The Latest News & Views

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

  • Birds don’t seem to recognize political borders.

    Some might call that uncivilized, but I find it endearing that a migrating bird doesn’t know – or care – if it’s about to land in Utah, Ohio, Mexico, or Canada. As long as the habitat is suitable and the time is right, the bird will land, and hopefully be spotted by an observant birder.

  • Winter can be a deceptively great time to take a hike in Shenandoah, Great Smoky Mountains, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and many other national parks.


Monday, February 27th, 2012

  • A 24-year-old Arizona woman died as the result of a roughly 300-foot fall while hiking in Grand Canyon National Park, officials said Monday.

    A park release said 24-year-old Ioana Elise Hociota, of Tempe, was hiking in Owl Eyes Canyon with a friend when she fell Sunday.

    Owl Eyes Canyon is located on the south side o

  • Following the Reclamation Act of 1902, many dams, reservoirs, and canals were built in Western states during the early 1900s to provide the hydropower and irrigation water needed to support settlement, promote the spread of farming, and "allow the desert to bloom." Now, a new online travel itinerary provides easy access to site histories, essays, images, maps, and travel- and visiting-related info

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

  • A potent winter storm that descended on Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks this weekend stranded more than 150 travelers and led a snowboarder astray into the backcountry of Grand Teton.

    At its height, the storm forced the closure of the main route from Grand Teton into Yellowstone -- U.S.