Discover and explore 100 different and fascinating facts about our national parks. Learn about Yellowstone, Yosemite, Denali, the Great Smoky Mountains and much more.
Valley Uprising is an incredible behind the scenes look at the rise of Yosemite’s rock climbing counterculture.
Native American tribes are organizing a protest in favor of changing the names of two Yellowstone National Park features.
Grand Teton National Park law enforcement rangers are looking for information regarding an illegal operation of a drone.
Secretary Ryan Zinke announces all national monuments under review will stay, but not all will stay untouched.
The federal government has removed the grizzly bears of the greater Yellowstone ecosystem from the endangered species list.
Zinke indicated he is comfortable with the monument remaining in the “public's hands” while praising the forested scenery as “beautiful.”
Glacier National Park was named for its beautiful glaciers, unfortunately they may soon only be a memory.
The National Park Service releases a report investigating sexual harrassment allegations in Yellowstone.
Six days into President Trump’s administration and a ragtag group of rabble-rousing rogue rangers from the National Park Service have already started a twitter boxing match with the leader of the free world...
Canadian group who vandalized U.S. National Parks plead guilty and are banned from U.S. public lands.
Public comment opens for plan to reintroduce grizzlies to the North Cascades. Returning grizzlies to the North Cascades? That just may happen if a federal wildlife plan becomes reality.
Goodbye 2016 and hello 2017. While we are looking forward to all the new adventures the new year will bring, 2016 was a year to remember in the outdoors. It was full of triumphs and tragedies that will live on in legend… both good and bad.
Here’s a look at our best and worst of the year in the outdoors.
Two juveniles have been charged in starting a fire in East Tennessee that killed 14 people and damaged or destroyed nearly 2,000 buildings.
4 year old Ottie Powell's teacher sent the class out to gather firewood near the Appalachian Trail during a short recess, young Ottie would neverreturn
The “wailing woman” or “wondering woman” of the Grand Canyon is said to haunt the North Rim, forever searching for her lover and child.
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is offering a fee-free day on Thursday, Nov. 11 in honor Veterans Day.
A Long Trail of Death: 5 years, 5 dead, 1 trail. Unlike most haunted trails and ghost stories you may read, the following are true stories. These people lived, breathed and ultimately vanished.
The ghost of the Great White Sands… The ghost, named Pavla Blanca is said to haunt White Sands National Monument in New Mexico forever searching for her lost love.
According to Cherokee lore, Spearfinger is an old witch that roams the rocky ridgelines of the smokies, she is said to haunt the shore of Lake Fontana on the Norton Creek Trail.
Federal Wildlife officials have rejected a petition for more protection for the American Pika (Ochotona princeps) under the Endangered Species Act.
Anyone heading to Yosemite is going to have a little bit more room to stretch their legs as a result of the Park’s largest expansion in nearly 70 years.
The National Park Service is looking for vandals who tagged a Capitol Reef National Park petroglyph panel.
Search and rescue crews are actively looking for a 24-year old woman who went missing in Mount Rainier National Park.
The National Park Service said Monday that Glacier National Park's previous single-month record has been smashed.
A Texas man will spend 72 hours in jail and pay $250 in restitution for carving his initials in the iconic Roosevelt Arch
NPS investigation regarding the Saturday July 23, death of mountain guide Gary Falk, who fell to his death while assisting clients on a summit of the park’s famous peak, Grand Teton.
The new interactive sandbox at Lassen Volcanic NP is like nothing you've seen before. Check out the video!
A former National Park Service Superintendent of Effigy Mounds National Monument pled guilty to stealing ancient Native American remains.
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game (Fish and Game) is seeking public comment on proposed rules for hunting grizzly bears in eastern Idaho.
A post to Facebook is igniting a controversy near Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The screenshot of the post shows pictures of what appears to be a female, accompanied by a male, feeding a young black bear cub.
Law enforcement rangers in Grand Canyon National Park are looking for two vandals who appear to have been caught in the act.
June 2016 was the hottest month on record in Death Valley National Park. The National Park Service tells TrailMob that the average temperature in June was 101.9 degrees F.
Two Denali National Park visitors are safe after hiking to the abandoned bus immortalized by Chris McCandless and Into the Wild.
4th of July means fireworks and family camping trips. It also means the chance for serious savings on that tent you’ve been meaning to buy
In April 1992 Christopher McCandless walked "Into the Wild." He was immortalized by Jon Krakauer's 1996 book of the same title. The following is a candid interview with Carine McCandless, sister of Chris McCandless.
