The Latest News & Views

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

  • This coming weekend will be the perfect time to be camping in the backcountry of a national park, or at least visiting a national park that doesn't suffer from light pollution.

  • Not quite two years after it was drained, the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., will soon be reflecting again.

    Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says the National Park Service will begin refilling the Reflecting Pool -- which measures approximately 2,080 feet by 170 feet -- any day now following a historic renovation of the pool that included replacement of

  • 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.