National Parks

national park waterfall
A National Park is a park used for the conservation and development of natural resources and preservation of native wildlife.  The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) considers a 'National Park' a protected area. 
National Park Service (NPS) employees and volunteers safeguard and maintain the United States' 392 parks. About 275 million people visit these places each year. There are tens of thousands of acres of land, oceans, lakes and reservoirs; 68,000 archeological sites; 43,000 miles of shoreline; 27,000 historic structures and much more. The NPS is a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Interior and is led by a director nominated by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. (Source: NPS / Photo: Flickr)

Photographer beckons you to explore White Sands National Park

What you can see on fee-free days at U.S. national parks this year

Sinking temperatures jumpstart winter transformation of Yellowstone waterfall

Volunteer for National Public Lands Day

'Tower of Voices' honors the Sept. 11 bravery of Flight 93

Girl returns rock to national park and earns rangers' sweet shout-out

This very good grandson is road-tripping with his grandma to all the national parks

National park poster artist aims to inspire a new generation of nature lovers

'Up in Arms': Book reveals more of the story behind the Bundys' takeover of national lands

Florida Everglades fire spreads to 32,000 acres

Unhealthy air plagues our national parks, just like it plagues our cities

Say hello to the first female chief ranger in this national park's 85-year history