Parks in the News

"Then-And-Now Photo" From Shiloh National Military Park Goes Viral

In 1902 a crowd of 2,000 people witnessed the dedication ceremony for a monument to the Fifth Ohio Cavalry at Shiloh Battlefield in Tennessee. They could never have imagined the future technology that would enable 135,000 people to view, in a single day, a photo comparing the monument as it looked 1902 with the same scene over a century later.

Thunder Hole Viewing Area Closed At Acadia National Park

It's one of the main attractions at Acadia National Park, and perhaps that's why crews need to make repairs to the viewing area at Thunder Hole.

Bighorn Sheep Released Into Both Yosemite And Sequoia National Parks

There are more hooves clattering across the rocky high country of Yosemite and Sequoia national parks thanks to a multi-agency effort to bolster bighorn sheep populations in the parks.

Opening Of Glacier Point Road At Yosemite National Park Earliest In Recent Memory

One of the classic scenes in Yosemite National Park is found from Glacier Point, an overlook which provides outstanding views of park landmarks such as Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, Yosemite Valley. Glacier Point is an understandable favorite with park visitors, but you'd usually need cross-county skis to get there in March. That's not the case this year, and the Glacier Point Road is already open to traffic.

Effort To Overturn Backcountry User Fee At Great Smoky Mountains National Park Fails

A legal challenge to a backcountry user fee at Great Smoky Mountains National Park has failed, with a federal judge ruling the National Park Service was within its rights to levy the $4 per night per person fee.
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National Park Service Begins Rollout Of Centennial Campaign, Urging Americans To "Find Your Park"

With the National Park Service's 100th birthday little more than a year away, the agency and the National Park Foundation are beginning to rollout the celebratory campaign, urging Americans to "Find Your Park."

Concessionaires Want More Investment, Business Opportunities, In National Parks

National park concessionaires, deeply concerned over what they see as three decades of stagnant visitation to the National Park System, want Congress to authorize better marketing of the parks, longer "high" seasons in the parks they believe would generate more revenues for infrastructure improvements, and expanded concessionaire opportunities in the parks.

Road Work Coming To Newfound Gap Road At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Driving the Newfound Gap Road at Great Smoky Mountains National Park this spring, summer and fall will be a bit more trying as work to repave more than 4 miles of the road is carried out.

Botanical Bioblitz Turns up Almost 100 Species Of Plants At Saguaro National Park

Gaze across the flower-dotted landscape of Saguaro National Park and it's hard to immediately discern how many species are spread out in front of you. But a recent Bioblitz at the park in southern Arizona turned up near 100 species of plants, including two not previously known to grow in the park

U.S. Cattlemen's Association Opposed To Proposed Chisholm And Great Western National Historic Trails

While the National Park Service says there is wide support for creation of Chisholm and Great Western National Historic Trails, one group that opposes the trails is the U.S. Cattlemen's Association.

Short Stretch Of Blue Ridge Parkway In North Carolina To Close For Bridge Repairs

Bridge repairs will require a roughly nine-mile-long stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina to close for about two months beginning April 1.

Teton Park Road Open For Non-Vehicular Travel

For the next five weeks you can enjoy traveling the Teton Park Road in Grand Teton National Park by bike, roller-blades or skis, or simply walking. The road has melted down to pavement in most places and is now open to non-motorized recreation.

Xanterra Parks & Resorts Abandoning Efforts To Trademark Business Names On South Rim Of Grand Canyon National Park

Xanterra Parks & Resorts has dropped most, if not all, of its applications to trademark the names of lodgings and other concessions on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

Glacier National Park Employee Cited For Not Controlling Dog That Led To Mountain Lion's Death

A Glacier National Park employee has been cited for failing to maintain control of a dog that got into a fight with a mountain lion that led to the lion being shot to death by a park ranger.

National Parks Across Europe To Celebrate "European Day Of Parks"

While here in the United States we celebrate National Park Week, in Europe the continent's national parks celebrate European Day of Parks to showcase the parks' beauty and resources.

