National Parks

6 National Parks You Haven’t Been to but Should

6 National Parks You Haven’t Been to but Should

Everybody has been to a National Park, whether it was just a drive through to peak into the Grand Canyon or a backpacking trip through Yosemite.

The Sportsman’s Heritage Act: Transcending the Jargon

The Sportsman’s Heritage Act: Transcending the Jargon

It’s hard to keep track of everything that goes on in our nation’s capital these days. And with all the political drama surrounding every issue, it’s nearly impossible for the average Joe to get the

National Park Service Announces 2013 Fee-Free Days

National Park Service Announces 2013 Fee-Free Days

Now that 2013 is officially upon us, it is time to start planning our outdoor adventures for the year ahead. Recently, the National Park Service made that process a bit easier by officially announcing its fee-free days for the next 12 months.

Petroglyphs: Ancient American History in the American Southwest

Petroglyphs: Ancient American History in the American Southwest

One of the greatest untruths about America is that it’s a young nation, that it’s short on history. This is an insult to the cultures that for centuries inhabited this land. While ancient American Indian

Past Presidential Park Proponents

Past Presidential Park Proponents

As we near election time, many outdoors enthusiasts are examining prospective politicians not for their stance on abortion, the economy, or health care, but for their views on the environment.

National Park Service Waives Entry Fees this Weekend

National Park Service Waives Entry Fees this Weekend

Elections got you wound up? The National Park Service is here to help. The NPS is waiving all entry fees for November 10-12 in honor of Veterans Day. Perhaps, this is a way that everyone, regardless of party affiliation, wins.

The Restoration of Hetch Hetchy

The Restoration of Hetch Hetchy

Written with contributions from Bryan Schatz The Hetch Hetchy debate has been called the most controversial National Park discussion in the US, the biggest urban scandal in US history, and potentially, the largest environmental restoration project in the world.

3 Great Hikes for Kids in the Northwest

3 Great Hikes for Kids in the Northwest

The summer is over and a new school year has begun, but the fall season shouldn’t stop you and your little ones from squeezing in a couple more day hikes (especially while the weather is pleasant). The Pacific Northwest offers a multitude of kid-friendly excursions

Elk Population Reduction: Bullets, Wolves, or Fences

Elk Population Reduction: Bullets, Wolves, or Fences

In 2008, The Wild Earth Guardians, a wildlife restoration group, lost a court case to the National Park Service. The decision; to reduce the overpopulation of elk in Rocky Mountain National Park through shooting, rather the reintroduction of wolves.

The Difference Between National Parks, State Parks and National Forests

The Difference Between National Parks, State Parks and National Forests

Most outdoorsy folks don’t know the differences between regulations imposed by national parks, national forests and state parks. It’s usually not a big deal unless you’re a dog lover, recreational shooter, or multi-day camper.