Olympic National Park

Reader Participation Day: Are You An East Coast, West Coast, or Gulf Coast National Seashore Person?

Quick, pick an ocean setting for next summer's national park vacation. Are you heading to the Northeast, the Northwest, or looking South or somewhere else for your destination?

Rare Fossilized Sea Star Turns Up On Beach at Olympic National Park

Beach-combing at Olympic National Park can turn up a lot of interesting objects, but one beach goer discovered something highly unusual and incredibly old.

Roads Closed by Rockslides at Olympic and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks Reopen

Roads in two NPS areas that were closed recently due to rockslides have reopened in time for the coming weekend. The routes are an eight-mile section of Little River Road in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Hurricane Ridge Road in Olympic National Park.

Hurricane Ridge Road at Olympic National Park Closed Temporarily by Rockslide

Rock fall on road.
A popular attraction at Olympic National Park is the 17-mile drive up the Hurricane Ridge Road. The scenic road remains closed today for a third day due to a rock slide, and a reopening date is not yet known.

Just Down the Hallway: Saving Money at a National Park Lodge by Choosing a Room without a Private Bathroom

Even experienced travelers often are surprised to learn that some national park lodges still offer rooms without a private bathroom. In fact, in making a reservation at one of the lodges you might discover there is no choice other than a room that requires use of a community bathroom. While European visitors are not surprised and might even expect rooms without a private bathroom, many U.S. travelers don’t look kindly on the need to use a bathroom that is just down the hallway.

Web Page Provides Keys To Finding Olympic National Park's Waterfalls

Olympic National Park is a decidedly wet and misty place, one where the thick forests and leafy understory make it hard to see past the bend in the trail. Contributing to this lush, moist setting are some beautiful waterfalls that cascade down moss-covered rocks. These aren't towering falls such as those you find in the Yosemite Valley or the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, but smaller, more intimate "pocket" waterfalls.

Climate Change and National Parks: A Survival Guide for a Warming World -- Salmon of the Pacific Northwest

Life is not easy for salmon in the Pacific Northwest. They’re born inland, usually in a stream far from the ocean. Then, when they’re old enough, they have to swim all the way to the ocean, hopefully timing it right so there will be plenty to eat when they arrive. Some years later, if they’ve managed to avoid the Pacific’s predators, they have to retrace that journey to return to where they were born so they can mate. And then they die.

Backcountry Campfire Ban Coming to Olympic National Park

Beginning Monday you won't be able to build a campfire in the backcountry of Olympic National Park due to increasing high fire danger.

Olympic National Park Has New Food Storage Requirements For Backcountry Travel This Year

If you're planning a backcountry trek in Olympic National Park this summer, better read up on the new food storage requirements.

National Park Lodging Concessionaires Creating Their Own Stimulus Plans

In this summer of economic discontent, businesses that operate lodgings in the National Park System are coming up with their own strategies for luring visitors.

Video, Photographs Show Signs That Fishers Are Reproducing In Olympic National Park

They're small, they're furry, and they're evidence that a predator long missing from the backcountry of Olympic National Park just might have a chance of regaining a permanent footing.

Facilities, Roads Opening Around Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park is not something to be rushed through, but rather savored like a fine glass of wine, a bold cup of tea, or a beautiful sunset. And the road network, such as it is, ensures that you won't rush through this park, which is how it should be. There's just so much to enjoy that you shouldn't rush.

Going to Olympic National Park? Here's Some Important Travel Information - and a Tip for Some Bargains

Road to Hurricane Ridge in summer.
It's been a rather cold, wet winter in much of the country, and Olympic National Park includes a smorgasbord of outdoor delights to help cure a case of cabin fever. Here's some important travel information for anyone planning a visit to Olympic in the next two months-and a tip than can save you some money on your trip.

Latest Lodging Deals at Sequoia, Olympic National Parks and Lake Powell National Recreation Area

If you're nimble and flexible, there are some special lodging deals to be had in Sequoia and Olympic national parks, and some boating deals at Lake Powell National Recreation Area.