Golden Spike Locomotives Being Refurbished

The two replica locomotives at Golden Spike National Historic Site at Promontory, Utah, are being refurbished. Jupiter and No. 119 will be fully rebuilt in time for the May 10, 2015, anniversary of the driving of the Golden Spike in 1869.

National Park Week: April 18-26

National Park Week, 2015 edition, is just a handful of weeks away. While any day is a great day to visit a national park, during this special week April 18-26 there will be more than a few events and activities to take part in.

National Park Service Hopes To "Round Up" Geese On National Mall, Herd Them Elsewhere

Dogs -- man's best friend -- are the hoped for solution to flocks of wandering Canada Geese that are fouling grounds of the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

An Early Opening For Clingmans Dome Road At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Barring a late snowstorm, the road to Clingmans Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park will open Friday.

Spotted Salamanders, Newts, And Other Critters On The Move At Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

You could call it the "Rise of the Amphibians," but at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area it's simply a seasonal event: the rise of spotted salamanders, newts, and other critters that are in an amorous mood and on the move.

Appalachian Trail Hiking Death Prompts Call For Hikers To Be Safety-Minded On The Trail

The recent death of a hiker who was struck by a falling tree on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail has prompted the American Hiking Society to remind hikers not to let their guard down while out on the trail.

Glacier National Park Ranger Shoots Mountain Lion Tangling With Dog

A fight between a mountain lion and a dog at Glacier National Park came to an end when a park ranger shot and killed the big cat after efforts to separate the two animals failed.

UC Berkeley And The National Parks: A Centennial Retrospective

A much publicized conference, Science for Parks, Parks for Science: The Next Century, opens today at the University of California, Berkeley. Led by the National Park Service and National Geographic Society, conference sponsors propose “to launch a Second Century of stewardship for the parks, 100 years after the historic meetings at UC Berkeley that helped launch the National Park Service.” A specialist on those meetings, Dr. Alfred Runte reports on why the story does not end there.

Reforestation Continuing At Flight 93 National Memorial

On April 17-18 the National Park Service, the National Park Foundation, and Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial are continuing a major reforestation effort that will eventually result in 150,000 new trees at Flight 93 National Memorial, the nation’s permanent memorial to the 40 passengers and crew of United Flight 93, and all of those lost on September 11, 2001.

Conference Will Use "Back to the Future" Theme to Look Ahead At Science In The NPS

A number of universities in our country have contributed invaluable support for the National Park Service through research and ideas, and such ties with University of California, Berkeley, are especially significant. An upcoming summit, “Science for Parks, Parks for Science: The Next Century,” will be held March 25-27 on the Berkeley campus, and the plenary sessions will be live-streamed at parksforscience.berkeley.edu

National Park Service Maintenance Backlog Approaching $11.5 Billion

The backlog in maintenance across the National Park System is approaching $11.5 billion and touches many areas of the visitor experience, from campgrounds and trails to visitor centers and roads and bridges, according to the National Park Service.

Bells To Ring On April 9 To Commemorate 150th Anniversary of Appomattox Surrender

Special events on April 9, 2015, at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park and Independence National Historical Park will be part of a nationwide observance of the 150th Anniversary of General Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, Virginia. That surrender marked the symbolic but not the final end of the Civil War.

Joshua Tree National Park Looking For Some Volunteers Who Can "Cut The Mustard"

Joshua Tree National Park is looking for some volunteers to help with the fight against non-native weeds that are creating a host of problems, and one project requires some folks who are able to both cut--and pull--the mustard. Projects set for April 4 and 11 will target Sahara mustard plants.

Overlook Collapses At Point Reyes National Seashore, Killing One

One visitor was killed and another injured when part of a popular overlook at Point Reyes National Seashore in California collapsed, dropping them 70 feet to the ground below.

Canyonlands National Park Considering Day-Use Permits For Vehicles, Bikes On White Rim, Elephant Hill Roads

Officials at Canyonlands National Park in Utah want to move to a day-use permitting system for vehicles and cyclists heading down either the White Rim or Elephant Hill roads.
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