Olympic National Park

Concessionaire Teams Up With National Park Foundation To Offer End-of-Summer Trips

Trying to figure out how to squeeze in one more national park fix before summer ends? Well, the National Park Foundation and ARAMARK Parks and Destinations are closing out the summer with a “National Park Adventure Sweepstakes” that offers one giveaway each week now through Labor Day.

Where Can You See Wildlife Right Now: Mountain Goats At Glacier National Park

Want to see some mountain goats? Mountain goats so close you won't need a spotting scope or a 600-millimeter lens? Head to Logan Pass at Glacier National Park. The goats will be waiting, guaranteed.

Birding in the National Parks: Lowepro's Optic Series For Wildlife Viewing

Birders and wildlife watchers are starting to get used to the fact that gear manufacturers recognize us and want to make equipment specifically for us. So it wasn’t a surprise, but definitely great news, when Lowepro came out with their Optics Series for wildlife viewing.

Olympic Hot Springs Road In Olympic National Park To Close For Work on Glines Canyon Dam Decommissioning

Work to begin restoring the Elwha River in Olympic National Park is gearing up. Beginning August 1, public access into the Elwha Valley's Olympic Hot Springs Road will close just south of the Altair Campground.

Olympic National Park

Sunset along the coast of Olympic National Park. Photo by QT Luong, www.terragalleria.com/parks, used with permission.

Gem of the Northwest, Olympic National Park offers a spectacular trifecta of national park settings.

Counting Mountain Goats At Olympic National Park

If weather and equipment cooperate, wildlife biologists will begin counting mountain goats in Olympic National Park and the neighboring Olympic National Forest next week.

Reader Participation Day: Do National Parks Provide Ample Wildlife Warnings to Visitors?

In the wake of last week's fatal grizzly bear attack in Yellowstone National Park, and last fall's fatal goring by a mountain goat of a hiker in Olympic National Park, are park officials doing enough to educate visitors on wildlife?

Olympic National Park's Mountain Goat Plan Warns Of Dangers of Urinating On Hiking Trails

With hopes of preventing another fatal encounter between a hiker and a mountain goat, Olympic National Park officials will urge hikers not to urinate on trails, as the salty deposits in effect become "long linear salt licks."

National Park Road Trip 2011: Lake Crescent Lodge, Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort, Log Cabin Resort in Olympic National Park

Having enjoyed the crashing surf at Kalaloch Lodge in Olympic National Park, David and Kay Scott moved north to Lake Crescent Lodge, the Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort, and the Log Cabin Resort to inspect other lodging possibilities in the park for an update to their book, The Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges.

Cow Elk at Olympic National Park Killed After Becoming Too Brazen Around Park Visitors

A cow elk that had become brazen around visitors to the Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park was put down by rangers after efforts to haze the animal proved fruitless, park officials said.

National Park Road Trip 2011: Kalaloch Lodge and Lake Quinault Lodge At Olympic National Park

Editor's note: David and Kay Scott have just about reached the end of the road in their westward trek to sample lodgings so they can update their book, The Complete Guide To The National Park Lodges. This dispatch covers two of Olympic National Park's lodging options, the Kalaloch Lodge and Lake Quinault Lodge.

National Park Road Trip 2011: Finding Paradise At Mount Rainier National Park

One truly can find Paradise at Mount Rainier National Park, as lodging experts David and Kay Scott, authors of The Complete Guide To the National Park Lodges, discovered when they reached the park on their national park odyssey.

Upcoming Road Work Will Make Travel A Bit Challenging In Olympic National Park

The Memorial Day Weekend is the traditional kickoff to the summer travel season, but in Olympic National Park getting around could be difficult in some areas of the park due to road work.

Stripping ESA Protections From Northern Rockies Wolf Packs Could Harm Yellowstone National Park Wolves

Yellowstone National Park wolves, which have brought balance to the park's ecosystem and tens of millions of dollars to its surrounding communities, could find themselves targeted by hunters if an amendment attached to the latest Continuing Resolution remains intact.

