Parks in the News

Tracing The History Of National Park Service Emblems

Like the familiar “Smokey the Bear” Stetson ranger hat, which was formally adopted nearly 90 years ago, the Park Service arrowhead emblem has become an American icon. The story behind the Arrowhead is quite interesting. We’ll try to cover the basics here and throw in a little trivia for fun.

Lighthouse Renovations Near Completion At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore In Wisconsin

The multi-year Light Station Preservation Project for Apostle Islands National Lakeshore’s six historic lighthouses is nearing completion.

The Unusual Story Behind Death Valley National Park's Popular Zabriskie Point

Death Valley National Park has plenty of colorful place names, including Furnace Creek, Stovepipe Wells, Last Chance Mountain and Devil's Golf Course, so modern-day visitors might be curious about the one given to a popular scenic overlook in the park: Zabriskie Point. The explanation may be a bit surprising, since the name is tied to an activity not usually associated with national parks, and the story of the overlook itself offers a fascinating glimpse into the park's history.

Big Cypress National Preserve To Conduct Wilderness Inventory

As part of its backcountry access plan, Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida will also conduct a wilderness eligibility assessment for lands within the original boundaries of the preserve.

Lassen Volcanic National Park Considering Changes To Bumpass Hell Access

Can there be a better way to visit Hell? Bumpass Hell, that is, at Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Special Tours At Fort Union National Monument Offer Rare Chance To Visit Site Of The First Fort Union

Fort Union National Monument is home to what was once the largest military post west of the Mississippi River, but only adobe and stone ruins now remain on the New Mexico prairie. These surviving walls are actually part of the third Fort Union, and September 20, 2014, you can join rangers for a special, once-a-year chance to visit to the site of the First Fort and Arsenal.

Some Tips For Visiting Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Parks This Fall And Winter

Fall is a great time to visit national parks in general, and Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks specifically. The cool mountain air, the towering trees, and the relatively empty hiking trails combined offer an incredible setting for an escape.

Tri-Park Pass Lets You Enjoy Three Hawaiian National Park Gems

For less than seven cents a day, visitors can enjoy Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park, and Haleakalā National Park by purchasing the annual tri-park pass, which is good for one year from the date of purchase.

Campsite Reservations System Will Continue At Voyageurs National Park

A campsite reservation system that took effect at Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota this year performed well during the summer's near-record flooding and will continue operations going forward, park officials say.

Route To The Top Of Half Dome To Reopen To The Public On Saturday

Fire conditions near Half Dome in Yosemite National Park have ebbed enough for the route to the summit of Half Dome to reopen to the public on Saturday, park officials say.

There Likely Is A National Park Fee Increase In Your Future...

It very likely will be a bit more costly to enter Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Acadia, Shenandoah and the other 126 units that charge entrance fees by the time the National Park Service's centennial arrives in 2016, and you also should brace for slightly higher fees to camp, shower, paddle, and participate in boat and cave tours.
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A Video Primer On Bumpass Hell At Lassen Volcanic National Park

Though the towering peak of a dormant volcanic is the main attraction of Lassen Volcanic National Park, there are many other fascinating aspects to this park in northern California. Take Bumpass Hell, for instance.

Plein Air Painting Event Coming To Rocky Mountain National Park

Open-air painting can be one of the most challenging, and beautiful, forms of the art. And later this month you'll have the opportunity to watch painters in action as they work to capture the fall at Rocky Mountain National Park.

Parkway Inn, Inc. Retains Contract To Run Pisgah Inn Along Blue Ridge Parkway

The Pisgah Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway will continue to be managed by Parkway Inn, Inc., under a 10-year contract awarded by the National Park Service.

Reader Participation Day: What Do You Think Of The NPS Centennial Logo?

A couple weeks ago we shared the logo that was chosen to brand the National Park Service's centennial in 2016. What do you think of it?

Sand Replenishment Work Coming To Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Moving sand around -- from beaches that are growing too wide, to those that are shrinking -- will be going on at Golden Gate National Recreation Area in California next month.

Catch The Bugling At Wind Cave National Park This Fall

Wind Cave National Park rangers will be leading tours this month to listen for the bugle of the Rocky Mountain elk. The elk’s high-pitched whistle heralds the arrival of fall and the elk’s mating season.

Floodwaters Force Temporary Closure Of Zion National Park

Floodwaters, not snow, forced the temporary closure Tuesday of Zion National Park, where monsoonal downpours swelled the Virgin River from a tranquil stream to a raging torrent that flooded portions of Zion Canyon.

Check Out The Mountain Life Festival At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The annual Mountain Life Festival in Great Smoky Mountains National Park will take place on Saturday, September 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Mountain Farm Museum adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. This special event preserves the legacy of Appalachian folkways and is a tribute to the many families who lived on lands that later became the national park.

Head To Voyageurs National Park To See Ghosts

Sure, Halloween is almost nine weeks off, but that doesn't mean the ghosts can't show up early at Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota.

UPDATE: Missing Hiker Walks Out Of Olympic National Park Backcountry

A backpacker missing in Olympic National Park since Thursday turned up Monday morning in good condition.

Half Dome Hikers Evacuated Via Helicopter Due To Wildfire In Yosemite National Park

Nearly 100 hikers who made their way to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park received helicopter rides down to the Yosemite Valley floor due to a wildfire that has spread into the Little Yosemite Valley below the iconic dome.

New Date Tagged To "Great Gallery" At Canyonlands National Park

Just how old is the artwork in the "Great Gallery" of Canyonlands National Park? It's a question that long has dogged archaeologists, and which recently produced a new, much more recent, time period assigned to it.

Glacial Outburst Noted At Kenai Fjords National Park

On Friday, August 15th, Kenai Fjords National Park staff received numerous reports that water from Bear Glacier Lagoon had breached the moraine separating the lagoon from the mouth of Resurrection Bay, also referred to as the Harding Gateway. Subsequent reports indicated that water levels peaked in the lagoon on August 14th and breached the moraine on August 15th.

Star Show Coming To Capitol Reef National Park In Utah

Capitol Reef National Park and the Entrada Institute are partnering later this month for the annual Heritage Starfest. The weekend will be full of special events, guest speakers, stargazing, telescope viewing, storytelling, and more.

Search Underway For Missing Hiker At Olympic National Park

A search is ongoing for a hiker overdue in the backcountry of Olympic National Park in Washington state.

National Park Service Looking To Reduce Illegal Predator Hunting In National Preserves In Alaska

Annual problems with predator hunting in national preserves in Alaska have prompted the National Park Service to propose a permanent federal prohibition against certain hunting practices.

Volunteer Labor At Olympic National Park And Outsourcing Ranger Tours At Cumberland Island National Seashore

National parks, strapped for funding, are turning more to volunteer labor and outsourcing jobs previously conducted by rangers to make ends meet.

Collecting Marine Debris At Everglades And Biscayne National Parks

Earlier this year we shared a video of a garbage cleanup at Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska. Today we have a video of garbage -- marine debris -- collected at national park landscapes in south Florida.

Free Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Installed For Public Use At Point Reyes National Seashore

Visitors to Point Reyes National Seashore who drive electric vehicles (EV) can now get a literal charge out of their trip by using one of three new EV charging stations recently installed at the park. The chargers, which are operated on a first-come, first-serve basis, were placed in the park at no cost to the National Park Service.
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