Parks in the News

Nearly 5,000 Bison Estimated To Be In Yellowstone National Park Herds

The annual summer census of bison in Yellowstone National Park shows there are about 5,000 of the iconic animals in the park.

Contract Issued To Move Enchanted Valley Chalet At Olympic National Park

The Enchanted Valley Chalet in Olympic National Park soon will be on the move, to a location a bit farther away from the East Fork Quinault River that has been slowly eating away the ground beneath the historic log building.

Bodies Believed To Have Been Spotted Below Liberty Ridge In Mount Rainier National Park

What appear to be three bodies, thought to be those of climbers killed by an avalanche back in May, have been spotted below Liberty Ridge in Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state.

Secretary Jewell To Visit Acadia National Park To Highlight Science And Youth

National parks harbor some of the greatest landscapes for scientific exploration, whether terrestrial, marine, or freshwater. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will stress that connection Friday when she visits Acadia National Park and applauds the work the Schoodic Institute does to connect and engage youth with earth sciences.

Concessions Contract Will Cost Grand Canyon National Park $100 Million, But Benefit Park In Long Run

A new concessions contract for businesses on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park will cost the park $100 million, an amount that could impact just about all operations in the park, Superintendent Dave Uberuaga said Wednesday. In the long run, however, the move stands to benefit both the park and its visitors, observers believe.

Fire And Water Exact Tolls On Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park in southern Arizona has been handed a double-whammy in the form of fire and water. First a wildfire burned more than 1,000 acres, and now monsoon rains have washed out some roads.

Search Ongoing For Missing Tuber In Yellowstone River

Three concession workers in Yellowstone National Park decided to float down the Lamar River the other day in tubes, but only two made it to shore. The third was swept down the Yellowstone River and hasn't been found.

Learn About The Faces Behind The Monuments On August 23 Tour At Chickamauga Battlefield

Like almost any other site commemorating the Civil War, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park features hundreds of monuments and markers, and many of them bear the likeness of individual soldiers. If you've ever wondered about the stories behind these faces, you can join a special walking and driving tour at the park on Saturday, August 23.

Parks Can Provide Great Viewing Platforms For Night Sky Events Like A Super Moon

Parks, especially those in locations with minimal night sky distractions from artificial light, can be great locations for observing—and photographing—celestial events such as Monday's so-called Super Moon. A number of parks offer special night sky programs, but your opportunities to enjoy those out-of-the-world scenes aren't limited to organized events. As the photo accompanying this story confirms, the right locale and timing can provide a chance for a super photo.

20th Annual Telethon To Support Great Smoky Mountains National Park Coming Thursday

If you live in the Tennessee-North Carolina area, tune in Thursday night to support Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Star Show Scheduled At Canada's Waterton Lakes National Park

If you find yourself in Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta this weekend, head to Cameron Lake on Friday night for a star show. Parks Canada and volunteer astronomers from Montana will be pointing out constellations, galaxies, nebulas and stars beginning at 9:30 p.m. Friday.

Packrafter Apparently Drowns On Tana River Inside Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

An Alaska man paddling down the Tana River in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in Alaska drowned after being thrown out of his packraft, according to park officials.

NPS Tries Again To Find A Bidder For Major Visitor Facilities at Grand Canyon National Park

The South Rim at Grand Canyon National Park is the home of some of the best-known concessioner-operated visitor facilities and services in the National Park System, and the agency has announced the availability of a prospectus for future operation of those functions. The new 15-year contract is one of the largest in the NPS in terms of revenue and lodging inventory.

Made In America: National Park Concessionaires Offering More Items Made In America

Next time you find yourself in a gift shop at a national park, check out where the items were made. You just might be surprised that a majority of the items are made in America, with fewer and fewer bearing an oval gold-and-black 'Made in China' sticker on them.

Grant To Help Monitor, Protect Hawksbill Turtles At Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

The hawksbill turtle, an endangered species, will receive some help from a National Park Foundation grant that will support efforts at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to protect the reptile and improve its habitat at the park.

Traveler's View: Packrafting Deserves Consideration In Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Parks

At Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, the National Park Service should welcome a discussion into a form of backcountry travel that, if properly managed, need not alter the decades-long experience of visiting these two magnificent parks, but rather enhance it for a small number of wilderness travelers.

