Olympic National Park

National Park Quiz 31: World War II

This Sunday, December 7, is the 67th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and America’s entry into World War II. This week’s quiz will test your knowledge of the World War II-related events, activities, and commemorative aspects of the National Park System. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll fine you $25 and donate it to Honor Flight.

Upon Further Review - How Wet Is a Rain Forest?

Olympic National Park Rain Forest, NPS Photo.
Most people have a mental picture of what to expect on their first visit to a new location, and that was definitely the case for a woman at Olympic National Park. However, one of the things that makes travel interesting is that expectations and reality sometimes take different paths in the Great Outdoors.

Olympic National Park Announces New Requirements for Winter Travel to Hurricane Ridge

Winter at Hurricane Ridge.
A favorite year-round destination in Olympic National Park for locals and tourists alike is Hurricane Ridge. The park has just announced the area's winter schedule, and a new safety requirement been added this year for travel on the Hurricane Ridge Road.

National Park Quiz 15: Ring of Fire

This week’s quiz tests your knowledge of geologic features and processes in the national parks that lie within the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area of frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions that rings the Pacific Basin. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we'll make you write "convergent boundary" 100 times on the whiteboard.

Rookie Firefighter from Olympic National Park Killed by Falling Tree in California

An 18-year-old hired at Olympic National Park in June to fight fires has been killed on the fire-lines in California. Andrew "Andy" Palmer died shortly after a tree fell on him during his team's first day on the fire.

Study Says Loss of Wolves Damaging Olympic National Park's Forest Ecosystem

Without wolves to keep their population in check, elk in Olympic National Park are over-grazing the park's temperate rainforests, according to a study from Oregon State University.

Park History: Olympic National Park

What is it that intrigues us so about Olympic National Park? To be sure, the park's multiple personalities are alluring. There aren't many national parks that can lay claim to not just sea coast and rain forest but also glacier-coated peaks worthy of mountaineering.

Creature Feature: The Pacific Treefrog

If you've ever heard a frog doing its “ribbet” thing anywhere along the Pacific Coast, it's probably been a Pacific Treefrog. And if you’ve ever seen one of these little critters up close, you know why many consider it one of the most fascinating of all the amphibians.

Most, But Not All, Of Olympic National Park Within Reach For Memorial Day Weekend

The aftermath of a tough winter can be seen throughout Olympic National Park, but officials say most of the park should be accessible for visitors during the coming Memorial Day Weekend.

Creature Feature: The Red-Throated Loon

Red-throated Loon, copyright Ashok Khosla.
The red-throated loon is the smallest, most widely distributed, and most distinctive of the world’s five loon species. Annually migrating from summer nesting sites in the Arctic reaches of North America and Eurasia to wintering grounds in the Lower 48, Mexico, Europe, and Asia, this bird can really move.

Opening For Spring is a Struggle at Olympic National Park

Last fall's storms and this past winter's snows are slowing the opening of Olympic National Park this spring. But little by little the park's various areas are opening. That said, before you head out you might want to call the park to check on conditions.

Vacation Options In Yellowstone, Olympic, and Mesa Verde National Parks

There are chick flicks, and now even chick national park retreats.

Olympic National Park Releases General Management Plan

Olympic National Park officials have released the final General Management Plan, a hefty, two-volume document that will guide park operations for the next 15-20 years. Within its 950 pages the document discusses park expansion and improvements at Hurricane Ridge.

Western National Parks Contaminated By Airborne Heavy Metals, Pesticides

How do you like your fish seasoned? A little mercury, perhaps some DDT? That's what you might get if you eat fish caught in national parks in the American West.

Olympic National Park Entrance Fees to Stay Unchanged Through 2009

Negative public reaction to a proposed increase in Olympic National Park's entrance fees has prompted park officials to leave the current fees in place through 2009.

Lodging Deals Can Be Found In Olympic, Yosemite, and Mesa Verde National Parks

If your schedule is flexible, you might want to take a look at these lodging deals at Yosemite, Olympic, and Mesa Verde national parks.

Winter Visits to the National Parks

Planning a national park visit during the winter months is not as easy as it might seem. Do you pack your long johns, or your swimsuit?

Fishers Return to Olympic National Park

Like springs unsprung the fishers bolted from their boxes and vanished into the forests of Olympic National Park's Elwha Valley, carrying hopes that they would reestablish one of the region's long-lost residents.

Rangers Rescue Skier Lost in Olympic National Park

After a night in the cold a skier who became lost in a blizzard in Olympic National Park was rescued Sunday afternoon by rangers who slogged through 3-4 feet of snow along Hurricane Ridge to reach him.

Hurricane Ridge Road in Olympic National Park Closed Due to Storm Erosion

A week after a powerful storm pounded Olympic National Park erosion continues to eat away at the Hurricane Ridge Road. Park officials say the road will be closed this weekend while crews work on it.

Pacific Storm Shuts Down Most of Olympic National Park

The Elwha River at flood stage on December 3, 2007, NPS photo.
If this keeps up, we're going to have to redefine the "100-year storm." For the second time in 13 months Olympic National Park has been hit hard by a Pacific storm.

Park Visitation: Olympic National Park Reports 10 Percent Increase

Visitation to national parks continues to be strong this year, with another park reporting growth at the entrance gate.

With The Off-Season Here, Lodging Deals Are Popping Up Throughout the National Park System

Students are back in school, the weather is turning, the leaves have mostly fallen. Also falling are the costs of booking a room in national park lodges for the next few months.

Olympic National Park Could Begin Fisher Recovery Program this Fall

Completion of an environmental assessment into the question of returning fishers to Olympic National Park has cleared the way for a recovery program to begin, possibly before year's end.
Stream near Lake Quinalt; Jeremy Sullivan photo.Video tour of the Lake Quinault area of Olympic National Park. Dave Huber shows us around the historic Lake Quinault Lodge, and former park ranger Roger Blain leads us on a walk of the Maple Glade trail, a very green, mossy temperate rain forest experience, topped off with some Roosevelt Elk.

Lake Quinault Lodge: A Tale Of Two Rooms

Lake Quinault Lodge; Jeremy Sullivan photo.
Lake Quinault Lodge is a picturesque lodge in a picturesque setting. Kurt stayed there in August, Jeremy stayed there in June, and our experiences could not have been more different. Jeremy would recommend this place, Kurt's not so sure. Read on for the details.

Visitation At Olympic National Park Up Nearly 16 Percent

A year ago some in Congress were greatly concerned that the national park system was experiencing an unhealthy decline in visitation. That's not the case this year, where visitor traffic is on the upswing in a number of parks.

Biologists Count Fish In Olympic National Park's Elwha River -- Under Water!

USGS Diver Counts Fish; Jeff Duda, USGS
In case you were wondering, there are more than 7,000 rainbow trout, not to mention 26 pink salmon, 215 bull trout, and 539 adult Chinook salmon in the Elwha River in Olympic National Park. Park officials know that because a team of snorkel-spouting biologists swam the river's 42 miles specifically to count the fish.

Opposition Mounting to Higher Entrance Fee At Olympic National Park

Ca Ching!; Don Melanson photographer.
A trend seems to be developing in the West against higher entrance fees in the national parks. Already Yosemite and Crater Lake national parks and Lava Beds National Monument have had fee increases spiked, and now the folks around Olympic National Park are complaining about a proposed increase there.
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