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Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

  • A search for a missing backpacker in Kings Canyon National Park moved into its seventh day Tuesday, though so far the efforts have failed to turn up any trace of the man.

    Larry Conn, a 53-year-old Pacific Palisades, California, resident, failed to return from a weekend trek last Monday as expected. He was reported overdue Tuesday, and the active search got under way on October 24.


  • Sunrise today showed deep, heavy snow in national parks in the Appalachians, flooding along coastal and barrier island parks, and waves towering more than two stories along some lakeshores farther inland.

    Those scenarios were just some of the aftermath from "Superstorm Sandy," which was continuing to assault the eastern third of the nation this morning.

  • Devils Tower National Monument, Badlands National Park, and Theodore Roosevelt National Park all have made it into the Center for Great Plains Studies' list of top "ecotourism" destinations in the Great Plains.

    Richard Edwards, director of the center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, said 51 field naturalists in nine states were surveyed to select the top 10.

    “In the first round,

  • Editor's note: With Halloween drawing near, we searched around the National Park System and rummaged in the Traveler's archives for some ghostly stories.

    Ghost stories and old buildings just seem to go together, and the national parks have their share of old buildings -- and ghosts!

Monday, October 29th, 2012

  • Hurricane Sandy's approach to landfall has prompted the closure of a number of National Park System units, including Shenandoah National Park and parks in the Washington, D.C., area.