• The Sipapu Natural Bridge at Natural Bridges National Monument.

    Plan a Desert Getaway to Natural Bridges

    As parks go, Natural Bridges has some serious bragging rights: It’s Utah’s first national park site, the first International Dark-Sky Park in the world, and one of the very darkest places for stargazing in the country. Designated in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt, this is the only place where you can find three natural bridges […]

  • Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

    10 Scenic National Park Drives

    Traveling through national parks in a car is not the same thing as experiencing them on foot. But as the fall weather turns colder, going for a drive can be a fun, comfortable way to see the countryside—and these ten park roads offer plenty of opportunities to get out and explore along the way. Each […]

  • Wild sunflowers blooming at Corkscrew Swamp. Photo © Mac Stone.

    Capturing the Essence of the Everglades

    A Q&A with Conservation Photographer Mac Stone

    Gainesville native Mac Stone discovered his gift for photography and his love of nature at an early age. In the years since, he’s carried his camera throughout Florida, scheming creative ways to capture wild landscapes and curious creatures in their natural habitats, sometimes putting weeks of planning into the execution of a single image. (For […]

  • Drakes Estero at Point Reyes National Seashore. Photo (c) Robert Campbell, Chamois Moon.

    Wilderness Wins on the West Coast

    The Long Journey to Victory at Point Reyes National Seashore in California

    On October 6, just weeks after the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, park lovers got a new reason to celebrate. After more than 40 years of waiting, the National Park Service can now rid Drakes Estero, a picturesque inlet within Point Reyes National Seashore in California, of an industrial oyster company that has been damaging […]

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  • A Little-Known Piece of History Reclaimed

    Celebrating Florida’s First Lancelot Jones Day

    Many Americans will recognize this coming Monday, October 13, as a holiday honoring Christopher Columbus. Thanks to NPCA supporters, the […]

    A Double Threat to an American Icon

    Why It’s Too Soon to Take Large-Scale Action on Development Proposals at the Grand Canyon

    Over the summer, many New York Times readers were shocked to learn about two development proposals that would permanently scar the […]

    The Elwha River, Undammed at Last

    There’s plenty I could say about my recent rafting trip down the newly restored Elwha River, but sometimes a simple […]

  • What Lies Beneath

    Citizen Scientists Dive into Lake Michigan to Combat Invasives and Help Save Birds at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Ever wonder what lies beneath Lake Michigan? Emily Tyner, a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has been working […]

    Park Fees Should Benefit Park Visitors

    Congress Needs to Act Soon So National Parks Can Keep the Fees They Collect

    Have you ever marveled at the pink and red sandstone cliffs at Zion National Park while learning about the area’s […]

    We Can’t Afford to Wait

    National Parks Play a Unique Role in Fighting Climate Change—and We Need Stricter Standards to Protect Them

    The giant trees that give Sequoia National Park its name are some of the largest and longest-lived organisms in the […]