Parks in the News
Two national parks with high, alpine terrain, one in the United States, and one in Germany, have signed a sister park agreement to work together to better understand these environments.
For nearly four decades, a book profiling the 38 signers of the U.S. Constitution has served history well. But now it's time to update that book, and your help is needed.
With a shutdown of lodging and dining operations on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park looming just six weeks off, Xanterra Parks & Resorts has gone to court to force the National Park Service to keep the operations running until problems surrounding long-term contracts can be resolved.
They're big, hard to see until the last minute, can do substantial damage to your vehicle, and likely will wind up dead if you run into them. With longer nights having arrived across the National Park System, it's time to drive a little more carefully and slowly so you don't run into wildlife.
Yet another wayward soul intent on making their illegal mark on a national park has been done in by their need to promote their vandalism.
An anhinga and a roseate spoonbill, not an alligator and a crocodile, grace the new 25-cent piece arriving next month that celebrates Everglades National Park.
A search was under way Tuesday for a 25-year-old Colorado man overdue from what was expected to be a one-day trek into the backcountry of Rocky Mountain National Park, though high winds and blowing snow were hampering efforts.
For the rest of 2014, Rocky Mountain National Park will set an attendance record every day, as October visitation brought year-to-date traffic to more than 3.2 million, a record.
There is no fee to enter the grounds of Mammoth Cave National Park, but it could cost you more to enter the cave system itself under a plan being proposed by park officials.
Wilderness travelers are weighing in on the draft Wilderness Management Plan crafted for Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks, and the varied desires likely will prove tough for park staff to accommodate to anyone's satisfaction.
Saguaro National Park Officials Voice Opposition To Development Proposed Across From Rincon Mountain District
Should there be a development buffer around national parks? That's a tough question, particularly when you look at West Yellowstone's proximity to Yellowstone National Park or Gatlinsburg's presence at the Sugarlands Entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. At Saguaro National Park, officials say a development proposed for a 45-acre parcel across from the Rincon Mountain District entrance is too close.
Unexpected construction delays have led the staff at New River Gorge National River in West Virginia to push back the opening of the Meadow Creek Campground until next year.
To alleviate parking problems, for now, at the trailhead to Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, the National Park Service has settled on a plan to enlarge the existing parking area by almost one acre, a move that will add 82 parking spots.
More than 151 years after 1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing was killed at Gettysburg, he has been honored for his gallantry in battle with the Medal of Honor. President Barack Obama posthumously awarded the medal on November 6 in a ceremony a military historian said "rectified an ommission."
Visitation Booming At Great Smoky Mountains National Park; October Numbers Best In Nearly Three Decades
Visitation to national parks this October had to be higher than 2013 numbers, if only because of last year's partial government shutdown that closed the parks. But this October had a tremendous bounce at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where visitation was the highest in nearly 30 years.
Rainbow Bridge National Monument will be closed for the month of January to complete repairs to the trail from Lake Powell.
Having peaked on Thursday, high flows of the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park will taper back down to normal by Saturday, leaving behind replenished shores, improved fish habitat, and more space for campers. But the benefits will be lingering, according to the Glen Canyon Institute.
The National Park Service's duties in overseeing concessions at Yosemite National Park are discretionary and so the agency should not be held liable for a hantavirus outbreak there in 2012 that killed three and sickened others, the federal government argues in a motion to dismiss the agency from the litigation.
Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming is incredibly eye-catching from the ground level, but how does it look from the air? Check out this short video created by the folks from World From Above.
Documents entered into a court case over the backcountry fee at Great Smoky Mountains National Park confirm that a private resort outside the park boundaries cleared and maintained a trail inside the park for a number of years.
When you absolutely, positively, need to get away for a winter adventure, look north to Kenai Fjords National Park and its Willow Public Use Cabin.
Summer's warm temps might be gone, but there's still lots to do at Cape Lookout National Seashore on the North Carolina coast. Here's a look at some ranger-led programs on the calendar.
With the arrival of chronic wasting disease in Shenandoah National Park deer seemingly imminent, park staff are working on amending its plan for dealing with the disease to allow for the culling of deer to try to limit the spread of the disease.
Winter typically is the best season to visit south Florida's national parks, thanks to the cooler, dryer weather. And if you're heading down there in the coming months, be sure to check out the Family Fun Fest activities that will be offered at Biscayne National Park through the winter months.
Every now and again, nature rises up and lets you know you didn't build something in the right place, or sturdy enough. At Rocky Mountain National Park, that message came through clearly in September 2013 when torrential rains spawned massive flooding that erased parts of some trails. Now park officials are wondering how best to reroute and repair those trails.
Need evidence that Congress isn't fully funding the national parks? In their proposal to raise entrance fees, Grand Canyon National Park officials say the higher fees would be put to use, in part, on "repair and maintenance of park facilities" as well as "restoration and rehabilitation of visitor service buildings."
Dave Uberuagua could be viewed as a poker player facing the slim prospects of filling an inside straight draw. The superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park doesn't like, or agree with, the analogy, but in less than two months concession services on the South Rim of his park will be shuttered unless he can do in that period what the National Park Service has failed to accomplish for three years: negotiate a concessions contract.
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy, which does yeoman's work when it comes to helping the National Park Service oversee its namesake trail, has adopted a five-year strategic plan intended to lead to better protection and management of the trail.