Researchers at the University of Illinois have recently concluded that spending time outdoors with family is beneficial to the family unit.
A federal judge has sentenced notorious national parks vandal, Casey Nocket. Nocket pleaded guilty to seven misdemeanor counts of damaging government property. A judge sentenced her to two years of probation and 200 hours of community service.
The National Park Service is calling on visitors to Yellowstone to please respect wildlife. The NPS press release comes after a newborn bison calf had to be killed by rangers.
On the evening of Saturday, April 30, three men in an OHV drove off-road, bypassing a gate at the Devils Hole parking lot. The men proceeded to shoot locks on two gates, a motion sensor on a security system, several signs, and scientific monitoring equipment - firing off at least 10 shots.
A grizzly bear killed last November has been identified as No. 211, otherwise known as “Scarface.” The 26-year-old bear was killed in the Little Trail Creek drainage north of Gardiner, Montana.
National Parks Week is from April 16th through the 24th. To celebrate the NPS is waiving all entrance fees.
Grand Teton National Park is currently seeking applications for the 11th season of the Youth Conservation Program. The program gives local teenagers an opportunity to spend the summer working while learning about and making significant contributions to protection of the park's trails and other resources.
Rocky Mountain National Park is looking for a few volunteers this summer. Duties range from providing visitor information at various trailheads and information stations to working on the road crew, doing bird research, camp hosting or swearing in Junior Rangers, among other positions.
On June 14, 1988, a small fire started on the banks of Storm Creek just north of Yellowstone National Park. These fires, collectively known as the Yellowstone Fires of 1988, would only be extinguished later in the fall, when cool wet weather finally reached Yellowstone National Park.
As the clock ticks down on the legal dispute between the National Park Service and Delaware North Company (DNC) over trademark rights to some of Yosemite’s most iconic landmarks, an historic welcome sign belonging to The Ahwahnee Hotel has been stolen. The incident occurred Saturday night or Sunday morning according to a Yosemite spokesperson - only days before the sign was scheduled to be covered-up or replaced.
“Take only Pictures, Leave Only Footprints.” That’s the motto of Washington based outdoors photographer Randall Hodges, who spent 27 years on the trail working towards his goal of hiking 24,901 miles earth’s circumference and capturing amazing photos along the way.
The Sierra Club is asking the National Park Service to change the name of the LeConte Memorial Lodge in Yosemite Valley. This after Sierra Club co-founder Joseph LeConte is discovered to be an “unabashed white supremacist, whose racist views were widely published after the Civil War.”
A record number of Americans found their park in 2015. According to the NPS data, “America’s Best Idea” hosted more than 307 million visits last year.
BURNS, Oregon -- Participants in the armed-standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge left what’s being described as “significant amounts of human feces” on or near a "sensitive cultural site."
SEDONA, Ariz. -- Actress Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical, Spring Breakers, Grease Live) is allegedly being investigated for vandalism in the Coconino National Forest near Sedona, Arizona.
SILVERDALE, Wash. — A Seabeck man is dead, after a hiking trip with friends ends in tragedy. The Kitsap County Coroner's Office has identified 18-year old Lucas Earl Weaver as the victim.
President Obama designates three new national monuments in the southern California desert. The massive tract protects nearly 1.8 million acres of our nation’s public lands.
K2: the second highest and arguably most difficult peak in the world to climb. Imagine this… you just summited, you help another climber, then hunker down at 26,000 ft. to wait out a storm… then someone steals your crampons. Mountaineer Don Bowie survived this ordeal, listen to him tell his story.
The following is a statement by David Houghton, president of the National Wildlife Refuge Association: We’re relieved to finally see the occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge come to an end. The FBI, local law enforcement and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service should be commended for a peaceful resolution...
The National Park Service recently estimated that our national parks are in need of roughly $12 billion in maintenance and repairs. The staggering figure represents deferred maintenance costs and represents a $440 million increase from the year prior, perhaps not surprising given 2015’s record-setting park visitation numbers.
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has been issued a notice of non-compliance from the United States Forest Service. The notice comes after the department violated an agreement by using a helicopter to put tracking collars on wolves in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CA -- The war of words between Yosemite National Park and long-time concessionaire Delaware North Company (DNC) is escalating. Today, TrailMob.com spoke with a DNC spokesman who maintains that the company is “shocked and disappointed that the National Park Service would announce unnecessary changes to the beloved names of places in Yosemite National Park.”
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Biologists from the National Park Service recently discovered two mountain lion kittens in the western end of the Santa Monica Mountains.
GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS N.P. -- The Superintendent of Great Smoky Mountains National Park has a message! Take a hike! Superintendent Cassius Cash committed to hiking 100 miles of trail in GSMNP during 2016, the National Park Service centennial.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK – The National Park Service announced today that they are changing the names of several iconic places in Yosemite National Park. The NPS is reacting to potential trademark infringement issues with lame duck concessionaire, DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite
WEST YELLOWSTONE, Montana -- If you thought Yellowstone looked more crowded than usual last year, you were correct! According to figures released today by the National Park Service, there were 4,097,710 “visits” (not necessarily visitors) to Yellowstone National Park, up 16.6% from 2014 - a new record.
Last week a young male mountain lion was legally “harvested” in southeastern Idaho, this particular mountain lion had a very unusual deformity—fully-formed teeth and what appear to be small whiskers growing out of a hard fur-covered mass on the left side of the animal’s forehead.
On the afternoon of June 18, 2015 two sisters were backpacking together along the Appalachian Trail near Washington Monument State Park in rural Maryland when the weather began to take a turn for the worse. One hour later a single bolt of lighting would forever change their lives.
The National Park Service is hiring for the Ansel Adams job. The NPS is looking for a photographer to capture our nation’s treasures to add to the “permanent collection at the Library of Congress.”
Grizzly Bears are one step closer to losing federal protection as an endangered species, at least around Yellowstone National Park. Hunting season for grizzlies appears eminent.
The National Park Service reports Yosemite National Park has recorded the lowest number of human-bear incidents since 1975 - the year the park first initiated its bear management program.
When it comes to successful conservation efforts, the protection of the California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus) is a superb example. Condors are an incredible sight. They are North America’s largest bird with a wingspan of more than 9 feet and can soar at altitudes of 15,000 feet.
Nearly 70 years ago, just after the end of World War II, Idaho Fish and Game came up with a unique plan for dealing with the troublesome beavers around the then booming McCall area. The solution: trap them, put them in a box, strap the box to a parachute and push the beaver box out of a perfectly good airplane over the rugged, remote and roadless Idaho wilderness
Sequoia National Park was established on September 25, 1890 in a measure that would protect the "Land of Giants" for generations to come. Read more...
7 people are dead after being caught in flash flooding Monday evening in Zion National Park. Rangers received a report of seven people canyoneering in Keyhole Canyon shortly before the flooding began said Holly Baker, Zion Spokeswoman. Rangers located their vehicles Monday evening and started the search Tuesday morning after it became clear the hikers had not left the canyon.
At dawn... 153 years ago... Musket fire pierced the air… Cannons thundered... 12 long hours later... More than 23,000 brave men lay littered across the red stained battlefield at Antietam... as the sun set on the bloodiest single day in American history.
Ohio State University geology students have been accused of defacting Native American rock that is centuries old and protected under the Antiquities Act. Pictures taken by Linden resident Rex Daley clearly show “OSU”, “Ohio State University” and “Geo.”
Wolves in South Dakota, in this day and age? Impossible right? Well, apparently not - a video obtained by TrailMob allegedly taken in or around the Black Hills area clearly shows a gray wolf allegedly roaming the Black Hills.
Over the past decade KEEN has gone from small start-up to footwear giant with a reputation for quality and durability. Now the company is taking on an even bigger task than protecting your toes…protecting our nation’s unspoiled treasures with the launch of its aptly named Live Monumental campaign. With a pretty sweet bright yellow RV, KEEN is roadtripping across the United States to “celebrate the places we play and to advocate for new national monument designations” - a truly monumental task.
1974 was a memorable year in U.S. History. Nixon resigned, Charles Lindbergh died, the Godfather Part II premiered on the big screen, the Oakland A’s won the World Series and United States Forest Service Civil Engineer by the name of Cleve “Red” Kethcam drafted the official and potentially only USFS “Cocktail Construction” chart.
They are called our nation’s “Best Idea,” yet when many Millennials and Generation X members think of our National Parks, all they can recall are fleeting moments from PBS and Discovery TV programs.
The National Park Service has officially declared Casey Nocket the primary suspect in eight vandalism cases across western National Parks. The park service's original press release stated they were investigating ten acts of vandalism. Here is the release from the NPS.
The investigation into Casey Nocket's actions is gaining steam. Today, TrailMob.com spoke with her mother and National Park Service Spokeswoman, Alexandra Picavet. Nocket is accused of a string of vandalism across western National Parks. During a conversation with her mother earlier today, she reiterated Casey's remorse for the acts, her willingness to accept the punishment and that she is fully cooperating with the investigation.