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Mar

America’s national parks are full of natural wonders, but they’re also home to many things that can strike fear in the hearts of hesitant hikers: dark caverns, wild animals and complete isolation. For the most part, there’s nothing to fear, but if you’re looking to add a little spook to your next outdoor adventure, check out these parks. Local legends, historic hauntings and creepy creatures make these national parks the perfect places for scary hikes.8 creepiest places in U.S. national parks

America’s national parks are full of natural wonders, but they’re also home to many things that can strike fear in the hearts of hesitant hikers: dark caverns, wild animals and complete isolation. For the most part, there’s nothing to fear, but if you’re looking to add a little spook to your next outdoor adventure, check out these parks. Local legends, historic hauntings and creepy creatures make these national parks the perfect places for scary hikes.
8 creepiest places in U.S. national parks

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Dec

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Dec

The best national parks for extreme sports

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Dec

Photo of the day: 'Cloud waterfalls' cascade across the Grand CanyonAs thousands across the country lined up for Black Friday madness, park rangers and tourists at the Grand Canyon lined up along Mather Point to witness a rare cloud inversion.
See more amazing photos of “cloud waterfalls.”

Photo of the day: 'Cloud waterfalls' cascade across the Grand Canyon
As thousands across the country lined up for Black Friday madness, park rangers and tourists at the Grand Canyon lined up along Mather Point to witness a rare cloud inversion.

See more amazing photos of “cloud waterfalls.”

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Nov

Elk’s sad tale a reminder not to feed wildlifeThe elk made headlines when it was filmed butting heads with a photographer. Officials say the animal lost its instinctive fear of people after being fed by visitors and had to be euthanized.

Elk’s sad tale a reminder not to feed wildlife
The elk made headlines when it was filmed butting heads with a photographer. Officials say the animal lost its instinctive fear of people after being fed by visitors and had to be euthanized.

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Oct

If the rest of those national parks ever open, we’ve got just the treat for you Halloween hikers: 8 creepiest places in U.S. national parks

If the rest of those national parks ever open, we’ve got just the treat for you Halloween hikers: 8 creepiest places in U.S. national parks

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Oct

Utah national parks to open SaturdayThe Department of the Interior has given states approval to open their national parks — but there’s a catch.

Utah national parks to open Saturday
The Department of the Interior has given states approval to open their national parks — but there’s a catch.

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Oct

Big wall climbers on Yosemite’s El Cap say ‘What government shutdown?’
Climbers on El Capitan did not let a little thing like the federal shutdown get in the way of completing their goals.

As you can see from the second photo, climbers aren’t letting the shutdown get in the way of completing their projects. Each of those little lights on the cliff in the photo is a different camp.

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Oct

How the government shutdown affects animalsThe National Zoo is closed, goats are out of work, and the monitoring of endangered species is on hold.

How the government shutdown affects animals
The National Zoo is closed, goats are out of work, and the monitoring of endangered species is on hold.

How the government shutdown affects our national parksFor the first time in nearly 18 years, national parks around the country will close their gates and send their employees home. Think it doesn’t affect you? Think again.

How the government shutdown affects our national parks
For the first time in nearly 18 years, national parks around the country will close their gates and send their employees home. Think it doesn’t affect you? Think again.