The Latest News & Views

Monday, March 5th, 2012

  • Zion National Park has changed its wilderness permit system to allow visitors to reserve last-minute slot canyon day use permits via an online reservation system.

    This new system will eliminate the need for visitors to wait in line at the visitor center for permits.

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

  • Editor's note: The Traveler is expanding coverage of national parks in other nations. We'll soon be featuring travel articles on international park destinations and continuing this weekly roundup on park news from other countries.

  • Not even elk at Wind Cave National Park can escape the eye in the sky these days.

    The other week biologists placed global positioning system collars on 35 elk so they could be tracked as they roamed. This marks the second year of a three-year study to document the effects of a recently implemented elk management plan.

  • Facilities at Olympic National Park’s Lake Crescent Lodge are undergoing extensive renovations that are expected to be mostly complete for the 2012 spring opening.

    The four Roosevelt Fireplace Cottages will open with new furnishings, draperies, and remodeled bathrooms that include decorative tile, new flooring, and pedestal sinks.

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

  • To give hawks and falcons a break from humans during their nesting season, officials at Rocky Mountain National Park have instituted some temporary closures in popular climbing areas of the park.

    According to park officials, Golden eagles, kestrels, turkey vultures, peregrine and prairie falcons, and red-tailed and Cooper's hawks are especially suited to