The Latest News & Views

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

  • People seem to like numbers, and hierarchy, so here's a rundown of the leading units of the National Park System in terms of 2011 visitation. The first list combs through all 397 units in the system, while the second looks only at National Park-designated units of the National Park System.

  • Wolf numbers in Yellowstone National Park at the end of 2011 were far off their peak of 174 counted back in 2003, a decline attributed to disease and a smaller prey base.

    By the end of last year, biologists said there were at least 100 wolves -- 98 in 10 different packs, and two lone wolves, according to the [url=ht

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

  • Those who head off into the backcountry of Great Smoky Mountains National Park for a night or two will have to pay for the privilege beginning in 2013 under a plan approved by the National Park Service.

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  • Most national parks are not inherently dangerous, but park visitors can expect to encounter serious hazards to life and limb at various places and times in our National Park System. If you've narrowly escaped from a life threatening situation in a national park, tell us about it. Is there a takeaway lesson?

  • A photo of a daredevil kayaker negotiating the Kern River in Sequoia National Forest received the grand prize in the National Park Foundation's Share the Experience photo contest, while a scenic from Glacier National Park was awarded first prize.

    The contest is designed to encourage amateur photograph