Archive List

California Condors Again Are Soaring Over Some National Parks

Condors aren't the most glamorous birds in the sky. I mean, after all: they feast on dead animal carcasses. The California condor did not escape the scrutiny of Charles Darwin, who described them as, “....disgusting birds, with their bald, scarlet heads, formed to revel in putridity.” But, while their dining habitats can be distasteful, they are magnificent.

Planning A Family Trip To Denali National Park? This Guidebook Is For You!

While national parks often seem extremely user-friendly, having a guide to help figure out what to do and where to go is always helpful. And if you have a young family, a new guide can help you get more out of a trip to Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska.

Celebrate Migratory Bird Day By Birding At Grand Teton National Park

As the calendar falls deeper and deeper into spring, more and more birds are passing through the National Park System. And on May 9, in honor of Migratory Bird Day, you can bird with a ranger at Grand Teton National Park.

Spring Road Trip: From Dunes To Caves To Mountains In The Southwest

Find yourself deep in the Southwest in spring and you’ll enjoy the mild weather, perfect for this trio of parks.

Camping Is Free For The Summer At Biscayne National Park, Then Expect A Fee Increase

You now can camp at Biscayne National Park in Florida without worrying about a fee, but come October the rate will jump to $25 per night.

Tioga Road In Yosemite Scheduled To Open Monday Morning

More evidence of the mild, precipation-wise, winter in the Sierra: The Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park is scheduled to open this coming Monday at 8 a.m.

Las Vegas Man Identified As Victim Of Fall At Grand Canyon National Park

A Las Vegas man was identified Friday as the victim of a roughly 400-foot fall off the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

Half Dome Opens Saturday For Hikers At Yosemite National Park

The cables to the summit of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park will be in place this Saturday, May 2 and available for hikers. This opening date is three weeks earlier than previously scheduled due to the low snowpack.

Provocative Bud Light Campaign Doesn't Concern National Park Service, National Park Foundation

A risqué Bud Light campaign that critics said encouraged a culture of rape is not prompting the National Park Service or National Park Foundation to reconsider their centennial partnership with Anheuser-Busch.

Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail Opens Friday In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail is scheduled to open at noon today. The road has been closed since November 1st, so that crews could replace eight bridges.

High Cost Of Replacing Grand Canyon Water Line -- $100-$150 Million -- Means It's Done Piecemeal

Trying to lay a water line down to the bottom of the Grand Canyon is not easy, and not inexpensive, and that's why it's being done piecemeal.

Visitor Falls Roughly 400 Feet To Death At Grand Canyon National Park

A visitor to Grand Canyon National Park fell roughly 400 feet to his death Thursday afternoon.

America's Oldest National Military Park Is Also Home To An Unusual Civil War Monument

Our National Park System contains thousands of monuments commemorating people or events connected to the Civil War, but one of those memorials has an unusual reconciliation theme. It's located in the country's oldest national military park, which is also said by some to be the site of one of "the most noted battles of the modern world." Can you name this unit of the National Park System?

Cape Hatteras National Seashore Proposes Reduction In Wildlife Buffers, Draws Criticism From Conservationists

Wildlife buffers at Cape Hatteras National Seashore would be reduced, some by 50 percent or more, under proposed guidelines released by the park staff Wednesday.

Gift Of More Than $5 Million Will Restore Iwo Jima Marine Corps Statue

A frequent donor to the national parks has given more than $5 million to pay for restoration of the iconic Iwo Jima sculpture at the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial across the Potomac River from the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Barring Unexpected Storm, Yellowstone National Park's East Gate Opens Friday

Barring an unexpected storm, the East Entrance to Yellowstone National Park will open Friday, and the South Entrance should open the following Friday, May 8.

More Than $2.5 Million In Grants Will Help Tell America's Maritime History

Maritime history will gain some prominence thanks to the award of approximately $2.6 million in Maritime Heritage Program grants for projects that teach about and preserve sites and objects related to our nation’s maritime history.

Drone Pilot At Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park Tasered By Law Enforcement Officer

Roughly once a week, sometimes more often, a drone pilot uses the airshed of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park to launch his hobby, only to be told it's not permitted. While most say OK and go away, a law enforcement ranger used his taser the other day to subdue one pilot who tried to flee into the night.

Traveler Experiences Technical Meltdown

Well, readers, as you might have guessed, the Traveler had a pretty extreme technical meltdown this afternoon. Fortunately, it's back and running. Unfortunately, it lost two days' worth of copy...and comments. We can somewhat easily replace the copy, but not so easily replace the comments.

Acadia Then And Now: 40 Years Is Too Long Between Visits

As I gazed out on the bay and up to the roof of Acadia National Park, it was hard to believe that it had been 40 years since I first set foot on Mount Desert Island. I was only about nine or 10 years old at the time, and on my very first trip to a national park. I didn'€™t understand Acadia National Park, or know what to expect. To me it was just our family vacation.

Lava Lake Rising At Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

Both Yellowstone National Park and Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park contain magma. The difference is that at Hawai'i Volcanoes, you can see the molten rock burbling in a lake.

Forest Service Opens Scoping Period For Development On South Rim Of Grand Canyon

A project that could see more than 2,000 housing units and several million square feet of commercial space reach to within a half-mile or so of Grand Canyon National Park could also impact groundwater flows that feed the canyon's springs and hanging gardens, according to conservation groups working to raise public opposition to the project.

Photography In The National Parks: How It All Started For Me

Curious as to how our contributing photographers got their start with the Traveler? Rebecca Latson tells us how she got her start with photography, national park photography, and photography with the Traveler.

National Park Service Waived Policy To Allow Budweiser's Centennial Partnership

National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis waived agency policies against partnering with alcoholic beverage companies so the National Park Foundation could sign a multi-million-dollar agreement with Anheuser-Busch, a deal that provides Budweiser with valuable branding placements during the Park Service's centennial campaign.
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Park Partners Invest Heavily In National Parks, Corporate America Not So Much

Skim down through the list of centennial projects that will help paint buildings, repair trails, restore fisheries, help giant sequoias thrive, involve youth in the parks, and you have to give thanks to park friends groups. Corporate America? Not so much.
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Climbing Routes Temporarily Closed In Joshua Tree National Park

Nesting raptors have led to a temporary closure of some climbing routes in Joshua Tree National Park in California.

Justice Department Drops Its Appeal On Buffalo National River Hog Farm Case

A decision by the Department of Justice to drop its appeal in a case involving a hog farm upstream of the Buffalo National River means the Farm Service Agency and Small Business Administration will have review the project's potential environmental impacts.

Black Bears And Humans Don't Mix At Olympic National Park's Enchanted Valley

An area popular with hikers in Olympic National Park has also turned popular with some black bears, leading park officials to halt camping in the Enchanted Valley area.

Get Into The Party Mode At Estes Park: Celebrating 100 Years Of Rocky Mountain National Park

Rising before the sun, I was out the cabin door not long after its rays started cascading on the Continental Divide. The early departure was necessary to catch the gentle morning light warming the landscape of Rocky Mountain National Park. I also wanted to snag a parking spot at Bear Lake and head up the trail.

Op-Ed|NPS Ecological Mismanagement: By Design?

If it bleeds, it leads, as the newspaper expression goes—readers go for the gore. So the Center for Biological Diversity’s media campaign featuring 250 dead elk at Point Reyes National Seashore is getting a lot of traction.