America’s National Parks Podcast
National Park News | Access To Tallest Tree Blocked, Mobsters In The Bottom of Lake Mead

National Park News | Access To Tallest Tree Blocked, Mobsters In The Bottom of Lake Mead

August 4, 2022

In this episode, we share the news about Hyperion, the world's largest tree, and the attempts at Redwood National Park to keep people from making the dangerous trek to visit it. Plus, Lake Mede is receding, which is creating some interesting surprises, including possible bodies of mobsters at its depths. All that and more on this edition of our National Parks News Roundup.

Today's show was sponsored by L.L.Bean, follow the hashtag #beanoutsider, and visit LLBean.com to find great gear for exploring the National Parks. 

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This Contested Land with McKenzie Long

This Contested Land with McKenzie Long

July 29, 2022

National Monuments are some of our nation’s most controversial lands. On April 26, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order to review twenty-seven national monuments, calling them “superstitious land grabs” and “an abusive use of the Antiquities Act,” suggesting he might reduce or abolish them completely. He went on to issue proclamations that reduced two national monuments, Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears, and shortly thereafter, President Biden reinstated the former boundaries of both monuments when coming to office, 

Today on America’s National Parks, we talk with McKenzie Long, whose book This Contested Land: The Storied Past and Uncertain Future of America’s National Monuments, shares her visits to thirteen national monuments established within the last twenty-five years.

Today's show was sponsored by L.L.Bean, follow the hashtag #beanoutsider, and visit LLBean.com to find great gear for exploring the National Parks. 

And by Campendium. Find listings and reviews for thousands of campsites for your next national park adventure at campendium.com.

 

Make sure to follow the America's National Parks Podcast on Facebook and Instagram, and join us on the RV Miles podcast the hear our travel stories as we journey across America. 

The Failed Gold Rush

The Failed Gold Rush

July 18, 2022

Skagway earns its fame in an enthralling story, as the gateway to the Klondike Gold
Rush, nearly fifty years after the California Gold Rush of 1849. It’s easy to get caught up in the
daydream of the myriad pioneers and adventurers who made their fortune passing through
Skagway to the abundant troves of gold waiting in the wilderness beyond. But the story didn’t
actually unfold that way.

Today, Skagway is home to the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. The
Visitor Center resides in one of the restored buildings, right on Broadway, close to the docks.
Many of those Wild West buildings are, in fact, part of the park, and the stories of the fortune-
seekers – adventurers and scoundrels alike – are housed within their walls.

Restoring Yellowstone

Restoring Yellowstone

June 28, 2022

Yellowstone National Park turned 150 this year, but of course, the national park moniker is just a human designation for this exotic landscape.  a massive Caldera formed from a volcano that last erupted 631000 years ago. There are few places on Earth that display the power of nature so eloquently as Yellowstone. A place where the only constant is change. That power recently showed its face in the form of devastating floods that ravaged much of Yellowstone and beyond. On this episode of America's national parks the path forward for Yellowstone after a 1 in 500-year event.

News From the Parks | Yellowstone National Park is CLOSED, Plastic Sales Banned in Parks & More

News From the Parks | Yellowstone National Park is CLOSED, Plastic Sales Banned in Parks & More

June 13, 2022

In this month's edition of News from the Parks, a late-breaking story out of Yellowstone, all 5 entrances are closed due to flooding and dangerous conditions. Also, the Interior Department is banning the sale of single-use plastics, a woman gets gored by a bison, and more.

The America's National Parks Podcast episode on California Condors: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/california-condors/id1353308883?i=1000409126037

Grand Register of the Yo-Semite Valley

Grand Register of the Yo-Semite Valley

June 3, 2022

Yosemite was once a wild land ruled by grit. In the 1870s and 80s, only the hardiest of travelers braved the rumbling wagon road and the twenty-mile trek into the valley on mule or horseback. These were folk acclimated to the wild, people who had lived in mining towns or mountain villages their entire lives. Yet, tucked away in the packs of some of these rugged, hardened adventurers was beautiful, delicate china, artisan soaps, fragile full-length mirrors, and fresh crisp towels. Across the treacherous terrain strapped to stubborn scratchy mules, employees of the Cosmopolitan Bathhouse & Saloon brought luxury to the valley in a juxtaposition that defined so much of this era.

Teddy Roosevelt’s Namesakes: One Man, Many Parks

Teddy Roosevelt’s Namesakes: One Man, Many Parks

May 25, 2022

What do a brownstone in the heart of New York City, a site near the Canadian border in Buffalo, a forested island in Washington, D.C., and the sprawling North Dakota Badlands have in common? They are all units of the National Park Service named for Theodore Roosevelt. 

Marsh Billings Rockefeller: Conservation on a Grand Scale

Marsh Billings Rockefeller: Conservation on a Grand Scale

May 13, 2022

On a picturesque estate in historic Woodstock, Vermont, carriage roads crosscut the property, through fields, flanked by stands of trees, providing scenic views of the estate, the adjacent farm, and the surrounding area. Historic buildings lie scattered across the estate: the mansion, the carriage barn, the wood barn, the horse shed. This idyllic setting, filled with old hardwood trees, open pastures, stone walls, and covered bridges, is the Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historical Park.

News FromThe Parks | ”Fee Free”Smokies to End, Rabbit Disease, Bird Migration & More

News FromThe Parks | ”Fee Free”Smokies to End, Rabbit Disease, Bird Migration & More

May 1, 2022

In this month's news, we're sharing the proposed "parking tag" that the Great Smoky Mountains National Park may implement, the Brown v. Board of Education site is expanding, and more. 

 

You can comment on the Smokies fees here:

Visit https://parkplanning.nps.gov/GRSMfeeproposal2023 

Betty Reid Soskin

Betty Reid Soskin

April 22, 2022

On Thursday, March 31, the oldest working National Park Service Ranger Betty Reid Soskin retired after a decade and a half of sharing her personal experiences and the efforts of women from diverse backgrounds who worked on the World War II Home Front.

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