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A Visual Tour Of Lassen Volcanic National Park

North of Yosemite, Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Joshua Tree, and a host of other national park units in California, you might say Lassen Volcanic National Park gets no respect. You might also say it's a jewel in the rough, one that doesn't draw crowds, instead allowing you to enjoy this incredible landscape in relative solitude. A measure of solitude, of course, when compared to the Yosemite Valley, the Giant Forest, even sections of Death Valley come the cooler winter months.

Railfest 2014 Coming To Steamtown National Historic Site This Weekend

Train fans looking for their fill of rail history should think about heading to Steamtown National Historic Site in eastern Pennsylvania this coming weekend for Railrest 2014.

Reader Participation Day: Is The National Park System In Danger Of Becoming A Catchall System?

Is the National Park System in danger of turning into a catchall system? Should a site dedicated to the nuclear arms race, another to union organizers, and another to First Ladies really fall under an agency that started out preserving spectacular vistas and landscapes, that showcases Yosemite, Yellowstone, and the Grand Canyon?

A 50th Anniversary Upgrade for Peaks of Otter Lodge on Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway’s Peaks of Otter Lodge will celebrate this year’s 50th anniversary with substantial guest room upgrades by new concessionaire Delaware North Corporation.

Essential Fall Guide '14: Celebrating Rocky Mountain National Park's Centennial, Join The Party At Estes Park

I don’t usually look to elk for hiking companions, but as I worked my way from Nymph Lake to Dream Lake towards my final destination at Emerald Lake, I couldn’t ignore the cow elk and her young calf. We didn’t share the trail, but they paralleled my travels and stuck close to the cascading creek that wore the lakes like gems on a necklace. They enjoyed the succulent vegetation while I enjoyed the Rocky Mountain grandeur.

Trails I’ve Hiked: Lassen Volcanic National Park’s Ridge Lakes Trail

Thinking about tackling Lassen Volcanic National Park’s iconic trail, the Lassen Peak Trail? Test your stamina with the much shorter Ridge Lakes Trail not far from the Kohn Ya-mah-nee Visitor Center just inside the park’s Southwest Entrance.

Arches National Park Working To Improve Parking Situation At Delicate Arch Trailhead

If you've ever decided to hike Delicate Arch during the high season at Arches National Park in Utah, you know how difficult it can be to find a parking spot at the trailhead. Park officials realize that, too, and have developed a proposal for improving the congestion there that they want your thoughts on.

Birding In The National Parks: Have You Dipped Lately?

Have you ever missed a unique birding sighting by just this much? That's dipping, for you.

Barge Day At Kalaupapa National Historical Park

Every so often, something pops up that sounds so fascinating, it simply must be investigated. That’s what happened the other day when I made my daily visit to the NPS Morning Report and found an article that set my curiosity ablaze. I don’t remember ever having heard of Kalaupapa and I know I’ll never be able to visit the place in person, but thanks to modern electronic communications and the Internet, I was able to visit.

New Guide Looks At Climate Change At National Parks In Alaska

A new guide that describes climate change in Alaska’s national parks seeks to engage both state residents and the parks’ two million annual visitors.

"Bone Digger" Interns Fuel Their Passion At Dinosaur National Monument

Ben Otoo and Nicole Ridgwell are spending the summer living a dream as they scramble and climb among the remains of the long dead. These young paleontologists are photographing and mapping the world famous deposit of ancient bones at Dinosaur National Monument.

As National Park Service Looks At Grizzly Bear Recovery In North Cascades, What's The State Of The Endangered Species Act?

News that the National Park Service wants to consider whether grizzly bears should be restored to the North Cascades ecosystem in Washington state is a big step towards bolstering the region's ecological integrity, but recent events surrounding the Endangered Species Act raises questions about whether the Park Service can succeed if it decides grizzly recovery is in the ecosystem's best interests.

Doggy Daycare Near Popular National Parks: Five Great National Park Destinations To Visit With Dogs

If you and your dog are inseparable, don't let the National Park System's pet rules stop you from taking a dog-centric vacation to our national treasures. A growing assortment of pet sitters, upscale boarding facilities and dog-friendly people hotels are making it possible for pets and humans to have unforgettable adventures in and around popular national parks.

