The Latest News & Views

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

  • Claims by Yellowstone National Park officials that a preferred winter-use plan will result in a cleaner, quieter park open to more visitors seem to be contradicted by data contained in documents upon which the plan is built.

    While Superintendent Dan Wenk said Thursday that the preferred alternative "makes the park quieter and cleaner, and allows some increases in visitation," data show that tha

  • Bicyclists lamenting the reluctance of the National Park Service to embrace mountain biking on seemingly suitable park routes may have some good news to celebrate.

    The National Park Service just announced today it will expand bicycle access in parks nationwide.

    The new rule, available online at:, gives park superintendents the authority to allow bicycles on

  • Ozark National Scenic Riverways officials have instituted fire restrictions for their park, prohibiting all open fires, including campfires. Fires in campstoves and in grills with lids will continue to be permitted for the time being.

    The use of fireworks continues to be prohibited in the park, as well.

  • It's the heart of summer, the hottest time to visit Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona, but that doesn't mean you still can't enjoy the Long Logs and Agate House trails near the park's south entrance. You just have to be strategic in planning when to do these companion hikes.

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

  • Fee-free days at national park units have become an annual event following their introduction in 2004-05. The freebies have not only continued, but have been expanded from two days (Public Land Day and Veterans Day) initially to the current 17 days.