Parks in the News

Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail At Great Smoky Mountains National Park To Close For Bridge Repairs

One of the most idyllic drives in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is along the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, but if you don't venture down that road soon you'll miss your chance until late next Spring as work is scheduled to replace eight bridges along the 5.5-mile one-way road.

Grand Canyon National Park Rangers Kept Busy With Medical Emergencies

Many of us are awestruck by the beauty and grandeur of Grand Canyon National Park, but enjoying that landscape comes with the caveat that it can be a dangerous place if you're not careful or simply unlucky. A recent day in the life of Grand Canyon rangers drives that message home.

Fall Means Facilities Starting To Shutter For The Winter At Shenandoah National Park

As fall colors begin to sweep down the Eastern seaboard, units of the National Park System are beginning to move to their winter hours. At Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, many facilities will begin closing in late October with many more shutting down for the winter by the end of November.

Fire Destroys Three Administrative Buildings At Flight 93 National Memorial

A fire Friday afternoon raged through the headquarters complex of Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania and destroyed three buildings before the flames could be put out. None of the staff or volunteers at the national memorial were injured, but officials fear some of the archival and curatorial collections, including the flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol on September 11, might have been destroyed.

Third Drone Pilot Pleads Guilty To Flying Craft In Yellowstone National Park

For the third time in the past month, an owner of an unmanned drone has pled guilty to flying it in Yellowstone National Park, this time over crowds in the Midway Geyser Basin and close to bison.

Poetry Inspired By The Wilderness At Fire Island National Seashore

Join three teen poets from New York City on an adventure to the wilderness of Fire Island National Seashore. Here, these young city dwellers discover a natural sanctuary sheltered from the fast paced frenzy of urban life. And it's only a train ride away! As Ramya, Gabe and Sergio explore this coastal wilderness with spoken word poetry, each begins to form a deeper understanding of the personal relationship he/she has to the natural world.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore Has Two Lighthouses You Can Climb To Watch The Full Moon

Add Cape Hatteras National Seashore to the parks planning to take advantage of next week's full moon. If all goes well, you can climb either the Cape Hattteras or Bodie Island lighthouses on Wednesday.

Learn How To Help Stunned Sea Turtles At Padre Island National Seashore

Padre Island National Seashore in Texas is home to one of the largest nestings of rare Kemp's Ridley sea turtles. And it also sees a number of other turtle species throughout the year, as well. And sometimes, when those turtles show up in the winter months, cold snaps can stun them. You can learn how to deal with a stunned turtle by attending a park lecture later this month.

Enjoy Columbus Day Weekend At Biscayne National Park....Safely

It's just about time for the Columbus Day Weekend to roll around, and at Biscayne National Park in Florida officials are urging visitors who arrive that weekend by boat in particular to enjoy it safely.

18 Acres To Be Burned At Valley Forge National Historical Park

Eighteen acres of meadow will be burned at Valley Forge National Historical Park in the coming weeks as officials see if fire can successfully be used to combat invasive plant species.

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.
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