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The West is on Fire: Here's How Travelers Can Avoid the Burn

The West is on Fire: Here's How Travelers Can Avoid the Burn Aug 23rd, 2013 at 1:30PM: Colorado has their most destructive wildfire on record this season, while a massive California blaze is currently threatening Yosemite National Park. Several of Montana's most scenic highways were closed this week due to fire conditions, rerouting many travelers and affecting local businesses. Other recent blazes have plagued Idaho, including the popular Sun Valley resort, and Utah. Travelers...

Help The National Park Foundation Fill Its Summer Scrapbook For A Chance To Win A National Park Adventure

Help The National Park Foundation Fill Its Summer Scrapbook For A Chance To Win A National Park Adventure Jun 23rd, 2013 at 8:00AM: Kraig Becker Now that summer is officially here, the National Park Foundation is opening up its Summer Scrapbook and they're asking us to help them fill it. The NPF is inviting the public to share their favorite photos, videos and travel tips from America's national parks and in exchange, they're giving us a chance to win one of two trips to two of the country's most iconic national parks. The...

Mammoth Mountain Summer Camp Will Make You Wish You Were A Kid Again

Mammoth Mountain Summer Camp Will Make You Wish You Were A Kid Again Jun 15th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Mammoth Mountain Remember when we were kids and summer camp meant hiking in Yosemite, whitewater rafting and camping under the stars? Yeah, me neither! My summer camp wasn't nearly half as cool as that! Those are exactly the kinds of activities that Mammoth Mountain will offer kids this summer at their annual Mammoth Kids Summer Camp, however, providing six days filled with fun and adventure that...

Photo Of The Day: A Harvest Moonrise Over Mono Lake, California

Photo Of The Day: A Harvest Moonrise Over Mono Lake, California May 17th, 2013 at 6:00PM: ™ Pacheco, Flickr Just past the eastern terminus of the Tioga Pass, the entryway to Yosemite National Park, is the quietly beautiful Mono Lake. The area is unique due to its salinity and eerie tufa rock formations that jut out from the water, which give it a completely unreal appearance. Flickr user Pacheco took this amazing photo of the moonrise after a two-day mission to get the perfect...

Hyperlapse Tool Takes Google Street View To A Whole New Level

Apr 11th, 2013 at 4:30PM: Google Street View was a boon to desk- and couch-bound wanderers when it debuted back in 2007, but even the most fervent Street View explorers would agree that the endless clicking is a bit of a chore. Enter a free online tool that uses Street View images to create a personalized animated road trip. The Hyperlapse tool, created by a Toronto design company, lets you choose any two drivable...

Yosemite's Largest Glacier Has Stopped Advancing

Yosemite's Largest Glacier Has Stopped Advancing Feb 12th, 2013 at 8:00AM: For years we've heard environmental scientists and researchers tell us how climate change is having a profound effect on glaciers across the globe. In many parts of the planet, increased temperatures have caused the giant sheets of ice to dramatically recede or disappear altogether. That process has now begun to take place in one of America's most iconic landscapes - Yosemite National Park. ...

Video: One Day In Yosemite National Park

Feb 3rd, 2013 at 8:00AM: On June 26 of last year, 30 filmmakers descended on Yosemite National Park to take part in a very interesting project. They spread out across the park's 761,000 acres in an effort to capture the essence of a single day in that iconic place. They shot footage of the landscapes, wildlife, visitors and staff. They managed to record images from that day that were both sprawling in scope as well as...

National Park Service Puts Permanent Caps On Half Dome Hikers

National Park Service Puts Permanent Caps On Half Dome Hikers Jan 8th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Yosemite's Half Dome is one of the most popular and iconic sites in the entire U.S. National Park system. It is so popular in fact that in 2010 the Park Service was forced to institute a provisional set of guidelines that required hikers to have a permit before attempting to make the long trek to the top. Last week the NPS announced that the temporary system would now become permanent, limiting...

Climber Falls And Swings From El Capitan

Dec 1st, 2012 at 12:00PM: The last time you probably heard about El Capitan was when you read about Alex Honnold, the crazy free climber who summited the wall in Yosemite Valley without a rope. There's also a rope missing in the above video, but for a different reason. Anchored on two ropes, LiveLeak user tomservo set up a massive swing on the face of the wall by dropping to the end of one rope and then swinging across...

Yosemite Hantavirus Threat Continues To Spread, 230000 Visitors Possibly Exposed

Yosemite Hantavirus Threat Continues To Spread, 230000 Visitors Possibly Exposed Sep 14th, 2012 at 8:00AM: It continues to be bad news for the National Park Service as it struggles to deal with an outbreak of the hantavirus that was traced back to Yosemite National Park. The number of visitors who may have been exposed to the potentially deadly virus continues to rise dramatically and the NPS now says that it has alerted more than 230,000 people to the threat. That is significantly more than was...

