Parks in the News

Monday Brings Free Entrance To All 401 Units Of National Park System

If you're lucky enough to have Monday off in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, treat yourself with a visit to your nearest national park. Monday is the first of nine days this year when entrance fees to the parks will be waived.

Photo Op Coming To Tumacácori National Historical Park

Here's a little advance warning for a photo op -- good weather prevailing, of course -- for Tumacácori National Historical Park in Arizona. Artists and photographers looking for a chance to capture the magical light of early morning at Tumacácori can set aside two days in the coming months.

Finally, Enough Snow For Play At Paradise In Mount Rainier National Park

How can you tell the Pacific Northwest has been enduring a drought? There hasn't been enough snow -- until just recently -- to open the snow play areas at Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park. But they'll open tomorrow.

Hard Freeze Opens Ice Caves At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

A sturdy ice bridge might not yet have formed between Canada and Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior, but the recent cold weather has made it possible to open the "ice caves" at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore on the lake's south shore.

Search Launched At Great Smoky Mountains National Park For Fugitive

A search was under way in Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Wednesday for a Tennessee man wanted on a first-degree murder charge in Florida.

Point Reyes National Seashore Oyster Farm To Take Case To U.S. Supreme Court

Owners of an oyster company that can't get their lease at Point Reyes National Seashore renewed are pledging to take their case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site Staff Turns To You To Create Museum Exhibit

Not many museums would let the general public decide on a new exhibit, but the staff at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in New Hampshire is reaching out to you for suggestions.

NPCA: Compromise Funding Bill Step In Right Direction For National Parks

A compromise budget bill that would restore dollars lost to last year's sequestration is a step in the right direction for the national parks, says the National Parks Conservation Association.

9th Circuit Court Refuses To Consider Oyster Company's Bid To Remain At Point Reyes National Seashore

A bid by the Drakes Bay Oyster Co. to continue farming oysters at Point Reyes National Seashore has been turned down by the full 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Yellowstone National Park Officials Opt Not To Use "Remote Vaccination" Program For Bison

Saying it doesn't "make sense," Yellowstone National Park officials have opted not to use a "remote vaccination" program in a bid to prevent the spread of brucellosis on the park's bison herds.

Blue Ridge Parkway's Moses H. Cone Memorial Park On Register Of Historic Places

You have a brand new reason to drive the Blue Ridge Parkway (as if you needed one!). The Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, a well-loved tourist destination on the Parkway, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Climbing And Canyoneering Plan Approved For Arches National Park

As more of us find different and sometimes new ways to explore and enjoy national parks, our impacts sometimes require regulations to ensure things don't get out of hand. That's the case at Arches National Park, where officials have received the go-ahead to implement their climbing and canyoneering management plan.

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Looks At Preservation Needs Of 19th Century Buildings

Back in 2008 the National Park Service was given two gold-rush era buildings at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Site to help tell the story of one of the greatest prospecting runs in history. Now the agency is mulling what it will take to preserve the Meyer Building and the YMCA building in Skagway, Alaska.

Grassroots Environmental Organization Raises Cry For Better National Park Funding

An environmental organization with chapters in a handful of Eastern states has launched a campaign to get the public to lobby Congress for better funding for national parks.

Around The Parks: Ice Bridges At Isle Royale, Sea Turtle Record At Dry Tortugas, Scotty's Castle Delays

Watching Lake Superior ice at Isle Royale National Park, counting sea turtles at Dry Tortugas National Park, and road work woes for Scotty's Castle visitors at Death Valley National Park are just some of the other stories around the National Park System this week.

What You Didn't Know About Katmai National Park: Its Rich Archaeological History

Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska is world-renowned for its brown bears that while away their days fishing in the Brooks River. But the park also has a rich archaeological history, one that shows human life there dating back at least 4,500 years.

Longest-Held Vietnam War POW To Appear At Andersonville National Historic Site

Though Andersonville National Historic site in Georgia rose up around a Civil War-era prisoner of war camp, it also holds the National Prisoner of War Museum and is the only site in the National Park System that serves as a memorial to all American prisoners of war. As such, it will welcome the longest-held American POW from the Vietnam War on January 18 to discuss his recent biography.

Plowshares Into Swords – The Story Behind A Cannon At Saratoga National Historical Park

The National Park Service manages dozens of sites of famous battles, and although every area has a unique story, many of them have something in common: cannons. You may find them perched on redoubts, still facing a long-vanquished enemy, or resting sedately inside a museum, and perhaps you've wondered how all that ordnance managed to survive for all these years.

Slow Start To Winter Snowpack Raising Concerns At Yosemite National Park - And All Of California

Winter snows may have arrived in abundance in parts of the country, but it's a different story so far in California, where the first snow survey of the season has already raised concerns for the coming summer. At Yosemite National Park, skiers have more immediate concerns, with the Badger Pass Ski Area not yet open for the season.

Rangers Resort To Backcountry "Boot Roast" To Help Lost Rocky Mountain National Park Hiker

Hiking in deep snow in Rocky Mountain National Park wearing leather boots, jeans, and cotton socks, was not smart. Rangers armed with a backpacking stove in their packs to thaw out the man's boots was.

Inbreeding A Growing Problem With Mountain Lions At Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

Inbreeding, long seen as a problem with the Florida panther population in Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida, is evoling into more of a problem with mountain lions in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in California.

Time To Apply For Artist-In-Residence Program At Mesa Verde National Park

Do you have some artistic flare? A unique way for interpreting what you see? Then you might want to apply for Mesa Verde National Park’s 2014 Artist-in-Residence program.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area's Draft ORV Plan Ready For Your Review

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area often conjures up watery visions of touring Lake Powell, but there's a dryland component to the park, too, and NRA officials are working on developing a management plan for off-road vehicles.

Cold Blast Leaves Behind Firm Ice At Voyageurs National Park

If there's a golden lining to that bitterly cold mass of Arctic air that invaded the Eastern half of the country earlier this week, it's the rock-hard ice to be found at Voyageurs National Park.

American Eagle Outfitters Pledges $1 Million To Connect Youth, Veterans With Public Lands

A major step has been taken to launch a 21st Century Conservation Service Corps that is intended to better connect youth and veterans to the outdoors through field training programs.

DOI/NPS Website Woes Drag On For Fifth Day

Website woes continued Wednesday for at least the fifth day for the Interior Department and the National Park Service, leaving web surfers with an onslaught of "page not found" errors.

Interesting Topic In Traveler's Forums For All You Members...

For all Traveler members, there's an interesting topic in the forums that we'd love to have your thoughts on. A 74-year-old man died snowshoeing at nearly 10,000 feet in Rocky Mountain National Park. Should he have known better to snowshoe at that elevation at his age, or was it entirely fitting that he was doing something he loved in a place he loved when he died?

Enjoy Rocky Mountain National Park On Snowshoes, Skis, Sleds And More

Rocky Mountain National Park includes some top-tier scenery and opportunities for enjoying the out-of-doors all year long, and some fans of the park say winter is their favorite season at "Rocky." Upcoming activities in the park include ranger-led snowshoe walks, cross-country ski tours and full moon walks, and areas for winter camping and sledding are also available.

Are You A Traveler Member Yet?

With the blush slowing vanishing from the new year, it's time to persuade you to become a member of National Parks Traveler.

Missouri Official Wants State To Reclaim Ozark National Scenic Riverways From National Park Service

While National Park Service personnel are trying to craft a long-term management plan for Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Missouri's lieutenant government is making a pitch for the state to "reclaim this resource."
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