Thousands of acres in California’s Sierra National Forest have been proposed as a national monument. Many argue that the protection is crucial for wildlife, the environment, and wilderness recreation. But it will face stiff opposition.
A raging rain and wind storm is hitting Northern California hard. The state has closed regional, state, and national parks, with partial closings of 37 others, while Yosemite braces for a blizzard.
In a park whose heart is a volcano, see ancient obsidian lava flows layered with red and orange cinder cones. Explore green gulches, bamboo forests, warm lagoons. Hike, run, bike, stargaze, soak up sunsets. Hey, you might even fly.
Buy your own slice of paradise at these surprisingly affordable locations—and drool over the listings far out of reach
As the sun transitions to “solar maximum” in the next three years, it is prime time to spot the aurora borealis—even in the lower 48 states. Here’s where, when, and how to catch the show in our national parks.
From tropical beaches to wildlife-watching outposts, we’ve rounded up the perfect campsites to escape the cold-weather blues
Officials in the Dutch province of Gelderland say the area’s wolves are getting too comfortable around humans
As frequent national-park visitors know, the Park Service offers coveted passport stamps, maps, and badges. Here’s how to get them.
The Sonoran desert toad is under threat from hunters who seek their toxic secretions
Get a front-row seat to epic views and adventure by staying at a national-park lodge. From Yosemite’s Ahwahnee Hotel to Shenandoah’s Big Meadows Lodge, these are our favorites.
According to a new Unesco report, glaciers in Yosemite National Park and other World Heritage sites are very likely to melt away by 2050
A longtime resident of the Southwest shares her favorite ways to see this region’s geological wonders, surreal sunsets, and wide-open spaces
Sparkling alpine lakes, the highest point in the continental U.S., and 800-plus miles of breathtaking hiking trails: Sequoia and Kings Canyon in the Sierra Nevada are far more than home to the biggest trees on the planet.
Shenandoah National Park has unveiled Shencamp, a text message-based update to help campers locate vacant campsites
The latest story of a tourist behaving badly in a national park is a real head scratcher
The Ute Indian Tribe says the White House did not meaningfully consult their government about Camp Hale-Continental Divide National Monument, which is located within the tribe’s ancestral lands
A Wyoming court has punished a Utah man for holding illicit motorcycle races on grasslands inside the park for at least nine years
The newest national monument sits in the heart of Colorado’s ski country. Here’s what you need to know about Camp Hale–Continental Divide National Monument.
When visiting West Virginia’s New River Gorge, you’ve got to go with the flow—and in the fall, during Gauley Season, that means Class V rapids
The landscape is home to prairie dogs, coyotes, badgers, bighorn sheep, and more
This year’s fire season is coming to a close, and thanks to mitigation techniques and some luck, it wasn’t as catastrophic as many predicted. But that doesn’t mean we’re in the clear.
On these expert-led trips, you’ll spot the National Park System’s wildest residents, from mysterious wolves to fat bears. Pro tip: the bioluminescent fireflies are pretty cool, too.
With the summer high season wrapping up, a variety of national parks are doing away with timed-entry and reservation rules for the next few months
These places get our vote as the most important to protect
Now is the time to wander among the world’s largest trees. Wildfires in central California for the past few years have decimated their numbers, so seeing these thousand-year-old natural wonders up close is, today more than ever, a privilege.
Pirates, enslaved people, and Spanish explorers shaped these seven small islands west of the Florida Keys. For most visitors, deep-diving into the past and then swimming the azure waters makes for an unforgettable trip.
Zion National Park, Carlsbad Caverns, and areas around Moab, Utah, were inundated by water after heavy rainfall pummeled the U.S. Southwest
Snorkel and paddle among quizzical lobsters, baby sharks, green turtles, and more at Biscayne, home to a massive coral-reef system off the coast of Miami
But seriously: at this popular South Florida park, come for the large reptiles, but stay for the subtropical scenery, varied birdlife, and all-out airboat rides
You don’t have to know much about paddling to wend the dark waterways of Congaree, in South Carolina. But persistence and a good sense of humor will help you along.
To control mass tourism, the National Park Service is working on solutions, like its reservation system. We tourists need to do our part, too. Here’s how.
The Wind Cave is the seventh-largest mapped cave in the world
Western national parks like Yellowstone, Zion, and Joshua Tree are among our most iconic, but it’s the journeys road-tripping in between them that provide the greatest opportunities for adventure. From Montana to Southern California, here’s how to make the most of this itinerary and avoid the crowds.
Deep, dark, and hiding some dreadful bits of history, Mammoth Cave, in Kentucky, is a fascinating place for underground exploration
From the perfect cooler to the best bug-repelling candle, we’ve rounded up our favorite products that make picnicking a breeze
Too many rocks? Not enough people? Illustrator Amber Share says bring it on.
Plastic rangers exploring America’s best idea
Many visitors to the mid-Atlantic make a beeline to the Smokies. But our 63 Parks columnist argues that there’s plenty of wild adventuring to be had in Shenandoah—and Blue Ridge views for days.
Unique recreation opportunities and uncrowded wilderness abound in areas impacted by Yellowstone flood
Award-winning poet Elizabeth Alexander explains how the expansion of the National Park Service Mellon Humanities Fellowship will allow scholars to deepen our understanding of the history within our public lands and share it with visitors
In the show's six episodes, host Baratunde Thurston takes viewers across the U.S. and has thoughtful, honest conversations with the people he meets about their relationships to the natural world
You can still find a slice of solitude in the country's most visited parks
Summer road trip, anyone?
Rangers in the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests are asking hikers to be mindful of bears
An atmospheric river dumped 200 to 300 percent more moisture than usual onto the area over the weekend
A new order from interior secretary Deb Haaland reverses a Trump-era policy that prevented national parks from banning plastic bottles
If you haven’t snagged a reservation to the growing list of timed-entry parks, it might seem like a trip there this summer is out of the cards. But fret not—we found some legal ways to visit.
The 200-million-old fossil, which contained footprints from an alligatorlike reptile, is believed to have been stolen from the park roughly five years ago
The former president once said, “It was here that the romance of my life began”
‘Our Great National Parks’ overly idealizes U.S. conservation efforts and gives a mealymouthed call to climate action
The best way to catch aurora borealis in all its lit-up beauty: go to the darkest places on earth, at just the right time, and hope for the best
Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio turned a canalway into a 90-mile trail perfect for hiking and biking, and our 63 Parks columnist highly recommends a ride
Indiana Dunes National Park is an adventure gem for urban midwesterners all year long, but particularly in summer, when Lake Michigan almost appears tropical
Some might be surprised to hear that one of our nation's most visited parks is in Ohio, but a single trip will be enough to convince you otherwise. Bridal-veil waterfalls, a spectacular river, and more than 125 miles of trails are merely supporting characters to this Midwest playground's main act: a conservation success story.
To mark its 150th anniversary, America’s first national park plans to use 2022 to address past wrongdoing and work toward a more inclusive future
This amazing 1,453-mile trip starts in Salt Lake City