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Yellowstone National Park Vehicles Will Continue To Roll On Michelin Tires

Michelin North America, Inc., which has donated more than 1,400 tires to Yellowstone National Park over the past five years, has agreed to continue the practice through an arrangement with the Yellowstone Park Foundation.

Around The Parks: Fishers In North Cascades And Mount Rainier, Yosemite Youth Programs, Glacier Conservancy Gets CEO

Fisher recovery programs at North Cascades and Mount Rainier national parks, youth programs at Yosemite National Park, and the Glacier National Park Conservancy are among the news items from around the National Park System this week.

Xanterra Parks & Resorts Lands Contract To Operate Glacier National Park Concessions

Xanterra Parks & Resorts, which already operates concessions at Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Zion, Death Valley, and Crater Lake national parks, soon will add Glacier National Park to its portfolio.

Five Days Off The Grid In Yellowstone National Park

Shoshone Lake, copyright Kurt Repanshek
Five days paddling around Shoshone Lake in the backcountry of Yellowstone National Park. Warm, mostly sunny, days and cool nights with occasional passing showers. No bugs of any significance. It was, as you might assume, sublime. Best of all, it was time spent with my two sons and an old friend, untethered from the grid.

Telethon Raises More Than $200,000 For Friends Of The Smokies

Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park raised $201,423 through its 19th annual “Friends Across the Mountains” telethon thanks to hundreds of callers and help from sponsors Dollywood, Mast General Store, Pilot Corporation, and SmartBank.

Mammoth Cave National Park Cave Tour Costs Could Increase

Going underground at Mammoth Cave National Park could cost you a buck or two more in 2014 under a proposal up for public review.

Fall In The National Parks: Some Great Activities To Put On Your Calendar

Sure, it's still August, but that doesn't mean it's too early to start penciling some fall events and activities in the National Park System onto your calendar. Here's a start, and we'll keep adding to it as we hear of events.

New Logos Designed To Help Resolve "Identity Crisis" At Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Indiana Dune National Lakeshore preserves some fine natural resources and recreational opportunities near Chicago, but public confusion about what areas are—or are not—part of the Lakeshore creates a bit of an "identity crisis. The park hopes a series new graphic logos will help the public understand that the widely dispersed visitor areas are all part of one national park.

Missouri Man Killed By Fall In Rocky Mountain National Park

A 20-year-old Missouri man climbing in Rocky Mountain National Park was killed by a fall of about 150 feet from "the Narrows" section along the Keyhole Route on Longs Peak.

Yellowstone National Park Hikers Injured During Grizzly Encounter

Two Yellowstone National Park hikers sustained relatively minor injuries when they encountered a sow grizzly and her cub on a trail southwest of Canyon Village.

Visiting Rocky Mountain National Park On August 24? Expect Traffic Delays From Bike Race

If you're planning to visit Rocky Mountain National Park on Saturday, August 24, and your route in or out of the area passes through the town of Estes Park, plan ahead. Park officials are warning to traffic delays due to one stage of the 2013 USA Pro Cycling Challenge bike race.

Death Valley National Park Announces Plan For Managing The Park's Wilderness And Backcountry

The website for Death Valley National Park accurately describes this vast desert area as "Hottest, Driest, Lowest," and a couple of other superlatives would apply to the park as well. Death Valley is the largest NPS area in the Lower 48 and the park has recently announced completion of a plan to manage the "largest area of designated national park wilderness in the contiguous United States."

Meet Wendy Janssen, Superintendent Of The Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Wendy Janssen is the new superintendent of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. Danny Bernstein talk to Ms. Janssen about the highlight of her NPS career and what she sees as the challenges of the A.T.

Visitor Survives 115-Foot Fall Over Cliff At Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

A 73-year-old man survived a 115-foot fall over a cliff at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park earlier this week, but his predicament wasn't discovered until the following day. He was successfully rescued by rangers with help from a helicopter just a daylight was fading Tuesday evening.

Walking Among Giants: A Three-Generation Hut Trek In Norway's Jotunheimen National Park

Trekking Norway. Copyright Michael A. Lanza
On a treeless tundra plateau deep in Norway’s Jotunheimen National Park, we stop before a bouncy suspension bridge over a roaring, snarling whitewater river. I shoot a glance at my 75-year-old mom. In a tone that contains more fatalism than enthusiasm, she reminds me, “I’ve never crossed one of these.”

