Parks in the News

10th Annual Music Of The Mountains Next Weekend At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Celtic music, traditional mountain music, and bluegrass tunes will waft from the Tennessee side of Great Smoky Mountains National Park next weekend during its 10th annual Music of the Mountains festival.

Olympic National Park Officials Searching For Way To Save Enchanted Valley Chalet

Olympic National Park officials, searching for a way to prevent the Enchanted Valley Chalet from tumbling into the East Fork of the Quinault River, are looking into the possibility of moving the historic structure away from the stream.

Entrance, Campground Fees Rising In Some National Parks

It's getting a bit more expensive to visit some national parks, with entrance fees rising at Wind Cave and Jewel Cave national parks in South Dakota, and camping fees going up at Sequoia National Park in California.

New River Gorge National River Seeking Teenage Rangers-In-Training

Imagine how your life might have been different had you the opportunity to attend a "ranger in training" program such as the one being offered at New River Gorge National River in West Virginia this summer.

Yellowstone National Park Juggles Contract Holders For Over-Snow Concessions

The business landscape for winter tour operators in Yellowstone National Park saw a shake-up this week as the National Park Service awarded a series of concessions contracts that will remain in effect for the next decade.

Denali Park Road To Open To Mile 30 Today

A mild winter and spring are helping crews at Denali National Park clear snow and ice off the Denali Park Road, which was scheduled to open to Mile 30 today.

Lots Of Activities To Keep You Busy During National Park Week

With 401 units of the National Park System, how do you decide what to do during National Park Week? The folks at the National Park Service and National Park Foundation have some suggestions for you.

Some Yellowstone National Park Roads To Open Friday

Barring a freak spring snowstorm, some roads into Yellowstone National Park will open to wheeled vehicles on Friday morning.

Fish In National Parks From Alaska To Colorado Have Unhealthy Mercury Levels

Timing often is happenstance, but with Earth Day arriving next week, word of high mercury levels in fish in national parks from Alaska to Colorado is particularly sobering. In some cases, the levels exceed limits OKed for human consumption.

Construction To Close Graveyard Fields Parking Area/Trailhead On Blue Ridge Parkway For Nearly Three Months

A makeover of the parking area at the Graveyard Fields Trailhead on the Blue Ridge Parkway will require the area to be closed for about 11 weeks, beginning April 22.

Epic 1920 Trek Across Craters Of The Moon National Monument Is Being Retraced This Week

Nearly a century ago, the dramatic landscape now included in Craters of the Moon National Monument was virtually unknown to all but a few hardy adventurers. One of them, Robert Limbert, hiked across the area in 1920, and his photos and articles are credited with spurring creation of the Monument in 1924. This week, a small group of hikers is recreating Limbert's historic trek, and sharing their progress via social media.

Is The Human Footprint Strangling Old Faithful In Yellowstone National Park?

We all go through growing pains as we get older, and that seems to be the case with the Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone National Park, as the geyser isn't as faithful as it once was and could eventually go dormant.

Tagged Razorback Suckers Hoped To Seek Out Others In Colorado River Of Grand Canyon National Park

A small number of fish released into the Colorado River within Grand Canyon National Park hopefully will turn into tattletales.

Celebrate George Washington's Inauguration...225 Years Later

It was 225 years ago this April 30 that George Washington was inaugurated as the country's first president. You can mark that occasion when the National Park Service celebrates it at Federal Hall National Memorial in New York City.

Drakes Bay Oyster Company Seeks U.S. Supreme Court Review Of Its Lease At Point Reyes National Seashore

Owners of a decades-old oyster farming operation at Point Reyes National Seashore have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar erred in not renewing their lease.

Researchers Say Mesa Verde National Park's Far View Reservoir Wasn't For Water

Was "Mummy Lake," now known as Far View Reservoir, really an ancient Anasazi reservoir? Not according to new research, which claims the 12-foot deep circular brick structure instead was created for ceremonial purposes.

Grand Canyon Association Seeking Donations For Renovation Of Kolb Studio

After more than 100 years, it's understandable that the building that long has housed Kolb Studio on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park needs a little work. And the Grand Canyon Association could use your help in accomplishing that work.

Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Again Roaming Great Western Divide In Sequoia, Kings Canyon National Parks

It took the help of a helicopter, but Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep are once again roaming the Great Western Divide that forms part of the border between Kings Canyon and Sequoia national parks.

Anonymous Donor Gives $2.2 Million For Great Smoky Mountains National Park

An anonymous benefactor has greatly helped the National Park Service with its facility needs at Great Smoky Mountains National Park by writing a check for $2.2 million for the park's benefit.

Yellowstone Spent $1,096 Per Snowmobiler Coming Through East Entrance

The money Yellowstone National Park spent this past winter to keep Sylvan Pass safe for snowmobilers breaks down to almost $1,100 per snowmobiler, according to park numbers.

Trust For National Mall Honored For Its World War 2 App

Kudos to the Trust for the National Mall, which won an award for its World War II Memorial app from an arm of the American Advertising Federation.

Annual Butterfly Count Nets New Species at Joshua Tree National Park

Each Spring, a group of dedicated volunteers and park staff members conduct an annual butterfly count at Joshua Tree National Park to catalog species found inside the park. The park's wilderness areas offer many such opportunities for ongoing scientific discovery, and this year's effort yielded an exciting surprise: a new butterfly species for the park.

Float With The Traveler In The Wake Of John Wesley Powell Through Dinosaur National Monument

Float in the wake of Major John Wesley Powell down one of West’s iconic rivers with the Traveler this July. For four days we’ll follow the meanders and crash the rapids of the Green River as it flows through Dinosaur National Monument in Utah.

Special Tours At Mesa Verde National Park On This Summer's Schedule

There are many wonderful cliff dwellings to see at Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, and this summer you'll be able to view some not normally open to the public.

Shenandoah National Park Celebrates Wildflowers In Early May

Conserving native plants will be the focus of Shenandoah National Park’s 28th annual Wildflower Weekend coming in early May.

Groups Working On National Saltwater Recreational Fishing Policy

The ocean waters off the national seashores and national parks that touch those waters offer incredible opportunities for recreation, whether it revolves around fishing, boating, or simply swimming. Now efforts are under way to develop a national policy focused on recreational fishing in those and other ocean waters.

Grand Teton National Park Roads Open To Cyclists, Roller-Bladers, And Pedestrians

From now through the end of the month you can pedal, roller-blade, or simply walk down the Teton Park Road in Grand Teton National Park without worrying about passenger cars and trucks. Although, you do need to watch out for snow-removal trucks and plows.

Mount Rainier National Park Ready For Summer Season

Barring an unpredicted snowstorm, beginning today Mount Rainier National Park will open the road from Longmire to Paradise 24 hours a day.

Parks Can Offer A Great Setting For Viewing Upcoming Total Lunar Eclipses

Throughout human history, total lunar eclipses have inspired a range of emotions, and seeing such events are an amazing experience. Four total eclipses are coming up in the next 17 months, and while you can view those displays from many kinds of sites, enjoying the phenomenon in a dramatic natural setting like a National Park Service site would be a bonus for many of us.

National Park Service Issues Guide For Building River And Lake Access Points For Canoes, Kayaks

Groups and organizations looking for insights in how to build canoe and kayak access points to rivers and lakes can turn to a new guide from the National Park Service.
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