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A View From The Overlook: Safety Issue

The National Park Service and other federal law enforcement agencies have always had a guarded, nervous relationship with the National Rifle Association, and with good reason.

Blue Ridge Parkway’s First—and Final—General Management Plan/EIS Is Now Available

After more than 75 years—many of them passed as the most visited unit of the National Park System—the Blue Ridge Parkway has announced the release of its very first Final General Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement.

Lodging May Be In The Works For Everglades National Park

The National Park Service recently issued a prospectus soliciting bids to provide lodging, food service, retail, and boat tours in the Flamingo area of Everglades National Park. The concession will also include the operation of the park’s two developed campgrounds, Long Pine and Flamingo, that have historically been managed by the National Park Service.

National Parks: Unplug The Technology And Plug Into Nature

As my internship comes to a close, I can’t help but reflect on my experiences at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Photography In The National Parks: Being Ready To Point And Shoot With A DSLR

The coyote was coming down the road towards the Lamar Canyon bridge, straight at me. I wheeled into the pullout, angled the car just right, rolled down the window, grabbed the bean bag, plopped it over the door frame, grabbed the Nikon D600 with the borrowed 500mm lens and placed it atop the bean bag. Flipped on the camera, aimed and - nothing.

An Idea For Interplanetary Parks

Proposals seem to constantly surface for additions to the National Park System here in the United States, but have you ever thought about establishing parks elsewhere in the universe? The folks at have.

Head To Obed Wild And Scenic River For Coffee And A Climbing Lesson

Climbing and coffee with a ranger? That's on the schedule beginning next month at Obed Wild and Scenic River in Tennessee.

Exploring The Parks: Camping In Dry Tortugas National Park

View from the fort
Dry Tortugas may be the most remote national park in the east. Once you get there, there's so much to do that you may want to stay overnight.

Parks Beyond Borders: Hey Mon, A Million Acres of National Parks Makes It "Better In The Bahamas"

The twenty-seven national parks of the Bahamas—more than a million acres—are waiting to make any visit to this 900-island nation a premier opportunity to see another country’s national parks. That applies whether you step off an airplane, a cruise ship—or even a private yacht. The Bahamas is a major magnet for sailors.

Guest Column: Will The National Park Service Centennial Bring Positive Change Or Merely Business As Usual?

As the National Park Service approaches its centennial in 2016, is it working to improve the park system, or is it business as usual?

Exploring The Parks: Grand Canyon National Park, A Winter Wonderland

From our snowy perch on Mather Point on the South Rim, the majestic formations of the Grand Canyon rise from the shadowy abyss below us. The morning sun washing through the canyon breaks the winter chill and saturates the reds, yellows, and oranges of the crests, buttes, and sinuous ridges. Gleaming in the morning’s warm light, the formations morph from distant cardboard cutouts into cosmic monuments and temples.

Turn The Calendar Back To 1760 At Ninety Six National Historic Site

You'll be able to turn the calendar back 253 years at Ninety Six National Historic Site next month when the park marks the anniversary of the first Cherokee attack on Fort Ninety Six.

National Park Foundation Retains New York City Ad Agency To Promote National Park Service Centennial

A New York City advertising agency has been retained by the National Park Foundation to promote the National Park Service's upcoming centennial.

Joshua Tree National Park Boasts Three Previously Unknown Species Of Trapdoor Spiders, One Named After Bono

Three previously unknown species of trapdoor spiders have been discovered in Joshua Tree National Park, and scientists have named one after Bono of the rock band U2 in honor or their Joshua Tree album.

Interior Department Nominates Poverty Point National Monument For World Heritage Site Designation

Poverty Point National Monument, a historic site in Louisiana that was a major trade center 3,000 years ago, has been nominated for designation as a World Heritage Site by the Interior Department.

World's Largest Natural Sound Library Now Available On-line ... And It's Free

Parks are great spots to enjoy observing wildlife, but one of the challenges for many visitors is the question: "What bird (or animal) is that?" Now there's a source of help in wildlife identification for both experts and amateurs: The "world’s largest natural sound archive" has gone digital, and it's available on-line ... and free of charge.

New Superintendent For Appalachian National Scenic Trail Comes From Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument

The new superintendent for the Appalachian National Scenic Trail comes from Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument, where she has been superintendent for the past four years.

Federal Agencies Collaborating To Form Caribbean Coral Reef Protection Group

A host of federal agencies are working to collaborate on efforts to protect coral reefs in the Caribbean.

UPDATED: Landslide Closes Newfound Gap Road Across Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A landslide has severed the main route across Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Newfound Gap Road, and it could be a while before the road reopens, park officials said today.

Appalachian Trail Hiker Found Dead In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A man intending to hike roughly 30 miles along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park has been found dead at the park's Tricorner Knob Shelter.

Grand Canyon National Park Scaling Back Search For Missing Rafter

Grand Canyon National Park rangers are scaling back their search for a 21-year-old Colorado woman who went missing from a river trip last weekend.

Mammoth Cave National Park Detects White-Nose Syndrome Among Its Bat Colonies

Mammoth Cave National Park officials announced today that they've detected white-nose syndrome, a deadly disease to bats, among the bat colonies that hibernate in the park.

Interior Secretary Salazar To Retire In March

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who over the past four years has crisscrossed the nation to oversee management of public lands ranging from national parks to offshore energy deposits, will step down from the job in March.

Everglades National Park's Wading Birds Nesting Success Falls Far Off Average

South Florida, including Everglades National Park, has seen a precipitous decline in nesting success among wading birds, according to a report by the South Florida Water Management District.

Reader Participation Day: Where Is The Best Sunset In The National Park System?

Flat Mountain Arm sunset, Yellowstone National Park, copyright Kurt Repanshek.
So many parks, so many sunsets to revel in. In your travels across the National Park System, where did you come upon the most beautiful sunset of all?

Trails I've Hiked: Old Settlers Trail In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Old Settlers Trail wall
The Old Settlers Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a quiet, solitary experience. The trail is full of historic artifacts and is perfect for a winter ramble, even if there's not much winter in the southern Appalachians this year.

Discovery Channel Version Of NPS Mystery Also Offers A Challenge For Sharp-Eyed Viewers

In July 1996 veteran backcountry ranger Randy Morgenson disappeared in the wilds of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Now the Investigation Discovery Channel has offered a Hollywood version of this real-life mystery.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Reports Unusual Winter Bat Activity

It's supposed to be the heart of winter, but bats in Great Smoky Mountains National Park have been out and about, leading park officials to warn visitors about encountering bats.

Birding In The National Parks: In The Wake Of The Christmas Bird Count

Did anyone partake in a Christmas Bird Count in or around our national parks? Preliminary reports from the field indicate some robust species counts.

Grand Canyon National Park Rangers Searching For Woman Missing From River Trip

Grand Canyon National Park rangers were searching Monday for a woman who disappeared from a river trip on the Colorado River.