Parks in the News

Obama Administration Passes On National Parks In DOT's "Grow America" Plan

Despite the Obama Administration's drive to expand the National Park System, and with $11.5 billion in backlogged maintenance needs in the parks, the administration overlooked the National Park Service when putting together its $478 billion "Grow America" plan for improving the nation's infrastructure.

National Park Service Director Sees Value In Adding Waco Mammoth Site To Park System

In an unusual public statement, National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis has spoken highly of adding the Waco Mammoth site in Texas to the National Park System.

Spring Coming Early To Olympic National Park, But Still Some Things Visitors Need To Know

While spring is showing up a bit earlier than usual at Olympic National Park, visitors trying to get a jump on the high season need to be aware of a few things out in the park.

National Park Service Sued Over Potential For Grizzly Deaths At Grand Teton National Park

Human encroachment, elk feedlots, and climate change increasing are puttin pressure on the survival of grizzly bears in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, and the annual elk reduction hunt at Grand Teton National Park is an unnecessary stressor that is impacting the bears' survival in the ecosystem, according to a lawsuit filed against the National Park Service, Interior Department, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Colorado River At Grand Canyon National Park Called "America's Most Endangered River"

In many situations organizations from sports teams to corporations strive to earn the distinction of being named "Number One in the country." That's not the case, however, when it comes to a list of America's Most Endangered Rivers, and the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park has unfortunately earned that label on a just-released annual report.

Volunteers Sought For Alum Cave Trail Rehab At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

If you'd like to help with work to rehab to Alum Cave Trail at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, volunteers are now being recruited for that project, with work occurring on Wednesdays run from May 20 through October 28, 2015.

Music Of The Mountains Festival Coming To Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park will hold its 11th annual “Music of the Mountains” celebration April 17-19 with a mix of music that harkens to the "Old-Time" music that long has reverberated through the mountains.

Youth Crew Restores Historic Trail Connection at Lake Mead National Recreation Area

A popular hike at Lake Mead National Recreation follows a former railroad grade associated with the construction of Hoover Dam in the 1930s. Thanks to work by a youth trail crew, visitors now have an additional option for accessing the Historic Railroad Trail: a 0.3-mile spur connecting the Railroad Trail to the Hoover Dam Lodge parking area.

Limited Mountain Biking Possible In Rocky Mountain National Park

A long-standing prohibition against mountain biking in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park will be lifted – just a little – in the next few months.

Rescues In Two Parks Illustrate Value Of Helicopters In Remote Area Emergencies

Modern technology, including cell phones and helicopters, can be a mixed blessing when emergencies occur in remote locations in parks. The downside is some people will expect quick results when things go awry, and due to weather, terrain or other factors, cell phones don't always work, and helicopters aren't always available. When everything comes together, however, those modern devices can make a big difference for rescuers and victims alike.

Tune Up Your Fiddles And Mandolins For The Tallgrass Prairie Fiddle Festival

Rosin up your bow and tune your mandolin, for the Tallgrass Prairie Fiddle Festival is coming to Homestead National Monument of America.

April Fools' Spoofs Offer Creative Fodder For National Park Fans

The growth of both photo editing software and social media sites such as Facebook have provided a fertile field for April Fools spoofs on a variety of subject, including national parks Here are just a few examples for your reading and viewing pleasure.

Parks Canada CEO Honored By George Wright Society For Excellence

Alan Latourelle, chief executive officer of Parks Canada since 2002, has been honored with the George Melendez Wright Award for Excellence during the George Wright Society's biennial conference.

National Parks Traveler Honored By George Wright Society

Kurt Repanshek, founder and editor-in-chief of National Parks Traveler, the top-ranked website dedicated to daily editorial coverage of national parks, has been awarded the George Wright Society’s Communication Award for 2014.

"Raiders of the Lost Art" Sequel Lets Visitors Help Design Park Museum Exhibits

Almost every NPS site has more interesting items in its archives that it has room to display to the public, so choosing the ones to exhibit is an on-going challenge. The staff at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site had one solution last year—letting the public "co-curate" an exhibit by voting on-line for items to be displayed. It was such a success they're repeating the program and expanding it to a second site, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park.

