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Work On Big Oak Flat Tunnels At Yosemite National Park Could Lead To Traffic Snarls

Much-needed repairs to the Big Oak Flat Tunnels in Yosemite National Park likely will delay your travel to the park during the next three months, though holidays will be spared.

Sea Lion Yearling Rescued After Crossing Road In Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Why did the sea lion cross Skyline Drive in Golden Gate National Recreation Area? That's a good question with no ready answer. But the bottom line is that the male yearling, though undernourished, is doing well and being cared for at the Marine Mammal Center at the Marin Headlands of the NRA.

Backcountry Fees Going Up At Rocky Mountain National Park

It's going to cost you a little bit more to head into the backcountry of Rocky Mountain Nationa Park for overnight stays beginning this summer, when the permit fee climbs from $20 to $26 per trip.

Bird Count This Weekend At Scotts Bluff National Monument In Nebraska

Too early for bird counts? Never! And if you're looking to get involved with one, consider this weekend's tally being taken at Scotts Bluff National Monument in Nebraska.

Legislation Offered That Would Reroute Sections Of North Country Scenic Trail, Connect It With A.T.

Legislation introduced in Congress would, if enacted, one day allow you to walk from North Dakota to Vermont on the North Country Scenic Trail, and then hang a right and head down to Georgia on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.

Wolf Spotted At Grand Canyon, Killed In Utah, Was From Yellowstone Area

Genetic analysis has concluded that a wolf that had been seen on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon last fall, and was shot and killed in Utah late in December, had been fitted with a radio collar outside of Yellowstone National Park in January 2014.

Free Entry To Entire National Park System This Presidents Day Weekend

Make an executive decision to visit a national park this Presidents Day weekend. All 405 national parks will offer free admission February 14-16.

Reader Participation Day: How Would You Build A "Top 10" National Parks List?

Recently, a website that will go unmentioned put together a list of "the nation's worst national parks." While that list was soundly, and justifiably, ridiculed and dismissed, it brings to mind this question: What are the nation's best national parks? If you were to compile a Top 10 list of national parks, which would you include on it?

Grizzly Bears Emerging At Yellowstone National Park

Here it is, not even mid-February, and grizzly bears are starting to emerge from their dens at Yellowstone National Park. Just in time for Valentine's Day, too!

Keep Track Of Events Surrounding Acadia National Park's Centennial Celebration At This Website

The National Park Service isn't the only entity turning 100 next year. So is Acadia National Park in Maine. If you want to stay atop of events surrounding Acadia's centennial, there's a website you should follow.

Birding In The National Parks: Try Your Luck At A National Historic Or Battlefield Park

It’s not difficult to see why many of our national parks offer spectacular birding. Vast expanses of protected natural areas are bound to be good spots for watching birds and other wildlife. The national seashores and lakeshores are even more inviting as birding destinations than some of the “parks.” But what about the historic sites and national battlefields?

California Senators Introduce Legislation To Expand Death Valley, Joshua Tree National Parks, Create National Monuments

Congress, which in December passed legislation that created a number of new national park units, is now being asked to expand by 75,000 acres the Mojave National Preserve as well as Death Valley and Joshua Tree national parks, while also being called upon to create two new national monuments.

NPCA: Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Evidence Of Why California Desert Protection And Recreation Act Is Needed

The timing no doubt was coincidence, but while Interior Secretary Sally Jewell was celebrating the country's largest solar project in California, two U.S. senators were introducing legislation to protect desert landscapes in the state.

Community Lists Requirements It Wants Approved Before Supporting Maine North Woods National Park

A community close to the proposed Maine North Woods National Park has drafted a letter that outlines the requirements it would like to see met before it could support such a park.
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Pedal Around Glacier National Park For A Good Cause

What could be worse than pedaling your bike for five days around Glacier and Waterton Lakes national parks this summer?

Long History Of Concession Operated Trail Rides Comes To An End At Theodore Roosevelt National Park

A long tradition of guided horseback rides at Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota has come to an end, and the park has no immediate plans to seek another outfit to run the business.

January Was The Warmest And Driest January On Record At Tuolumne Meadows In Yosemite National Park

Until a storm blew into California this weekend, winter weather had largely gone missing in Yosemite National Park, especially in Tuolumne Meadows. Rangers there reported that this January was the warmest and driest on record in Tuolume Meadows as measured at the weather station there.

Saguaro National Park Offers Wilderness Exploration Day Camp For Youngsters

Saguaro National Park has a great idea for helping kids learn about—and be more comfortable in—the out-of-doors. For three days later this month, young people ages 10 to 14 can participate in a three-day "Wilderness Exploration Day Camp" at the park, and the staff has scheduled the event to coincide with a scheduled holiday in the local school's calendar.

Public Pushback Prompts Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Officials To Drop Higher Fee Proposal

The public has spoken. And at Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, the staff listened and agreed to shelve, at least temporarily, a plan to increase user fees.

No Charges Yet In "Creepytings" Vandalism Case That Left Painted Images Across The National Park System

An investigation into a case of vandalism that left painted images on rock outcrops in at least eight Western national parks is continuing with charges yet to be brought in the case, National Park Service officials say.