Parks in the New

Wintry Conditions Close Section Of Going-To-Sun Road At Glacier National Park

A preview of winter blew into Glacier National Park on Tuesday and shut down a portion of the Going-to-the-Sun Road due to hazardous driving conditions.

New Hiking Trails At Acadia National Park

Two trails have been added at Acadia National Park, where the additions make it easier for campers in the Blackwoods Campground to explore parts of the park without driving.

Celebrate A Quarter Millennium Of The Sandy Hook Lighthouse At Gateway National Recreation Area

Quick, how old is the Sandy Hook Lighthouse at Gateway National Recreation Area in New Jersey?

National Park Service Staffers Warned Not To 'Toke Up' In Washington State Or Colorado

Dude, if you value your National Park Service job, don't toke up, not even in Washington state or Colorado, where the adults 21 and older can light up legally.

Can New Ventures Help Save Historic Fort Hancock Buildings At Gateway National Recreation Area?

Gateway National Recreation Area officials are taking another stab at turning historic buildings at Fort Hancock into business ventures that can prevent futher deterioration of the structures.

Former Mount Rainier National Park Employee Guilty Of Violating Clean Water Act

A former Mount Rainier National Park employee has been found guilty of violating the Clean Water Act, a felony, for letting nearly 200,000 gallons of sewage flow into the Nisqually River.

Glacier National Park To Study Logan Pass Mountain Goats And How Humans Affect Them

So habituated to human visitors are mountain goats at Glacier National Park that they can seem as docile and innocent as sheep. To better understand exactly how habituated mountain goats have become to human invasions, the park and the University of Montana are studying how the goats are affected by people, trails, and roads in the Logan Pass area.

National Park Of American Samoa Divers Work To Protect Reefs By Killing Voracious Starfish

Though an intriguing and beautifully hued sea creature, the Crown-of-Thorn starfish can be deadly to coral reefs. That's why divers at National Park of American Samoa recently killed nearly 100 of the starfisjh.

Postcard From The Backbone Of The Continent: Days Of Discovery At Glacier National Park

My heart nearly stopped when I received the internship offer from the lead interpretive ranger at Glacier National Park. My first question, of course, was “Where’s that?” As a Floridian, I had never heard of this Glacier and could not believe I would be heading to Montana.

Contest Marking Emancipation Proclamation Carries $2,500 Academic Scholarship For Teens

The National Park Service, in partnership with the National Park Foundation's African American Experience Fund, has launched Expressions of Freedom, a nationwide artistic competition to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Interior Department Announces Resumption Of High Flows From Glen Canyon Dam Into Colorado River

Top Interior Department officials, with an eye toward restoring some semblance of natural rhythms to Grand Canyon National Park, on Wednesday announced plans to resume high-flow releases from Glen Canyon Dam into the Colorado River.

Scrutiny On National Park Service and Drakes Bay Oyster Co. Ramps Up

As Republicans in Congress are investigating alleged misconduct of the National Park Service in its handling of an oyster farm at Point Reyes National Seashore, California officials are pushing the company to explain its why it is out of compliance with its operating permit.
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"Parks in Focus" Program Brings Kids To Camp in Grand Canyon National Park

While there's been concern about getting younger generations out into the national parks, there's a program at work that recently brought some middle school students to Grand Canyon National Park for a camping experience.

Plowing Of Sun Road in Glacier National Park: One Step Forward, Two Back At Times

When you look at the difficulties crews at Glacier National Park have each year opening the Going-to-the-Sun Road for summer traveler, you really have to appreciate the skills and tenacity of the men who built the road back in the 1920s and s1930s.

One Dead, 16 Injured Following Lightning From Thunderstorm in Grand Teton National Park

Climbing the Grand Teton in Grand Teton National Park never is easy. Snow conditions can create problems, being exposed is daunting for some, and for others just the impact of climbing above 12,000 feet can be a problem if they're not properly acclimated. Weather conditions are a wild card, and this week 17 climbers encountered that issue, one fatally.

Storm at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Swamps or Damages More Than a Dozen Boats

Swamped houseboat.
The high surf resulting from Hurricane Bill's travels off the east coast last weekend got plenty of press, but an unrelated storm that hit Glen Canyon National Recreation Area with little warning offered a reminder that coastal areas aren't the only ones affected by high winds and waves.

UPDATED: Cape Royal Road at Grand Canyon National Park Closed by Wildfire

firefighter with drip torch
The Cape Royal Road on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park has been closed for several days due to a wildfire. It has reopened with pilot car escorts from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily. Five other small fires in the area are not affecting visitor activities.

All Major Roads at Yellowstone National Park Open for the Season

Bighorn sheep on road.
All major roads leading to and within Yellowstone National Park are opening for the Memorial Day holiday weekend—and for the summer season. There will some construction delays beginning in late May.

Interior Secretary Salazar Sends $15.2 Million to USGS Volcano Observatories to Improve Monitoring

The five U.S. Geological Survey Volcano Observatories are receiving $15.2 million to help upgrade their monitoring of volcanics across the West, in Alaska, and in Hawaii, including within Yellowstone, Mount Rainier, Hawaii Volcanoes, and Lake Clark national parks.

Poaching Trees from Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park. NPS photo
Illegal poaching of resources from national parks has a long, unsettling history. In Great Smokies, it’s ginseng poaching. In Petrified Forest, it’s thievery of fossilized trees.
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