This is a barren time in the sports calendar. We are in a desolate trough between the international intrigue of the Olympics and the drama and nonsense of football season. I’m goddamn bored. Coincidentally, the National Parks Service turns 100 years old today. Unlike late August, the National Parks are good, and as…
According to the caption on this White House photo, President Obama is watching “a virtual reality film captured during his trip to Yosemite National Park earlier this year.” But we all know that photo captions lie. So, what’s he actually watching?
You probably think of Yosemite National Park as a haven for nature, a place to experience all that is good and pure, in a landscape untainted by commercialism. Nope, just like the rest of the world, it’s being ruined by greedy assholes.
This chart from the USDA shows just what’s been going on in the American landscape over the last six decades. Part of the takeaway is what has changed—the rise of cities and we’ve stopped grazing so much of the forestlands—but it’s also just as notable for what hasn’t changed.
As the time for summer vacations comes upon us, let the beauty of Arches National Park inspire some nature outings.
A stretching coyote emulates just the right yoga pose in this shot taken near Yellowstone Lake on March 27, 2015. Though the coyote population in Yellowstone declined after the reintroduction of wolves in the mid-1990s, recent data has shown their numbers are on the rise.
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.
In Bad Luck, Hot Rocks: Conscience Letters and Photographs from the Petrified Forest, Ryan Thompson and Phil Orr document everything in the national park's "conscience pile" — the name park employees give the mound of rocks that have been returned by guilty thieves. While some people just felt bad, others became…
The Fountain Paint Pots in Yellowstone National Park are named for the colorful muds produced by the oxidizing iron in the mud, the natural result of hot springs. In November 2014, a light dusting of snow both revealed the topography of the area and made the steam rising from the ground clear and eerie.
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.
This view may look like it shows the view from high above the clouds, but what you're seeing is actually the ground-level view of what it looks like to look over the Grand Canyon right now.
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.
A small wildfire that had been burning in Yosemite since July suddenly become a much bigger wildfire, consuming over 2,500 acres near hiker-favorite Half Dome. Pictures of the blaze (and the terrific amounts of smoke it's generating) are a dramatic look at how quickly a wildfire can move.
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.
The hike down into the Grand Canyon is a rewarding one, full of gorgeous views. It's also, however, a treacherous hike with 250 of the people who attempt the route eventually needing rescue from the National Parks Service annually. Just what makes it so dangerous?
Developers want to put gondolas, hotels and shops in and around the Grand Canyon, in what the National Park Service has called the "most serious threat the park has faced in its 95-year history."
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.
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.
Summer is coming up fast, and, hopefully, some accompanying vacation for you. What are some of the scientific landmarks that we should be checking out this season?