Biscayne National Park Rangers Go Wireless To Track Crime

Call it a sign of the times. Law enforcement rangers at Biscayne National Park in Florida have gone wireless with their computer systems in an effort to better track crime, and criminals, in the park.

Man Hopes To Run Entire Length Of Blue Ridge Parkway For Charity Fundraiser

A North Carolina man plans to begin an ambitious attempt to run the entire length of the Blue Ridge Parkway on August 9, and hopes to complete the 469-mile trip in only nine days. His purpose is to raise money for a camp that serves special needs kids and for the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.

Cape Lookout National Seashore ORV Plan Open For Comment Through Early September

Off-road vehicles would be able to travel most of Cape Lookout National Seashore under a draft management plan, which also would create three "pedestrian only" areas on the seashore.

Survey Shows Visitors Would Support Higher Entrance Fees To See Yellowstone National Park Bears

Bears in Yellowstone National Park and visitors who watch bears cost money, both in terms of the park's approach to bear management, and its approach to "bear jams" on the park's roads. And, interestingly, a study shows that a majority of Yellowstone visitors would pay as much $50 extra dollars in entrance fees to ensure the opportunity to see bears in the park.
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Unmanned Drone Crashes Into Famous Hot Spring At Yellowstone National Park

A ban on the use of drones in National Park Service areas has become a hot topic this summer, and that was literally the case last weekend at Yellowstone National Park when one of the unmanned aircraft crashed into the largest hot spring in the park. Park officials now have to figure out what threat the debris may pose to the spring itself.

100th Anniversary Of Arapaho Pack Trip Celebrated On August 9 At Rocky Mountain National Park

In 1914, the Colorado Mountain Club, hoping to persuade Congress to support the establishment of a national park in the Estes Valley and Grand Lake area, arranged for Arapaho elders from the Wind River Reservation to provide Arapaho names for local landmarks. Part of that effort involved a two-week pack trip through the area, and the centennial of those activities is being celebrated with a series of events on August 9 at Rocky Mountain National Park.

Body Spotted In Grand Canyon National Park

A body presumed to be that of a missing Arizona man was spotted Wednesday several hundred feet below the South Rim at Grand Canyon National Park, but rangers weren't going to be able to reach it before Thursday.

Color Movies From 1930 Shot In Yellowstone National Park Being Restored

A vintage movie, typical of a "home movie," shot in Yellowstone National Park decades ago is being restored by the National Archives, casting a unique light on park visitors of an earlier day. What's particularly interesting is the grainy 16mm film, thought to be black-and-white, actually was shot in color, making it one of the first color films to be shot in the park.

Katmai National Park Snared Bear Saved By Park Rangers, Biologists

A coastal brown bear doomed to death by a snare around her neck was saved by Katmai National Park and Preserve rangers and biologists who were able to remove the snare, and tatoo her for future identification, in a quickly performed procedure.

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Reopens Oak Island Dock, But Watch Your Food

With bears acting more like bears in terms of eating their normal fare, the dock at Oak Island in Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin has reopened to boaters.

Eastern National's Passport To Your National Parks Photo Contest Is Up And Running

Fancy yourself a good photographer? If you work for the Natinal Park Service, or are a Volunteer-In-Parks staffer, consider entering Eastern National's 2015 Passport To Your National Parks® Photo Contest. Ten winning national park photos will be featured on the 2015 Passport To Your National Parks® annual stamp series—nine by Passport geographic regions and one National Stamp.

Yellowstone National Park Crews Continue Work To Erase Illegal Trail Into Bechler Region

As big as Yellowstone National Park is -- 63 miles north to south and 54 miles east to west -- perhaps it's not too surprising that someone not interested in driving to a trailhead in the park decided to make their own on the edge of the park. But by this fall, that trail should be erased as park crews finish the second of two years' work in removing signs of the illegal trail.

Keep An Eye Out For Mountain Lions At Dinosaur National Monument

While mountain lions are magnificent animals, they can also be dangerous. That's why Dinosaur National Monument officials want visitors to know that there has been recent mountain lion activity in the Echo Park area, where a fresh kill was spotted July 22.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area Closes Trails Due To High Heat

In a move to protect hikers from themselves, officials at Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Nevada have temporarily closed the Goldstrike Canyon and Arizona Hot Springs trails because it's too hot for most people.
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