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This weekly story-based show takes you behind the events, people, and nature that have shaped our National Parks, and the 421 units managed by the National Park Service.

America's National Parks Podcast RV Miles Network

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 724 Ratings

This weekly story-based show takes you behind the events, people, and nature that have shaped our National Parks, and the 421 units managed by the National Park Service.

    National Park News | New NPS Director, 19% of Giant Sequoias Gone in 2 years, Hiker Remains Found After 38 Years

    National Park News | New NPS Director, 19% of Giant Sequoias Gone in 2 years, Hiker Remains Found After 38 Years

    It's time for this month's National Park News episode. The National Park Service has a new director, fires have killed up to 19% of giant sequoia trees in California in just two years, the body of a man who went missing in the 80s has been found in Rocky Mountain National Park, and more. 

    • 9 min
    Mary Colter and the Grand Canyon

    Mary Colter and the Grand Canyon

    One of the very few women architects of her time, Mary Colter blended her lifelong love and respect of Native American arts and rustic elements with a fierce perfectionism: all to create a beautiful and singular aesthetic that left her imprint on the look of the modern American Southwest.

    • 17 min
    Badlands Symbiotic Species — Prairie Dogs and Burrowing Owls

    Badlands Symbiotic Species — Prairie Dogs and Burrowing Owls

    Beneath the rolling grasslands of Badlands National Park lies an intricate housing system and social network. Black-tailed prairie dogs pop in and out of their burrows in the prairie dog towns, chattering and gesturing. But amid all the prairie dogs, if you’re a keen observer, you may also notice what appears to be a small owl emerging from the burrows. These species – the black-tailed prairie dog and the burrowing owl - have a unique type of symbiotic relationship, and ultimately may experience a shared demise. 

    • 14 min
    What Makes a National Trail?

    What Makes a National Trail?

    In this episode, a park superintendent Aaron Mahr tells us what makes a national trail special, and difficult to manage. 

    • 28 min
    National Park News | Monuments Restored, Sequoias Destroyed, Mammoth Grows, Wolves Killed, White Sands Discovery, & More

    National Park News | Monuments Restored, Sequoias Destroyed, Mammoth Grows, Wolves Killed, White Sands Discovery, & More

    Welcome to this month's "News from the Parks" our monthly roundup of top stories from the National Parks.

    • 9 min
    Climate Change and Glacier National Park

    Climate Change and Glacier National Park

    If you dare, dip your feet into the icy water of St. Mary Lake. The glacier-fed water adds a new twist to the term “refreshing.” It’s one of many sensory experiences at a park that attracts more and more people who want to see the glaciers before they are gone. 


    Glacier National Park, in northern Montana, is a crown jewel of the United States. Its pristine landscapes draw millions of visitors a year, to see its majestic mountains, jewel-colored waterfalls, carpets of wildflowers, and wildlife ranging from bald eagles to mountain goats and bighorn sheep to grizzly bears. But mostly people come to see the glaciers, these fields of ice that – by definition – move under their own weight, picking up rocks and debris that sometimes stain their brilliant blue hue with a hint of grey.

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
724 Ratings

724 Ratings

Xray Bart Dav ,

Educational and Professional

This podcast reflects much research and utilizes highly professional narration to deliver a very informative podcast. The hosts have well-trained voices that are easy to follow. This podcast is a true asset to the NPS.

Akerns01 ,

A Must for National Parks Lovers

A very entertaining, while informative Podcast. Highly recommend it!!

Janet Strange ,

A breath of fresh air

It’s been a hard year. This podcast makes me feel like I’ve taken some deep breaths in some of my favorites places, and many more I’d like to visit one day. It’s where I go when I need to return to calm and peace. Great stories, writing, reading. Thanks, Abigail and Jason! You’ve been lifesavers.

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