Archive List

Ag, Interior Secretaries Discuss Precautions For Upcoming Wildfire Season

It’s only May, but already the summer wildfire season across much of the West is looking ominous. According to national firefighting officials, already the fire danger is predicted to be above normal across most of Arizona, New Mexico, California, Oregon and Idaho, as well as across portions of Montana, Colorado, Utah, and Washington.

Senator Coburn Vastly Misstates Impact Of Allowing Guns In National Parks

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, who used sleight of legislative hand to see that national park visitors could arm themselves, boasted the other day that violent crime in the parks has decreased 85 percent thanks to that legislation. Unfortunately, he was far from accurate with that statement, according to fact checkers.

2013 Park Stewards Program Launched By National Park Foundation, University Of Phoenix

Nearly $200,000 in funding to help high school teachers and their students gain a better grasp of national parks, and a sense of stewardship for them, has been made possible by the National Park Foundation and the University of Phoenix.

Humpback Chub Being Released Into Colorado River Tributaries At Grand Canyon National Park

Silver is being dumped into tributaries of the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park, silver in the form of juvenile humpback chub.

Essential Friends + Gateways: The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, Long On Road, Innovation, And Impact

Innovations the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is introducing on America’s most scenic road are finding their way all over the nation.

Biologists Believe Moose Population At Voyageurs National Park Is Stable

The moose population at Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota appears to be stable in comparison with recent years, with an estimated 46 individuals.

Traveler's Gear Box: Hilleberg's Anjan 2 GT

One of the lightest tents in its category, the Anjan 2 GT from Hilleberg offers backpackers a sturdy, three-season domicile with nice convertibility and space to bring your gear in out of the elements.

Secret Sleeps, Tips For Snagging A National Park Campsite This Summer

There is nothing as traditional as camping out in the national parks for summer vacation. Reserving a campsite on can lock in a site long before you hit the road, but sometimes you just don’t get around to doing that. So what to do?

You Can Help Break A World Record At Lake Mead National Recreation Area

If you going to be within driving distance of Lake Mead National Recreation Area on Saturday, May 18, you can help break a world record. All you need to bring is yourself—and a life jacket.

South Entrance To Yellowstone National Park Opens

The early birds were ready and waiting this morning when the South Entrance to Yellowstone National Park opened for the season.

Hiker Rescued At White Sands National Monument Forgot He Wasn't Just Strolling The Beach

White Sands National Monument in southern New Mexico is home to the world's largest gypsum dune fields, and all those beautiful white dunes might look like an appealing place to wiggle your toes in the sand. As one recent visitor discovered, however, a hike in the dunes can take a nasty turn if you decide to forego one of the most basic items of gear.

Fire Island National Seashore Facilities Reopening After Repairs

With Memorial Day Weekend still two weeks off, more and more facilities at Fire Island National Seashore are reopening after repairs necessitated by last fall's Hurricane Sandy.

$10 Million Gift From Volkswagen Will Benefit National Mall And Memorial Parks In Washington, D.C.

Ten million dollars are heading to the Trust for the National Mall over the next five years to help the organization preserve and protect the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, D.C.

Tickets On Sale For July 4th Reopening Of Statue Of Liberty

The Fourth of July and the reopening of the Statue of Liberty are still more than a month off, but that doesn't mean you can't buy a ticket for that event now.

New Tour At Denali National Park Designed To Pack A Lot Into A Little Time

Denali National Park and Preserve is a huge landscape, covering more than 6 million acres. Not surprisingly, this size can be daunting when it comes to planning a trip to the Alaskan park. A new tour debuting this summer could help you get the most out of your visit.

"We Are Wildland Fire" Video Highlights Parallels Between Firefighters And Military Veterans

Another wildland fire season is underway, and it's not unusual to hear someone draw parallels between wildland firefighting and military service. A short new video offers a vivid visual look at those nomex-clad "warriors" of the forest, and while it's worth a look by anyone, it's part of a fire service recruiting effort with a special focus on military veterans.

