Parks in the News

Appalachian Thru-Hikers Asked To Register To Help Manage Crowding At Trailhead

While it's nice to hike with friends, too many friends can take away from the experience and impact resources. With that in mind, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy is suggesting that thru-hikers register when they're going to start off on the A.T. from Springer Mountain this spring.

Conserving Wild Bison: Finding Space For An American Icon

There's a success story to be told about bison at Yellowstone National Park. Though there's controversy over how the population is managed, there was a time when it was feared these iconic animals would be lost.

Joy Riders At Cape Hatteras National Park Tear Up Cape Point Campground Grounds

Joy riders out for a wild time ripped up parts of the Cape Point Campground at Cape Hatteras National Seashore with their free-wheeling.

New Prospectus For Grand Canyon National Park Concessions Denies Xanterra Parks & Resorts Trademark Claims

National Park Service officials, in trying yet again to attract a business to run concessions on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, claim the agency owns trademarks to business names associated with popular South Rim lodges and that Xanterra Parks & Resorts should abandon its bid to secure those trademarks.

Historic Yellowstone Novel Offers Romantic View Of Park From Bygone Era

You don’t have to go far in Yellowstone National Park to find a romantic spot that would be the perfect setting for an epic love story. From sweeping overlooks to hot springs and waterfalls to historic hotels and cabins, the park is full of beautiful places that would inspire passion in even the coldest heart.

Work On Big Oak Flat Tunnels At Yosemite National Park Could Lead To Traffic Snarls

Much-needed repairs to the Big Oak Flat Tunnels in Yosemite National Park likely will delay your travel to the park during the next three months, though holidays will be spared.

Sea Lion Yearling Rescued After Crossing Road In Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Why did the sea lion cross Skyline Drive in Golden Gate National Recreation Area? That's a good question with no ready answer. But the bottom line is that the male yearling, though undernourished, is doing well and being cared for at the Marine Mammal Center at the Marin Headlands of the NRA.

Backcountry Fees Going Up At Rocky Mountain National Park

It's going to cost you a little bit more to head into the backcountry of Rocky Mountain Nationa Park for overnight stays beginning this summer, when the permit fee climbs from $20 to $26 per trip.

Bird Count This Weekend At Scotts Bluff National Monument In Nebraska

Too early for bird counts? Never! And if you're looking to get involved with one, consider this weekend's tally being taken at Scotts Bluff National Monument in Nebraska.

Legislation Offered That Would Reroute Sections Of North Country Scenic Trail, Connect It With A.T.

Legislation introduced in Congress would, if enacted, one day allow you to walk from North Dakota to Vermont on the North Country Scenic Trail, and then hang a right and head down to Georgia on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.

Wolf Spotted At Grand Canyon, Killed In Utah, Was From Yellowstone Area

Genetic analysis has concluded that a wolf that had been seen on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon last fall, and was shot and killed in Utah late in December, had been fitted with a radio collar outside of Yellowstone National Park in January 2014.

Free Entry To Entire National Park System This Presidents Day Weekend

Make an executive decision to visit a national park this Presidents Day weekend. All 405 national parks will offer free admission February 14-16.

Grizzly Bears Emerging At Yellowstone National Park

Here it is, not even mid-February, and grizzly bears are starting to emerge from their dens at Yellowstone National Park. Just in time for Valentine's Day, too!

Keep Track Of Events Surrounding Acadia National Park's Centennial Celebration At This Website

The National Park Service isn't the only entity turning 100 next year. So is Acadia National Park in Maine. If you want to stay atop of events surrounding Acadia's centennial, there's a website you should follow.

California Senators Introduce Legislation To Expand Death Valley, Joshua Tree National Parks, Create National Monuments

Congress, which in December passed legislation that created a number of new national park units, is now being asked to expand by 75,000 acres the Mojave National Preserve as well as Death Valley and Joshua Tree national parks, while also being called upon to create two new national monuments.

