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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.

Solo Climber Found Dead High On Mount McKinley In Denali National Park

A 39-year-old Argentine climber hoping to summit Mount McKinley in Denali National Park was found dead at the 17,200-foot high camp on the mountain.

Captain Penniman House At Cape Cod National Seashore To Get Painted Thanks To Friends

Captain Edward Penniman would be proud. The whaling captain's home at Cape Cod National Seashore is getting some much needed upkeep thanks to a $100,000 donation from Friends of Cape Cod National Seashore.

Great Online Climber's Aid From Denali National Park

Climbers with an eye on some of the peaks in Denali National Park and Preserve have a great tool just a few clicks away to check on the latest conditions.

Burros Inadvertently Save Life Of Hiker Lost In Death Valley National Park

A group of feral burros inadvertently saved the life of a hiker lost in Death Valley National Park by leading him to water.

UPDATED: Big Cypress National Preserve Fire Complex Now Covering 4,000+ Acres

A wildfire complex ignited by lightning strikes at Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida has spread to more than 4,000 acres, with only about 20 percent of the fires contained, according to park officials.

Forests At Valley Forge National Historical Park Coming Back After Deer Culling

Five years of culling deer at Valley Forge National Historical Park in Pennsylvania has succeeded in reducing over-browsing of the park's forests and allowed them to rebound with growth, according to park officials.

Anatomy Of An Oil Train Derailment: Collision And Explosions

Bryan Wilson knew immediately that there was no chance of stopping his 106-long oil train, which was traveling at about 43 miles per hour, when he saw the grain car lying across his tracks.

Reader Survey Day: Have Fee Increases Prompted You To Buy An America The Beautiful Pass?

Higher entrance fees are spreading across the National Park System. Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Cape Cod, Capitol Reef, Yosemite, Shenandoah. The list of parks that are raising, or have raised, their entrance fees goes on and on.

Two Idaho Climbers, Stranded In Denali National Park Backcountry, Airlifted To Safety

"Widespread avalanche activity" in the backcountry of Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska stranded two Idaho climbers on a mountain. Fortunately, they were spotted by an air taxi and later taken off the mountain by a park helicopter.

More Than 2,000 Acres Burned By Wildfires At Big Cypress National Preserve, Just 15 Percent Containment

A wildfire complex at Big Cypress National Preserve ub Florida has burned more than 2,000 acres, with firefighters having to cope with thunderstorms expected to bring more lightning to the preserve.

What Lurks In The Landscape Of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park?

What mysteries lurk in the landscape of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park? We'll have some inklings this coming weekend in the wake of a two-day "bioblitz" at the island park.

Yellowstone, Grand Teton Raising Entrance Fees This Summer

It's going to cost a bit more to get into Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks this summer. Indeed, if you visit both parks and don't have a national parks pass, it will cost more than double to visit them than it does today.

Low Waters Levels Will Hamper Some Boating At Ross Lake National Recreation Area

Scheduled maintenance by Seattle City Light will require the lowering of Diablo Lake by 10 feet, down to 1,192 feet above sea level, for periods this spring and again in the fall. As a result, boat ramps will be inaccessible to power boats and some paddlers might have trouble launching, as well, according to North Cascades National Park officials.

Northern Tier Senators Want A Little National Park Service Love

A clutch of U.S. senators from the northern tier of the United States is seeking some love from the National Park Service via their National Scenic Trails Parity Act, which is designed to formally make three national scenic trails part of the National Park System.