National Park System Visitation Statistics: Where Did All The Backpackers Go?

Glance through National Park System visitation statistics for a few years, and some puzzling numbers surface. For example: Doesn't anyone like to backpack?

"Then-And-Now Photo" From Shiloh National Military Park Goes Viral

In 1902 a crowd of 2,000 people witnessed the dedication ceremony for a monument to the Fifth Ohio Cavalry at Shiloh Battlefield in Tennessee. They could never have imagined the future technology that would enable 135,000 people to view, in a single day, a photo comparing the monument as it looked 1902 with the same scene over a century later.

Thunder Hole Viewing Area Closed At Acadia National Park

It's one of the main attractions at Acadia National Park, and perhaps that's why crews need to make repairs to the viewing area at Thunder Hole.

Bighorn Sheep Released Into Both Yosemite And Sequoia National Parks

There are more hooves clattering across the rocky high country of Yosemite and Sequoia national parks thanks to a multi-agency effort to bolster bighorn sheep populations in the parks.

Opening Of Glacier Point Road At Yosemite National Park Earliest In Recent Memory

One of the classic scenes in Yosemite National Park is found from Glacier Point, an overlook which provides outstanding views of park landmarks such as Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, Yosemite Valley. Glacier Point is an understandable favorite with park visitors, but you'd usually need cross-county skis to get there in March. That's not the case this year, and the Glacier Point Road is already open to traffic.

Effort To Overturn Backcountry User Fee At Great Smoky Mountains National Park Fails

A legal challenge to a backcountry user fee at Great Smoky Mountains National Park has failed, with a federal judge ruling the National Park Service was within its rights to levy the $4 per night per person fee.
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National Park Service Begins Rollout Of Centennial Campaign, Urging Americans To "Find Your Park"

With the National Park Service's 100th birthday little more than a year away, the agency and the National Park Foundation are beginning to rollout the celebratory campaign, urging Americans to "Find Your Park."

Concessionaires Want More Investment, Business Opportunities, In National Parks

National park concessionaires, deeply concerned over what they see as three decades of stagnant visitation to the National Park System, want Congress to authorize better marketing of the parks, longer "high" seasons in the parks they believe would generate more revenues for infrastructure improvements, and expanded concessionaire opportunities in the parks.

Road Work Coming To Newfound Gap Road At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Driving the Newfound Gap Road at Great Smoky Mountains National Park this spring, summer and fall will be a bit more trying as work to repave more than 4 miles of the road is carried out.

Botanical Bioblitz Turns up Almost 100 Species Of Plants At Saguaro National Park

Gaze across the flower-dotted landscape of Saguaro National Park and it's hard to immediately discern how many species are spread out in front of you. But a recent Bioblitz at the park in southern Arizona turned up near 100 species of plants, including two not previously known to grow in the park

U.S. Cattlemen's Association Opposed To Proposed Chisholm And Great Western National Historic Trails

While the National Park Service says there is wide support for creation of Chisholm and Great Western National Historic Trails, one group that opposes the trails is the U.S. Cattlemen's Association.

Short Stretch Of Blue Ridge Parkway In North Carolina To Close For Bridge Repairs

Bridge repairs will require a roughly nine-mile-long stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina to close for about two months beginning April 1.

Teton Park Road Open For Non-Vehicular Travel

For the next five weeks you can enjoy traveling the Teton Park Road in Grand Teton National Park by bike, roller-blades or skis, or simply walking. The road has melted down to pavement in most places and is now open to non-motorized recreation.

Xanterra Parks & Resorts Abandoning Efforts To Trademark Business Names On South Rim Of Grand Canyon National Park

Xanterra Parks & Resorts has dropped most, if not all, of its applications to trademark the names of lodgings and other concessions on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

Glacier National Park Employee Cited For Not Controlling Dog That Led To Mountain Lion's Death

A Glacier National Park employee has been cited for failing to maintain control of a dog that got into a fight with a mountain lion that led to the lion being shot to death by a park ranger.
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