NPCA: Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Evidence Of Why California Desert Protection And Recreation Act Is Needed

The timing no doubt was coincidence, but while Interior Secretary Sally Jewell was celebrating the country's largest solar project in California, two U.S. senators were introducing legislation to protect desert landscapes in the state.

Community Lists Requirements It Wants Approved Before Supporting Maine North Woods National Park

A community close to the proposed Maine North Woods National Park has drafted a letter that outlines the requirements it would like to see met before it could support such a park.
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Pedal Around Glacier National Park For A Good Cause

What could be worse than pedaling your bike for five days around Glacier and Waterton Lakes national parks this summer?

Long History Of Concession Operated Trail Rides Comes To An End At Theodore Roosevelt National Park

A long tradition of guided horseback rides at Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota has come to an end, and the park has no immediate plans to seek another outfit to run the business.

January Was The Warmest And Driest January On Record At Tuolumne Meadows In Yosemite National Park

Until a storm blew into California this weekend, winter weather had largely gone missing in Yosemite National Park, especially in Tuolumne Meadows. Rangers there reported that this January was the warmest and driest on record in Tuolume Meadows as measured at the weather station there.

Saguaro National Park Offers Wilderness Exploration Day Camp For Youngsters

Saguaro National Park has a great idea for helping kids learn about—and be more comfortable in—the out-of-doors. For three days later this month, young people ages 10 to 14 can participate in a three-day "Wilderness Exploration Day Camp" at the park, and the staff has scheduled the event to coincide with a scheduled holiday in the local school's calendar.

Public Pushback Prompts Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Officials To Drop Higher Fee Proposal

The public has spoken. And at Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, the staff listened and agreed to shelve, at least temporarily, a plan to increase user fees.

No Charges Yet In "Creepytings" Vandalism Case That Left Painted Images Across The National Park System

An investigation into a case of vandalism that left painted images on rock outcrops in at least eight Western national parks is continuing with charges yet to be brought in the case, National Park Service officials say.

Big Plans On Tap At Valley Forge For George Washington's 283rd Birthday

For George Washington's 46th birthday, Martha surprised him with a public celebration at his headquarters in Valley Forge, bringing some mid-winter excitement (and cake) to the general and his troops. Following in her footsteps, Valley Forge National Historical Park has planned a weekend of programs and activities to celebrate Washington's 283rd birthday this year.

Backcountry Users At Yellowstone National Park To Pay A Little More

Disappearing into the backcountry of Yellowstone National Park is going to cost you a little more beginning in May when the park moves to a fee structure designed to help offset the costs of operating the backcountry permit system.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore Taking Another Look At Wildlife Buffers

Cape Hatteras National Seashore officials, three years removed from what seemed to be a settled approach to managing wildlife, off-road vehicles, and pedestrians on their beaches, are re-examining aspects of that plan as ordered by Congress, a request that must be complied with by mid-June.

Katmai National Park Moves To Ban Bicycles From Valley Of 10,000 Smokes

As mountain bikes continue to evolve, they are able to tackle more and more terrain...and are found in more and more places. But at Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska, officials don't believe bikes of any kind fit in the Valley of 10,000 Smokes and are moving to ban them via an update to the superintendent's compendium, or rulebook.

Yellowstone National Park Elk Herds On Rebounding, Up Nearly 25 Percent

Elk herds in Yellowstone National Park are on the rebound, with the annual winter survey indicating an increase of nearly 25 percent in the northern herd to nearly 4,900 animals.

Make Plans To Attend Family Fun Fest At Biscayne National Park

Find yourself in Florida this month and pencil in a trip to Biscayne National Park on Sunday to attend the Family Fun Fest, where five sciences will be the topics for discussion.

Higher Entrance, Camping Fees Opposed At Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic Park

Higher entrance and camping fees proposed for Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park in Maryland and West Virginia are being opposed by some Maryland lawmakers, who say the proposed increases would lead to reduced tourism and jobs in their state.
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