Yosemite Hantavirus Threat Expands To 39 Countries

Yosemite Hantavirus Threat Expands To 39 Countries Sep 7th, 2012 at 8:00AM: Last week we told you about an outbreak of the Hantavirus in Yosemite National Park that resulted in the deaths of two people with a possible exposure to hundreds more. Now the true scope of that exposure is becoming more clear as the National Park Service has warned that as many as ten thousand people may be at risk. Worse yet, the NPS says that 2500 of those could be from up to 39 different...

Hantavirus In Yosemite National Park Results In Two Deaths

Hantavirus In Yosemite National Park Results In Two Deaths Aug 30th, 2012 at 8:00AM: The National Park Service is scrambling to deal with an outbreak of the deadly hantavirus in Yosemite National Park after two people who recently visited the region contracted the disease and died. So far there have been three confirmed cases of the virus and a fourth suspected case. Park officials fear that potentially hundreds of visitors may have been exposed, however, prompting them to release...

Google Street View Features California National Parks

Google Street View Features California National Parks Jul 31st, 2012 at 5:00PM: Want to see Redwood National Park but don't have the time or money to make the trip? How about Yosemite or Death Valley? Thanks to the graciously, life-improving, expanding Internet, you can now take a stroll through five California national parks right on Google Street View. The Official Google Blog outlines this new step. While seeing these monumental landscapes in person cannot be...

10 Title-Holding National Parks In The United States

10 Title-Holding National Parks In The United States Jul 15th, 2012 at 3:00PM: National parks hold some of the most beautiful and diverse landscapes in the country, and sometimes even the world. Not only do these destinations make for great hiking, biking and adventure sports, but they also allow you to view one-of-a-kind facets you can't find anywhere else on the planet. While Black Canyon of the Gunnison holds the title of being the country's newest national park,...

Photo Of The Day: Stunning View Of Yosemite Valley

Photo Of The Day: Stunning View Of Yosemite Valley Jun 17th, 2012 at 6:00PM: I may be in New York City today, but I've got the great outdoors on my mind. In my head I can almost see the towering mountains, smell the crisp scent of pine in the air and hear the faint whistle of birds off in the distance. So when I saw Flickr user oilfighter's photo of clouds breaking over Yosemite National Park, I knew I had to pick it. This magnificent capture of one of the world's most...

New Half Dome Permit System In Place For Yosemite

New Half Dome Permit System In Place For Yosemite May 28th, 2012 at 8:00AM: This past Friday, just in time for the busy Memorial Day Weekend, the climbing cables were put in place on Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, opening the door for hikers and backpackers to hit the iconic trail. The 16-mile round-trip trek includes a challenging scramble up the side of Yosemite's famous rock formation and eventually winds its way to the summit, some 8800 feet above sea level....

Video: Yosemite In Timelapse

May 1st, 2012 at 8:00AM: Timelapse videos seem to be all the rage on the Internet these days but when they look as amazing as the one below, you can understand why. The 4 minute-44 second clip was shot in Yosemite National Park by filmmaker Shawn Reeder and it only serves to remind us just how beautiful that place actually is. If you've never experienced Yosemite for yourself, there is no better time to go than in the...

A timelapse journey through the American Southwest

Feb 21st, 2012 at 3:00PM: While I don't think anybody would dispute that the American Southwest is beautiful, this timelapse video by Henry Jun Wah Lee of Evosia Studios takes the region to a whole new level of breathtaking. Without using words or special effects, the Los Angeles-based filmmaker brings the landscape to life with dancing fog, vibrant sunrises, detailed rock formations, and curvacious craters that...

Number of permits for Yosemite's Half Dome could be cut

Number of permits for Yosemite's Half Dome could be cut Feb 3rd, 2012 at 8:00AM: The number of permits available on a daily basis for Yosemite's popular Half Dome hike could be reduced in number starting next year – if a National Park Service proposal goes into effect. The move could be made in an effort to make the hike up the iconic mountain less crowded, and therefore safer, following the death of a hiker this past summer who fell while descending on the steep slopes....

Yosemite National Park like you've never seen it before

Jan 24th, 2012 at 1:00PM: While most people have seen beautiful photos of Yosemite National Park in California, there's nothing quite like watching the different aspects of a landscape as they shift and transform through timelapse video. Viewers get the chance to see moments that they would usually be asleep for, or that are too quick to be caught by the naked eye, like the Earth rotating over a lush valley,...

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