The Latest News & Views

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

  • When your family sits down to choose a vacation destination, what possibilities arise to compete with a national park vacation?

    We hear constantly that visitation to the National Park System is flat, that Americans are heading to theme parks and on cruises rather than choosing to visit a national park.

  • If you find yourself in Theodore Roosevelt National Park this weekend, head for the North Unit where they're going to be having a star party.

    The star-gazing will be offered both Friday and Saturday nights at the North Unit Wildlife Handling Facility, where park staff will set up telescopes at sunset.

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

  • An environmental assessment is being conducted at Rocky Mountain National Park to determine whether a short section of hiking and equestrian trail known as the East Shore Trail should be open to mountain bikes.

    Though the study is just getting under way, the impetus for it goes back a half-dozen years, to 2006, when talks were being held over designating offic

  • Even if you don’t have a bike, it’ll soon be possible to pedal between the Alamo in downtown San Antonio and the four beautiful missions that stretch south of the city—thanks to a bike share program.

  • Sooner or later, you’re going to need a spotting scope. I’ve tried a lot of scopes and found there are some great products at every price range. Clearly, you can’t expect a $250 scope to perform like a $2,500 scope, but if your expectations are realistic, you can find some excellent quality without robbing the piggy bank.