National Parks

In the Land of Giants

The trees are so big that it would be cowardly not to deal with their bigness head on. They are very, very big. You already knew this — they’re called “giant sequoias” — and I knew it, too. But in person, their bigness still feels unexpected, revelatory. And the delirium of their size is enhanced …

The New York Times

Celebrate Mother Earth at These Cool Nature-Themed Hotels

Spring is in the air and Earth Day is just around the corner, so why not honor Mother Earth by checking into one of these seven nature-themed …

Grand Teton National Park

Revealed: the 10 hardest US airports to land at

From airports set in mountainous landscapes with harsh weather conditions to those without control towers, here are 10 of America's trickiest airports to land at, according to a report by Honeywell Aerospace, an Arizona-based aircraft equipment manufacturer.<p>The selection is a combination of …

The Telegraph

Rare California frogs of Mark Twain lore are having sex again, to the delight of wildlife researchers

Before the California red-legged frog all but vanished decades ago from the streams and mountains outside Los Angeles, the amphibian and its impressive leaping abilities were immortalized in American literature.<p>In 1865, a young Mark Twain wrote “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” a …

The Washington Post

American Nile: Saving the Colorado

In the four years since that journey, I've continued my exploration of the Colorado River Basin's tributaries. My mission is to showcase the breadth and beauty of this river system, as well as investigate the changes of the last century.<p>My primary tool is a camera, along with old landscape …

National Geographic

Endangered elephant is electrocuted

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — A park ranger in Cambodia says an endangered wild elephant has died after an electrical pole fell and electrocuted the …

New York Post

Beachwood Canyon closure: 5 things to know about the decision to limit access to the Hollywood Sign

The popular trailhead is still open—for now<p>Los Angeles’s decision last week to block hikers from viewing the famous Hollywood Sign at Beachwood Canyon is “heartbreaking,” says parks superintendent Joe Salaices.<p>“It’s heartbreaking for homeowners, and it’s disappointing to the department,” he told …

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See Photos of the Pristine Utah Desert in the 1940s

VIEW GALLERY | 19 PHOTOS<p>Native American woman and girl with sheep, Utah, 1947.<br>Loomis Dean—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images<p>1 of 19<p>Utah’s …

TIME

On World Water Day: Why We Must Protect the One Thing We Can’t Live Without

<b>By Sarah Gaines Barmeyer, Senior Managing Director of Conservation Programs for National Parks Conservation Association</b><p>World Water Day is an …

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Rusty patched bumblebee added to endangered list

Over the last 20 years, the species has suffered a 90-percent decline in its population and habitat

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3 Road Trip Options for Under $500

Consider your spring break planned.<p>As far as traveling goes, there’s no doubt that plane travel is a fast, efficient, and sometimes necessary form of transportation. But, there’s something to be said about taking to the open road for a good, old-fashioned road trip. For one, you don’t have to limit …

Teen Vogue

Want to Go Backpacking? Now It’s Easy for Anyone to Rent the Gear.

The biggest barrier between most people and a backpacking trip isn’t the physical exertion, the time off, or a fear or bears: it’s the cost and difficult of obtaining the necessary gear. If you don’t already own a backpack, tent, sleeping bag, etc, purchasing all of that isn’t just expensive, it …

Outside

Bears Ears is a national monument now. But it will take a fight to save it.

As he prepared to travel west, Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke got a letter from a coalition of tribes in Utah on Friday. The group had filled the seats on a commission to manage the new Bears Ears National Monument, the letter said, and Zinke was invited to discuss its future.<p>But the …

The Washington Post

12 Pup Photos for National Puppy Day

Nothing is cuter than a puppy. But did you know that dogs aren’t the only animals with pups? Other species (even some that are not members of the …

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Former Patagonia CEO announces largest land donation in history

Land conservation in Chile could reach a new high with a recent pledge to conserve 11 million acres of wilderness as national parks. As part of the …

Inhabitat

Here’s How The National Park Service’s Twitter Account Got Locked Down After Criticizing Trump

“The new leadership is not jazzed.”<p>The incoming Trump administration was “not jazzed” when the National Park Service retweeted information critical about the president during his inauguration, according to internal emails obtained by BuzzFeed News, and initially ordered the agency to not tweet that …

BuzzFeed

National Park Service to open birthplace of atomic bombs

Soon you may be able to walk into the birthplace of the atomic bomb.<p>The National Park Service (NPS) and the Department of Energy are working to make that happen at three Manhattan Project sites around the country.<p>The three sites, Oak Ridge, Tenn., Hanford, Wash. and Los Alamos N.M, were all part of …

Fox News

Watch Sunrise on Half Dome from Yosemite Conservancy's Live Webcams

If you’re reading this, you’re obviously not in Yosemite (at least we really hope you’re not in Yosemite and staring at your phone) but you can do …

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Congress Fails Wildlife, OK’s Killing Mother Bears with Cubs and Wolves on Public Lands in Alaska

The U.S. Senate voted on a resolution to overturn U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service protections for bears and wolves in Alaska.<p><b>WASHINGTON</b> – Today, the …

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The changing face of camping: record numbers of minorities hit the trails

Teshale Nuer, a 25-year-old Latina behavioral therapist based in New York City, recently headed into the great outdoors for the first time, joining a group of predominantly white friends in tents in Maryland. For Nuer, who was initially resistant to joining, it was one of the most foreign …

MarketWatch

Trump’s Border Wall -- Texas’s Big Bend National Park Is Threatened by It

Will political expediency doom one of the Lone Star State’s most beautiful natural wonders?<p>‘And there, my friends,” declared our guide, gesturing out …

National Review

How to Visit Any US National Park for Free this April

The National Park Service of the United States just turned 100 years old, and they're hosting the best birthday celebration ever. More specifically, …

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Idiot Alert: Vandal Damages Death Valley’s Badwater Basin Salt Flats Before Abandoning His Van

In yet another act of disregard for our national treasures, someone recently drove a van ¾ of a mile across Badwater Basin salt flats in Death Valley …

Shutterbug

Chile Just Converted a Staggering 11 Million Acres of Land into Protected National Parks

Keeping the Wilderness Wild<p>Prompted by the 10 million acre gift of Parque Pumalín, the Chilean government has announced a massive conservation …

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‘Into The Badlands’ Could Fill The ‘Game of Thrones’ Hole In Your Life

AMC<p>Even in the era of Peak TV™, some shows still rise to become King of the Mountain. Currently, those shows are <i>The Walking Dead</i> on AMC and <i>Game of Thrones</i> on HBO. Both feature ensemble casts playing characters thrust into extraordinary circumstances in hostile and fantastical worlds. Both have deep …

UPROXX

15+ family friendly things to do in Arizona

Photo: Joseph Gonzalez<p><i>Editor’s note: These spots are all taken directly from travelstoke®, a new app from Matador that connects you with fellow</i> …

Matador Network

Love The National Parks? Follow This Guy on Instagram

<b>A Visual History of Early National Park Service Posters</b><p>During the ’30s and ’40s, the National Park Service commissioned incredible posters to …

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11 Off-Grid Races You Need To Ride In 2017

Have you raced your bike yet? Some of the writers at Singletracks are a little conflicted whether we should or should not race our bikes. Personally, …

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Hawaii's Must-See Lava Flows Are Home to New, Startling Ecosystems

Volcanologists have a flair for understatement. Here is the term for the roiling, spattering 2,000-degree Fahrenheit liquid rock visible in the …

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Sign Petition and Tell the Government We Can’t Afford to Stall on Climate Action!

While the status of the how the U.S. treats climate change has never been stellar, under the recent administration, it certainly seems like any …

One Green Planet