turning point in the Civil War, it did advance naval warfare.

Big South Fork National River And Recreation Area Seeking Trail Maintainers

Lovers of Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in Kentucky and Tennessee can give back while enjoying the park by volunteering to help maintain a favorite trail there.

Private River Trip Permit Lottery At Grand Canyon National Park Is Now Open

You can float the Colorado River at Grand Canyon National Park on either private or commercial trips, but if you hope to get a permit for a longer noncommercial river trip in 2015, now's the time to submit your application. The annual lottery for such permits is open through February 25, 2014.

"Bears In My Kitchen" Offers A Look At Life In The Parks In An Earlier Era

Many of us have some occasional moments of nostalgia—or perhaps just a bit of curiosity—about life in our parks during what we presume was a less frantic world a generation or two ago. If that's the case, and you'd like to get a peek at life as a ranger and his spouse in Yosemite and several other western national parks in the 1930s and 1940s, you'll likely enjoy reading a book that's a park's classic: Bears in my Kitchen.

Giantess Geyser Offers Winter Visitors To Yellowstone National Park A Rare Treat

Winter visitors to Yellowstone National Park who were fortunate enough to be in the Old Faithful area last week were treated to a rather rare display by Giantess Geyser—the geyser's first reported eruption in well over two years.

A History Of Yosemite Nature Notes...In A Video

Starting in 1922 as a type-written news sheet, Yosemite Nature Notes the periodical went on to become a charming magazine with more than 400 issues during its 40 years of publication.

New Agreement At Grand Teton National Park Will Provide Winter Grooming For Popular Cross-Country Ski Route

Grand Teton National Park provides some outstanding opportunities for winter recreation, and the Teton Park Road, which is closed in winter to motorized travel, is a favorite route for cross country skiers. A new agreement between the park and Teton County will provide regular grooming for Nordic and skate skiing along the Road.

Lake Clark National Park Working To Update Its Management Plan

Thirty years after Lake Clark National Park and Preserve's initial General Management Plan was crafted, officials are working to update it with an eye on more clearly providing for visitors to the remote Alaskan park.

Photo History From National Park Lookouts Shows Landscape Changes Over 70+ Years

There's an intriguing page within the vast nps.gov domain that opens a wonderful portal of history, one that allows us to compare today with yesteryear. The site, within the National Park Service Fire and Aviation Management section, compares historic photos taken from fire lookouts in the National Park System with today's landscapes.

Bald Eagle Numbers Down Slightly At Lake Mead National Recreation Area

An annual survey of raptor species at Lake Mead National Recreation Area in mid-January found a slight decline in the number of bald eagles from the previous year, but biologists were not surprised by the results. What's behind the changing numbers of these birds?

Hiker Stranded In Snowstorm In Hawaii Rescued At Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park

There have been plenty of tales over the years of hikers marooned by snowstorms in national parks, but one of the latest occurred in what may seem an unlikely location: Hawaii. Earlier this week, a New York resident, and an experienced hiker, found himself in that situation high on a mountain at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.

Parking Meters Envisioned For National Mall And Memorial Parks

Planning a visit to the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, D.C.? Take mass transit, or take change to feed the meters.

Meetings On Wilderness Plans At Lake Mead National Recreation Area Scheduled

Lake Mead National Recreation Area may be centered around water, but there also is a land mass attached to the NRA, and wilderness areas within that mass. Now the park staff is working to develop a management plan for those areas.

"Muir's Ride" Will Range From San Francisco Bay Area To Yosemite National Park

This year's edition of "Muir's Ride," part of a campaign to see the Hetch Hetchy Valley of Yosemite National Park drained of its water and restored, will stretch from the San Francisco Bay Area to Yosemite.

Yellowstone National Park Officials Want Someone Else To Tend To Beartooth Highway

The Beartooth Highway that rambles between Red Lodge, Montana, and Yellowstone National Park's Northeast Entrance is the most scenic approach to the park. Unfortunately, this maintenance-heavy route is in need of someone other than the National Park Service to care for it.

