Tag archives for national parks

A Watery Lottery

If you’ve ever dreamed seeing the Grand Canyon as John Wesley Powell did in 1869–by rafting through its mile-deep inner gorge rowing your own boat–you have until February 23 to get your application in to Grand Canyon National Park for the yearly lottery for noncommercial 12- to 25-day river trips. Among whitewater rafters, this is…

Landscape photographers have been griping for years, but the haze that plagues many U.S. national parks isn’t going away anytime soon. Despite the 1977 Clean Air Act, which ordered state and federal officials to restore visibility in these protected areas to “natural” conditions, average visibility in Eastern parks has dropped from 90 miles to between…

A few weeks ago, we ran the account of National Geographic Kids‘ staffer Margaret Krauss’s Rim to Rim hike through the Grand Canyon. Well now National Geographic Books Production Manager Lisa A. Walker has just completed the same hike, but she traveled with Four Season Guides, and she shared her experience with us. Inhale. Exhale.…

Playing the Big Five Game in Zambia

If you’ve ever been on an African safari, you’ve probably heard of the “Big Five” game animals. Although I had heard of the term, I didn’t know that it was originally coined to refer to the most dangerous African game animals to hunt on foot. During my safari in Zambia I was happy to shoot…

Dig Your Own Fossils

The first annual National Fossil Day will be celebrated tomorrow, October 13, by the National Park Service and at fossil sites throughout the country. Jamie Pearson has the scoop on some of the best dig sites for kids. As a kid, I was obsessed with fossils. What kid isn’t? Which is why I took my…

Rim to Rim: Setting Out

Margaret Krauss, who works in the National Geographic Kids division, recently completed a five day back-country hike into the Grand Canyon. For the next few days, she’ll be sharing glimpses from her trip. Read her first post here. The North Kaibab Trail is the only maintained trail from the North Rim. Over its 14.2 miles…

Margaret Krauss, who works in the National Geographic Kids division, recently completed a five day back-country hike into the Grand Canyon. For the next few days, she’ll be sharing glimpses from her trip. Hitting rock bottom is generally not a gratifying experience. But when I reached the Colorado River at the base of the Grand…

Today marks the start of the annual Oglala Lakota Nation Pow Wow, one of the nation’s largest powwows, and it will be held on the Pine Ridge Reservation outside Badlands National Park in South Dakota through August 8. Last year, photographers Andrew Owen and Ross McDermott visited the Pow Wow as part of their year-long…

Every so often, we let you in on the inner workings of Traveler magazine before it hits newsstands. And if you’re a close reader, you may be aware that I write a column each month on the latest news from the National Parks. I’ve come to love talking to the Rangers about all of their…

Thank a Ranger Day

Alison Brick pauses to thank the people behind our National Parks. It’s the heart of summer, and you can almost hear the pounding of tent stakes into the ground and the blowing of embers to start campfires as people make their way outdoors. National and state parks across the country are being appreciated this time…

Our colleague David Braun at Nat Geo News Watch reports on some promising news for the Brazilian rain forest: Four new environmental conservation units and the expansion of a national park within the Atlantic Rain Forest biome in the state of Bahia have been announced by President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil. “The…

Costa Rica’s Tortugerro National Park, by MyShot user Aashit Shah Do national parks help to alleviate poverty in developing nations or are they the cause of it? This is the question that shapes many conservation policy debates. Those in favor of national parks say that the protected areas bring tourism revenue and create jobs in…

Vintage National Park Posters

Our pals over at the National Geographic Travel & Cultures site have just put together an excellent online package that looks at the current state of our national parks. The series of articles spans the history of the parks and National Geographic’s unique role within it, and provides updates on some of the major issues…

With over 392 national park sites to choose from, planning a summer vacation to one or a few of them can be a bit daunting. Thankfully, the National Park Service has just launched a new website dedicated to helping you map out your next visit. The new 2010 Summer Adventure planning site features quick links…

Patagonia is pure, dramatic nature–craggy peaks that seem to signal the end of the Earth (the tip of South America is nearby, after all); panoramas of grassy foothills, each topped with a single guanaco on the lookout for pumas; waterfalls and glaciers seeping into lakes colored a startling blue. Every windblown inch of it screams…

Sara Zeglin, associate producer for Digital Media for National Geographic Kids, is just back from a trip to the Florida Keys, where she had the chance to explore Dry Tortugas, one of the country’s least visited national parks. I’m not ashamed to say it–I’m in love with the national parks. I have one of those…

Mexico’s drug cartels are growing billions of dollars’ worth of marijuana on U.S. parkland, especially in California’s Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, which offer an ideal setting: 1.2 million remote acres coursed with creeks, blessed with sunny weather, and subject to scant law enforcement. Park visitors are not endangered by the clandestine marijuana fields–most…

Happy Birthday, Glacier!

Alison Brick gets the scoop on Glacier National Park’s centennial celebration. One hundred years isn’t long in the life of a mountain range, but it’s something to recognize in the life of a national park. Glacier National Park will be celebrating its centennial throughout 2010 with a series of special events that are just getting…

This year, inspired by our “I Heart My City” series on Intelligent Travel, we’re reveling in the holiday season by asking our readers to share their favorite ways to celebrate in their cities. But we have to admit that in our focus on cities, we overlooked some of the less-urban offerings. So today we look…

Boeing Helps Fund a Greener Washington

Who says industrial companies and national parks can’t be friends?  Boeing and Washington’s Mount Rainier National Park certainly think they can. On Monday, Boeing presented the park with a $75,000 check to help it become more carbon neutral. According to the Boeing Charitable Trust, the money will go toward Washington’s National Park Fund and be…

To mark Veterans’ Day, here’s a bit on the Civil War-themed camping trip I took last weekend with my husband and our goofy dog. It was our last camping trip of the season. Smoke inhalation (we had a little trouble with the cabin’s stove) and frozen digits aside, we had a great time. It’s amazing…

Top Ten Photogenic Parks This Fall

We’ve got leaves on the brain today, and frankly, that’s not such a terrible thing, particularly when the National Park Foundation and Olympus just announced the ten most photogenic parks for fall foliage this season. Feeling inspired? You can submit your favorite photos to the Share the Experience contest, put on by the Federal Recreation…

Wild Sweden

JT Blatty, a former Traveler photo intern, has been spending the last month traveling through Sweden, and sends us a dispatch from their swath of national parks. During an impulsive, two-week road trip through the less populated landscapes of Sweden, it only took a few nights for my friend and I to realize that our…

So I’m just back from lunch with Ken Burns. Ok, so maybe it was me, Ken Burns, and a room full of other journalists at the National Press Club, but the man is such a captivating speaker that it’s as if he’s sitting across the table from you, instead of across the room. Burns was…

Lynda Bird Johnson packs her camp trailer prior to her western trip. From the December, 1965 issue of National Geographic Magazine, by David Boyer/NGS. This weekend President Obama and the First Family are heading to Yellowstone and Grand Canyon National Parks, in part to promote this summer’s final fee-free weekend at over 100 parks that…