The Latest News & Views

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

  • We have both good and bad news to report following our return from a week-long drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

    The good news is that the experience of an October drive on Parkway is one of life‘s great pleasures. The combination of colors, vistas, and stops along the way make for a nearly perfect fall trip.

  • How happy were you with your national park visits this year?

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

  • Climbing fees at Mount Rainier National Park are going to increase next year...by $1.

    Superintendent Randy King says the fees will go to $44 for climbers 25 and older, and to $31 for those 24 and younger.

    This climbing cost recovery fee is a special use fee that supports climbing management and services on Mount Rainier, park officials said in a release.

  • There is one good word that can sum up the first impression of Colorado National Monument. Wow!

    This monument is perched – literally – on the edge of the Uncompaghre Plateau about 1,500 feet above the Colorado River and the towns of Fruita and Grand Junction, Colorado.

  • There is an amazing number of guides to the national parks on the market, from guides specific to individual parks and national guides to insider's guides and trail guides and photography guides. But is there a perfect guide?

    Many of the major guidebook publishing houses -- Lonely Planet, Frommer's, Fodor's and Moon, just to name four -- seem to apply the cookie cutter approach.