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Yellowstone National Park Officials Extend Deadline For Comments On Higher Fees, Allow Online Comments

Yellowstone National Park officials, responding to complaints that they would not accept emailed or online comments concerning their proposal for higher fees, have agreed to take comments online and have extended the comment deadline.

Golden Gate National Recreation Area Proposes A Number Of Higher Fees

With more than 100 units of the National Park System that charge fees of some sort, keeping track of proposed fee increases is not easy. Among the latest is one from Golden Gate National Recreation Area, where officials are proposing higher fees or visiting Muir Woods and Alcatraz, along with higher parking fees for the NRA and the Presidio.

Trace The Natchez Trace This Winter

Travel two centuries ago was a water world, where rivers were the highways for exploration and movement across new lands. Thick forests hampered overland travel, but the need for connections between river drainages was keen, and primitive overland trails were created. The Natchez Trace is one such trail, stretching 444 miles from Natchez, Mississippi, to Nashville, Tennessee.

UPDATE: Flooding Forces Closure Of Mount Rainier National Park

Flooding spawned by heavy rains forced the closure of Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state on Tuesday, with high flows of Kautz Creek prompting the evacuation of park employees and guests at the National Park Inn at Longmire.

Photography In The National Parks: Time To End Elk Culling At Grand Teton National Park?

The annual elk culling in Grand Teton National Park this fall was raw and ugly. Visitors coming to enjoy one of the jewels of the National Park System were greeted by a blood sport.

Saguaro National Park Offers Year-End Wilderness Camp For 10- To 14-Year-Olds

Live in Arizona and want to get your youngsters interested in backcountry travel? Saguaro National Park is offering a year-end three-day Wilderness Camp for 10- to 14-year-olds who will travel into the Tucson Mountain District.

Acadia National Park's Visitor Use Plan For Isle Au Haut Allows For Slight Increase In Daily Visitation

Visitors to Acadia National Park who want to escape the crowds might consider a trip to Isle au Haut, a relatively little-known piece of the park that occupies an island south of Mount Desert Island. Under a visitor use management plan adopted by the park, daily visitation to the island will be capped at 128, although the park will allow higher visitation on six days in July and August.

Glacier Bay National Park Rangers Honored As Park Service's Best Interpreters

Two rangers from Glacier Bay National Park who wove together a wonderful tale around the 45-foot-long skeleton of a humpback whale have been honored as the best interpreters in the National Park Service.

Annual Holiday Open House Coming To Mesa Verde National Park

Music, luminarias, and rich history from an ancient culture will be on display December 4 when the staff at Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado hosts its annual holiday open house.

Around The Parks: Name Change Talk At Craters Of The Moon, New Visitor Center At Crater Lake, And Monitoring Station At Yellowstone

Around the National Park System there's talk of changing the name of Craters of the Moon National Monument, building a visitor center at Rim Village, and raising an ecological monitoring station at Yellowstone National Park.

Virgin Islands National Park Friends Group Concerned About Marina Proposed For Coral Bay

A marina proposed for Coral Bay at St. John in the Virgin Islands that could accommodate more than 200 vessels has drawn the concern of Friends of Virgin Islands National Park, which is worried the development will impair not only the marine resources but also the surrounding land that could be covered with shopping and dining businesses as well as waste-water treament facilities.

Montana Newspaper Weighs In On Proposed Fee Increase At Yellowstone National Park

With about two weeks left for the public to comment on proposals to increase entrance fees at Yellowstone National Park, a major newspaper in Montana has weighed in on the idea. In an editorial on November 17, the Billings Gazette endorsed the park's proposal, urging readers to "... speak up. Tell the NPS to proceed with the fee increases..."

Restoring Jenny Lake: Stewardship And Partnership At Grand Teton National Park

Climbing gently through the piney woods, the rock staircase curves gracefully, flowing with the landscape. Unlike its predecessor, which made the climb in just 23 huge steps, this 47-step pathway takes more steps, but they are of the bite-sized variety and without uneven slabs that can trip up the unwary.

Annual "Trek To The Tree" At Kings Canyon National Park Coming December 14

With year's end quickly approaching, don't let it pass by without making the annual "Trek to the Tree" at Kings Canyon National Park to watch as rangers lay a wreath at the bottom of the Nation's Christmas Tree.

