The Latest News & Views

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

  • A climber trying to stop a sliding backpack fell more than 1,000 feet to his death on Mount McKinley in Denali National Park, becoming the first fatality of the mountain's climbing season, according to park officials.

    The unidentified climber was with two others.

  • As part of the 50th anniversary of the National Natural Landmarks Program this month, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has designated Lake Shasta Caverns, a pristine cave in northern California, and Ice Mountain, an unusual geological phenomenon called glacière talus in West Virginia, as national natural landmarks.

    “With the addition of these two

  • Today is the 2nd Annual National Kids to Parks Day and the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation’s Kids in Parks program is celebrating by opening 11 trails in three different states, doubling the size of their TRACK Trails program in one day.

Friday, May 18th, 2012

  • Legislation that clears the way for the National Park Service to resume issuing permits for commercial horse pack trips in Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks headed Friday to President Obama for his signature.

    A group of California lawmakers made that announcement after the House approved a bill that includes changes by U.S. Sens.

  • With sea turtles coming ashore at Biscayne National Park for nesting, officials are urging park visitors to keep their distance from turtles and any nests they see.

    March through October marks sea turtle nesting season on Florida's shorelines.