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Traveler's View: Anti-Government Politicians Bear Watching This Election Year

How much federal land is too much? When it comes to the state level, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas believes 50.5 percent is too much. While he recently failed to force the federal government to reduce the size of its holdings, the Republican and other anti-government politicians bear watching, particularly with the coming fall elections.

Following Restoration, Mabry Mill To Reopen Along Blue Ridge Parkway

After many months of restoration work, the Mabry Mill along the Blue Ridge Parkway will be celebrated on July 31.

Rabies Turns Up In Bats At Grand Canyon National Park

Two bats at Grand Canyon National Park, including one that landed on a visitor who allowed it to crawl on their shorts and shirt for about 10 minutes, have tested positive for rabies, park officials said Sunday.

Traveler's View: Great Smoky Mountains National Park's Backcountry Fee Debate Points To Larger Problem

In a 25-page motion attacking not just the propriety but also the legality of a backcountry user fee at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a group of backpackers has not only asked that the fees be tossed out, but shined some light on the conundrum of how to afford our public lands.
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Bald Eagles Flourishing At Channel Islands National Park

Just as the island fox is flourishing at Channel Islands National Park off California's coast, so are bald eagles, which are now nesting on San Clemente Island.

Yosemite National Park Concession Prospectus Includes Significant Lodging Changes

The recently issued prospectus for operation of the majority of Yosemite National Park’s concession facilities includes several significant changes related to the park’s lodging. Lodging, a major revenue generator for the winning bidder (and the National Park Service), is expected to generate from $52-$57 million in 2016, the year the new lease kicks in.

Search For Missing Hiker At Mount Rainier National Park Proving Fruitless

A week of searching for a missing day hiker at Mount Rainier National Park has so far proven fruitless, prompting a decision by park officials to scale back the hunt.

Floodwaters Retreating, Campsites And Trails Reopening At Voyageurs National Park

After a very, very wet start to summer, things are starting to dry out at Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota, enough so that crews are reopening campsites and trails that had been closed.

Silver Lake Docks At Cape Hatteras National Seashore Back In Service

Repairs to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore's Silver Lake pier and docks, which were damaged by Hurricane Sandy, have been completed and the facilities are now open to the public.

David Rubenstein Donates $12.35 Million To Help Restore Arlington House

In his most recent donation to the National Park Foundation, businessman David M. Rubenstein has written a check for $12.35 million to help with the restoration of the Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial, that is located on the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

Two-Day Spiny Lobster Season Coming To Biscayne National Park

It's short -- just two days -- but the Spiny Lobster Sport Season is coming to Biscayne National Park in Florida later this month. Be sure to obey the catch rules, as park law-enforcement rangers will be patroling around the clock, both to ensure public safety and and to check for legal lobster harvests.

Waterton-Glacier Science And History Day.

A day-long program on science and history at the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park is coming up later this month at Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberata, Canada.

Traveler's Gear Box: Staying Cool In The National Parks

Staying cool in the national parks this summer isn’t difficult, and it can even be stylish with what’s out on the market.

Denali National Park Officials Looking To Widen Pullout At Government Hill

Great photo spots in the national parks often tend to lead to wide, crowded spots in the road if there's not an overlook already established or the one that exists is too small. At Denali National Park in Alaska, officials are working to "uncrowd" one such spot and make it safer for you to pull over, enjoy the view, and snap a few photos.

Efforts To Restore Peregrine Falcons At Shenandoah National Park Showing Success

Ongoing efforts to see peregrine falcons soaring above Shenandoah National Park in Virginia have been showing some success, with nine falcons recently having been reared in the park by human foster parents.

Tool From USGS Lets You Assess Sea-Level Rise, Storm Overwash, Coastline Changes At Your Favorite National Seashore

With hurricane season upon us, what are the odds that your favorite national seashore might be impacted by a Category I storm? How might sea-level rise in the years ahead affect your favorite beach? The U.S. Geological Survey has developed a tool that can give you some insights to those questions.

Traveler's Long-Maligned Search Engine Getting Better

Here at the Traveler we're always looking for ways to improve the site's appearance and its use. The latest improvement is to our long-maligned search engine.

Search Ongoing For Missing Hiker At Mount Rainier National Park

Efforts to find a missing day hiker at Mount Rainier National Park moved into day four Wednesday with dog teams helping ground crews while searchers looked from the air, as well.

Biologists Catch Sight Of Condor Chick At Zion National Park

A gut feeling that a pair of California condors had laid an egg in the upper reaches of Zion National Park has been confirmed with the first documented sighting of a condor chick born in Utah, an event biologists hope is the first step in the large birds reestablishing a presence in southern Utah.

Reader Participation Day: What Role Should Horses Have In The National Parks

Horses have a long, long history in America. They came to the New World with the Spaniards, and have carried riders ever since. In many national parks horses are icons, seen as both honorable steeds that carry mounted rangers and as work horses that carry both visitors and gear. But they also have impacts on the landscape, and there have been calls to ban them from the parks. But should they be banned?