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Fort Laramie National Historic Site, Fort Union National Monument Do Away With Entrance Fees

Deciding that "entrance fees at Fort Laramie" don't make sense any more, the superintendent for Fort Laramie National Historic Site in Wyoming has done away with them. So, too, has Fort Union National Monument in New Mexico.

Lots Going On At Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore This Winter

Winter isn't a slow season at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on the shores of Lake Michighan. The park has a long list of activities planned for the winter months.

Cades Cove Loop Road At Great Smoky Mountains National Park To Be Closed Temporarily In January

A need to remove some hazardous trees in Cades Cove at Great Smoky Mountains National Park will require the temporary closure of the cove's loop road for a number of days this month. The road will be closed to all pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists January 6 through January 8 and January 13 through January 15.

Now Is The Time To Reserve Your Spot For A Canoe Tour In Congaree National Park

Sure, it's only January 2, but it's not too early to sign up for a spot on one of the ranger-led canoe tours at Congaree National Park this year.

National Park Service Launches Website Honoring 22 World Heritage Sites In The United States

Nearly two dozen World Heritage Sites, which have been found by the United Nations Eduational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization to offer outstanding global value for their cultural and natural resources, can be found in the United States. And the National Park Service has just made it easier to locate them.

Florida Panthers Died At A Record Rate In 2014

Florida panther's existence is threatened, as 30 animals died in 2014, the majority on the state's highways.

Your Last Chance -- This Year -- To Help A National Park Friends Group Or Cooperating Association

You're procrastinating. Or have been putting it off. Or simply forgot. Whatever the case, today's the last day for you to donate to your favorite national park friends group or cooperating association and claim a 2014 tax deduction for your good deed.

New Year's Eve Snow Will Bring Beauty And Hazards To High Desert Parks

A layer of snow can add a special dimension to the scenery in parks anywhere, but the contrast with colorful rock formations can be especially striking in places like Arches, Bryce Canyon and Grand Canyon National Parks. That's expected to be the case for start of the New Year in several parks in the high desert, but park officials are asking visitors to use caution—and common sense—on icy roads and trails.

Train Station That Brought Lincoln To Gettysburg To Be Added To National Military Park

Legislation appended to a half-trillion-dollar defense authorization bill will add the train station that brought President Lincoln to Gettysburg for his historic address to the national military park in 2015.

"Hike Death Valley" And Gain A Decal For Your Death Valley National Park Memorabilia Collection

Death Valley is an imposing place to go for a hike, though the staff at the national park is encouraging visitors to experience the park on a hiking trail through a new program that debuts in January.

Birding In The National Parks: Return Of The Snowy Owls

Forget trends. Snow owls are descending on the United States yet again, earlier than predicted.

UPDATE: Missing Snowshoer Found Dead At Mount Rainier National Park

A Washington man who got lost in a snowstorm at Mount Rainier National Park apparently died not far from safety at Paradise.

Wolf, Possibly One That Reached North Rim Of Grand Canyon, Shot And Killed In Utah

A female gray wolf, possibly one that has been spotted in recent months on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, has been shot and killed in Utah, according to a group dedicated to the protection of endangered species.

Historian Says Delaware North Company Has No Claim To Yosemite National Park Place Names

While the Delaware North Company maintains that it can claim place names in Yosemite National Park as part of its intellectual property with a $51 million value, a prominent historian of national parks disagrees and hopes the National Park Service will challenge the company's belief.

Social Media Sites Offer A Nice Sampling Of Winter Scenery In Parks

Not every national park across the country experiences winter snow and ice, but some of those that do are beginning to experience some dramatic changes to the landscape. Social media sites offer an easy way to enjoy some views of the scenery during what's usually considered the off-season in many areas, so here's a brief sample for your early winter armchair travels.

Search Suspended For Man Missing In Olympic National Park

At the end of the day, after five days of fruitless searching, Olympic National Park rangers had no leads to follow to find Jim Griffin.

Yellowstone National Park Drafts Annual Report To World Heritage Committee

Yellowstone National Park officials, in a draft report to the World Heritage Committee regarding the health of the national park, say they are making strides in reducing impacts tied to pollution and visitation.

Traveler's Gear Box: Osprey's Variant 37 Pack

The new Osprey Variant 37 pack is good for casual, and intense, outdoor use.

Injured Climber Rescued In Difficult Nighttime Operation At Buffalo National River

The last month or so of the year, from Thanksgiving through New Years, includes chances for many of us to enjoy time away from our usual routine, and sometimes that may even include a trip to a park. A recent challenging rescue of an injured climber at Buffalo National River offers a good reminder that park visitors can be thankful that emergency responders are still on duty, even when we're enjoying a holiday.

Can You Read The "Story In The Snow" From Yellowstone National Park?

In generations past, survival may have depended on a person's ability to "read sign" in the natural world to secure food, detect the presence of friends or foes, or find the safest route to a destination. Those skills are rarely needed by most of us in today's world, but the ability to sort out what happened by interpreting tracks or other evidence on the ground—or in the snow—can be a fun and sometimes challenging activity.