127 episodes

Hosted by two friends who share a passion for the outdoors and a fascination with what can go wrong there, National Park After Dark is a podcast for the morbid outdoor enthusiast. Tales of death, dark history and tragic events is what NPAD is about, but through the darkness - is light. National Parks have storied histories including epic survivals, inspiring humans and serve as physical reminders of the importance for protecting the planet. Time to lace up those hiking boots and take a walk into the wild. Welcome, to National Park After Dark.

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    • True Crime
    • 4.6 • 2.5K Ratings

Hosted by two friends who share a passion for the outdoors and a fascination with what can go wrong there, National Park After Dark is a podcast for the morbid outdoor enthusiast. Tales of death, dark history and tragic events is what NPAD is about, but through the darkness - is light. National Parks have storied histories including epic survivals, inspiring humans and serve as physical reminders of the importance for protecting the planet. Time to lace up those hiking boots and take a walk into the wild. Welcome, to National Park After Dark.

    99 - Diana of the Dunes. Indiana Dunes National Park.

    99 - Diana of the Dunes. Indiana Dunes National Park.

    Alice Mabel Gray was given the name, Diana of the Dunes, after she left society to live off the land on the shores of Lake Michigan. We covered her story partially in a prior episode - focusing on the haunted folklore around her afterlife. Today we are revisiting her story to delve deep into her life, including her mysterious partner, a gruesome murder they were accused of committing, and the truth behind Alice's tragic death.

    We love our National Parks and we know you do too but when you're out there, remember to enjoy the view but watch your back. Please take a moment to rate and subscribe from wherever you’re listening to NPAD! Become part of our Outsider family on Patreon to gain access to ad-free episodes, bonus content, and more. Follow our socials Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. To share a Trail Tale, suggest a story, access merch, and browse our book recommendations - head over to our website.

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    Resources: NPS, NPS (2), South Bend Tribune, Diana of the Dunes the True Story of Alice Gray by Janet Zenke Edwards

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Trail Tales 21

    Trail Tales 21

    Today’s stories include prowling predators, surprise guests, a case of mistaken identity, monumental summits and rocky mountain highs. Bonus stories available for Outsiders on Patreon!

    We love our National Parks and we know you do too but when you're out there, remember to enjoy the view but watch your back. Please take a moment to rate and subscribe from wherever you’re listening to NPAD! Become part of our Outsider family on Patreon to gain access to ad-free episodes, bonus content, and more. Follow our socials Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. To share a Trail Tale, suggest a story, access merch, and browse our book recommendations - head over to our website.

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    98 – A Strand in the Web. Torngat Mountains National Park.

    98 – A Strand in the Web. Torngat Mountains National Park.

     “Whatever happens to the beasts also happens to man. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the children of the earth.” Those words spoken by Chief Seattle centuries ago merely echoed what his people knew for a time immemorable, and what modern science is now proving – we are not separate from the environment, we are of it. Our actions, or inactions, have long lasting ripple effects on everything around us, and while we may not see the results in our lifetimes, they are becoming apparent in places like the Arctic, where the consequences of our actions are rearing their heads in a fight for survival.

    We love our National Parks and we know you do too but when you're out there, remember to enjoy the view but watch your back. Please take a moment to rate and subscribe from wherever you’re listening to NPAD! Become part of our Outsider family on Patreon to gain access to ad-free episodes, bonus content, and more. Follow our socials Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. To share a Trail Tale, suggest a story, access merch, and browse our book recommendations - head over to our website.

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    Sources: Backpacker, Outside Online, Sierra Club, Sierra Club (2), Parks Canada, Smithsonian, Yale Environment, Wikipedia, Vice, Climate News, PBS, Arctic WWF, Washington Monthly

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Introducing COLD: The Search for Sheree

    Introducing COLD: The Search for Sheree

    Sheree Warren left her job in Salt Lake City on a mild October evening in 1985. She told a coworker she was headed to meet her estranged husband, Charles Warren, at a car dealership. But she never made it, Sheree vanished. When her car mysteriously surfaced weeks later, hundreds of miles away in Las Vegas, no one could say how it got there.


    When a young mother disappears under unexplained circumstances, police always turn suspicious eyes towards the husband. And although there was distrust around Charles Warren, he wasn’t the only suspect when Sheree went missing. She also had a boyfriend, a former cop named Cary Hartmann, who lived a sinister double life.


    Season three follows two suspects– men who both raised suspicion for investigators. But with two strong persons of interest with competing facts and evidence, it muddied the murder investigation. This season, host Dave Cawley, digs into the lives of these two men, the details of the case and examines the intersections between domestic abuse and sexual violence. The COLD team seeks to answer the question: what really happened to Sheree Warren?



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    • 9 min
    97 - Stranded on Devil's Tower National Monument.

    97 - Stranded on Devil's Tower National Monument.

    George Hopkins was a thrill seeker, parachuting out of planes more times than anyone on record in 1941. He's after more record setting, but first he wants to do something no one else would ever do, Parachute onto Devil's Tower. His plan goes awry when he finds himself unable to get off the tower and he needs to be rescued.

    We love our National Parks and we know you do too but when you're out there, remember to enjoy the view but watch your back. Please take a moment to rate and subscribe from wherever you’re listening to NPAD! Become part of our Outsider family on Patreon to gain access to ad-free episodes, bonus content, and more. Follow our socials Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. To share a Trail Tale, suggest a story, access merch, and browse our book recommendations - head over to our website.

    Thank you so much to our partners, check them out!
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    Sources: Vault, Wyoming History, NPS, Qrius

    • 55 min
    Trail Tales 20

    Trail Tales 20

    Today’s stories include hunting with wolves, lessons learned, good boys, heartwarming homecomings, fake moose and real cryptids. Bonus stories available for Outsiders on Patreon.

    We love our National Parks and we know you do too but when you're out there, remember to enjoy the view but watch your back. Please take a moment to rate and subscribe from wherever you’re listening to NPAD! Become part of our Outsider family on Patreon to gain access to ad-free episodes, bonus content, and more. Follow our socials Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. To share a Trail Tale, suggest a story, access merch, and browse our book recommendations - head over to our website.

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    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
2.5K Ratings

2.5K Ratings

Marlin954 ,

Thank you ladies

I really enjoy listening to you. I’m sorry about your loss (Ian). Yes I’m telling everyone that polar bears don’t drink water. ; fun fact.

Alohamama12522 ,

Excellent podcast!

I found this podcast while looking for info about national parks before we took our 3 boys to Acadia. I’m an outdoor gal and my husband and I love showing our kiddos the enchantment of the outdoors Completely fell in love. I’ve binged this show while renovating my basement, hiking and out on solo bike rides. And I’ve recommended it to countless coworkers and random people who bring up camping or hiking.

For those complaining about the commercials - are you aware of the skip ahead 30” button? Sheesh…

OzzysMomLyd ,

Great Pod

This podcast is very informative, educational and also sensitive to the stories it tells.

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