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Yellowstone National Park Immune From Wyoming Law Banning Certain Photos Of Water Resources

You can take all the photos you want on your Yellowstone National Park vacation without worrying about being arrested for ignoring a new Wyoming law pertaining to whistleblowers. It doesn't apply to the park, which is federal, not state, land, according to park officials.

Mount Rainier National Park Fee Schedule Creeping Upwards

You can now add Mount Rainier National Park to the growing list of National Park System units that are increasing their entrance fees. Beginning this Friday, it'll cost you a bit more to enter, and camp, in the national park.

Special Events Planned For This Summer At Fort Laramie National Historic Site

Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of Fort Laramie National Historic Site’s summer season, which will feature a variety of activities, from daily guided tours and talks to living history demonstrations and special events.

UPDATED: Black Bear Put Down in Great Smoky Mountains National Park For Being Habituated

An aggressive black bear has led Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials to close the Mount Le Conte backcountry shelter and trails to the Cliff Tops area.

Birding In The National Parks: "Can't You See It? It's Right There!"

“It’s right in that tree,” he said, pointing at a grove of approximately 50 small trees. “It’s on a horizontal branch. Right there in the tree with the green leaves. Can’t you see it?”

Emergency Fishing Closure At Olympic National Park

Concerns over the numbers of Hoh River Chinook salmon has prompted an emergency fishing closure of the Hoh River, South Fork Hoh River, and all tributaries, as well as the mouth of the Hoh River at Olympic National Park in Washington state.

National Park Service Considering A National World War I Memorial On National Mall

The National Park Service and the World War I Centennial Commission are preparig an Environmental Assessment to evaluate the effects of establishing a National World War I Memorial by enhancing the area around the existing Pershing Park.

Avalanche Kills Backcountry Skier At Grand Teton National Park

Spring skiing in the Rockies can be sublime, with warm daytime temperatures and "corn" snow conditions, all set against incredible scenery. But it also can be risky, as melting snow can be prone to avalanches, and squalls can make conditions dicey. Such was in the case in the backcountry of Grand Teton National Park this past weekend, as a slide killed one skier and seriously injured another. A third skier sustained minor injuries while a fourth was uninjured.

Dean Potter Dies In Illegal BASE Jumping Incident At Yosemite National Park

Dean Potter is dead. The climber who generated controversy over his climb of Delicate Arch in Arches National Park in 2006 and led to more specific, and restrictive, climbing regulations in the park died this past weekend in an illegal BASE jumping incident at Yosemite National Park.

Testing Finds No Hantavirus In Yosemite Valley, Some At Tuolumne Meadows Lodge Area

A testing program put in place after three visitors to Yosemite National Park died in 2012 from a rodent-borne disease detected no hantavirus in the park's iconic valley last year, though some was detected in the area surrounding Tuolumne Meadows Lodge, according to the California Department of Public Health.

Native American Artisans In Residence At Grand Teton National Park This Summer

A rich diversity of Native American artwork will be on hand this summer at Grand Teton National Park, along with the artisans who make it,.

National Park Service Commissions Survey Of Sites Tied To Reconstruction Period

the National Park Service has commissioned the first comprehensive review of nationally significant historical sites of the Reconstruction Era. The project, a National Historic Landmark Theme Study on the U.S. Reconstruction Era, 1861-1898, will bring attention to the history of the period of emancipation and Reconstruction after the Civil War and identify landmarks that help tell the nation’s story.

Clearing Snow Off Trail Ridge Road In Rocky Mountain National Park, The Video

Every year, Rocky Mountain National Park snowplow operators begin plowing Trail Ridge Road in mid-April. Crews from the west side of the park and crews from the east side of the park move along the road and eventually meet near the Alpine Visitor Center. The visitor center is the highest in the National Park Service, sitting at 11,796 feet above sea level. Spring storms often impact plowing activities. Plow operators normally encounter drifts from 18 to 22 feet tall.

Temporary Route Detour For Hikers Heading To Inspiration Point At Grand Teton National Park

A little detour will be required this summer for Grand Teton National Park hikers heading to Inspiration Point. Trail work in the area above Jenny Lake requires the detour so crews can replace bridges and work on the steep and rocky ledge trail section that leads to Inspiration Point.

Teenager Posing For Picture Gored By Bison At Yellowstone National Park

A 16-year-old exchange student was recovering Saturday from being gored by a bison at Yellowstone National Park. Park officials say the Taiwanese girl sustained serious, but not life-threatening, injuries when she was gored in the Old Faithful area.

Modest Fee Increases On Tap At Joshua Tree National Park

Higher fees are coming to Joshua Tree National Park in California, from higher entrance fees to higher camping fees.

Wildfires Grow To Nearly 8,000 Acres At Big Cypress National Preserve, Containment Shrinks

A complex of wildfires at Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida has nearly quadrupled in size this week, burning through grasslands, pine and cypress domes. Containment, once at roughly 20 percent, has dropped to about 5 percent as the fires spread.

Summer: A Great Season To Find Yourself In A National Park

National Parks. They are places of wonderment. They spark our curiosity, help us relax, and can keep us in shape. They offer thousands of miles of hiking trails, majestic vistas, deep woods, rushing streams, and quite literally an open-air zoo of wildlife that relies on these landscapes to thrive and, in some cases, merely survive.

New Navajo Leadership Opposes Escalade Project At Grand Canyon

One proposed development that conservationists feared would appear next door to Grand Canyon National Park now seems unlikely to materialize, as the new leader of the Navajo Nation has gone on record opposing the Grand Canyon Escalade project that envisioned a tram from rim to river.

Higher Entrance, Backcountry Fees Coming To Grand Canyon National Park

In a little more than two weeks it will be a bit more expensive to visit Grand Canyon National Park and to spend a night or more in the backcountry, as higher fees are being implemented. At the same time, the park is doing away with its "Frequent Hiker Membership" program.