Coming Soon: National Park Sites Dedicated to The Manhattan Project

Today the Senate passed a bill that will create three National Parks sites to commemorate the Manhattan Project, the World War II program that gave us the atomic bomb. » 12/12/14 5:50pm 12/12/14 5:50pm

Glacier National Park Is On Track To Be Glacier-Free By 2030

When Glacier National Park was dedicated in 1910, this stunning span of the Rocky Mountains on the Montana-Canadian border counted over 150 thick, morphing ice sheets that gave the park its name. One very warm century later, there are only 26 glaciers here. And by 2030, scientists warn, that number could be zero. » 11/26/14 6:30pm 11/26/14 6:30pm

Climbing Grand Teton Without A Rope

Rising 7,000 feet above the town of Jackson Hole in Wyoming, the Teton Mountain Range, while only about 40 miles long, is a dramatic sight. Standing out among the peaks is Grand Teton, towering at 13,770 feet. I set out with five friends in an attempt to free solo it. » 8/11/14 1:46pm 8/11/14 1:46pm

Somebody Crashed a Drone into Yellowstone's Hot Springs

If you're going to roundly ignore the ban on drones in America's national parks, then indeed you deserve to lose your toy in the murky, 160-degree depths of a hot spring. This past weekend, a tourist crashed a drone right into Yellowstone's iconic Grand Prismatic Spring. » 8/06/14 7:45pm 8/06/14 7:45pm

Drones Are Now Banned in Every National Park In America

The National Parks Service just announced a sweeping ban on drones. The new policy prohibits "launching, landing, or operating unmanned aircraft on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service." Why? Because they're disruptive, that's why. » 6/20/14 2:00pm 6/20/14 2:00pm

This Lookout Made of Mirrors Can Hide In Plain Sight

Now here's a room with many views. At Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park in Scotland, you might come across this mirrored lookout blending into the landscape. The walls of mirrors are both framing device and invisibility cloak, reflecting an utterly unique view of the surrounding loch and trees. » 6/13/14 2:00pm 6/13/14 2:00pm

Express Your American Pride with Vintage-Style National Park Posters

Between 1936 and 1943, the Works Progress Administration produced about 2,000 posters to publicize everything from civic events to national parks. They're gorgeous. So gorgeous that graphic designer Steven Thomas used them as inspiration for his latest project: See America. » 5/09/14 5:40pm 5/09/14 5:40pm

This Terrifying Glass Deck Lets You Walk Off a Cliff

This is the Glacier Skywalk, a newly-finished observation deck in Canada's Jasper National Park, smack dab in the middle of the Rockies of the Great White North. It makes you feel almost like you're walking on air. » 5/05/14 11:01am 5/05/14 11:01am

Drones Ordered Out of Yosemite by the National Park Service

The National Park Service issued a stern message on Friday to quadcopter-equipped Ansel Adamses: Drones are illegal in national parks, so keep them out of Yosemite's air space. » 5/04/14 5:00pm 5/04/14 5:00pm

A toxic and deadly week in landscape reads. We learn how, remarkably, tourist poop is flown by helicopter out of national parks, how Silicon Valley exports toxic waste all over the country, how poison lurks in our old televisions, and how the land can just fall away in the form of Washington's deadly mudslide. » 3/25/14 5:31pm 3/25/14 5:31pm

Time to grab some tea and watch this breathtaking Yosemite time-lapse

Colin Delehanty and Sheldon Neill recently hiked over 200 miles through Yosemite National Park with their backpacks filled mostly with camera gear. The effort was worth it based on the spectacular time lapse video they just uploaded to Vimeo. » 2/28/14 5:14pm 2/28/14 5:14pm

Stolen Ferrets, Fluorescent Fish, and the Upside of Cold

What a weird week for weather, huh? On earth, it was so cold that Canada got frostquakes. In space, a massive solar flare sent so many particles hurtling toward us that northern lights were visible outside of the Arctic circle. Here are some landscape reads for this week, taking you under the sea and deep inside of… » 1/13/14 4:40pm 1/13/14 4:40pm

You Can Visit 44 National Parks From the Comfort of Google Street View

Want to see Old Faithful in all its glory but don't have the time to actually get there? You can at least visit from the safety and convenience of your own computer because Google has mapped more than 44 different U.S. and Canadian National Parks and monuments. » 11/20/13 11:00am 11/20/13 11:00am

Gorgeous Maps Let You Decorate With the Grandeur of Our National Parks

As tools, maps are strictly pragmatic, meant to familiarize us with terra incognita. As artifacts, they help us understand the history of a place. But as art, they highlight the beauty of our surroundings—as shown by these posters highlighting the wild splendor of U.S. National Parks. » 11/01/13 2:00pm 11/01/13 2:00pm

Would You Visit Atomic Bomb National Park?

Maybe you've seen the buffalo at Yellowstone, hiked Half Dome at Yosemite, and gotten one last look before everything melts at Glacier. So what's next? If lawmakers have their way, it could be splitting the atom at Atomic Bomb Park. » 7/09/13 12:25pm 7/09/13 12:25pm

26 National Parks That Are No Longer National Parks

The US National Park Service extends from the Badlands of South Dakota to Biscayne Bay, Florida. But did you know it used to cover more? » 1/25/12 2:20am 1/25/12 2:20am

The Most Beautiful National Parks as Seen From Space

Wired has a gorgeous piece this morning that combines the best of space porn and national park porn. It has twenty breath-taking images and I highly recommend clicking over and checking it out. Here's a tiny taste. [Wired Science] » 8/23/11 9:47am 8/23/11 9:47am

The Most Dangerous Threat to U.S. National Parks: Idiots Armed with the…

July was an alarming, record-setting month for injuries at the Yellowstone National Park. It's not the park that's getting more dangerous, however—it's the technology that ignorant, inexperienced visitors are bringing in with them that's to blame: » 8/22/10 3:00pm 8/22/10 3:00pm