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Musings From Pipestone National Monument

They may be separated by a few hundred miles of prairie, but Pipestone National Monument in Minnesota and Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming share parts of a common story. Both hold sacredness for the Indians who once lived and roamed freely across these wide and beautiful lands.

Musings From Badlands National Park

Wind never seems to stop blowing at Badlands. But in summer, that’s a good thing because it provides a little relief from the heat.

Photography In The National Parks: A Day Trip To Lake Clark National Park And Preserve

Katmai National Park and Preseve in Alaska tops the marquee when brown bears are mentioned, but there's another national park in Alaska that will surprise you with its bear-viewing opportunities.

Exploring National Parks Through The Lens Of Steven Bumgardner

Intricate details of Yosemite National Park -- the seasonal run of frazil ice, moonbows, and "neon red asparagus" -- all have fallen before the lens of Steven Bumgardner. How did he get his start capturing the essence of Yosemite, and what's next on his schedule? Traveler did a quick Q&A with Steven to learn the answers to those and other questions.

Musings From Devils Tower National Monument

One of the first thoughts I had upon rolling through the gate at Devils Tower was that Teddy certainly got it right when he used the Antiquities Act to designate this tall stump of rock as America’s first national monument.

Is National Park Service Abrogating Its Responsibility With The Tour Of Utah Bike Race?

Federal lands make up the majority of Utah's landscape, so it shouldn't be surprising that state roads crisscross those lands. But when a state road crosses a national park, and that road is going to be traversed by a bike race, should National Park Service approval be required?

Student Conservation Association Working On Repairing Gateway National Recreation Area's Hurricane Damage

Hurricane Sandy last fall left Gateway National Recreation Area a mess, particularly along Great Kills Park. Fortunately, the Student Conservation Association came to the rescue.

Traveler's Five Picks For New National Parks

Creating national parks doesn't happen every day. Lately, it seems the quickest way to create one is to legislatively redesignate a national monument as a national park. But it doesn't hurt to dream, does it? Here are five picks from the Traveler for new national parks.

National Park Service's 2012 Search-And-Rescue Caseload Reflects Many Ill-Prepared, Out-Of-Shape Visitors

Search-and-rescue missions in the National Park System in 2012 cost the agency nearly $5.2 million, and in many cases the individuals spurring the rescues were ill-prepared or out of shape.

If You Live In A National Park, You Understand The Theory Of Relativity

A comic strip in my morning newspaper offered an amusing explanation about the Theory of Relativity, and it has a definite application to life in a park: "If you put in a swimming pool...you'll discover relatives you never knew you had." That's a concept anyone who has ever lived or near in a national park can understand!

Essential Friends + Gateways: Best Kept Secrets In The National Parks

It's summertime. The crowds are out at the parks. Can you escape them and find a bit of solitude? Well, not entirely, but with the following suggestions from Traveler's Essential Friends, you can break from the crowd.

The David T. Vernon Collection: Living History Comes Home To Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park, known for craggy peaks, wildlife, and adventure sports, also ranks among the country’s top spots for Native American art and artifacts. When Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott first arrived in 2004, she was amazed to discover the incredible David T. Vernon Collection, one of the most diverse Indian art collections in the world.

Essential Friends + Gateways: High Tech Means High Touch With National Parks

As people become more and more wedded to mobile devices, the National Park System is trying to keep up—and so are its friends. To engage visitors and potential supporters, national park friends groups and foundations are enticing the public with high technology. Here are some savvy ways that’s happening.

Ride Your Bike Through The World's National Parks

A great way to experience national parks is to get out on your bike and pedal through them. While there are many national parks here in the United States that offer great cycling opportunities, places such as Devils Tower National Monument, Badlands National Park, and Shenandoah National Park, you can quickly expand the possibilities when you look out across the globe at national parks abroad.

Goats Do Roam The Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Goat from the Baatany project
On the Appalachian Trail, goats keep the balds bald. Hikers can see the goats on Roan Mountain and adopt one.

Essential Friends + Gateways: West Yellowstone, A Gateway Town Worth Hanging Around

For more than a century, West Yellowstone, Montana, has been a key jumping off point for a once-in-a-lifetime visit to the world’s first national park.

Wales' Snowdonia: The UK’s Top National Park?

The British Isles have some great national parks—but for the best scenery with easiest access, I’d choose Snowdonia National Park in Wales. Here's why...

Essential Friends + Gateways: Preserving Wonderland, The Yellowstone Park Foundation

Preserving ‘Wonderland’ is an on-the-ground, daily mission of the Yellowstone Park Foundation.

Essential Friends + Gateways: Take A Long, Slow, Ride Along The Natchez Trace

From Nashville to Natchez, you’ll enjoy an incredible experience thanks to the Natchez Trace Compact.

Essential Friends + Gateways: Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, A Great Gateway To The Smokies

What could be better than combining the Great Smokies, America’s most-visited national park, with an iconic gateway to summer fun in the South?