The Latest News & Views

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

  • A temporary trail closure has been put in place on the Comet Falls Trail at Mount Rainier National Park to protect hikers from falling through a crust of snow and into the cold waters of Comet Falls.

    The closure runs from approximately a quarter-mile below Comet Falls to the river crossing above Comet Falls in Van Trump Park.

  • Pointing to the National Park Service's own testing as evidence, National Parks Conservation Association officials are criticizing a proposed winter-use plan for Yellowstone National Park, saying testing shows snowmobiles have gotten dirtier and noiser, not cleaner and quieter.

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  • Civil War Sesquicentennial travelers are often surprised to discover that the vast acreage of Civil War battlefields lies outside established National Parks, either only partially preserved through by foundations and trusts—or more likely—absolutely unprotected.

    A further irony—many pivotal battlefield sites of historic import are unmarked or located on private land and rarely visited by

  • We leave footprints and take lots of pictures when we visit national parks, but we also spend a good deal of time in park gift shops looking for souvenirs.

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

  • A heavy downpour Tuesday triggered some mud and rock slides along the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park, trapping about 10 vehicles and requiring at least one visitor to be taken to a hospital.

    After the slides the road was closed between Avalanche Creek and Logan Pass, according to a park release.