Featured Articles on National Parks Traveler

Oprah Went Camping in Yosemite National Park, But Will She Remain A Fan of the National Parks?

Oprah Winfrey took her star power camping in Yosemite National Park at the invitation of Ranger Shelton Johnson. While one of her goals was to encourage more “people of color” to enjoy our national parks, it remains to be seen whether she can now shoulder the mantle of national parks ambassador.

Counting Sea Turtles in the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary off Olympic National Park

Counting sea turtles is no easy task when you're scanning the ocean looking for them, but that's just what the National Ocean Service's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and the National Marine Fisheries Service did earlier this fall.

Do You Know Where Stonewall Jackson's Left Arm is Buried?

There is in a secluded setting behind historic Ellwood Manor at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park a low stone monument that marks the spot where Confederate General Stonewall Jackson's amputated left arm is supposedly buried. But is it really there?
From time to time speculation arises over whether General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson's amputated left arm really is buried at historic Ellwood Manor at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. In this podcast, the park's chief historian, John Hennessy, discusses the debate and voices his opinion on the matter.

Report Counters GOP Arguments That Environmental Regs, Agencies Hampering Border Security

For months Republicans on the House Natural Resources Committee have claimed that environmental regulations are hampering border control in the Southwest. But a new study notes that "there are numerous examples" of how various federal agencies are working together on border control.
AttachmentSize
Interagency_Border_Cooperation.pdf573.87 KB

Rock Falls In Yosemite National Park Provide Homes For Curious Scorpion-Like Creature

Just in time for Halloween -- a new bug to give you the creeps. This newly found arachnid apparently has been living in caves created by rock falls in Yosemite National Park for some time.

Claw and Horn In Yellowstone

Due to possible copyright issues, we've taken down the photo of the bison being chased by a grizzly in Yellowstone National Park.

The Wonder That Is The Linn Cove Viaduct On the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Linn Cove Viaduct on the Blue Ridge Parkway was featured on the History Channel’s Modern Marvels series, for heaven’s sake. Nevertheless, it’s not widely understood why or how it’s noteworthy. The High Country landmark might be nothing less than the combined genius of the 20th century’s two top bridge designers.

Gary Everhardt's Impact on the Blue Ridge Parkway

During his nearly quarter-century as superintendent of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Gary Everhardt developed partnerships to both protect and better the Parkway.

Gary Everhardt: The “Right Man at the Right Time” on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Nations everywhere name buildings to honor pivotal figures, the people whose contributions form the foundation on which the future stands. We all see such structures, but it’s rare to wander the halls of one with the person whose name is chiseled on the plaque and attached to the boulder out front -- especially when it’s the headquarters of the most visited unit of the National Park system.

Proposal For State-Federal Collaboration on Combating White-Nose Syndrome in Bats Out for Public Review

While state and federal authorities are developing a plan of attack for dealing with white-nose syndrome in bat populations, a non-profit organization is criticizing the federal government for moving too slowly on this growing problem.

The Case of the Cigarette Smoking Woman At Petrified Forest National Park

Looking for a few good ghosts in the national parks this Halloween? Consider Petrified Forest National Park with its Case of the Cigarette Smoking Woman.

Reader Participation Day: Which Works Harder for National Parks, A Republican or Democratic Congress?

With the general election less than a week off, the Traveler is venturing into perilous territory by delving into politics. Still, the question begs asking: Do you believe national parks are better off with a Republican-controlled Congress, or one with a Democratic majority?

Oprah Visits Yosemite National Park

Oprah Winfrey airs a two part program on visiting Yosemite National Park and questions why more African Americans don't visit National Parks.

Mennonite Women Backpacking and Bears Falling in Shenandoah National Park

Fall is a spectacular season to hike in Shenandoah National Park. Reds, golds, greens and browns are dappling the hillsides, deer are on the move, and, if your timing is excellent, bears are falling from the trees and Mennonite women are backpacking along the Appalachian Trail.

