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milky way glistens over stargazer in death valley national park (photo)

in a remote place like a desert, where pristine skies can be found, far away from light-polluted cities, the stars of the milky way galaxy can glow brightly enough to project subtle shadows onto the ground.

milky way arcs above zabriskie point in death valley (photo)

the shimmering arc of the milky way stretches high in the sky in this view of zabriskie point in california's death valley national park.

image of the day

a bright and vivid milky way glistens over delicate arch, a natural sandstone structure in arches national park in utah.

fossils stolen from death valley national park

death valley national park, calif. (ap) — ancient fossil footprints have been stolen from death valley national park. the park announced tuesday that scientists who visit the area to document the fossilized animal tracks discovered the theft recently and reported it to rangers. the park says backpackers were photographed in the area and may have […]

powerful storm sends dumpsters tumbling, roof flying in death valley national pa

a powerful storm swept through death valley national park on monday evening, producing strong winds that sent dumpsters tumbling down the road and the roof of a historic building flying. the heavy gusts lasted only 10 minutes, but the national park service estimated winds were blowing up to 100...

milky way shimmers over smoky skies in stunning view from yosemite national park

a blaze near yosemite national park has created smoky skies for days. the milky way is trying to shine above the band of smoke and dust visible from the tunnel view of yosemite.

tours of flood-damaged scotty's castle in death valley national park focus on re

two years ago, a flash flood swept through historic scotty’s castle in death valley national park, causing serious damage to the building and the road. starting dec. 2, the attraction, which has been closed since october 2015, is set to reopen to weekly tours for visitors who want to see its renovations...

fossils stolen from death valley national park

a flier from the national park service has small photos of three backpackers who were in the area and may have witnessed the theft.

death valley temperatures may hit 128 on summer's first day. the heat may give y

visitors to death valley on tuesday won’t need reminder that summer has arrived. the forecast is for sunny and 128, with — surprise — a zero chance of rain. on saturday, rangers at death valley national park recorded the first 120-degree day of the year, and even hotter temperatures are predicted...

ap photos: jet pilots put on thrilling show at remote canyon

death valley national park, calif. (ap) — inside california’s death valley national park is a narrow gorge nicknamed star wars canyon where military pilots train and test jets — and put on a thrilling show. photographers and aviation enthusiasts travel from around the globe to stand on the rim of the deep, craggy canyon and […]

marsfest in death valley brings the red planet down to earth

if the surface of mars needed a stand-in, death valley might be its double. two decades ago, scientists found the sparse desert landscape the best place to test the mars rover. now scientists and engineers will gather this weekend to talk about the relationship between the national park and science...

earthquake: 3.2 quake strikes near teakettle junction in death valley

a shallow magnitude 3.2 earthquake was reported tuesday morning 12 miles from teakettle junction in death valley national park, according to the u.s. geological survey. the temblor occurred at 11:39 a.m. pst at a depth of 0 miles. according to the usgs, the epicenter was 89 miles from ridgecrest,...

national park week means four free entry days in april

during national park week in april, travelers can take advantage of four days of free entry at national park sites from coast to coast. that means you save $20 to enter death valley, and $25 to $35 on a visit to yosemite. the deal and dates: not all parks charge entry fees, but those that do will...

that big quake off the coast of alaska? death valley's pupfish felt it

the strong earthquake off the coast of alaska on monday caused 1-foot waves in devils hole, a water-filled cave that’s home to critically endangered pupfish in death valley national park. minutes after the magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck in the gulf of alaska, the impact caused water to slosh in...

tourists flock to hottest place in u.s. as temps swell

death valley national park expected to reach first 120-degree day of the year on sun. and go higher this week

how to channel brad pitt's national park mindfulness

brad pitt looks relaxed in america's national parks. in a new interview and video with gq style, the actor opens up about life and loss in a photo shoot staged in everglades national park in florida and new mexico's white sands national monument and carlsbad caverns national park. the shoot shows...

galactic tug-of-war propels milky way through the universe

lola gayle, steam register it’s long been known that the milky way galaxy and its companion galaxy andromeda are moving with respect to the expanding universe. this movement means that both galaxies will collide in the very distant future. but what exactly is propelling the milky way through s...

florida man dies while snowshoeing in glacier national park

west glacier, mont. (ap) — a 64-year-old florida man collapsed and died while on a guided snowshoe walk in glacier national park. park officials say the miami man’s death is believed to be due to natural causes. officials have not released his name. he was visiting the park with family. park dispatch received a call […]

top 10: california’s most popular attractions

from yosemite national park to death valley, these are california's most popular destinations. is your favorite among them?

