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What Do You Think Of The National Parks' New Look?



Well, it's been a week or so. What do you think of the new look of the websites across the National Park System?

They're bold, with the expansive photo hole at the top of the page. And the type font is definitely more attractive than that of the old sites.

But do you find them easy to navigate? Can you find what you're looking for without spending an inordinate amount of time?

One of the new features I find nice to have is the "alerts" bar that resides just below the homepage photo when the park in question has some important news to relate to visitors.

There are still some bugs. Not all parks were ready with all the content when the Washington office pushed out the new "skin." As a result, some links lead to 404 (Page Not Found) errors.

What do you think? Is there anything missing that you'd like to see, or something you'd like to see in a more obvious place?


One issue I have are with the links. Let's say you click on "Plan Your Visit." Instead of bringing those items to the page it expands links underneath that main heading in the left sidebar. Would be nice to have the links on the main section of the page, not just hidden in the sidebars.

Well that's certainly good to know! Thanks!!

Kurt, the specific park search function is still available. (yay!) When on a park page begin typing in the top right search box and a drop down menu appears with the option "this park" or "", also starts suggesting what it thinks you are searching for. Took sometime to find it though!

It seems to me they've gotten rid of the old 'search' function, in which you could search the website of the park page you're on for a topic in that park. The new search button seems to search the entire, which is cumbersome. I hope I'm wrong....

I started with, then went to my home park. Other than one misspelling, everything looked good. I easily navigated through, decided to look at the museum collection and quickly found photographs of artifacts and all was well. I didn't explore all the options, but so far so good.

Confusing indeed. A young internet-savvy person once told me that the attention span of his generation is two clicks. More than that and they change course and go somewhere else. So this website is not going to help attract our younger citizens into exploring their National Parks. My verdict: Needs Work.

Kitty, that confused me for awhile, too.  But if you look up in the top right hand corner of the state page, you will see a place that says Show List or something like that.  Click there and you will soon have a list of all the state's NPS units in front of you.  It's confusing.

I don't think navigation from is easy at all. When I pull down Find A Park By State and click on a state, it brings up a map (which is down at the bottom of the page and you have to scroll down to see) and then I have to click on that state on the map again. Then when I get the map of that state it shows the NPS units in green but you have to zoom way in to see the name of the unit. You used to see the name of the unit pop up when you hovered over it on the map, and you could click on a it to go directly to that unit's website. This may work well if you know the name of the unit but if you are browsing an unfamiliar area it's not very friendly.

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