Muir Beach At Golden Gate National Recreation Area To Be Closed This Summer

Golden Gate National Recreation Area officials say that sometime late in June they will have to close Muir Beach through November while the parking lot and pedestrian access are realigned.

Minnesota Man Killed In Fall At Yosemite National Park

A Minnesota man who had been enjoying day hikes in Yosemite National Park died in a fall along the Mist Trail in the park's iconic valley.

Essential Friends + Gateways: Friends Of Acadia, Working On The Next 100 Years

Though the centennial for Acadia National Park, and the National Park Service, still is three years offer, Friends of Acadia already are working towards ensuring the park has a memorable second century.

NPS Issues Prospectus For Olympic National Park’s Log Cabin Resort

The National Park Service recently solicited proposals for the operation of Log Cabin Resort in Olympic National Park. The contract includes management of the lodge and cabins, food service for a dining room and soda fountain, retail services, boat rentals, and operation of a campground for RVs and tents.
Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods In Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods, Christine Byl recalls long days of working on trails in Glacier and Denali national parks. She clears brush, digging ditches, building bridges, cleaning up after forest fires, and blasting snow. An inside look on what it takes to make trails accessible to hikers.

Around The Parks: Fireflies In The Smokies, Family Days Along The C&O Canal, Hiking In Acadia, Visitor Center Hours At Voyageurs

Summer can't be far off, as the fireflies will be flashing soon in the Smokies, family days are scheduled at the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, a hiking adventure will be offered at Acadia National Park, and visitor hours at Voyageurs National Park are shortened a bit due to sequestration.

Wood Stove Decathlon Coming To National Mall In November

Wood stoves are great generators of heat, but some are not the most efficient in terms of dispersing that heat and when it comes to generation of particulate matter and smoke. To improve on that efficiency, the Wood Stove Decathlon will be coming to the National Mall this fall to see who can design and build the most innovative and affordable next generation wood stove.

Unleashed Dogs Kill Goslings At Golden Gate National Recreation Area

In light of recent stories on the Traveler about dogs in national parks, it's pertinent to note that unleashed dogs recently killed two Canada goose goslings at Golden Gate National Recreation Area in California.

New Organization Rises Up To Warn About Energy Exploration Impacts On National Parks

As the country endeavors to become more and more energy independent, new techniques for extracting oil and gas from beneath the landscape are greatly expanding the footprint of energy exploration in the country. These efforts have greatly increased the production of oil and natural gas in the United States, and they also are creating problems when the drilling operations turn up on the doorsteps of national parks.

America's Smallest National Park

It won’t surprise you to know that America’s largest national park is in Alaska. Covering 13.2 million acres, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve is larger than Switzerland. At the other extreme, America’s smallest national park takes up only a few square yards in Beachwood, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland.

Letters Show Environmental Action Committee Of West Marin Opposed Extension Of Oyster Farm Lease At Point Reyes

Letters from 2005 show that the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin opposed an extension beyond 2012 of the Drakes Bay Oyster Co. lease at Point Reyes National Seashore, contrary to claims made by the company's owner.
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American Recreation Coalition Critical Of Yosemite Valley Plan

Yosemite Valley can feel like a bustling town at times, with traffic jams, wailing emergency sirens, and tour buses and tractor-trailer trucks snaking along the roads. While Yosemite National Park planners are trying to better manage some of that crowding, the American Recreation Coalition fears they're going too far and threatening the visitor experience.

Essential Friends + Gateways: Trust For the National Mall, New Efforts To Save Our Icons

National Mall at night, copyright Stephen R. Brown
The term “national park” has a kneejerk meaning to many—only the clued-in know how diverse “units” of the park system really are. Towering Half Dome in Yosemite National Park isn’t the only grand granite monument protected by the National Park Service—and you don’t even need to look beyond the borders of Washington, D.C., to prove it.

Dedication Ceremony For New Bright Angel Trailhead At Grand Canyon National Park On May 18

Hikers who are beginning or ending a trip on the Bright Angel Trail at the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park can soon do so in a much more pleasant and attractive setting. A dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony will be held for a new trailhead at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2013.