Parks in the News

Bloom Season Underway On The Blue Ridge Parkway

Spring and early summer always offer an extra bonus for visitors to the Blue Ridge Parkway, and this year is no exception. The bloom season for both wildflowers and blooming shrubs and trees is underway, and parts of the scenic drive just south of Asheville currently offer some fine displays, with more to come.

A Handy Schedule For Opening/Closing Dates Of Glacier National Park Facilities

Here's a handy schedule of the opening and closing dates for concessionaire facilities in Glacier National Park in Montana.

Summer Activities Scheduled For Fort Davis National Historic Site

Fort Davis National Historic Site, located in southwest Texas, is gearing up for the park’s special summer activities.

Wilderness Planning Coming To Wrangell-St. Elias National Park This Summer

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve in Alaska will begin a backcountry and wilderness stewardship planning effort this summer with a series of open house meetings beginning the last week of June.

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, French National Park Sign Sister Park Agreement

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and La Réunion National Park, a French volcanic island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, have signed a sister park agreement to fortify the mutual collaboration and cooperation between both parks.

UPDATED: Flood Waters Swirling Around Several National Park Units, One Death Reported

Unusually heavy and persistent spring rains have flooded several units of the National Park System in Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wyoming, leading to washed out trails, closed campgrounds, and at least one death.

With Summer Approaching, Campgrounds Closing At Joshua Tree National Park

While most national parks are readying their campgrounds for summer crowds, at Joshua Tree National Park in California some campgrounds are closing for the high heat of summer.

Wreckage Of Plane Missing Four Years Possibly Found In Grand Canyon National Park

Wreckage possibly from a single-engine plane that disappeared in 2011 has been recovered from the bottom of Grand Canyon National Park with skeletal human remains.

Fencing Being Used At Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore To Preserve Waning Beachfront

With no available money to truck in 74,000 cubic yards of sand to replenish one of their beaches, officials at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore are hoping fencing and vegetation will help them preserve a beachfront that storms last fall took a big chunk out of.

Higher Entrance, Camping Fees Coming To Olympic National Park

Higher entrance and camping fees will greet visitors to Olympic National Park beginning June.

Grand Teton National Park Boaters Will Need Two Decals This Year

With warmer weather on the way, boaters of all kinds will be heading to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. They best come prepared, with both a park boat permit and a state of Wyoming Aquatic Invasive Species decal, before shoving off.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Cape Cod National Seashore Rank In Top 10 For Beaches

You want surf, sun, and a great family environment, then you can't beat a summer vacation at either Cape Hatteras National Seashore or Cape Cod National Seashore. Both ranked in "Dr. Beach's" Top 10 ocean beaches in the United States.

Day-Long Fun At Shenandoah National Park On National Trails Day

With National Trails Day coming up June 6, many parks are planning special events that day. At Shenandoah National Park, there will be plenty of hiking options for novices and experienced hikers.

Reimagining Maine’s North Woods: Is A National Park Hidden Among The Trees?

Maine isn’t all rocky coastlines. Travel to the Pine Tree State’s interior and you’ll find a mythical, verdant, forested woodland of hemlock and balsam that inspired Henry David Thoreau’s treatise, The Maine Woods

Bryce Canyon, Cedar Breaks, Zion All Raising Fees

By the time you read this, it alreayd will be more expensive to visit Cedar Breaks National Monument this year than it was a year ago, and higher fees are coming to nearby Bryce Canyon and Zion national parks, too.

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Receives Funds To Rehabilitate Historic Buildings

Funding has been made available to enable Fort Vancouver National Historic Site officials to sign a contract for the rehabilitation of some historic buildings at the park, including one that will serve as home of the headquarters for the forest supervisor of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park Raising Entrance And Camping Fees

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park officials say they will incrementally increase entrance and camping fees over the next three years to fund deferred maintenance and improvement projects within the park, and to meet national standards for parks with similar visitor amenities.

Wildfires At Big Cypress National Preserve Covering More Than 30,000 Acres

Wildfires burning in remote areas of Big Cypress National Preserve were being blown here and there by westerly winds, spreading the flames across more than 30,000 acres of the park in southern Florida.

100 Years Ago Today, Lassen Peak Erupted And Launched A National Park

It was a century ago that the volcanic underpinnings of Lassen Peak rose to the surface and blew the top off the mountain that today is the centerpiece of Lassen Volcanic National Park in northern California.

Acadia National Park Working On Transportation Plan For The Future

Zion National Park has a shuttle that works on a mandatory basis during the high season. Bryce Canyon National Park works with an optional shuttle. Acadia National Park long has seen the Island Explorer help move people around the park, but is there a better option?

Lots To Do At Cape Hatteras National Seashore This Summer

A summer vacation to Cape Hatteras National Seashore on North Carolina's Outer Banks offers adventures from climbing lighthouses and body studying maritime history or just relaxing on the beach surrounded by castles of sand.

Explore National Parks Through Maps Out Of History

Maps unlock the world in front of us...even if we're not standing right in front of the landscape contained on the map we're gazing at. They allow us to wander through the landscape, cross mountains, ford rivers and streams, and envision campsites in the backcountry. And, in the case of a new eBook, they allow us to look into the past of some national park settings.

Too Much Snow To Open Trail Ridge Road At Rocky Mountain National Park This Weekend

If you had your heart set to travel Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park this Memorial Day Weekend, well, you'll have to visit the lower elevations of the park because there's too much snow up high to open the road.

National Trails Day Features Trail Work At Point Reyes National Seashore

With National Trails Day coming up on June 6, there will be a lot of projects you can get involved with across the National Park System. One will feature a project on the Estero Trail at Point Reyes National Seashore in California.

Yellowstone National Park Immune From Wyoming Law Banning Certain Photos Of Water Resources

You can take all the photos you want on your Yellowstone National Park vacation without worrying about being arrested for ignoring a new Wyoming law pertaining to whistleblowers. It doesn't apply to the park, which is federal, not state, land, according to park officials.

Mount Rainier National Park Fee Schedule Creeping Upwards

You can now add Mount Rainier National Park to the growing list of National Park System units that are increasing their entrance fees. Beginning this Friday, it'll cost you a bit more to enter, and camp, in the national park.

Savoring Rocky Mountain National Park’s Past While Looking To The Future

Not long into the development of the world’s first national park system, ranchers in and around the valley floor of Estes Park, Colorado, came to an obvious realization: keeping guests happy was easier, and more profitable, than cattle.

Special Events Planned For This Summer At Fort Laramie National Historic Site

Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of Fort Laramie National Historic Site’s summer season, which will feature a variety of activities, from daily guided tours and talks to living history demonstrations and special events.

UPDATED: Black Bear Put Down in Great Smoky Mountains National Park For Being Habituated

An aggressive black bear has led Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials to close the Mount Le Conte backcountry shelter and trails to the Cliff Tops area.

Emergency Fishing Closure At Olympic National Park

Concerns over the numbers of Hoh River Chinook salmon has prompted an emergency fishing closure of the Hoh River, South Fork Hoh River, and all tributaries, as well as the mouth of the Hoh River at Olympic National Park in Washington state.
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