Parks in the News

Zion National Park Officials Proposing Higher Fees For Entry, Camping, Backcountry Travel

It soon could cost you more to enter Zion National Park, camp there, and head into the backcountry.

Traveler's View: Senate Should Either Fund New Parks In Defense Bill, Or Strip Them Out

There are at least 75 million reasons why the U.S. Senate should either fully fund the national park projects contained within the defense authorization bill, or strip them out.

Alum Cave Trail At Great Smoky Mountains National Park In Line For Some Serious Restoration

One of the most popular areas of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Alum Cave area, is on tap for some serious restoration work that will take about two years and result in some occasional trail closures. The result, though, will make the trail safer for hikers and better protect natural resources, according to park officials.

Big Bend National Park Proposing Slightly Higher Entrance, Backcountry Fees

Getting into Big Bend National Park in Texas could be a little bit more expensive next year, as officials are proposing a $5 increase in the daily entrance fee for vehicles and a $2 increase in the backcountry camping fee.

Isle Royale National Park's Wolf Woes Spur Bigger Questions Of Managing Wilderness

As Isle Royale National Park managers mull the future of the park's wolf population, biologists and ecologists are urging them to step in with a genetic rescue.

Senate Poised To OK Legislation That Would Grow National Park System, But Questions Loom

In one of the largest expansions of the National Park System in decades, a nearly 1,700-page bill to fund the Defense Department carries amendments to add roughly a half-dozen units to the park system and add acres to others. But the measure also raises concerns over whether Congress is micro-managing National Park Service decisions when it comes to wildlife management under the Endangered Species Act, and how donors to the system should be recognized.

Looking For Meteors At Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

If you're in central Colorado this coming weekend, consider visiting Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument on Saturday to catch a glimpse of meteors slicing across the night skies.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area Looking For Guides To Dive On Submerged B-29

There's a new business opportunity in the National Park System -- leading scuba dives on a B-29 Superfortress Bomber lying on the bed of Lake Mead at Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Nevada.

39th Annual Festival Of Christmas Past Coming To Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park will stage its 39th annual Festival of Christmas Past celebration, complete with music, stories out of the past, and even apple cider, on December 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sugarlands Visitor Center on the western side of the park.

For Some Park Visits, Getting There Is Definitely Part Of The Fun

The enormous variety of areas in the National Park System means there's also quite a range of experiences when it comes to getting to and from your park destination. Whether you're taking the subway or city bus to an urban park or riding a train, small plane or ferry to reach your destination in Alaska, there are plenty options for a memorable trip...and sometimes they can be memorable indeed.

Concerns, Opposition Voiced To Proposed Entrance Fee Increases At National Parks

As more and more units of the National Park System roll out proposals to increase their entrance fees to bring them in line with a standardized schedule developed by National Park Service leaders, public opposition is being voiced, with some newspapers and towns opposing the increases and individuals maintaining they're untenable and unfair.

Is Global Climate Change A Threat to National Parks? Another Response

In response to a guest column on climate change that disputed the belief that human activities are driving global warming, a quartet of scientists and former National Park Service employees say the evidence for anthropogenic global warming is indisputable.

Possible Congressional Battle Looming Over Parks Legislation Attached To Defense Authorization Bill

In what could be the most significant legislative action pertaining to national parks since 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives is being asked to approve a defense authorization bill that has been amended to create a number of new units of to the National Park System, from a Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park in New York to a Manhattan Project National Historical Park spread across a handful of states.

Take A Close-Up Look At Grand Canyon National Park's Phantom Ranch

Though the busy summer travel season is over, that doesn't mean you still can't enjoy Grand Canyon National Park. Relax for a few minutes and enjoy this video that shows off Phantom Ranch on the canyon's floor.

Court Finds Federal Agencies Ignored NEPA In Guaranteeing Loans For Hog Farm Above Buffalo National River

Federal loan guarantees needed to ensure financing for a commercial hog operation upstream of the Buffalo National River in Arkansas were inappropriately approved by federal agencies that failed to adequately review the project's potential environmental impacts, a judge has ruled.
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Natural Bridges National Monument Poised To More Than Double Entrance Fee

National Park Service officials are proposing to more than double the entrance fee for Natural Bridges National Monument, a small, off-the-beaten-path unit of the National Park System in southern Utah.

New Website Launched To Help Yosemite National Park Celebrate 125th Anniversary

Yosemite National Park has launched a new website to commemorate the 125th anniversary of Yosemite National Park. The website is designed to provide an innovative way for community members and interested parties to actively participate in the celebrations surrounding the anniversary that will be staged throughout the 2015 calendar year.

Holiday Celebrations From Years Past To Be Recalled At Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site

It’s commonly held that we should take only pictures and leave only footprints when we visit the parks, but Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site in Deer Lodge, Montana, is offering visitors a chance to take home a bit more this holiday season.

Give To National Parks This Tuesday

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are past, so on this Tuesday give a little back...to national parks.

Diary From Civil War Soldier Turned Over To Pea Ridge National Military Park

A personal diary from a Confederate soldier who saw action at the battle of Pea Ridge has been donated to the Pea Ridge National Military Park in Arkansas.

Eighty-Eight Units Of National Park System Tapped For $49.6 Million To Help Grand Canyon National Park

Eighty-eight units of the National Park System, from Acadia National to Yosemite National Park, provided a total $49.5 million in an open-ended loan to help Grand Canyon National Park buy down the interest Xanterra Parks & Resorts holds in concessions on the park's South Rim.

Op-Ed| Vandalism On Public Lands Steals From Future Generations

Our public lands protect resources that belong to everyone yet some people decide to steal our resources for their own personal enrichment—robbing this and future generations.

Senators Push For Full Funding For Land And Water Conservation Fund

A bipartisan coalition of more than half the U.S. Senate is pushing the chamber's leaders to find a permanent funding solution for the Land and Water Conservation Fund by year's end.

Traveler's Winter Gear Gifting Guide

Whether you exchange gifts for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, the Feast of St. Nicholas, Saint Lucia’s Day, or some other year-end holiday, we have some ideas for the national park lover on your list.

Wednesday's The Last Day To Comment On Proposed Sport Hunting Regs At National Preserves In Alaska

National Park Service officials, looking to offset the recent liberalization of Alaska state hunting regulations, are proposing regulations that aim to better protect predators from hunters. The comment period on the proposed regulations runs out Wednesday.

A New Set Of Maps To Help You Explore Glacier National Park Day Hikes And The Sun Road

Maps. They're the stuff of explanation, and dreams. Explanation of what lies out yonder on the landscape, and dreams of what yet's to come. If you're thinking of visiting Glacier National Park, either just to drive through on the Going-to-the-Sun Road, or to spend some time exploring the backcountry on hiking trails, there are two new maps to help bring your vision to fruition.

Annual Mammoth Cave Sing Set For December 7

The 35th edition of the Mammoth Cave Sing is coming to Mammoth Cave National Park on December 7.

Zabriskie Point At Death Valley National Park Closing For Repairs

Zabriskie Point, an incredibly scenic overlook in Death Valley National Park, will be closed to the public from December 1 through the end of next April so crews can make significant repairs to improve visitor safety.

Time To Reserve Your Denali National Park Campsite, Bus Trip

Doyon/ARAMARK Joint Venture, the transportation concessioner for Denali National Park and Preserve, will begin accepting advance reservations for the 2015 visitor season for shuttle buses and the park’s four largest campgrounds on Monday, December 1. Reservations are available by phone, on-line or mail.

Snowshoe Hikes At Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore This Winter

When winter snows fall on Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan the rangers will be leading snowshoe hikes.
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