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Freitag, 4. Januar 2019, 17:36

Americans may love their national parks, but they can’t be trusted to enjoy them unsupervised

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As the federal government shutdown approaches the two-week mark, it’s become painfully apparent that the public can no longer run amok virtually unsupervised in the national parks.
What’s the evidence of that? The litter, vandalism and trampled ground. The human feces overflowing the public toilets and the urine along the roads.
Unlike the last lengthy shutdown in 2013, the Trump administration this time has opted to keep the national parks open but largely unstaffed. Private concession operators and nonprofit foundations have helped with maintenance where they can. Some states, including Arizona and New York, have dipped into their own coffers to keep parks staffed and operating — at least for a while. Many other states, including California, have not.
With tens of thousands of park employees furloughed, that means many parks have no workers collecting entry fees at the gates, patrolling the campgrounds or emptying the garbage cans and portable toilets. But the visitors keep coming.
The lack of maintenance and oversight is taking a toll. There are reports of illegal camping and off-road driving in sensitive habitat areas. Unsupervised tourists were harassing elephant seals at the Point Reyes National Seashore, prompting officials to close off part of the beach.
Visitors have posted pictures on social media of overflowing garbage bins. Empty champagne bottles were left strewn on the ground at Joshua Tree. Yosemite officials had to restrict entry to certain areas of the park after the accumulation of human urine and feces became a health hazard.
The National Park Service has the authority to turn away visitors for safety, health or environmental protection reasons. That’s what the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks did Wednesday, when they closed large sections because of concerns that visitors could be endangered on icy roads and hiking trails.
And the threat isn’t just to the natural wonders and to public safety. The national parks are full of cultural and historic resources that could be damaged or stolen with so little oversight and protection.
During the 2013 shutdown, the Obama administration ordered the national park system completely closed. That was a controversial decision at the time. Visitors who had traveled great distances to visit these public treasures were turned away. Local businesses that rely on park tourism suffered. Others saw the closures as a political tactic by President Obama to drum up negative publicity for the Republican-led shutdown.
But given the damage currently being inflicted on the nation’s most majestic open spaces, temporarily closing some parks might be the best way to protect them.
Indeed, as one former National Park Service director said, keeping the parks open but unstaffed is like leaving the Smithsonian open without employees minding the priceless artifacts. It invites abuse and practically guarantees damage to some of the national’s most treasured public lands.
Yes, it’s a loss to the tourists who planned their vacations around a visit to Yosemite Valley, or who had hoped to hike through the forests of Sequoia National Park. Yes, there will be an economic cost for local communities. But that is the cost of a government shutdown. The political stalemate in Washington — the failure of President Trump and congressional leaders to reach a budget deal as they haggle over his insistence on a costly border wall — has real-world consequences.
The nation’s most magnificent public assets shouldn’t be sacrificed to this political battle.
It’s worth noting that the national park system already struggles with an $11-billion backlog of deferred maintenance and with massive crowds that stress existing capacity. There are potholed roads, crumbling trails, aging sewer systems in need of repair to prevent contamination of nearby streams. Throwing open the gates to all comers with little control or oversight only exacerbates those problems.
Americans may love their national parks, but they don’t always treat the parks with the care they deserve. The parks should shut down until the federal government reopens.

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Freitag, 11. Januar 2019, 18:47

Ein Park macht dicht
Weil die Politiker in Washington über den Haushalt streiten, fehlen im fernen Joshua-Tree-Nationalpark Mitarbeiter. Die Folge: Müll, Autospuren, verstopfte Toiletten. Nun wird der Park geschlossen.

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Vier Millionen Touristen kommen jedes Jahr in den Joshua-Tree-Nationalpark. Die Wüstenlandschaft im Südosten Kaliforniens zieht die Besucher aus mehreren Gründen an: die Bäume, die Einsamkeit, die Weite, dazu Wanderpfade und Felsformationen.

