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A Walk Through Walnut Canyon National Monument

Just 10 minutes east of Flagstaff, Arizona, on a densely forested plateau, the serpentine chasms of Walnut Canyon long ago gave refuge to hundreds of Native Americans. Occupied from approximately 1100 to 1250 CE, the Sinagua people were experts in growing crops and living in an arid environment. While this national monument might simply be a quick stop for travelers heading to Petrified Forest National Park or Grand Canyon National Park, it deserves a visit unencumbered by a tight timeframe.

Fall Spectacular: What's That Sound? Where To Listen To -- And Look For -- Wildlife in the National Parks

In the fall, animals and birds prepare for winter. Bears eat constantly to fatten up before they slow down. Many birds are already on their migration path. Elk and other ungulates are preparing for the mating ritual, the rut. Take a look -- or stop and listen -- in many national parks this fall and you'll catch a glimpse of this autumnal spectacular.

Celebrate National Fossil Day At Niobrara National Scenic River

Saber-toothed cats, horned rodents, and bone-crushing dogs will come back to life in displays at the Niobrara National Scenic River Visitor Center beginning on National Fossil Day, October 11. Children may discover a love for the past through family-friendly activities available throughout the day. In addition, teachers will be offered free in-school educational program opportunities, which may be presented throughout the school year.

Appellate Court Upholds NPS Right To Regulate Watercraft In Yukon-Charley Rivers

A tribunal from a federal appellate court has upheld the National Park Service's right to regulate watercraft on waters that pass through park units. The ruling, stemming from a case from Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve in Alaska, rejected the claim that the state of Alaska had authority over the Nation River even though it flowed through the preserve.

Cleanup Work After Hurricanes Irma, Maria Ongoing In Florida, Georgia, Caribbean

Nearly 300 National Park Service employees continued to work Monday on cleaning up the mess Hurricanes Irma and Maria left after roaring through the Caribbean and into South Florida and into Georgia. While access was slowly improving to some parks, others remained closed to the public.

Fall Spectacular: Great Autumn Hikes in the National Parks

It's hard to beat autumn for prime hiking in parks from coast to coast. This season brings fine weather to most of the country and in many locations fall foliage is an added bonus. There are more hikes in national parks than we can take in a lifetime, so here are a few suggestions for some great ones all across the nation—including some alternatives to the most heavily-visited sites.

Take A "Virtual Tour" Of Scotty's Castle At Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park will be hosting Scotty’s Castle Days this coming weekend. Everyone is invited to attend this free two-day event at the park's Furnace Creek Visitor Center. The event will feature Virtual Reality Tours of Scotty’s Castle and will include ranger programs and children’s activities.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Proposes To Allow Personal Watercraft In Lakeshore Waters

Seven years after a federal judge tossed out rules governing personal watercraft use at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan, the National Park Service has come up with a revised set of rules that would continue to allow the watercraft in park waters.

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