Warmer, Drier, Crowded, Grizzly-less, And With Lots of Thistle: the Yellowstone of The Future?

“The snow tips the balance,” remarked Doug Smith, senior wildlife biologist and leader of the Yellowstone Wolf Project, about his research findings on winter wolf predation in Yellowstone National Park.

How To Land That National Park Job, For A Season or A Career

Curious about how to go about finding a job in a national park, one for either just a season or for a possible career? The following video explains the routes you can explore to find that job.

How Might Fatal Attack By Mountain Goat Change Backcountry Dynamics in National Parks?

Mountain goats have been described as "supreme mountaineers," can appear somewhat professorial in appearance with their goatees, and have uncanny agility. Now, in the tragic wake of a hiker being fatally gored in the Olympic National Park backcountry, some might also describe them as killers.

Economic Analysis Predicts Minimum 4-1 Return on Restoring the Everglades Ecosystem

Most people would jump at the chance to quadruple their money on an investment. Well, an economic analysis predicts that that's the minimum return that can be expected if the restoration of the Everglades ecosystem is completed.

Century-Old Building at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Yields Some Surprises

Visitors to historic buildings have said many times, "If only these walls could talk…." Perhaps that was the case for employees at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in Skagway, Alaska, when an intriguing discovery was made during restoration of an old building.

The Tramp and the Rough Rider meet in Yosemite National Park

John Muir and President Theodore Roosevelt camp in Yosemite. This four-day trip is reenacted by two great actors.

What Every Visitor to Glacier National Park Needed to Know … in 1920

Glacier National Park's centennial year is winding down, so the Traveler thought it might be both fun and enlightening to take a peek at a pair of park brochures from the early years of the park. It's pretty clear from these excerpts that life in the park was just a bit different in 1912 and 1920 than it is today.

Traveler's Checklist: Carlsbad Caverns National Park

You can't properly visit this park without seeing the main cave and its Big Room, but there are other delights to sample as well.

Velma Melmac Has Left Yosemite, Never to Return

Every summer, Velma parked her mammoth RV in Yosemite. There she kept nature in check, terrorized rangers, smoked like a chimney, and left only after the first acorn of autumn fell into her gimlet.

Easy Park Hikes – Big Thicket National Preserve

The Big Thicket National Preserve in southeast Texas has been called the "Biological Crossroads of North America," and some easy hikes in the park offer plenty of interesting sights. Just watch your step—it's a place where carnivorous plants catch their own lunch

Pruning the Parks: Lewis and Clark Cavern National Monument (1908-1937)

Proclaimed in 1908, Montana's Lewis and Clark Cavern National Monument never could muster get the monetary support needed to develop and operate it as a viable national park. Congress abolished it in 1937 and it subsequently became Montana's first state park.

Visitor Survey: Bryce Canyon National Park

Visitors to Bryce Canyon National Park overwhelmingly love the views down into the park's colorful amphitheaters with their whimsically eroded hoodoos, but aren't quite as enamored with the spectacular night skies overhead.

By the Numbers: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes generates interesting statistics, not least because the park has the world's most active volcano, the planet's largest mountain, the longest continuously operating hotel in Hawaii, and other significant distinctions.

Gee Interprets a Settler in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Gee quilting on the porch
Sarah "Gee" Phillips is not Mrs. Sarah Davis; she just plays her on the Mountain Farm Museum in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Right now, Gee rocks on the porch of the Davis House while working on a quilt pattern. "Mrs. Davis wouldn't be quilting on a Monday. She would probably be scrubbing her laundry on a washboard," she explains to visitors.

Around The Parks: Bracebridge Dinner in Yosemite, Wolf Watching In Yellowstone

If you're trying to figure out a winter vacation to a national park, here are two ideas: A lavish dinner theater in Yosemite National Park, or a bracing wolf-watching expedition in Yellowstone National Park.