U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service Says Canid Spotted On North Rim Of Grand Canyon National Park Is Gray Wolf

A canid that has been roaming the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park has been confirmed to be a gray wolf, according to a DNA analysis performed for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Ghost Towns Of Yosemite National Park's High Country

Though most visitors to Yosemite National Park visit the famous valley and then head elsewhere, there's a lot to see in the park's high country, particularly if you like ghost towns.

Shenandoah National Park Visitor Centers Moving To Winter Hours

With the end of November in sight, the operating hours of visitor centers in Shenandoah National Park will soon be changing.

Full Schedule Of Events To Close Out The Year At Rocky Mountain National Park

Though summer might be the high season for most national parks, Rocky Mountain National Park doesn't exactly hibernate during the winter months. From this weekend through year's end the park has plenty of activities for the entire family to sample.

Body Of Missing Mountaineer Located At Rocky Mountain National Park

The body of a Colorado man missing in Rocky Mountain National Park since last weekend was spotted Thursday and brought off Longs Peak.

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Turns Calendar Back 150 Years

A re-enactment of Harpers Ferry's role as a supply depot during the Civil War offers visitors today a glimpse into the past, and a yuletide gathering.

Yosemite National Park Signs Sister Park Agreement With Germany's Berchtesgaden National Park

Two national parks with high, alpine terrain, one in the United States, and one in Germany, have signed a sister park agreement to work together to better understand these environments.

With Your Help, A New Edition Of Signers Of The Constitution Book

For nearly four decades, a book profiling the 38 signers of the U.S. Constitution has served history well. But now it's time to update that book, and your help is needed.

Xanterra Parks & Resorts Seeks Court Order To Keep South Rim Operations At Grand Canyon Running

With a shutdown of lodging and dining operations on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park looming just six weeks off, Xanterra Parks & Resorts has gone to court to force the National Park Service to keep the operations running until problems surrounding long-term contracts can be resolved.

Updated: Snow, High Winds Hampering Search For Overdue Mountaineer At Rocky Mountain National Park

The search for a climber reported missing on Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park has continued into a third day, with the effort being hampered by extreme winter weather conditions on the mountain. Peter Jeffris, 25, from Broomfield, Colorado, was reported overdue on the afternoon of Monday, Monday, November 17.

With Longer Nights, Time To Be Extra Careful When Driving Through National Parks

They're big, hard to see until the last minute, can do substantial damage to your vehicle, and likely will wind up dead if you run into them. With longer nights having arrived across the National Park System, it's time to drive a little more carefully and slowly so you don't run into wildlife.

Big Bend National Park Vandal Easily Tracked Through Photos, GPS Coordinates

Yet another wayward soul intent on making their illegal mark on a national park has been done in by their need to promote their vandalism.

25-Cent Piece Honoring Everglades National Park Coming Next Month

An anhinga and a roseate spoonbill, not an alligator and a crocodile, grace the new 25-cent piece arriving next month that celebrates Everglades National Park.

Some Eastern National Park Destinations For Winter

Winter wonderlands come in many shapes, forms, and temperatures in the National Park System. They can be pine forests shrouded in snow, or turquoise waters swimming with green parrotfish, blue tangs, and silvery barracudas. You can climb ice walls at Acadia National Park, kick-and-glide or skate to an overlook of Half Dome and the Yosemite Valley, or find your way to the 13,159-foot summit of Wheeler Peak atop Great Basin National Park.

Snow, High Winds Hampering Search For Overdue Mountaineer At Rocky Mountain National Park

A search was under way Tuesday for a 25-year-old Colorado man overdue from what was expected to be a one-day trek into the backcountry of Rocky Mountain National Park, though high winds and blowing snow were hampering efforts.

Birding In The National Parks: Don't Overlook Cape Cod National Seashore In Winter

I’m presuming no one needs me to tell them that Florida is a good travel and birding destination in the winter. Looking out my window at the first sticking snow of the winter is making me think about the Everglades. Winter is the dry season there, and the dwindling seasonal wetlands concentrate birds and wildlife for easier viewing.