Going to Olympic National Park this Summer? Plan Ahead Due to Major Bridge Work

Hood Canal Bridge.
Olympic National Park is deservedly considered one of the crown jewels of the National Park System. Getting there in the late spring and early summer of 2009 will require some advance planning—and a bit of patience—for a lot of visitors due to an upcoming six week closure of the Hood Canal Bridge.

Startling Scientific Discovery Near Olympic National Park

Digging for clams.
Areas near Olympic National Park have been in the news in recent months for some pretty bizarre reasons. First it was those mythical vampires in nearby Forks, Washington, inspired by the best-selling Twilight books and movie. Now there's the following news headline: "Science Finds Swirling Vortex of Poison off Washington Coast."

Add Olympic National Park to the Destinations With Lodging Deals

To say this is the slow season in many national parks is an understatement. However, if you're flexible and curious about off-season vistas, the slow season can carry many benefits. Such as half-off on lodging in some parks.
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Olympic National Park Proposing to Erase the Old Boulder Creek Road

It's going on three decades since you last could drive your rig to the old Olympic Hot Springs Resort and automobile campground in Olympic National Park. And now park officials are proposing to erase the last vestiges of that asphalt road.

Avalanche Awareness Clinic Set for Olympic National Park

With all the recent talk about the Hurricane Ridge ski area, is it merely a coincidence that the folks at Olympic National Park are helping sponsor an avalanche awareness clinic this Friday?

National Park Quiz 34: Christmas in the Parks

It’s Christmas Eve, so let’s give this this week’s quiz a Christmas focus. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll tell Santa.

What Were the Top Stories Across the National Park System in 2008?

What were the top stories across the National Park System in 2008? That's a good question, but unfortunately one that brings to mind many stories we at the Traveler wish never arose.

Range of Lodging Deals and Events Appearing on the National Park Landscape

If you're kid-free or otherwise not bound to school calendars, there are a number of lodging specials and seasonal events in the National Park System in the coming months.

More Fishers Soon To Be On the Loose in Olympic National Park

Earlier this year a fisher recovery program got under way in Olympic National Park with the release of 18 of the furry mammals that are kin to weasels. This weekend another 15 or so will be set free to set up home in the park.

National Park Quiz 32: Survival

This week’s quiz is about surviving – or even better, avoiding – dangerous situations in national parks. Answers are at the end. This is serious stuff, so you’re welcome to peek all you like.

National Park Quiz 31: World War II

This Sunday, December 7, is the 67th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and America’s entry into World War II. This week’s quiz will test your knowledge of the World War II-related events, activities, and commemorative aspects of the National Park System. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll fine you $25 and donate it to Honor Flight.

Upon Further Review - How Wet Is a Rain Forest?

Olympic National Park Rain Forest, NPS Photo.
Most people have a mental picture of what to expect on their first visit to a new location, and that was definitely the case for a woman at Olympic National Park. However, one of the things that makes travel interesting is that expectations and reality sometimes take different paths in the Great Outdoors.

Olympic National Park Announces New Requirements for Winter Travel to Hurricane Ridge

Winter at Hurricane Ridge.
A favorite year-round destination in Olympic National Park for locals and tourists alike is Hurricane Ridge. The park has just announced the area's winter schedule, and a new safety requirement been added this year for travel on the Hurricane Ridge Road.

National Park Quiz 15: Ring of Fire

This week’s quiz tests your knowledge of geologic features and processes in the national parks that lie within the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area of frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions that rings the Pacific Basin. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we'll make you write "convergent boundary" 100 times on the whiteboard.

Rookie Firefighter from Olympic National Park Killed by Falling Tree in California

An 18-year-old hired at Olympic National Park in June to fight fires has been killed on the fire-lines in California. Andrew "Andy" Palmer died shortly after a tree fell on him during his team's first day on the fire.

Study Says Loss of Wolves Damaging Olympic National Park's Forest Ecosystem

Without wolves to keep their population in check, elk in Olympic National Park are over-grazing the park's temperate rainforests, according to a study from Oregon State University.
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