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Condor Gulch Overlook in Pinnacles National Park

50 minutes agoFitness / Hiking : SoCal Hiker

Pinnacles National Park is a gem hidden in plain sight. It’s one of the youngest National Parks in the system–having been promoted to NP status in 2013–yet many of the trails date back over a hundred years. Back then Schuyler Hain — the “Father of Pinnacles” led tours up Bear Valley to the caves. Show More Summary

I Am a Park Ranger

1 hour agoFitness / Hiking : SoCal Hiker

During the Federal Government shut down, rangers at our National Parks took a lot of heat for keeping people out of the parks and memorials they are entrusted with protecting. In this video produced by the National Parks Conservation Association, the rangers get a chance to speak up and share their side of the story. […] The post I Am a Park Ranger appeared first on SoCal Hiker.

Government Shutdown: Where You Can Still Hike in SoCal

1 hour agoFitness / Hiking : SoCal Hiker

At 12:01 AM, October 1, 2013, the federal government shut down. While we wait for Congress to do the right thing, National Parks are officially closed to hiking and camping. I’ve got many friends who had plans for visiting nearby National Parks, and for now, those plans are dashed. Show More Summary

Muir Monday: Our National Park Service

1 hour agoFitness / Hiking : SoCal Hiker

Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer. Camp out among the grass and gentians of glacier meadows, in craggy garden nooks full of Nature’s darlings. Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. Show More Summary

Memorial Weekend in Yosemite

1 hour agoFitness / Hiking : SoCal Hiker

Over the Memorial Day weekend, Joan and I met up some new outdoor friends to go camping and hiking in Yosemite National Park. Jeff A., our third partner in our upcoming John Muir Trail adventure, introduced us to a terrific group. I had never attempted to visit a national park on Memorial Day weekend, but […] The post Memorial Weekend in Yosemite appeared first on SoCal Hiker.

New Forest National Park Camping

Inspired Camping... Smoothing the edges of roughing it! Cool Camping and Glamping UK and Worldwide The area known as the New Forest covers a large section of Southern England and is a recommendation from us if you ever get the chance to visit the area on a camping holiday. Show More Summary

10 Tips For Getting a Hard-to-Get National Park Backcountry Permit

By Michael Lanza The first time I backpacked in Yosemite National Park, more than 20 years ago, I applied months in advance for a permit to start at the park’s most popular trailhead, Happy Isles in Yosemite Valley—and I got … Continue reading ?

One Photo, One Story: Descending Zion’s Subway

By Michael Lanza Deep in the backcountry of Utah’s Zion National Park, my friend David Gordon and I scrambled carefully down a very steep and loose gully eroding from a sandstone cliff. At its bottom, we started walking a shaded, cool corridor … Continue reading ?

Cabela’s Celebrates 100 Years of Rocky Mountain National Park

Contributed by Laura Cromwell, Cabela’s For 100 years, Rocky Mountain National Park has stirred the adventurous spirit and satisfied the appetites of explorers seeking the freedom and fun found within nature. Embracing well over 265,000...Show More Summary

Westerners Continue to Have a Strong Connection to Public Lands

Those of us who spent our careers in the National Parks Service know full well that the allure of the American West is hard to shake off. Call it an affinity, or a closeness--but whether it's the sawtooth ridges of the Grand Tetons or...Show More Summary

Earthquake: 3.7 quake strikes near Twentynine Palms, Calif.

A shallow magnitude 3.7 earthquake was reported Wednesday afternoon in Joshua Tree National Park, 13 miles from Twentynine Palms, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 5:18 p.m. PST at a depth of 1.9 miles...

This Hippo-Surfing Heron Is As Chill As They Come

Given the choice between flying to the other side of a lake or hitching a ride on the back of a hippopotamus, one lazy heron in South Africa's Kruger National Park clearly chose right. Sure, hippos can be ferocious predators, but that doesn't seem to faze this cruising heron. Show More Summary

I Want To Go To There: This Cave Is So Big It Has Its Own Climate

Nestled beneath Vietnam’s Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park is the S?n ?oòng Cave, the largest in the world. S?n ?oòng was discovered in just 1990 and has developed its own climate, complete with rain clouds. When area farmer Ho Khanh first came across the cave all those years ago, it was like a scene from a movie […]

Lemur Subfossils Found in Flooded Cave in Madagascar

Deep below the surface of a water-filled cave in Madagascar, divers and paleontologists have uncovered a boneyard full of extinct giant lemurs.Hundreds of bones dot the silty bottom of Aven Cave in Tsimanampetsotse National Park. The...Show More Summary

The Breathtaking View of the Stars Over Zion National Park

yesterdayGenres / Sci Fi : io9

This is what getting far far away from light pollution to Zion National Park in Utah will get you. Taken on January 21, 2015, the stars are so numerous that the cliffs are blacker than the night. Full image below. Read more...

World's protected natural areas receive 8 billion visits a year

The world's national parks and nature reserves receive around eight billion visits every year, according to the first study into the global scale of nature-based tourism in protected areas. The paper, by researchers in Cambridge, UK,...Show More Summary

Stunning Photos Capture Rare Fox Sighting In San Francisco

2 days agoNews : Huffington Post

A gray fox, once a common sight in San Francisco’s Presidio, was spotted in the city’s national park for the first time in more than a decade last week. The photos capturing the moment are absolutely breathtaking. Presidio Trust biological...Show More Summary

Triple Arch, beautiful night sky photo shared by a Boing Boing reader

2 days agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

“An arching Milky Way over a light painted Double Arch, in Arches National Park, fisheye lens view.” Read the rest

What the National Parks Plan to Do With an Extra $408 Million

Obama's proposed National Park Service budget would be a huge boon to the agency.

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