Doch im Moment bietet der Park auch allerlei Unappetitliches: Müllhaufen und verstopfte Toiletten. Viele Besucher erleichtern sich am Wegesrand. Doch das ist nicht alles, wie der freiwillige Helfer John Lauretic dem Sender KRDO erzählt: Die Leute würden ihre Zelte aufschlagen, wo sie nicht sollten, und in Parkabschnitte fahren, die eigentlich nicht zugänglich sind. Im Joshua-Tree-Nationalpark sind in den vergangenen drei Wochen neue Trampelpfade entstanden, Autospuren finden sich überall. Selbst die namensgebenden Bäume blieben nicht verschont - Besucher ritzten ihre Initialen ein.

Auf unbestimmte Zeit geschlossen
Es sind die Folgen des Haushaltsstreits im fernen Washington. Der Regierungsapparat steht still, weil Präsident Donald Trump sich weigert, einen Haushaltsentwurf zu unterschreiben, in dem nicht mehr als fünf Milliarden Dollar für den Bau einer Mauer an der Grenze zu Mexiko vermerkt sind. Knapp 800.000 Staatsbedienstete sind betroffen, darunter auch 16.000 Park-Mitarbeiter, die nach Hause geschickt wurden. Es fehlt nun an Personal, das den Park in Schuss hält, die 30 Dollar Eintrittsgeld abkassiert, Toiletten reinigt oder aushilft, wenn sich jemand verletzt.
Bereits in der vergangenen Woche wurden aus Sicherheits- und Hygienegründen die Campingplätze im Joshua-Tree-Nationalpark geschlossen. Nun entschied die Bundesverwaltung, den Park ganz dicht zu machen. Am Donnerstagmorgen um 8 Uhr Ortszeit senkt sich der Schlagbaum - auf unbestimmte Zeit.
Die Zeit wollen die verbliebenen Park-Mitarbeiter nutzen, um aufzuräumen und aufzupäppeln. Lauretic sagt, die Landschaft sei sehr empfindlich und brauche nun Zeit sich zu erholen.

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Dienstag, 22. Januar 2019, 18:36

Photography In The National Parks: My 10 Fave Photos From 2018
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Sonntag, 27. Januar 2019, 19:39

Smithsonian, National Zoo and national parks prepare to reopen

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After 35 days, shuttered parts of the U.S. government are slowly coming back to life, and tourists in Washington will once again get to see some of its most famous attractions.
The longest government shutdown in U.S. history ended on Friday when President Trump signed a bill passed by Congress to temporarily open the government for three weeks. The wall on the Mexican border, a key campaign promise, remains unfunded.
As lawmakers take that time to battle it out, key D.C. institutions that are managed through federal agencies are preparing to go back to business as usual.
The Smithsonian, a complex of 19 different museums, which also operates the National Zoo, tweeted: "All Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 29 at their regularly scheduled times."
The National Air and Space Museum, which is operated by The Smithsonian, will also re-open on Tuesday.

The country's public lands were also starting to re-open, although the National Park Service cautioned that the process may take time.
"Following the enactment of the continuing resolution, the National Park Service is preparing to resume regular operations nationwide though the schedule for individual parks may vary depending on staff size and complexity of operations," deputy director P. Daniel Smith wrote in a statement on the NPS website.

Not all parks were closed during the shutdown -- some were open with skeleton crews and basic services. NPS also manages the National Mall, an open-air park near the key D.C. Monuments, the White House and the U.S. Capitol.
Tourists should check to make see when a particular park will open, Smith advised.
"Visitors should contact individual parks or visit park websites for their opening schedules and the latest information on accessibility and visitor services. Some parks which have been closed throughout the lapse in appropriations may not reopen immediately, but we will work to open all parks as quickly as possible," Smith added.

