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Designation Of Chaco Culture National HIstorical Park As International Dark Sky Park

A day-long celebration will be held Thursday to mark Chaco Culture National Historical Park's designation as an International Dark Sky Park.

Essential Paddling Guide: Prime Paddling Spots, Mid-Continent

Rivers run fast and tumbling throughout the National Park System, there are streams with lazy meanders, and placid lakes perfect for dipping a paddle. This diversity poses a delightful dilemma when you have the urge to float and paddle. What follows is just a sampling of the experiences that await you, whether you have hundreds of watery miles under your paddle, or are looking for calm waters to take your youngsters

National Park Service Proposing Changes In Regs For Service Animals In The Parks

The National Park Service is seeking public comment on a proposed rule to revise regulations governing service animals in national parks.

Wilderness Under Siege, The Ongoing Battle Over Public Lands In America

Is there too much public land in America? Some think so, which is why it's important to understand the ongoing battle over those lands, whether they fall under the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, or U.S. Bureau of Land Management or other federal land manager.

Birding In The National Parks: Time To Pledge To Fledge

The time has come to "pledge to fledge," folks. The coming weekend is Pledge to Fledge weekend, a grassroots movement by the Global Birding Initiative to inspire experienced birders to take non-birders out on a birding excursion.

Badlands National Park Officials Considering Bison For South Unit

Officials from Badlands National Park in South Dakota are hosting open houses this week to consider a proposal to release bison on the South Unit of the national park.

Point Reyes National Seashore Drafting Management Plan For Beef, Dairy Ranches

A planning effort is under way at Point Reyes National Seashore in California to manage some 28,000 acres of beef and cattle ranches overseen by the seashore.

"Sea Star Wasting Syndrome" Found At Redwood National And State Parks

A disease that afflicts sea stars has taken root in Pacific waters from Alaska down to California, including portions of Redwood National and State Parks. Biologists say this year's mass mortality tied to the disease is "unprecedented."

Arlington National Cemetery Historic District Added To National Register Of Historic Places

The Arlington National Cemetery Historic District, which includes the famed military cemetery among 69 contributing features, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places, the official list of the nation's historic places worthy of preservation.

21st Century Technology Meets 18th Century Warfare At Ninety Six National Historic Site

Twenty-first century technologies are being relied upon to help explain, and even physically buttress, Revolutionary War tactics at Ninety Six National Historic Site in South Carolina.

Everglades National Park Transitions To Summer Season Operations

Summer arrives today at Everglades National Park, where the park staff has transitioned its operations to the summer hours.

Friends Of Saguaro National Park's Online Auction Running All This Week

How can supporting a good cause earn you a trip into the backcountry of Saguaro National Park or to Hawaii? When it relates to this week's online auction in support of Friends of Saguaro National Park.

Celebrate North Cascades, Olympic And Mount Rainier National Parks At Spring Gala

Time is running out to land a ticket to a gala affair in support of North Cascades, Olympic, and Mount Rainier national parks.

The National Park Sessions: Forgiveness And Permission

A band of five musicians is slowing working its way around the National Park System, playing acoustically arranged songs in park settings to promote unity, harmony, and the well-being of all people and the planet.

Meet Billy Jones, Appalachian Trail Ridgerunner In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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What does an Appalachian Trail ridgerunner actually do? And what are the attractions to this seasonal job? Meet Billy Jones, ridgerunner in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

10th Annual Music Of The Mountains Next Weekend At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Celtic music, traditional mountain music, and bluegrass tunes will waft from the Tennessee side of Great Smoky Mountains National Park next weekend during its 10th annual Music of the Mountains festival.

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.

Entrance, Campground Fees Rising In Some National Parks

It's getting a bit more expensive to visit some national parks, with entrance fees rising at Wind Cave and Jewel Cave national parks in South Dakota, and camping fees going up at Sequoia National Park in California.

New River Gorge National River Seeking Teenage Rangers-In-Training

Imagine how your life might have been different had you the opportunity to attend a "ranger in training" program such as the one being offered at New River Gorge National River in West Virginia this summer.

Yellowstone National Park Juggles Contract Holders For Over-Snow Concessions

The business landscape for winter tour operators in Yellowstone National Park saw a shake-up this week as the National Park Service awarded a series of concessions contracts that will remain in effect for the next decade.

Denali Park Road To Open To Mile 30 Today

A mild winter and spring are helping crews at Denali National Park clear snow and ice off the Denali Park Road, which was scheduled to open to Mile 30 today.

Lots Of Activities To Keep You Busy During National Park Week

With 401 units of the National Park System, how do you decide what to do during National Park Week? The folks at the National Park Service and National Park Foundation have some suggestions for you.

Some Yellowstone National Park Roads To Open Friday

Barring a freak spring snowstorm, some roads into Yellowstone National Park will open to wheeled vehicles on Friday morning.

Fish In National Parks From Alaska To Colorado Have Unhealthy Mercury Levels

Timing often is happenstance, but with Earth Day arriving next week, word of high mercury levels in fish in national parks from Alaska to Colorado is particularly sobering. In some cases, the levels exceed limits OKed for human consumption.

Construction To Close Graveyard Fields Parking Area/Trailhead On Blue Ridge Parkway For Nearly Three Months

A makeover of the parking area at the Graveyard Fields Trailhead on the Blue Ridge Parkway will require the area to be closed for about 11 weeks, beginning April 22.

Epic 1920 Trek Across Craters Of The Moon National Monument Is Being Retraced This Week

Nearly a century ago, the dramatic landscape now included in Craters of the Moon National Monument was virtually unknown to all but a few hardy adventurers. One of them, Robert Limbert, hiked across the area in 1920, and his photos and articles are credited with spurring creation of the Monument in 1924. This week, a small group of hikers is recreating Limbert's historic trek, and sharing their progress via social media.
The Best of Yellowstone National Park Yellowstone National Park, at 2.2 million acres, is a huge, sprawling expanse of wilderness and wonders. If you're making a once-in-a-lifetime visit there, where do you start?

Essential Paddling Guide: Prime Paddling Spots, Rocky Mountains

Rivers run fast and tumbling throughout the National Park System, there are streams with lazy meanders, and placid lakes perfect for dipping a paddle. This diversity poses a delightful dilemma when you have the urge to float and paddle. What follows is just a sampling of the experiences that await you, whether you have hundreds of watery miles under your paddle, or are looking for calm waters to take your youngsters

Photography In The National Parks: Stand Back And Shoot

The first bright spot of spring in Yellowstone is the mountain bluebird when it returns to Lamar Valley where they come to feast upon the newly hatched caddisfly that is hopping around on top of the snow near the Lamar River.

Is The Human Footprint Strangling Old Faithful In Yellowstone National Park?

We all go through growing pains as we get older, and that seems to be the case with the Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone National Park, as the geyser isn't as faithful as it once was and could eventually go dormant.