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Small Wonders: The 12 Teeniest National Park Sites

National parks encompass vast wilderness areas and grand landscapes, yet so many of America’s greatest treasures come in much smaller […]

Trivia Challenge: A Stockpile of Cold War History

Q: Numerous national park sites commemorate military engagements. Only one specifically interprets the history of the standoff that estranged two […]

An elk at Yosemite, one of the national parks with the worst air quality in the country. Photo © Americanspirit/Dreamstime.

The Elk Can’t Speak: Denying Pollution Doesn’t Help National Parks

Advocating for better air quality is something I do for a living. I recently worked with a team of experts […]

A star party at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. NPS photo by Mike Shaw.

Parks after Dark: 9 Ideas for Nighttime Fun

Summer nights may be short, but national parks often host extra activities to educate and entertain visitors during this popular […]

A view that failed to impress three recent visitors to Grand Canyon National Park. Photo © Katherine McKinney.

Meet the Three People Least Impressed with the Grand Canyon

... and How They Made Me Love the Park Even More

The Grand Canyon is a jaw-dropping place. Unless you’re a six-year-old. At that age, you’re interested in bugs and boogers, […]