Parks in the News

Snowplows Trying To Keep Trail Ridge Road Open At Rocky Mountain National Park

Fall is little more than a week old, yet winter has made an impressive appearance in Rocky Mountain National Park, where snowplows were busy Wednesday trying to keep Trail Ridge Road open for at least one more weekend.

Additional Moonlight Tours Added To Cape Lookout Lighthouse

With the full moon coming in little more than a week, officials at Cape Lookout National Seashore are taking reservations for moonlight tours of Cape Lookout Light scheduled for October 9, 10, and 11.

Visit Tumacácori National Historical Park For A Full Moon Photo Workshop

The historic mission grounds at Tumacácori National Historical Park will be open under the light of a full moon on the evening of Wednesday, October 8. The park will be open as usual from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., reopening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for visitors to enjoy the evening on the peaceful mission grounds.

Hike To The Point Bonita Lighthouse At Golden Gate National Recreation Area

You can mix an invigorating walk along the Pacific Coast with some history by joining a hike October 4 to the Point Bonita Lighthouse at Golden Gate National Recreation Area in California.

Captive-Breeding Program Suggested For Endangered Pup Fish At Death Valley National Park

With a small, isolated population of pupfish at Death Valley National Park facing a 30 percent chance of going extinct by 2034, a University of California scientist is suggesting a more aggressive captive-breeding program for the fish.

Yosemite National Park's Bear Problems Greatly Reduced

Yosemite National Park long has had a history of problems between visitors and the park's black bears, but those appear to be a thing of the past. Since 1998, officials note, bear incidents that have generated personal property damage have dropped by 95 percent.

Big Cypress National Preserve To Limit Secondary Off-Road Travel Indefinitely

Environmental organizations are claiming a victory over a settlement that will indefinitely close some off-road vehicle trails in Big Cypress National Preserve until officials can complete their Backcountry Access plan.

UPDATED: Hiker In The Narrows At Zion National Park Apparent Drowning Victim

One of the most iconic hikes in the National Park System, one that also potentially is one of the deadliest, has claimed another victim. Heavy rains that have been pounding southern Utah for days swelled the Virgin River that flows through the Narrows at Zion National Park well above flood stage and claimed the life of a 34-year-old man.

For First Time In 11 Years, All Of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Is Open To Visitors

There's an oasis at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, one where birds and wildlife are drawn for a drink and where prehistory is measured. It's one where, until just recently, the public was largely prevented from traveling due to dangers created by illegal border crossings.

Polling Shows Most Westerners Approve Of Federal Land-Management Agencies, Oppose Giving Lands Over To The States

A public opinion poll of key Western states has produced somewhat contradictory results when it comes to federal lands in those states. While strong numbers voiced positive views of agencies such as the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service, strong numbers held their state governments in higher esteem than the federal government. Overall, though, a slight majority opposes proposals to turn those federal lands over to the states.

Repairs Coming To O'Shaughnessy Seawall At Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Decades of salt air, ocean spray, and storms have taken their toll on the O'Shaughnessy Seawall at Golden Gate National Recreation Area in California. The effects -- cracked and spaulding concrete -- will be erased in the coming months as crews repair the wall at Ocean Beach in the NRA.

Bryce Canyon National Park Moving To Winter Hours

One of the very best seasons to head to Utah to visit Bryce Canyon National Park -- winter! -- is right around the corner, and the park staff is getting ready for it and tweaking some of its operational hours.

Rock Outcrops To Be Protected Under Shenandoah National Park's Management Plan

Rock outcrops at Shenandoah National Park, places such as Hawksbill, Old Rag, and Little Stony Man, offer great opportunities for viewing the surrounding landscape as well as climbing. But concerns about visitor pressures on these features have led park officials to develop and adopt a Rock Outcrop Management Plan that aims to protect these natural features and their biological communities while continuing to allow visitor access.

Watch Out For Wildlife In The National Parks

Fall brings so much to the national parks, with changing colors blanketing the landscapes, visitor loads dropping, and wildlife on the move, both for migration and, for some, the annual rut. And that rut can make wildlife such as elk, moose, and bison unpredictable and especially dangerous to park visitors who wander too close to these big animals.

