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Mishaps And Missteps In Yellowstone National Park Claim One, Injure Others

A series of mishaps and missteps led to the death of one visitor to Yellowstone National Park and left several others injured, including one who received significant burns when he got too close to a thermal area, park officials said.

University Of Maine Student Dies From Fall At Precipice Trail In Acadia National Park

A University of Maine student working her way up a section of the Precipice Trail in Acadia National Park was killed when she slipped and fell about 60 feet.

Exploring Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site

Overlooking the Knife River not far from its confluence with the Missouri, Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site today preserves vestiges of what 200 years ago was the heart of Northern Plains tribal trade.

Birding In The National Parks: Attracting Birds With Recorded Bird Calls

What do you think of using recorded bird calls to lure birders towards your binoculars or camera? It's a controversial practice in some circles, but others consider it harassing birds.

Collector's Booklet Available To Hold Your Civil War Commemorative Coins

With the nation currently marking the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, a series of commemorative coins has been minted to track the conflict. And now there's a booklet where you can hold those coins.

Search At Glacier National Park For Missing Day Hiker

A search was under way Monday in Glacier National Park for a day hiker who failed to return from a hike on Saturday.

Where Can You Find Wildlife In Theodore Roosevelt National Park?

Badlands comprise a great portion of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. But that doesn't mean they're lifeless lands. Spend a little time in the park, keep your eyes and ears open, and you might be surprised by what you see.

Historic Preservation In The National Park System And The 1916 National Park Service Act, Part I

It took a natural resource issue of epic proportions—the proposal to dam Yosemite National Park’s magnificent Hetch Hetchy Valley—to spark what would become a prolonged campaign to establish a central federal office to administer the national parks.

New Booklet Tracks World Heritage Sites Across The National Park System

There are a surprising number of World Heritage Sites in the National Park System. A new booklet tracks them and explains why they carry this distinction.

West Virginia Sisters Amass More Than 700 Junior Ranger Badges During Their Travels

Anyone wondering how today's youth view the national parks would have gotten some insights if they visited Bryce Canyon National Park recently. They might have encountered three sisters from West Virginia who have amassed more than 600 Junior Ranger badges between them.

Parks Beyond Borders: Ireland's Best National Parks, Germany Funds Namibian Parks, Rain Damage in Canada And Kenya

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Parks Beyond Borders: Ireland's Best National Parks, Germany Funds Namibian Parks, Canada Spring Damage

Pedaling In The Parks: A Morning Ride To Devils Tower National Monument

The 3-mile-long pedal from the entrance station at Devils Tower National Monument to the base of the rocky tooth is all uphill, a constant reminder that nothing worthwhile is ever easily attained.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park Now Has Its Own Page On The Traveler

You can add Theodore Roosevelt National Park to the list of national parks that have their own "mini-guide" on the Traveler. Visit these pages and you'll find information on hiking, lodging, camping, birding, and more.

Visiting Great Smoky Mountains National Park With Insider Tips From Friends Of The Smokies

Planning a trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park? Use these insider tips from Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park to help make the trip memorable.

Cameron Sholly Named New Associate Director To Guide NPS Visitor and Resource Protection

National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today named Cameron (Cam) Sholly as the Associate Director for Visitor and Resource Protection.

National Park Mystery Spot 46 Revealed: Oh Shenandoah!

General Early Lost the battle.

Public Will Get Opportunity in October To Comment On Sequoia, Kings Canyon National Parks Wilderness Plan

How best to manage wilderness areas in Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks will be the topic for public conversation come October, when the parks seek input on preliminary draft alternatives for their Wilderness Stewardship Plan.

Traveler's Gear Box: Osprey's Atmos 65 Backpack

Traveling light in the backcountry is quite subjective. Gear that is a necessity to one person, is superfluous to another. A heavy pack to one person is light to another. That, no doubt, is why not all backpacks are created equal.

PBS Series History Detectives Features Washita Battlefield National Historic Site

Have you ever wondered about the stories behind artifacts displayed in visitor centers and museums? In some cases, even professional historians find it challenging to separate fact from legend, and that's the premise behind the PBS series History Detectives. On July 31, the show will feature a segment filmed at Washita Battlefield National Historic Site

Highline Trail in Glacier National Park Expected to Open By July 27

The popular Highline Trail in Glacier National Park is anticipated to be open by Friday, July 27. However, the good news for trail fans comes with a caveat: "Hikers are encouraged to plan ahead and be prepared. Hikers may encounter rocks and mud on trails, eroded trail tread, and some snowfields on higher elevation trails across the park."

Concession Opportunity at Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area

If you’ve always dreamed of boarding llamas and donkeys, and doing it with National Park Service approval, your ship has come in.

Mark Berry Joins Grand Teton National Park Foundation As Vice President

The new vice president at the Grand Teton National Park Foundation will be responsible for managing new capital intensive projects for the Foundation and fundraising for those projects.

Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy To Improve Wildlife Habitat At Cataloochee Ranch On Border of Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Cataloochee Ranch, an 800-acre parcel on the Great Smokies’ southeastern border, is one of the most significant private-land nature preserves that flanks the park. This weekend volunteers will come up to this Maggie Valley equestrian and hiking resort to help improve wildlife habitat in forests and lofty meadows.

Reader Participation Day: Do You Prefer A Paper Or Electronic Map For Your Travel Navigation?

Whether you're a "windshield tourist" who rarely leaves the pavement or a serious backcountry hiker, you'll find plenty of high-tech aids to navigation. GPS units, apps for smart phones and other electronic devices offer a growing number of alternatives to traditional paper maps. Which type maps do you prefer - paper or virtual?

Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Ideas And Funding For The Future

Great Smoky Mountains National Park lures more than 9 million visitors a year to an 800,000-acre swath of rich, and dense, southern Appalachian forest. Keeping trails open, fulfilling all needs, and coping with all those visitors, is a heady challenge for the National Park Service. And that's where Friends of the Smokies fills a mighty role. In this installment of the Traveler's Essential Friends project, we introduce you to the Foundation and its mission in the park

All Aboard! We're Riding The Rails On A Transcontinental National Park Train Trip in Canada

VIA Rail runs from one end of Canada to the other. By itself, or with the luxe Rocky Mountaineer, this cross-country rail ramble offers easy access to countless national parks, historic sites, and marine reserves. British train writer Jools Stone took that trip across Canada last autumn on a visit to Jasper National Park. Here's his review of two great rail services: VIA Rail and the Rocky Mountaineer.

Search On For Missing Hiker Possibly In Sequoia National Park

A search was ongoing Tuesday for a California man who went for a day hike Sunday along the Sequoia National Park-Inyo National Forest boundary but failed to return.

Minimum Impact Stock Use Training at Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The question of stock use in national parks has long sparked plenty of debate. A recently completed course at Great Smoky Mountains National Park aims to ease those concerns by teaching ways to reduce the impacts of stock use.

Trails I've Hiked: Black Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park

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A hike to Black Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park shows off several lakes and waterfall, including Alberta Falls and Mills Lake. Hikers can choose how far they want to go and get a wonderful Rocky Mountain experience.