1 dead, 1 hurt in rockfall at yosemite national park's el capitan

one person was killed and another injured in a rock slide at a popular climbing destination in yosemite national park wednesday afternoon, officials said. the rockfall occurred just before 2 p.m. on the east buttress of el capitan, a granite monolith above yosemite valley, according to the national...

fox valley park district wants your input in naming new park

just how important is a name? to fox valley park district executive director jim pilmer, "very important." especially when the name is attached to a historical and highly visible piece of property that will soon be turned into a community park for all the city to enjoy. the two-acre site we're...

3rd river death reported in sequoia national park

a 26-year-old woman fell into a creek and was swept downstream in the third river death in sequoia national park this year.

rangers investigating death at harpers ferry national park

authorities are investigating an accidental death inside harpers ferry national historical park.

rangers investigating death at harpers ferry national park

sandy hook, md. (ap) — authorities are investigating an accidental death inside harpers ferry national historical park. the herald-mail of hagerstown, maryland, reported friday that the accident was reported about 2:30 p.m. on friday. chief ranger ryan levins said authorities could not release details about the death or about the person who died. lt. charles […]

death of three desert tortoises prompts warning at joshua tree national park

people driving in joshua tree national park are being asked to watch out for wildlife after the deaths of three desert tortoises in the past week. two of the tortoises were killed in a campground. the national park service said wednesday that factors contributing to the deaths include a big increase...

stellar nursery in orion's dusty heart sparkles in stargazer's amazing photo

brilliant baby stars illuminate clouds of cosmic dust and gas inside the core of the orion nebula in this stunning new image captured by amateur astronomer miguel claro.

worries in estes park about possible national park fee increases

business leaders in estes park say they're worried about a proposal to significantly increase entrance fees at national parks such as nearby rocky mountain national park.

vintage photos showcase beauty of olympic national park

to celebrate the park's 79th birthday, we took a look in our photo archive.

even kids need photo id to use park in pricey detroit suburb

residents older than 8 must have a photo taken at city hall to be linked to their passes for lake front park.

national parks saw a record-setting number of visitors last year. were they too

death valley, joshua tree, sequoia and yosemite national parks all set attendance records in 2016 — as did the park system nationwide, recording more than 330 million visits during its centennial year. a new tally shows 330.97 million recreational visits to national parks last year, a 7.72% increase...

photogenic death valley salt flats damaged by driver who abandoned van

an abandoned van found on death valley national park's protected salt flats has been towed away, but tracks remain – and may be there for years. the park posted photos of the van to its facebook page and says that the vehicle went into the salt flats at badwater basin on wednesday last week. it was towed out on friday by a small track vehicle, leaving more (unavoidable) damage to the salt crust. it's not the first time these flats have been damaged by drivers ignoring signs to stay on roadways. according to the las vegas review-journal, the park is prosecuting three cases of vandalism. it has also applied for a grant that would fund restoration of the site. this case also calls to mind the recent vandalism of the racetrack playa, where someone drove a vehicle over the dry lake bed.

image of the day

a skywatcher gazes at the milky way with venus shining brightly on the horizon in this photo taken at gallagher canyon near lexington, nebraska on nov. 30, 2016.

civita park: from quarry to pleasure grounds

civita park, a 14.3-acre, $20 million pastime getaway opening saturday, is a neighborhood park that more than 20,000 mission valley residents have been awaiting for decades. a decade ago it was a sand and gravel quarry, a brownfield carved out of the northern slopes of mission valley over the...

u.s. supreme court denies petition of man convicted of pushing his wife off clif

an appeal to the united state supreme court by a colorado man convicted of shoving his wife off of a cliff to her death in rocky mountain national park has been denied.

milky way galaxy: facts about our galactic home

the milky way is a barred spiral galaxy, about 100,000 light-years across. we live on one of its minor spurs, the orion arm.