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National Park After Dark

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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Recent Episodes of National Park After Dark


The Lost Ranger. Chiricahua National Monument.

The Lost Ranger. Chiricahua National Monument.

It was a normal shift for Ranger Paul Fugate, when he left to patrol a trail and never returned. The invesitagion into his disappearance unveiled feuds with the National Park Service and complicated romantic relationships. His past has had investigators questioning, was this an act of foul play? Or did he disappear intentionally?

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If you have information that can help, please contact the NPS Investigative Services Branch (ISB) in any of the following ways. Your identity will remain confidential:

PHONE or TEXT the ISB Tip Line at 888-653...

Episode 227 27 May 2024 1h, 5m and 17s


Trail Tales 48

Trail Tales 48

Today’s stories include scared ceremonies, being petrified in the petrified forest, ghost cowboys, airline premonitions, shadow people, bear sleepovers and embarrassing moments. Outsiders Only bonus stories available for Patreon and Apple Subscribers!

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  or Apple Subscriptions to gain access to ad-free episodes, bonus content, and more. Follow our socials Instagram, Faceb...

Episode 226 23 May 2024 53m and 31s


Catastrophe at Camp. Ouachita National Forest.

Catastrophe at Camp. Ouachita National Forest.

On June 10 2010 all was well at the Albert Pike Recreation Area campground. 24 hours later, 20 people were dead following one the deadliest natural disasters in the history of the Natural State. Today we cover the devastating story of the Albert Pike flash flood.

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  or Apple Subscriptions to gain access to ad-free epi...

Episode 225 20 May 2024 1h, 10m and 5s


Mystery Mashup

Mystery Mashup

This week we do things a bit different - today we both share a story, with little to nothing to do with the outdoors! Danielle brings us to Egypt where we discuss the story of Dorothy Eady and her supposed reincarnation, while Cassie brings us to Florida to describe what may (or may not) be the discovery of an extraterrestrial artifact.

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 li...

Episode 224 13 May 2024 1h, 14m and 52s


For the Fallen. Project Recover ft. Derek Abbey.

For the Fallen. Project Recover ft. Derek Abbey.

Today we are joined by Derek Abbey, Project Recover’s President and CEO to speak about the organization - a collaborative effort to enlist 21st century science and technology in a quest to find and repatriate the nearly 81,000 Americans missing in action since World War II. He lets us in on the important work the project does around the world, and the impact it has on countless families. He also touches on “Angel Taps” and spooky encounters he’s experienced on missions, and agrees that sometimes, help from the other side can lead us in the right direction.

Watch th...

Episode 223 9 May 2024 1h, 8m and 45s


Vanished. Finding Missing WWII Soldiers in Palau.

Vanished. Finding Missing WWII Soldiers in Palau.

Today we visit one of the bloodiest battle sites in WWII and tell the stories of the men who lost their lives there. When Pat Scannon discovered many of these men were never found or brought home, he began a search to find them.

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  or Apple Subscriptions to gain access to...

Episode 222 6 May 2024 1h, 13m and 4s


One of Seven. The Disappearance of Joe Halpern. Rocky Mountain National Park.

One of Seven. The Disappearance of Joe Halpern. Rocky Mountain National Park.

Hundreds of people go missing in US National Parks every year. While many of those cases eventually find resolve, some people, like Joe Halpern, remain missing as the seasons change and the decades pass. Despite the passing of time, loved ones never forget their people who wandered into the woods and were swallowed by the trees - and they’ll do everything it takes to find them.

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 an...

Episode 221 29 April 2024 1h, 5m and 19s


Trail Tales 47

Trail Tales 47

Today’s stories include life saving butterflies, bobcat guardians, hotdog man rescues, baby trail snacks, puke curses, angel friends, madness at Mesa Verde and shitty situations. Outsiders Only bonus stories available for Patreon and Apple Subscribers!

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  or Apple Subscriptions to gain access to ad-free episodes, bonus content, and more. Follow our s...

Episode 220 25 April 2024 56m and 36s


The Disappearance of Everett Ruess ft. Locations Unknown

The Disappearance of Everett Ruess ft. Locations Unknown

Today we are joined by Mike and Joe, hosts of the Locations Unknown Podcast, as we dive into one of Utah's greatest enduring mysteries. Everett Ruess was a poet, artist, and writer who had dreams of leaving modern society behind to live in and explore the American West. When his family stopped receiving letters from him, and no one heard from or had contact with Everett for months - concern mounted. Search parties scoured high and low, but were left with more questions than answers after what they discovered in the process.

Book - Finding Everett Ruess: The...

Episode 219 22 April 2024 1h, 6m and 53s


Trail Tales 46

Trail Tales 46

Today’s stories include hooting in the wrong places, being at the right place at the right time, being Bigfoot, seeing Bigfoot, hot springs horror, ghost relatives and honestly, probably too much poop talk. Outsiders Only bonus stories available for Patreon and Apple Subscribers!

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  or Apple Subscriptions to gain access to ad...

Episode 218 11 April 2024 53m and 7s

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