Culling Of White-Tailed Deer Approved For Antietam, Monocacy, And Manassas National Battlefields

Gunshots could soon be echoing across the Antietam, Monocacy, and Manassas national battlefields near the nation's capital as National Park Service personnel work to bring down populations of white-tailed deer that are far above numbers that can interfere with natural revegetation on the landscape.

Whiteoak Sink Area Of Great Smoky Mountains National Park Closed To Visitors To Protect Bats

A unique and beautiful area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park is temporarily being closed to visitors in an effort to protect bats that enter caves there.

Seasonal Closure Of North Rim Of Grand Canyon National Park Begins October 16

Fall can be a great season for visiting the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, but to take advantage of the full range of visitor facilities and services, don't wait too long—the annual closure of that area for the upcoming winter will begin on October 16, 2014.

Civil War Soldier's Diaries Donated To Vicksburg National Military Park

Historians who are charged with the task of understanding or explaining historical events are always on the lookout for original source documents, and it's hard to top the value of handwritten accounts from participants in the action. Vicksburg National Military Park received the gift of just such a prize last week: diaries of a Civil War soldier who served at Vicksburg.

150 Years Later, Confederate Shell Turns Up At Richmond National Battlefield Park

One-hundred-and-fifty years later, a live cannon ball turned up at Richmond National Battlefield Park as crews were clearing a moat in preparation for an interpretive tour at a Civil War fort.

Meet Colorful Characters From The Past At Cumberland Gap National Historical Park On September 27

Cumberland Gap has been called the "first great gateway to the West," and on Saturday, September 27, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park will offer its popular "Within the Shadows of Cumberland Gap Heritage Walk." Here's your chance to "meet" characters from the colorful past of these historic mountains.

Yellowstone National Park Releases 2013 Wolf Report

Yellowstone National Park has released its annual Wolf Report, which describes the status of wolves in the park and management plans and activities for that species. According to the report, the overall wolf population in the park is up slightly from 2012, similar to previous recent years, and down about 45 percent since 2003.

UPDATED: Patagonia Stung First At Arches National Park, Stung Again At Capitol Reef National Park

It seemed like the perfect photo shoot: Two climbers making a "first ascent" on a route in Capitol Reef National Park in Utah. Unfortunately for the climbers, not only did they install bolts into the rockface, which is against park system regulations, and also roll rocks down the slope, but they were recognizeable.

Volunteer Your Sweat To Clean Up Yosemite National Park

It's that time of year. Yep, time to volunteer your time and sweat to help clean up Yosemite National Park.

Congaree National Park Has A Hog Gone Wild Problem

Yellowstone National Park has its lake trout problem, and Congaree National Park has a hog problem.

Photographer QT Luong Puts Focus On Acadia National Park

The grandeur of America’s national parks so inspired QT Luong, he quit a career in computer science, and embarked on a decades-long project to photograph all 59 parks, from Acadia National Park to Zion.

18-Year-Old Visitor Dies In Fall From Going-to-the-Sun Road In Glacier National Park

It's not unusual to hear about falls leading to visitor deaths in mountainous parks, but those sad endings to a trip most often occur during activities such as mountaineering or even hiking. On September 18, an 18-year-old male died when he fell from an area along the famed Going-to-the-Sun Road at Glacier National Park.

Invasive Insects Killing Pines At Acadia National Park

A tiny, almost microscopic, insect is killing pine trees at Acadia National Park, where biologists and entomologists are trying to determine how widespread the infestation is and what can be done to slow it.

Dramatic Time-Lapse Video Captures Meadow Fire At Yosemite National Park

In the past, several wildfires have burned at the periphery of Yosemite National Park, however, when the Meadow Fire flared up on Sept 7, 2014, it was the first time in memory that a major wildfire occured in the scenic heart of Yosemite, next to Half-Dome. Capturing the fire as a time-lapse introduced a new dimension to those already most iconic fire images.

Time Running Out To Drive Entire Going-To-The-Sun Road At Glacier National Park

Snow already has fallen on Glacier National Park this month, but that's not the reason you won't be able to drive the entire 50 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road. No, crews are closing off a section of the road east of Logan Pass this coming Sunday night so they can work on rehabilitating the scenic roadway.

Watch Hawks With A Yellowstone National Park Ranger On Sunday

For a little change of pace in Yellowstone National Park, spend a time this Sunday looking up into the sky.
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