Joshua Tree National Park Looking For New Members For Park's Search and Rescue Team

If you live in the vicinity of Joshua Tree National Park and have considered joining the park's search and rescue team, make plans to attend a meeting at the park on February 2. The gathering will provide information about a variety of opportunities with the team, and the requirements for serving in each type of assignment.

Great Basin National Park Officials Seeking Comment On Plan To Restore Native Bonneville Cutthroat Trout

Snake Creek in Great Basin National Park has been without native Bonneville Cutthroat Trout since non-native trout forced them out. Now park officials want to reverse that.

Ranger Guided Hike To Unique Archeological Site At Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park

One of the "most unique archeological areas in the National Park System" will be the subject of a ranger-guided hike on February 8, and the location might surprise you. The Moccasin Bend National Archeological District, which "spans 12,000 years of continuous human habitation," is part of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, a park best known for major Civil War battles.

Welcome Traveler's Newest Supporters And Advertisers

Observant readers of the Traveler no doubt noticed some new sponsors and advertisers who believe in our mission to nurture advocates and stewards for the National Park System while exploring how best to get the most out of the park experience.

Reader Participation Day: What Are The Most Unnerving Trails In A National Park?

Hiking is a popular activity in our parks, and trails—long and short, easy to arduous—provide almost unlimited opportunities for us to stretch our legs or challenge our abilities. Whether a hike on a particular trail seems "scary" is a pretty subjective question, since our tolerance for steep drop-offs, uncertain footing or other factors varies widely from person to person.

Castle Rock Cut To Be Deepened Again at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Castle Rock Cut is a popular short-cut route on Lake Powell that allows boaters to shorten the trip between the major Wahweap Marina and destinations uplake by a distance of 12 miles. Years of drought and falling water levels for the lake have made this shortcut unusable by boaters, so work is getting underway at to lower this channel by another twenty feet.

"Changing Seasons" Discussion Topic At Joshua Tree National Park This Saturday

The science around the change of seasons will be the topic of a one-day workshop at Joshua Tree National Park this Saturday.

Bryce Canyon National Park Schedules Open House On Transportation Plan

An open house is scheduled for March 5 at Bryce Canyon National Park to discuss the park's environmental assessment on a "multimodal transportation plan" that would link the park with Bryce Canyon City.

Interesting And Overlooked National Parks In America

It very likely is true that one person's overlooked national park is another's jewel.

New Study Finds Many Appalachian Trail Hikers Are Unable To Identify Key Sign Of Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease is a common and serious tick-borne illness that can be difficult to diagnose, and both early recognition of infection and prompt treatment are important. Unfortunately, a new study says many hikers on the Appalachian Trail are unable to recognize one of the key indicators that an individual may have contracted the illness.

Handling Of Acadia National Park's Concessions Contract Contested In Federal Claims Court

The long-time concessionaire at Acadia National Park, saying a "flawed evaluation process" was used, is appealing the loss of its contract.

Can The Tourism Industry Help Save Africa's Wild Elephants?

Tourism is big business in Africa, and one of the major draws is the wildlife in the continent's national parks. By almost any measure, however, the future of wild elephants in Africa is bleak unless major strides can be made against poaching fueled by the demand for ivory. Now a new campaign called S.A.F.E, (Safeguarding a Future for Africa’s Elephants) hopes to mobilize the tourism industry to help save the elephants.

Commemoration Of Gen. Sherman's "Meridian Campaign" Planned At Vicksburg National Military Park

It was 150 years ago when Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman and his troops swept down on Meridian, Mississippi, to capture a Confederate supply center. That "Meridian Campaign" will be revisited next week at Vicksburg National Military Park.

Turn Down Your Volume Near Old-Growth Forests In Redwoods National Park

Shhhhhhhh! That's the urging at Redwoods National Park in California, where officials intend to ban loud music within 500 feet of old-growth forests during part of the year.
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