A. F. Litt

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Woman Attacked by Elk in Yellowstone National Park

A woman was attacked by a cow elk on Sunday behind a hotel in Yellowstone National Park.<p>Charlene Triplett, an employee at the Mammoth Hot Springs …

Yellowstone's Steamboat Geyser Keeps Erupting, and Scientists Aren't Sure Why

An eruption from Steamboat Geyser in Yellowstone National Park is normally a rare sight, but guests were treated to the geothermic show seven times …

10 Best National Park Hikes

The United States is a beast of a landmass. With nearly three million square miles of land in the lower 48, and over 3.7 million counting Alaska and …

Avenue of the Giants: Northern California's Most Spectacular 39 Miles

Driving on the Avenue of the Giants<p>The Avenue of the Giants runs parallel to U.S. Highway 101 between Exit 672 near Pepperwood and Exit 645. Driving …

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One Utah national park is looking into limiting the number of visitors each day and requiring permits for certain trails

A thick line of people wrapped along nearly every trail, plugging up slot canyons and switchbacks. There were two-hour waits to get on a shuttle bus …

Conservatism Took Hold in This Canyon 1,000 Years Ago... Until Everyone Fled

Mapping the rise and fall of a cultural ideal.<p>During the eighth century, a new kind of civilization arose in New Mexico's Chaco Canyon.<p>It started a …

Ranger station keeps traditions lively

POWELL RANGER STATION, IDAHO — Hidden behind the tourist services of the Lochsa Lodge, the old Powell Ranger Station bustles with its own …

Beavers, National Parks and Trump’s Attacks on Science: 16 New Environmental Books for June

By John R. Platt<p>We've made it past Memorial Day weekend, which means that for many of us it's time to start planning our summer reading lists. …

Protect Yellowstone from the threat of mining companies

I need your help. More than 30,000 acres of public land at the doorstep of Yellowstone National Park are under threat of being opened up to mining …

Hunters with shotguns to go after pythons in Everglades National Park

The roar of shotguns will sound in Everglades National Park, as the war intensifies against the Burmese pythons that have devastated the park’s …

Nevada's Great Basin National Park unfurls rugged vistas in the daytime, expansive sky at night

If you have never heard of Nevada’s Great Basin National Park, that’s understandable. It is the fourth least-visited national park in the continental U.S. despite having a colossal cavern and stellar dark skies. It’s so remote that the nearest commercial airport isn’t in Nevada but 240 miles away …

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Citizens Afield

The promise of citizen science lies not only in its contributions to research, but also in its ability to transform our relationships with the …

Landscape Arch, Arches National Park, Utah

My favorite journey is looking out the window.<p>~ Edward Gorey<p>Photo by Mark Stevens | Landscape Arch, Arches National Park, Utah

Tower at Flight 93 memorial to open by 9/11 anniversary

The final phase of the Flight 93 National Memorial is underway and on track to open on the 17th anniversary of plane's crash into a Pennsylvania field during 9/11.<p>United Airlines Flight 93 was en route from Newark, New Jersey, to San Francisco on Sept. 11, 2001, when hijackers seized control and …

Clingmans Dome tower in Great Smokies closes June 4 for repairs

Getting to the highest point — and one of the most popular spots — in the Great Smoky Mountains will require a little patience starting Monday.<p>Clingmans Dome Observation Tower, which commands the most sweeping view of Great Smoky Mountains National Park on a clear day, will be closed Monday to June …

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National parks endure rising visitation and less staff

Politicians disagree over funding, leaving visitors waiting and projects backlogged.

A River of Filthy Water

Along with many others, including those in the group we were leading, my wife and I experienced unaccustomed heavy rains and resultant flash flooding …

4 Days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

California is fortunate to be home to nine national parks (yes, nine!), more than any other state.<p>With such a plethora of natural and national …

Zinke defends sending park rangers to Mexico border, cites ‘environmental disaster’ from immigration

The Interior Secretary has shown much less interest in actual environmental issues.<p>Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke believes that illegal immigration …

Joining the ‘1 Percent Club’ at Yosemite’s Laurel Lake

At our small campfire near Laurel Lake, tucked in a pocket at 6,490 feet in the Yosemite Wilderness, just a day’s hike in, the perfect quiet was …

A Virgin Islands National Park Struggles To Recover From Hurricanes

Eight months after it was devastated by twin hurricanes, the national park on St. John in the Virgin Islands is still recovering. Volunteers have stepped in to help clear trails and rebuild.<p>Transcript<p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST:<p>As the Atlantic hurricane season gets underway, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, …

Yellowstone boss to retire after Trump agency proposed move

Yellowstone National Park's superintendent said Friday that he plans to retire next year from a job he called "the best in the National Park Service" …

Leave Olympic National Park’s mountain goats alone

This summer, the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, and Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife plan to capture many mountain goats …

Why Hells Canyon is Better Than the Grand Canyon

When it comes to backpacking destinations, Hells Canyon takes the cake.Twenty minutes ago, staring at the cliffs that soar above the foaming rapids …

At Joshua Tree, a visitor boom into deadly terrain has meant more rescues. Volunteers often take the call

David Sewell lay against a pile of granite rocks, struggling even to shift his hips slightly beneath him. He told himself that if he was going to die, he should write a note to his children.<p>Three days earlier, on a Saturday afternoon in April, the legally blind 76-year-old with a history of heart …

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Calling All Nature Lovers: National Parks Across the Country Are Hiring Right Now

Want to get closer to nature?<p>The National Park Service is currently hiring for positions across U.S. parks and national sites for the year. The …

Lodges prepare for another busy summer at Glacier National Park

Plowing is slow and steady in Glacier National Park, but that's not stopping resorts from getting ready for what could be another record year in the …

Community Voices: Hey Kevin, let's go fishing in Giant Sequoia

I am an avid angler with two young anglers-in-training, and I travel and fish extensively for my work as the owner of Outdoor Specialty Products, …

America’s Overlooked National Parks Showcase the Caribbean’s Wild Side

Most people in their stampede to the beach or the pool overlook the Caribbean’s stunning national parks. But their historic sites and lush tropical …