Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park Officials Searching For Way To Save Enchanted Valley Chalet

Olympic National Park officials, searching for a way to prevent the Enchanted Valley Chalet from tumbling into the East Fork of the Quinault River, are looking into the possibility of moving the historic structure away from the stream.

Essential Paddling Guide: Olympic National Park’s Elwha River Running Wild Again

Run, river, run. That was the sentiment in the fall of 2011 when work began on the largest dam removal project in U.S. history. Taking down the 105-foot-high Elwha Dam and its sibling, the 210-foot-high Glines Canyon Dam, was history in the making. With the Elwha River’s headwaters high in Olympic National Park, it was more than just the removal of concrete.

Essential Park Guide, Spring 2014: Teach Your Children Well, National Parks As Learning Centers

Climate change. Glaciology. Sustainability. These are not the subjects that leap to mind when you consider sending your kids to summer camp. But blend them with backpacking, canoeing, or a walk in the woods, and the result is a generation with not only a better connection with nature, but perhaps a career path.

Can Olympic National Park's Enchanted Valley Chalet Be Saved?

Olympic National Park officials seem resigned to seeing the historic Enchanted Valley Chalet toppled by time and the meandering main channel of the East Fork Quinault River.

Monitoring Climate Change Along The Coast Of Olympic National Park

What impact is climate change having on the coastal areas of Olympic National Park? The following 14-minute video takes a look at that question.

Essential Park Guide, Spring: A Season Of Renewal In The National Park System

Spring. It's a fresh, vibrant season in the National Park System, one of renewal, for the parks’ wildlife, vegetation, and even for human visitors. After long, dark months of cold and snow across much of the system, the arrival of March, April, and May provide greater warmth, daylight, and access in the parks.

Input Sought On Preliminary Alternatives For Olympic National Park Wilderness Stewardship Plan

Olympic National Park managers are working to develop a "wilderness stewardship plan" for their park, where 95 percent of the landscape is officially designated wilderness.

The Book That Launched A Thousand Parks: Wilderness And The American Mind

Roderick Nash's 5th edition of his seminal work, Wilderness and the American Mind, should serve as a reminder of the underlying value of nature in the raw, a value that shouldn't be trivialized.

National Park Service Staffers Warned Not To 'Toke Up' In Washington State Or Colorado

Dude, if you value your National Park Service job, don't toke up, not even in Washington state or Colorado, where the adults 21 and older can light up legally.

"Bears In My Kitchen" Offers A Look At Life In The Parks In An Earlier Era

Many of us have some occasional moments of nostalgia—or perhaps just a bit of curiosity—about life in our parks during what we presume was a less frantic world a generation or two ago. If that's the case, and you'd like to get a peek at life as a ranger and his spouse in Yosemite and several other western national parks in the 1930s and 1940s, you'll likely enjoy reading a book that's a park's classic: Bears in my Kitchen.

Welcome Traveler's Newest Supporters And Advertisers

Observant readers of the Traveler no doubt noticed some new sponsors and advertisers who believe in our mission to nurture advocates and stewards for the National Park System while exploring how best to get the most out of the park experience.

Shifting Quinault River Threatening Historic Structure At Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park officials are trying to figure out the best way to save the Enchanted Valley Chalet, a historic structure being threatened by the shifting main channel of the East Fork Quinault River.

Inspiration For 2014: My Top 10 Family Adventures

If you’re looking for some ideas and inspiration for 2014, here are my 10 favorite family adventures at The Big Outside (another list that will keep growing and evolving), as well as a bonus 11th trip that made this list last year but saw its spot usurped this year.

Olympic National Park Ready For Winter Season

Olympic National Park has three very distinct options for winter visitors. For those who enjoy indoor comforts, options include ocean storm-watching from the Kalaloch Lodge along the park’s Pacific Coast to lakeside dining at Lake Crescent Lodge to weekend day trips to the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center on snow-covered Hurricane Ridge.