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Freitag, 1. Februar 2019, 19:29

National parks rush to repair damage after shutdown

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National parks across the United States are scrambling to clean up and repair damage that visitors and storms caused during the recent government shutdown while bracing for the possibility of another closure ahead of the busy Presidents Day weekend later this month.
Visitors left human waste, piles of trash, graffiti, used unauthorized trails and damaged Joshua trees at the namesake park in California during the 35-day shutdown. Many of the parks went unstaffed, while others had skeleton crews with local governments and nonprofits contributing money and volunteers.
National Park Service spokesman Mike Litterst in Washington, D.C., declined to provide a full accounting of the damage at more than 400 locations, saying it was isolated and most visitors took good care of the land.
But conservationists warn that damage to sensitive lands could take decades to recover. Even before the shutdown, national parks faced an estimated $12 billion maintenance backlog that has now grown.
President Donald Trump has said another shutdown could start Feb. 15 if he and Democratic leaders can’t agree on funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall, compounding the pressure the park service faces to catch up on repairs and maintenance.
Hiring seasonal workers who typically start in the spring as rangers, fee collectors and hiking guides also has been delayed.
“We’re kind of ready to just have a bit more stability,” said Angie Richman, a spokeswoman at Arches National Park in Utah.
Arches visitors left human waste outside a restroom, stomped out five trails in a permit-only area that was supposed to be closed and damaged an entrance gate to allow vehicles to drive on snow-covered roads when the park was closed after a storm, Richman said.
At Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California, one of the iconic twisted-limbed Joshua trees was run over by an off-road vehicle and a juniper tree was cut down, said park superintendent David Smith. Several other Joshua Trees were damaged, including one that was spray painted, but the park has yet to determine the exact number, he said. Off-road vehicles created extensive unauthorized trails in the park’s deserts, with wheel marks dug into the delicate soil nearly a foot deep in some spots, Smith said.
Employees at Death Valley National Park found human waste and toilet paper scattered in the desert and evidence people tried to kick in locked restroom doors, said David Blacker, executive director of the Death Valley Natural History Association. The group kept the visitors center open during most of the shutdown, where tourists got information on packing out trash and digging a hole to use the bathroom.
A time-lapse video on Death Valley’s Facebook page showed how it took staffers two hours to clean a restroom overflowing with trash and splashed with waste. Crews also have to rake and replant vegetation to repair ruts from off-road vehicles, which delays work elsewhere in the 3.4 million-acre park.
“It became pretty depressing the kinds of things people will do when they are unsupervised,” Blacker said.
People in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park drove around locked gates and through meadows, spokeswoman Kyle Patterson said.
At Great Smoky Mountains National Park straddling the North Carolina-Tennessee line, visitors cut locks on some gates to closed roads and stole about $5,000 in maintenance tools, spokeswoman Dana Soehn said.
Winter storms damaged some parks that lacked enough staff to make repairs quickly.
Officials at Zion National Park in Utah, Mesa Verde National Park in southwestern Colorado and Olympic National Park in Washington were fixing trails, roads and campgrounds. Mesa Verde wasn’t set to open until Monday, and some areas were still closed at Zion and Olympic.
Campgrounds, visitors centers and trails that seasonal workers help prepare could face delayed openings, and families planning spring break or summer vacations might think twice about visiting national parks if they don’t think they’re safe or fully staffed, said Phil Francis, chairman of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks.
“There are a lot of impacts that will be felt in the future that aren’t being felt or even talked about now,” he said.
In some parks, animals that typically don’t interact with visitors claimed the space.
A colony of elephant seals took over a Northern California beach in Point Reyes National Seashore without staffers to discourage the animals from congregating in the popular tourist area.
Meanwhile, the prospect of another shutdown looms.
Grand Canyon National Park could miss out on its main centennial celebration Feb. 26 and other related events.
“It’s a big deal, and we are looking forward to celebrating it in whatever way we can,” park spokeswoman Emily Davis said.
Elizabeth Jackson, a spokeswoman for Guadalupe Mountains National Park on the Texas-New Mexico border, noted the stress it places on workers.
“It’s a way of life if you’re a federal employee,” Jackson said. “Not to be glib, but it’s something we face every year.”

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Sonntag, 3. Februar 2019, 14:19

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Vehicles parked on the National Forest in the red rock area that do not display a valid pass in the windshield are subject to receiving a citation.
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Montag, 4. Februar 2019, 18:23

Heavy Rains Cause Road Closures In Joshua Tree National Park

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Due to heavy rain activity on Saturday, February 2, park officials have closed all dirt roads in the park. The south entrance, off of I-10 is open but is reduced to one lane in certain areas. Oversize vehicles and RVs are recommended to use an alternate route to enter the park. The Keys Ranch Tour has been cancelled for Sunday, February 3, 2019.