Sounds From The Past: Rare Edison Recordings Donated To Thomas Edison National Historical Park

Thomas Edison National Historical Park preserves the home and laboratory of one of the world's most prolific inventors. Among all his contributions to the modern world, Edison considered the phonograph to be his favorite, so it's especially appropriate that a major collection of antique phonograph records has been donated to the park.

Musings From AirVenture National Park

Haven't heard of AirVenture National Park? Well sit back and let Lee Dalton tell you all about it.

Estes Park, A Great Base Camp For A Rocky Mountain National Park Vacation

Your ascent to Estes Park, the front door to Rocky Mountain National Park, is anything but smooth. Climbing up through Big Thompson Canyon from Loveland, Colorado, you twist and turn and rise and fall with the road as it crawls through the canyon...and marvel at the cyclists pedaling those beastly 34 miles.

Fall In The National Parks: Some Other Park Fall Drives Not To Overlook

While Acadia, Shenandoah, and Great Smoky Mountains national parks often get the main billing for fall color drives, there are other nooks and crannies in the National Park System that will surprise you with their colors. Here are a handful of fall foliage eye catchers In the parks.

Is This Park The Most Unique Unit Associated With The National Park System?

This park focuses on the life of an American President, but it owns no land in the U.S.A., staff members are not employees of the National Park Service, and you'll need a passport to go for a visit. Can you identify this site which may qualify as the "most unique unit associated with the National Park System?

National Parks Traveler Essential Park Guide, Fall 2013

Fall is a perfect season to explore and enjoy the national parks, with cooler temperatures, vibrant colors, and wildlife on the move. Traveler's Essential Park Guide for this autumn helps you plan your getaway.

Birding In The National Parks: Enduring The Heat To Bird In Saguaro National Park And Chiricahua National Monument

I was all set to regale you with stories and video of adorable Piping Plover chicks from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore this week, but I seem to be running out of time. By the time you read this, I’ll be on a plane to Tucson, ultimately to do some birding in Saguaro National Park and Chiricahua National Monument. Thus, you’re stuck with a behind scenes look at how one birder prepares for a trip to a never-before-visited destination.

U.S. Park Rangers Lodge Of The Fraternal Order Of Police Wants Better Trained And Prepared Force

One of the most dangerous jobs in the country is that of public lands law enforcement officer. In light of that, and with a goal of providing better protection for national park visitors, the U.S. Park Rangers Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police is calling for a better prepared law enforcement branch.

Trails I've Hiked: Alberta Falls At Rocky Mountain National Park

You hear it long before you see it, and once you see it, you understand why Alberta Falls casts such a presence in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Climbing The Bodie Lighthouse At Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Bodie Lighthouse at CAHA
Visitors can now climb the Bodie Lighthouse at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Though shorter than its more famous cousin, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Bodie Light offers guided tours with a ranger.

Cruise Ships And Their Thousands Of Passengers Pose Problems For Acadia National Park

At Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska, cruise ships negotiate the scenic bay for whale- and glacier watching, without disgorging their passengers on land. But in Maine, the arrival of the cruise ship industry with their thousands of disembarking passengers is posing a threat to Acadia National Park.
A Field Guide to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks How many times have you found yourself in a national park gazing at an animal track, a tree, or perhaps just an insect, and wondered what exactly you were looking at? Well, if your plans are taking you to Yellowstone or Grand Teton national parks, you might want to pick up a copy of A Field Guide To Yellowstone And Grand Teton National Parks.

Fall In The National Parks: A Kaleidoscope Of National Park Leaf-Peeping Drives

There is a magical quality to fall visits to Shenandoah National Park as mile after mile of trees blazing with vivid reds, oranges, and yellows come into view along Skyline Drive. In Rocky Mountain National Park, the aspen groves you see along the lower reaches of Trail Ridge Road turn so vividly gold in the fall that they take your breath away.

Friends Of Acadia Raising Funds For Trail Work On West Side Of Acadia National Park

Dig out your extra change, or perhaps write a larger check, to help Friends of Acadia meet a challenge grant to underwrite trail work on the west side of Mount Desert Island in Acadia National Park.

Groups Sue In Bid To Stop Hog Farm Near Buffalo National River

Federal agencies that approved a loan to a hog farm operating upstream of Buffalo National River in Arkansas are being sued for not adequately reviewing the project.