Photography In The National Parks: Winter Essentials

At this time of year, winter waxes as fall wanes, so I thought it pertinent to now emphasize the concerns and rewards of winter photography, be it in the sub-zero temperatures of Yellowstone or along the balmy beaches of the Virgin Islands or the moss-carpeted downed tree trunks of Olympic National Park.

Devils Punchbowl Bridge In Olympic National Park To Close Briefly For Repairs

The Devils Punchbowl Bridge on the Spruce Railroad Trail in Olympic National Park that has been closed to pack strings for two years due to cracks in the decking will be closed briefly next month for repairs.

Lake Crescent Lodge At Olympic National Park To Stay Open Through New Year's Day

Normally about this time of year the staff at Lake Crescent Lodge in Olympic National Park is getting ready to close down for the winter. But this year the lodge will stay open through New Year's Day 2014.

Around The Shutdown: Great Smoky To Open Briefly, Citations At Olympic National Park, State-Run National Parks

Great Smoky Mountains National Park to open Wednesday, citations issued at Olympic National Park, and a call for states to share in national park management are among the issues floating around the National Park System during the ongoing government shutdown.

Seeing The Parks By Webcam During The Shutdown

Among the many casualties of the government shutdown are some of the popular webcam views of locations around the National Park System, since NPS and some other government web services have been disabled for the duration of the dispute. If you enjoy the ability to check in on favorite park locations via those cameras, all is not lost, however, and we'll provide some tips about park webcam views provided by non-government sources.

Olympic National Park At 75: A Planetary Legacy

Seventy-five years ago, in June, 1938, Congress passed and President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law the bill creating Olympic National Park. With this act Americans embarked on something new in land conservation: creating a wilderness preserve large enough to protect intact old-growth forest communities and the hosts of forest-dependent wildlife they contained.

Around The Shutdown: Lodging Blues, Apologize To The Ranger, Oil Keeps Flowing

As the partial shutdown of the federal government moved past its third day, the National Park System remained closed, but news surrounding the parks didn't end. A glance around the system shows hard times for lodging concessions, a particularly outspoken congressman, and ongoing energy production in some parks.

Salmon Swarm To Spawn In Elwha River And Its Tributaries At Olympic National Park

Salmon fisheries seem to be quickly rebuilding along the Elwha River drainage below Olympic National Park in the wake of efforts to restore the river, as thousands of Chinook salmon have been counted in the river and its tributaries.

Travel Into The Wilderness Of Olympic National Park And Listen To The Sounds Of Nature

Have you ever stopped in the backcountry of a national park and just listened tothe nature around you? The following video from Olympic National Park lets you not only listen to nature, but gaze across the park's wilderness.

Olympic National Park, City Of Port Angeles Working To Prevent Water Quality Problems

Problems with sediment loads have officials from Olympic National Park and the City of Port Angeles collaborating on ways to ensure the city's water supply isn't harmed from work to remove the Glines Canyon Dam on the Elwha River.
Elwha: A River Reborn The dismantling of dams along the Elwha River in, and just outside, Olympic National Park has been described as the largest dam removal project in U.S. history. Trying to follow the story from afar is difficult, at best, which makes Elwha, A River Reborn, a good book to read.

Log Cabin Resort At Olympic National Park To Be Run By ARAMARK Parks And Destinations

ARAMARK Parks and Destinations, which has been managing the Log Cabin Resort in Olympic National Park on a fill-in basis since last year, has been given a 10-year contract to run the property.

No Sign Of Missing Hiker At Olympic National Park

More than a week has passed since a 71-year-old Seattle man was reported missing at Olympic National Park and searchers have failed to find any sign of him.

Rangers Searching For Overdue Hiker At OlympIc National Park

A search was under way Thursday for a 71-year-old Seattle man who failed to return on schedule from a backpack trip along the coast of Olympic National Park.

Fall In The National Parks: A Perfect Season For Catching The Wild Side Of The Park System

Wonderment and joy unfold in the national parks come fall when the wild kingdom becomes more visible, literally voicing the call of the wild in parks such as Great Smoky Mountains or Rocky Mountain or winging overhead in any number of parks.
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