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Montag, 4. Februar 2019, 19:15

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In honor of the important African American heritage of this community, Castillo de San Marcos National Monument will host a special evening event on Saturday, February 16, 2019. This event is made possible through a partnership with the Fort Mose Historical Society and the Florida Park Service.

Volunteers will bring to life the important legacy of Fort Mose as the first legally-sanctioned free African settlement in what would become the United States. Follow the dangerous journey of a Freedom Seeker escaping from a life in slavery to a new life of freedom in Spanish Florida. Overhear the conversations of people met along the way – some hoping to help the Freedom Seeker, others hoping to return the slave to owners in the English colonies to the north. Meet Governor Montiano and hear his reasons for establishing this important settlement, and learn how Fort Mose and its militia played a critical role in turning the tide of the 1740 British siege on St. Augustine.

Programs will last about 40 minutes each, departing from the ticket booth at 6:15 6:30, 6:45 7:00, 7:15, and 7:30 pm. Nonrefundable tickets are available on a first come, first served basis and go on sale two weeks prior to the event. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the ticket booth or over the phone by calling (904) 829-6506 ext. 239 between 9 am and 3 pm, Monday through Friday. Space is limited. The cost is $15 per adult ages 16 and up, $5 per child ages 5 to 15, and children under 5 free. For questions, please call (904) 829-6506 ext. 233.

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Mittwoch, 6. Februar 2019, 19:43

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Freitag, 8. Februar 2019, 18:44

National Park Service Begins Restoration and Cleaning of Thomas Jefferson Memorial

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e National Park Service has begun a 15-month project to restore the roofs, repair the stone, and clean the marble at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. The memorial will remain open for the duration of the project, although some areas will be inaccessible.

The roof restoration and repair will consist of replacing the two flat upper and lower roofs that circle the dome to keep the building watertight and dry. Additionally, the large marble “tiles” covering the portico, the dramatic front entry that projects towards the Tidal Basin, will be lifted to replace the deteriorated water-proofing below. Stone will also be repaired under the portico and along the colonnade ceilings. Improvements to roof drains, downspouts, and gutters will also be completed.

Cleaning the visible marble on the dome and roof of the memorial will utilize specialized lasers to remove the black biofilm (a microbial colony of algae, fungi and bacteria) seen growing on upper portions of the memorial. The biofilm was first noticed in discrete areas of the white marble in 2006 and has become more pronounced in recent years. The National Park Service studied this growth since 2014 to determine the best treatment options.

Access to the front of the memorial, including the steps, accessible route, chamber with the statue of Thomas Jefferson, exhibit area, restrooms and elevator will remain open to the public during the construction. The east side of the memorial will be closed for construction staging.

The contract for this work was awarded on September 19, 2018, to Grunley Construction for $8.750 million. The Thomas Jefferson Memorial roof replacement, stone repair and biofilm removal project expected to be complete by May 2020

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Freitag, 15. Februar 2019, 20:31

Joshua Tree and Death Valley national parks are getting bigger under new conservation legislation

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New conservation legislation passed by the US Senate will see national parks, rivers and bird habitats being protected across the country. Under the Natural Resources Management Act, Joshua Tree and Death Valley national parks in California will be enlarged by almost 43,000 acres. In addition, 350,000 acres of public lands between Mojave National Preserve and Death Valley will be protected, increasing the connectivity of the three sites.

Three national parks in Georgia will be significantly expanded, including Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, Ocmulgee Mounds National Park and Fort Frederica National Monument. The act has authorised a program that will see offshore-drilling revenue spent on conservation efforts. It will also see the establishment of four new national monuments honouring heroes in California, Utah, Mississippi and Kentucky, including Civil War soldiers and a civil rights icon.

