Reservations required at national parks campsites


The Four Guardsmen in Sequoia National Park on Monday, July 6, 2020. Campground spaces in Lodgepole, Potwisha, Azalea, Buckeye Flat and Sentinel campgrounds are available by reservation only for the rest of this year. (Photo: Ron Holman, Ron Holman)

For the 2021 summer season, campgrounds in Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks will require reservations through, which can be made up to one month in advance.

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Getting national park reservations requires scrambling six months ahead of time

Booking a campsite at a popular national park has become a real bear.

We’ve been checking (… and checking, and checking …) for availability at some of our favorite national park camping spots around the West. Bottom line: It’s tighter than we’ve ever seen it.

As we slowly return to normal after a year of pandemic restrictions, more people than ever are planning to hit the road in the coming

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Fishing and boating fees to increase in Yellowstone National Park

MAMMOTH SPRINGS, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) – Beginning today (March 24), fees for fishing and boating permits in Yellowstone National Park will increase. Anglers will be able to purchase fishing permits online via starting today for the upcoming season in addition to in-park stores and surrounding communities beginning this spring.

See Yellowstone’s fee schedule below for details:

Yellowstone National Park Fishing and boating fees increase
Yellowstone National Park Fishing and boating fees increase(National Park Service)


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Whiskeytown National Recreation restores trails, bridge after Carr Fire



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Visitors to Whiskeytown National Recreation Area will see some new features and restored facilities at the park this summer.

That’s after park staff rangers spent much of the past year restoring areas of Whiskeytown damaged by the Carr Fire in summer 2018, and the floods that further damaged the park in February 2019. Experts said at the time, the fire destroyed

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Get Outside and Safely Visit a National Park

Expansive vistas, serene lakes, abundant wildlife and good old fresh air — what’s not to love about national parks? So many Americans have taken refuge in parks during the pandemic that 15 of them set recreation visitation records in 2020. All of the parks have adjusted their operations as a result of Covid-19, and with social-distancing protocols still in place almost a year later, there could be competition for campsites,

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Finger Lakes could become the country’s next national heritage area


Taughannock Falls, near Ithaca, is the tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi.

The National Park Service invites public input on a feasibility study that will be used to determine whether the Finger Lakes region could become a national heritage area.

Unlike national parks, people actually live in the large landscapes the park service refers to as national heritage areas. Consequently, national heritage areas’ entities work with communities to determine

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COVID-19 puts Amache camp’s national park pursuit in limbo

DENVER (AP) — At first, the trip unfolded as just an academic tracing of family history.

John Tonai had for years heard the stories from his father, Minoru, about the Amache internment camp in southeastern Colorado, where the U.S. government transported thousands of Japanese Americans from California and held them behind barbed wire and guard posts for three years during World War II. The family lore became a constant soundtrack … Read More

National forests, other federal lands offer free parking for Presidents Day

Presidents Day means another opportunity for free parking at some outdoor recreation areas around the Pacific Northwest.

The holiday, on Monday, Feb. 15, is one of nine fee-free days honored by federal public lands agencies in 2021, meaning all parking and entry fees are waived on lands where it’s recognized.

This Presidents Day, fees will be waived on lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and

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Here’s how national park reservations have changed since the pandemic

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National parks have been a respite for United States travelers this year. As dozens of international borders remain closed and as cases continue to skyrocket, road trips and outdoor destinations have been the name of the game.


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St. Peter’s Prep football duo heading to Sacred Heart among Hudson County commits on National Signing Day

As Jordan Campbell was getting recruited this summer by Sacred Heart, the St. Peter’s Prep cornerback was doing some recruiting of his own, encouraging the coaches to take a look at teammate Ethan Rodriguez as well.

“Before I committed, Ethan wanted to get that Sacred Heart offer too,” said Campbell. “I was on the coach heavy, sending him Ethan’s film.”

Those recruiting efforts – both by school and player –

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Where to find a perfect fir for the holidays? Try a national forest: Peak Northwest podcast

Why pay top dollar for a perfect Christmas tree when you can pay a nominal fee, tromp off into the woods and cut down your own?

While you might not walk away with the prettiest fir in the world, harvesting your Christmas tree from the national forest is a Pacific Northwest pastime – and a great excuse to get outside this time of year.

On this week’s episode of Peak

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How to cut down a Christmas tree in the Boise National Forest

If nothing else, 2020 has been a year of new experiences. It goes without saying that many of those have been due to the coronavirus pandemic — wearing face masks, holding get-togethers via Zoom and worrying about toilet paper hoarders were certainly new experiences to me.

So with the year drawing to an end and an unusual holiday season arriving, my boyfriend, Max, and I decided to join some friends

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National Park Service nixes entrance fee for Delaware River recreation areas

The National Park Service has rejected charging an entrance fee to simply set foot inside its Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and Middle Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River.

The announcement came Tuesday as the federal agency released its new Visitor Use Management (VUM) Plan for the park, capping a five-year planning effort that began in September 2015.

Public comments on the proposed entrance fee raised a host of

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How to cut down your own tree from a National Forest


Oregon’s Willamette National Forest offered up his year’s Capitol Christmas tree and made a 3,000 mile cross-country road trip to Washington D.C.


In the movie, “Elf,” Buddy’s decision to cut down a tree in Central Park to decorate his dad’s New York City apartment was definitely illegal. But there is a way to cut down a tree on public property that is totally by the books. 


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You can cut down your Christmas Tree from a National Forest. Here’s how.

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The Electoral College is only getting worse

The Electoral College is a political abomination. As I have written before, rather than protecting the influence of small states, it grants overwhelming power to a handful of states that randomly happen to have a close partisan balance, which are mostly fairly large. Worse, it allows popular vote losers to win — which has happened twice in the last 20 years.

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National Sports Center for the Disabled Turns Fifty With New Brand, Same Mission

This has been a tough year for anniversary celebrations. The National Sports Center for the Disabled turned fifty in 2020, but the NSCD wasn’t able to have a big bash — even if this anniversary is really something to celebrate.

In 1970, legendary ski instructor Hal O’Leary, along with Jerry Groswald and Jack Buchheister, founded the Winter Park Handicapped Ski Program as a way for the resort to help children

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MPs draw up plans to ensure golf can resume after second national lockdown

Plans to ensure golf was the first sport to return after the second national coronavirus lockdown were being drawn up by MPs on Saturday ahead of a parliamentary debate on the “ridiculous” closure of courses.

The Telegraph Sport revelation that gyms and leisure centres would be allowed to reopen after December 2 sparked calls for outdoor grassroots and children’s sport to be cleared to resume as well.

That included golf,

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Winter motor vehicle rules on White River National forest begin Monday

Snowmobilers ride at Vail Pass in February 2020.
Photo by Liz Copan / Summit Daily archives

The White River National Forest’s winter motor vehicle use season begins Monday, Nov. 23.

Per U.S. Forest Service rules, all wheeled vehicles — including bikes — are limited to plowed routes or designated routes open through special order.

Winter motor vehicle use maps identify routes and areas designated for “over the snow” motor vehicle

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Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest offering Christmas tree permits

RHINELANDER, Wis. (WAOW) — The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest is offering personal use Christmas tree permits.

Each permit is $5 and a household can have up to five permits.

“We’re hopeful that making Christmas tree permits available online will make it easier for people to enjoy the experience of hiking through the woods to find the perfect tree,” said Tim Vetter, Recreation, Wilderness and Lands Program Manager.

The permits are available

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