The Latest News & Views

Monday, December 29th, 2008

  • The National Visitor Center was a bad idea that came to a bad end. When it was abolished on December 29, 1981, the NPS breathed a huge sigh of relief. Wouldn’t it be nice to have that $100 million back?

    Washington, DC’s Union Station opened in 1908 to great fanfare.

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

  • If you were planning a pre-New Year's Eve trip to Sequoia National Park, you might want to check with park officials before you head there. A power outage that hit Christmas Day has forced closure of facilities in the Lodgepole and Giant Forest area.

  • The current occupant of the Oval Office has ties to the Lone Star State, but the term "Texas White House" is normally associated with a former president from Texas. Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park has an anniversary today, and there have been several major changes at the park in 2008, including the first public tours of the Texas White House.

  • A sliding and sledding snowplay area was opened Christmas Eve in the Paradise area of Mount Rainer National Park. Ranger-guided snowshoe walks, which have been offered since December 20, continue. The snowplay area and the snowshoe walks will remain available to the public, as scheduled, through March 29.

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

  • Winter, it seems, is hitting everywhere these days. Even poor Las Vegas has been hammered (relatively speaking, of course) by a snowstorm. And Death Valley National Park has seen snowflakes this winter, too.