River landscapes deemed “wild and scenic” across seven states will be protected from damming and other development, including the Amargosa River in California, the Green River in Utah and tributaries of the Rogue River in Oregon, known for its vibrant salmon populations. It also includes the Nashua River, which flows from Massachusetts to New Hampshire and is popular with kayakers. There will be a permanent withdrawal of mining claims around two national parks, North Cascades National Park in Washington and Yellowstone National Park in Montana.

Nature-lovers will be delighted to learn that the bill will fund the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act through 2022, which provides habitat protection for more than 380 bird species. It has also passed the Every Kid Outdoors Act, a signature program of the former president, Barack Obama, that will allow US fourth-graders and their families to visit national parks for free.

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Sonntag, 17. Februar 2019, 18:37

Indiana Dunes Becomes National Park

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Pesident Donald Trump has signed the new appropriations bill, which has a major impact on one of Indiana's most popular attractions. The bill included a provision that officially turns the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore into the state's first national park.
The area in Porter County is known as the Indiana Dunes National Park. The change follows a years-long effort by members of Indiana's congressional delegation, led by Congressman Pete Visclosky (D-1), to turn the site into the 61st National Park in the United States.
"I am heartened that because of the support of our U.S. Senators, the entire Indiana Congressional delegation, and numerous Northwest Indiana organizations, we have successfully titled the first National Park in our state," said Visclosky. "This action provides our shoreline with the recognition it deserves, and I hope further builds momentum to improve open and public access to all of our region’s environmental wonders."
Indiana Dunes Tourism also celebrated the designation Friday. Executive Director Lorelei Weimer says the state's first national park will be a "signficant boon to Indiana's economic development, specifically tourism, which already pumps $476 million into our economy annually."

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Sonntag, 17. Februar 2019, 19:49

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A bit more of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has become accessible.
The park announced through social media Saturday that a 0.8-mile section Halema‘uma‘u Trail opened, which brings visitors from the rainforest summit of Kilauea to the floor of the caldera.

The trail can be found by following Crater Rim Trail to Halema‘uma‘u Trailhead on the west side of Volcano House.
Additionally, another section of the Ka‘u Desert Trail was opened.
According to the park, that trail is open from Pepeiao Cabin/Ka‘aha Trail intersection and to Hilina Pali Overlook.
As of Friday, the park listed the following areas as closed on its website:
— The Pu‘u Pua‘i Overlook (to protect Nene);
— Jaggar Museum (indefinitely);
— Crater Rim Drive between Kilauea Military Camp and Jaggar Museum;
— Hilina Pali Road past Kulanaokuaiki closed to vehicles but open to pedestrians and bicycles;
— Crater Rim Trail beyond Kilauea Military Camp;
— Iliahi Trail;
— Crater Rim Trail from Volcano House to Kīlauea Iki;
— Kilauea Iki Trail;
— Thurston Lava Tube;
— Mauna Loa summit.
Thurston Lava Tube is one of the areas closed due to safety concerns following the collapse events.

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Sonntag, 17. Februar 2019, 20:15

New Lodging In America’s National Parks

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During our early years exploring the national parks it was difficult to imagine new lodging being constructed in the parks. Upgrades and maintenance, of course, but new lodges didn’t seem in the cards, at least to the two of us. It was as if the lodges we visited had been in place since the parks were established and would remain there forever.
We were wrong and several lodges would vanish during the two decades following our 1996 national park lodging tour. Everglades National Park's Flamingo Lodge was trashed by weather, two lodges on the Blue Ridge Parkway were closed for lack of concessionaires to operate them, two lodging facilities on Lake Mead closed when low lake levels made them less appealing to travelers, and a Yellowstone National Park lodge was traded for a new model. The loss of these lodges was discussed in our previous Traveler article of February 10.
Fortunately, the same two-decade period witnessed a number of parks benefiting from major investments in new and improved lodging. Glacier National Park properties, including Lake McDonald Lodge and Rising Sun, received impressive upgrades from a new concessionaire. Several modern replacement cabins appeared in Glacier’s Swiftcurrent Motor Inn, Grand Teton National Park's Signal Mountain Lodge, and Olympic National Park’s Log Cabin Resort. Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel in Yellowstone is currently undergoing upgrades that will result in all of the hotel rooms having private bathrooms (and undoubtedly, be more expensive). The result will be a loss of 18 guest rooms at Mammoth.
Major structural work resulted in partial or entire closure at Yellowstone’s Lake Hotel, Mount Rainier National Park's Paradise Inn, Glacier’s Many Glacier Hotel, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park's Volcano House. Considerable renovation accompanied the structural work on each property, especially Many Glacier, where workmen were able to restore the historic helical staircase between the main and lower lobby levels.
This is a brief rundown on national park lodging facilities that have come online following our 1996 trip.

