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Reader Survey Day: Should The National Park Service Angle For "A New Generation," Or "Go Back To Its Roots"?

The clock is ticking down to the National Park Service's centennial in 2016, and the focus of the PR campaign has been on attracting a new generation to the parks. But how far should it go in trying to lure millennials and a more diverse visitor? At least one Park Service veteran wants to see the agency "regain the spiit of John Muir and Teddy Roosevelt."

Geysers In Yellowstone National Park? There's An App For Them!

Predicting the eruption of geysers in Yellowstone National Park can be a tricky thing, but now you can load an app on your smartphone that will provide the estimated time of eruption for Old Faithful and five other fairly predictable geysers in the park.

Tioga, Glacier Point Roads Close For Winter At Yosemite National Park

The weekend's heavy rains in California brought heavy snows to the High Sierra, and that was enough for Yosemite National Park officials to close the Tioga and Glacier Point roads for the winter.

Birding In The Parks: Discerning An Ancient Murrelet From A Japanese Murrelet At Point Reyes National Seashore

If I were to mention a controversy at Drakes Bay in Point Reyes National Seashore, undoubtedly the two words that would pop into your head are “oyster company” rather than “Japanese Murrelet,” but the latter is what birders have been talking about since Thanksgiving week.

Sixty-One Acres Added To Voyageurs National Park Thanks To Voyageurs National Park Association

Voyageurs National Park experienced a few growing pains recently. Sixty-one, actually, as in the number of acres added to the park.

Reserve Your Cabin At Cape Lookout National Seashore

It wasn't too long ago that the cabins at Cape Lookout National Seashore in North Carolina closed for the winter, but it won't be long before you can reserve one for next summer.

Traveler's Gear Box: Cotopaxi's Inca 26L Backpack

Cotopaxi's Inca 26L is a spacious backpack that hauls what you need, and provides a bonus by helping support youth in developing countries.

Unknowns In Terms Of Funding And Personnel Await New Units Of National Park System

With a handful of new units of the National Park System to be ushered in once President Obama signs a half-trillion-dollar defense authorization bill, National Park Service officials are not exactly sure where they'll get the money or personnel to bring the new parks to life, but they're optimistic they'll find a way.

Nearly Five Years Later, Congress Balking On "Road To Nowhere" Payments At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Nearly five years after what was considered to be an historic moment, Congress is dragging its feet to make good on a $52 million settlement with a North Carolina county that lost a connection when Fontana Dam was built and its reservoir flooded a section of state highway 288.

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Gains More Than 350 Acres As Mitigation For Transmission Line

More than 350 acres have been added to Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in Pennsylvania and New Jersey as partial mitigation for expansion of a transmission corridor across the NRA, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, and the Middle Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River.

Some Good Reads To Prepare You For The National Parks

Heading to a national park for the first time can be intimidating. Where should you go, what should you see, what do you need to know before you pass through the entrance gate?

Rocky Mountain National Park Seeking Companies To Offer Guided-Climbing Treks

Rocky Mountain National Park, with its towering, attractive peaks, is a magnet for many climbers, particularly those interested in climbing Longs Peak and ticking off one more "Colorado '14er." That goal could become a bit more achievable in the future as the park is seeking outfitters to lead commercial climbs.

Congress Sends Defense Authorization Bill, With National Park Legislation, To President

A massive defense authorization bill, carrying riders that create seven national parks, headed Friday to President Obama for his signature, though how the National Park Service would pay for the additions was not immediately clear.

National Park Service, In Court Filing, Claims Xanterra Trying To Block Competition In Grand Canyon Concessions Business

In a strongly worded response to Xanterra Parks & Resort's request for an injunction to remain in business past year's end on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, lawyers for the National Park Service argue that the concessionaire is trying to thwart competition and feel its history on the rim entitles it to remain there.

National Park Service Slips Slightly In "Best Places To Work" Survey

As an agency the National Park Service continues to get poor marks from its employees, according to the 2014 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government Survey. Compared to all government agencies, the Park Service ranked in the lower 25 percent in effective leadership, strategic management, team work, and work-life balance, among other categories.

Winter Season Kicks Off Monday At Grand Teton National Park

With growing snow cover in the mountains, the winter season at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming kicks off on Monday.

Point Reyes National Seashore Shuttle Service Will Help With Whale, Elephant Seal Watching

With gray whales soon to start their migration to warmer waters, and elephant seals heading to the beaches of Point Reyes National Seashore for breeding, the park's shuttle buses can help you get to a viewpoint with little hassle.

Pipeline Break Shuts Down Phantom Ranch At Grand Canyon National Park

Overnight stays at Phantom Ranch on the floor of the Grand Canyon have been temporarily halted due to the break in the Trans-Canyon Water Pipeline, Grand Canyon National Park officials said Thursday.

Memorial Wall Re-Opens At War In The Pacific National Historical Park

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., often known simply as "The Wall," contains the names of over 58,000 Americans who gave their lives in that conflict, but there's another Memorial Wall with more than 17,000 names from World War 2 in America's most-distant national park. The Asan Bay Overlook Memorial Wall at War in the Pacific National Historical Park had been damaged by storms and vandals, but rehabilitation of this wall has now been completed.

Add Shenandoah National Park To List Of Parks Proposing Higher User Fees

Public comment is being taken on a fee increase proposal at Shenandoah National Park, where entrance fees haven't gone up since 2006.