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Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

  • It’s not often you walk out of a national park lodge restaurant feeling wowed. But that was my experience during a recent stay at the Far View Lodge at Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado.

    I dined twice at the Mesa Verde Metate Room during my visit to the park at the end of July. Here, breathtaking views could easily take your mind off a forgettable meal.

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

  • America's national parks, places such as Yellowstone, Yosemite, Great Smoky Mountains, and Everglades, face problems both small and large due to poor federal funding, according to a survey of voters released today.

    The survey, of 1,004 registered voters, also found that nearly nine in ten respondents believe it is either extremely important or quite important for the federal government to prote

  • [i]Editor's note: The Traveler's Essential Friends project this summer has been highlighting the great value that national park friends groups bring to the National Park System. And they manage to do so with charitable dollars from readers like you. But you should do some homework when deciding where to send your dollars, as Dr.

  • Denali National Park and Preserve seems to be quite popular this August with congressional staffers, though a number of other parks also are destinations for politicians and their staff during the August recess.

    According to the National Park Service's legislative affairs staff, the following park visits have been scheduled for this month:

    * August 8-10 – T

  • Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area claims the title of "largest urban national park in the country," but it's 150,000+ acres of mountains and coastline in Ventura and Los Angeles counties also include some distinctly non-urban wildlife.