Wuksachi Lodge (Sequoia National Park, California) – Sequoia’s replacement for the lost Giant Forest Lodge opened in May 1999 with three attractive cedar lodge buildings offering approximately approximately 100 guest rooms. A nearby registration building houses the restaurant, gift shop, small lounge, and comfortable lobby.

John Muir Lodge (Kings Canyon National Park, California) – Located in Grant Grove Village, John Muir Lodge opened the same month and year as Wuksachi. The rustic-style building contains 34 guest rooms on 2 floors. The building enjoys a large lobby with a huge wood-burning fireplace, but has no dining facility. Both John Muir Lodge and Wuksachi are open year-round.

Canyon Lodge and Cabins (Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming) - The Canyon area of Yellowstone was transformed with five modern lodges replacing 350 Frontier and Pioneer cabins that had grown long in the tooth and were removed. The new lodges completed in 2016 were additions to two smaller but similar lodge buildings constructed at Canyon in the 1990s. The Western Cabins remain. The new buildings are quite attractive and a major improvement in what is the park’s most central visitor lodging location. The total number of guest rooms in Canyon remained unchanged.

Old Faithful Snow Lodge (Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming) – The new Snow Lodge opened in 1999 as the first full-service lodge constructed in Yellowstone since the old Canyon Lodge was built in 1911 (and burned in 1960). Snow Lodge has 100 rooms and is located in a relatively quiet section of the Old Faithful area.

The Argonaut (San Francisco National Maritime National Historical Park, California) – The Argonaut opened in 2003 in a large brick building on Fisherman’s Wharf that originally served as a Del Monte warehouse. The converted warehouse is now a nautical-themed hotel with 252 rooms directly across from Hyde Street Pier.

Cavallo Point, The Lodge at the Golden Gate (Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California) – This upscale resort is located just north of the Golden Gate Bridge on property that had once been a US Army post. The resort opened in 2008 with 142 guest rooms in historic military quarters and newly constructed contemporary buildings.

Inn at the Presidio (Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California) – The Inn opened in 2012 with 22 guest rooms and suites in what was once the former military post’s bachelor officer quarters. In addition to guest rooms in the main building, the inn offers rooms in an officer’s family home from the 1860s. A complimentary breakfast and an evening reception are included in the cost of a room at both the Inn and the Lodge noted next.

Lodge at the Presidio (Golden Gate National Recreation Areas, California) – The lodge opened in 2018 with 42 guest rooms in a converted 1895 military barracks located on the Presidio’s Main Post. Like the Inn, the lodge offers a complimentary breakfast and evening reception. The nightly parking fee for both the Inn and the Lodge is a bargain for San Francisco.

Inn at Death Valley (Death Valley National Park, California) – Eleven duplex casitas (small homes, but without kitchens) were added to the Inn property and opened in 2018. We have not visited the new casitas, but in photos they appear similar to cottage units at Yosemite Majestic Lodge (formerly, the Ahwahnee). The casitas rent for about the same price as rooms at the inn.

Cedar Pass Lodge (Badlands National Park, South Dakota) - Twenty-three new cabins were brought into Badlands National Park’s Cedar Pass Lodge in 2012 and 2013 to replace 24 small cabins from the late 1920s. These new cabins are much larger and nicer than the cabins they replaced, but we had actually grown fond of the funky older units that seemed to put us in the proper mood for enjoying our favorite meal of Indian tacos in the Cedar Pass restaurant.

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