Flying To The Rescue At Zion National Park

Curious about what a "short-haul" is? Wonder how rangers get to remote areas in the parks to perform rescues? Check out this short video from Zion National Park.

Essential Fall Guide '14: The Big Wild: Wrangell-St. Elias National Park And Preserve

Visitors to the far north might think they know what’s big. That is, until they see it, touch it, and feel it. In Alaska, peaks and glaciers, rivers and lakes, waterfalls and forests, beaches and bays stretch far away to all horizons, nearly untouched by the hand of man. Even the chattiest air traveler will grow quiet as they fly for hours over pristine landscapes. Things are different up North, and that’s why we love it.

Celebrate the National Park Service's 98th Birthday with free entrance to all parks!

August 25th is free entrance day to all parks

Golden Gate National Recreation addresses beach fires

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area is trying address safety issues with fires along Ocean Beach

Body of missing Russian hiker found in Grand Teton National Park

The body of a Russian summer employee was retrieved August 22 from Grand Teton National Park

$1.5 Million In Grants Go Out To Help Tribes, Museums, Alaska Native Villages Regain Human Remains And Cultural Objects

The National Park Service has released more than $1.5 million in grants under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act to assist museums, Indian tribes, and Alaska native villages to document and return human remains and cultural objects to their native people.

Ignoring Warning Signs Leads To Four Accidents In Four Days At Same Location In Yosemite National Park

The Lower Yosemite Fall Trail at Yosemite National Park is a favorite with visitors, but despite warnings from park officials, some tourists just can't resist getting off the trail. The result earlier this month was four consecutive days with 911 calls due to accidents near the footbridge over Yosemite Creek.

Mystery Photo Solved: It's The Loomis Seismograph Station!

Astute observers, and wide-ranging park travelers, easily identified this week's Mystery Photo as the seismograph station at Lassen Volcanic National Park in northern California.

Yellowstone National Park Wants Your Thoughts On Sewer Line Replacement

Some issues that come up in the National Park System are no brainers, and the proposal in Yellowstone National Park to replace a sewer line nearing a quarter-century in service is one.

National Park Service Will Again Try To Reuse Historic Buildings At Fort Hancock In Gateway National Recreation Area

Gateway National Recreation Area officials, who several years ago thought they had a lessee for historic buildings at Fort Hancock, will try again to find businesses to use the structures. This time, the National Park Service hopes a phased approach for redevelopment of the Fort Hancock and Sandy Hook Proving Ground National Historic Landmark will succeed.

National Park Service Releases Centennial Logo

National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis has released the agency's logo for its centennial in 2016, one that uses the agency's familiar arrowhead for the zero in 2016.

Monday Is Entrance-Fee Free Day Across The National Park System

If you can manage it, be sure to head to the National Park System on Monday, when the gates will all be open with no need to pay an entrance fee.

Bridge Work Coming To Acadia National Park

Maintenance work is coming up for bridges in Acadia National Park this year and next, which means you could encounter delays from time to time. But better to make the repairs than wait for greater problems down the road.

Essential Park Guide, Fall '14: Fish, Bike, Hike, Or Photograph The Fall From West Yellowstone

Finding yourself in West Yellowstone, Montana, this fall is the easy part. Deciding what to do, well, that could take some time

Mystery Photo: Where In The National Park System Is This?

After a long, long hiatus, the Mystery Photo returns to the Traveler. How sharp are you? Have many parks have you visited? How is your memory of those visits? Bottom line, where was this photo taken, and what is it?

Bodies Of Three Climbers Recovered From Mount Rainier National Park

The bodies of three climbers killed back in May by a likely avalanche on Mount Rainier have been recovered by park rangers.

Trails I’ve Hiked: Castle Crest Wildflower Trail At Crater Lake National Park

Though short, at not quite a half-mile, the Castle Crest Wildflower Trail offers a refreshing walk through a cool, colorful corner of Crater Lake National Park.