Legislation Would Add Official Wilderness To Olympic National Park, Transfer Acreage to Quileute Tribe

Olympic National Park would see a net gain in official wilderness and the Quileute Tribe would gain 785 acres from the park under a proposal recently introduced to Congress.

Bluffs Lodge Along The Blue Ridge Parkway Shuttered For 2011

Bluffs Lodge, one of four lodging facilities along the Blue Ridge Parkway, will be closed for the 2011 season.

Summer Special: Paddling in the National Parks

Great paddling adventures are ready to be had in the National Park System, whether you intend to spend just a few hours or a week or more on the water. Here's a look at some great choices for where to dip a paddle.

Odds and Ends -- Bears and Guns, Shuttles, Roads, Cycling, and More -- From Around the National Park System

Clingmans Dome Road opening early in Great Smoky Mountains, spring cycling in Yellowstone National Park, and other tidbits from around the National Park System.

Summer Special: It's Time To Start Thinking About Your Summer Vacation In the National Park System

Hidden Lake Trail, Glacier National Park. Kurt Repanshek photo
How will you spend your summer vacation? If you're thinking about some R&R in the National Park System, we've got some suggestions and advice to offer. All week-long the Traveler will be offering stories about places to go and things to do in the parks.

Razor Clam Season At Kalaloch Beach In Olympic National Park Shut Down

A decline in razor clam numbers along the Kalaloch Beach in Olympic National Park has prompted park officials to close the clamming season there for the rest of the season.

Olympic National Park Proposing Changes In Fishing Regulations

Olympic National Park officials are proposing changes to their fishing regulations, in part to clarify existing regulations and in part to better manage fisheries as dams along the Elwha River are removed.

Tidal Pool Science in Olympic National Park: The Video

One of the fascinating sides of Olympic National Park is its coastal reach, one replete with cobbled shorelines, sea stacks, and tidal pools rich with marine life. As this video shows, researchers can explore everything from biological diversity to climate change in those tidal zones.

America's Great Outdoors Report Touches On Possible Additions To Roster of National Monuments

There is was, a bit over halfway through the 110-page America's Great Outdoors report: how President Barack Obama could use the 1906 Antiquities Act to designate national monuments through presidential proclamation.

Science in the National Parks: The Video

Along with offering incredible landscapes to explore, the National Park System offers researchers incredible "laboratories" to learn more about the world around us, as this short video explains.

Photo Exhibit To Benefit Mount Rainier, North Cascades, and Olympic National Parks

Another photo exhibit is scheduled to benefit national parks, this one in Seattle with the proceeds to go towards programs at Olympic, Mount Rainier, and North Cascades national parks.

Olympic National Park, Tribes to Continue Study of Kokanee Salmon in Lake Crescent

Are the kokanee salmon in Lake Crescent at Olympic National Park a genetically unique population that dates back several thousand years to when the lake was formed, or are they progeny of hatchlings released nearly a century ago?

Looking Back On 2010 Across the National Park System

What were the top stories across the National Park System in 2010? There were more than a few, ranging from the tragic loss of three Katmai National Park and Preserve employees to a small-plane crash to the ongoing controversy over whether birds, turtles and off-road vehicles can co-exist at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Let's take a look back through the year at some of the stories.

National Park Mystery Plant 15 Revealed

It was named after an early Washington botanist, and it grows only on the high slopes of the Olympic Mountains.

Gettysburg, Glacier, Vicksburg Among National Park Units To be Honored With Quarters

For 25 cents you'll soon be able to put Glacier National Park in your pocket. Or Olympic National Park, Gettysburg National Military Park, Vicksburg National Military Park, or Chickasaw National Recreation Area, for that matter.

Winter Season At Olympic National Park To Open December 17

With a successful community fund-drive behind them, Olympic National Park officials are ready to kick off the winter season on Hurricane Ridge, one that hopefully will feature access to the snowy ridge seven days a week.
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