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National Parks and National Wildlife Refuges open to the public again

The recent shutdown of the US government closed the entire US National Park System. While rarely mentioned during the shutdown, it also closed the US National Wildlife Refuge System. Ned Levi discusses visiting both, with special emphasis on the less known National Wildlife Refuge System and what the refuge system has to offer travelers.
By |October 21st, 2013|Columns|0 Comments|

Is it time to bring wireless services to the US national parks?

The US National Park Service (NPS) is under growing pressure to provide WIFI and cellular services for park visitors, at least, in the developed areas of the national parks, roads, and trailheads. Ned Levi discusses the pros and cons of the NPS installing these services.
By |February 25th, 2013|Columns|21 Comments|

Rock slides force Yosemite officials to close 233 rooms

Yosemite National Park administrators have announced they will permanently close 233 cabins at Curry Village, which until last month had 600 units. Since 1996, two people have been killed, and almost two dozen injured by rockfalls in that area of the park.
By |November 25th, 2008|Today|1 Comment|

5 quietest and 5 noisiest national parks

The Coalition of National Park Service Retirees (CNPSR) just released their list of the five quietest national parks in the lower 48 states as well as their five noisiest national parks. Where should you go this summer and fall if you want to escape the rising tide of man-made sound? Here are their findings in their words.