Officials from the National Park Service have officially signed a 15-year concessions contract for Yosemite Hospitality, LLC, to run lodging and dining concessions in Yosemite National Park, though the company might be managing facilities not named The Ahwahnee Hotel, Yosemite Lodge at the Falls, or Badger Pass.
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An effort is under way to see bison hunted within Grand Canyon National Park. Arizona politicians who are pushing that proposal say the bison in the park are bison-cow hybrids that are "wreaking havoc" on the park.
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in California will host its second annual Recreation Festival later this month, and plans to fill the day with plenty of family activities in the outdoors.
A Wyoming congresswoman carrying water for packrafters seeking access to rivers and streams in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks has offered an amendment to her own legislation that seemingly would force the National Park Service to open up specific waters to the paddlers.
A short trail for mountain bikers anxious to cruise through Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio is now open, and crews are expected to continue to expand it later this year.
Human rescues are fairly commonplace in the National Park System, but it's not every day that rangers have to rescue a dog. That was the case at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, where a chocolate lab stumbled into a 20-foot-deep crack in the earth.
The onslaught of heavy rains soaking South Carolina in recent days has led to closure of Congaree National Park, where the Congaree River has gone from roughly 6 feet to nearly 19 feet in the past three days. Flood stage for the river in the park is 15 feet.
Though some still debate whether a handgun is better than bear spray when traveling in grizzly country, a hiker at Glacier National Park was able to drive off an attacking grizzly with a burst of spray to the bruin's face.
It has been a rough summer at Kings Canyon National Park in California, where a forest fire closed in on the park and forced the closure of Cedar Grove on the floor of the park. Now park officials say they don't know when access to Cedar Grove will be restored.
Aramark Sports and Entertainment Services, LLC, which had been running concessions at Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Alaska under a temporary contract, has landed a 10-year contract to continue operations.