Parks in the News
One of the busiest weeks of winter has brought heavy snows to Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state, but staffing woes have closed the sledding and snow play areas at Paradise, frustrating locals and businesses in the areas close to the Nisqually Entrance in the park's southwestern corner.
Legislation appended to a half-trillion-dollar defense authorization bill will add the train station that brought President Lincoln to Gettysburg for his historic address to the national military park in 2015.
Death Valley is an imposing place to go for a hike, though the staff at the national park is encouraging visitors to experience the park on a hiking trail through a new program that debuts in January.
A Washington man who got lost in a snowstorm at Mount Rainier National Park apparently died not far from safety at Paradise.
A female gray wolf, possibly one that has been spotted in recent months on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, has been shot and killed in Utah, according to a group dedicated to the protection of endangered species.
While the Delaware North Company maintains that it can claim place names in Yosemite National Park as part of its intellectual property with a $51 million value, a prominent historian of national parks disagrees and hopes the National Park Service will challenge the company's belief.
Not every national park across the country experiences winter snow and ice, but some of those that do are beginning to experience some dramatic changes to the landscape. Social media sites offer an easy way to enjoy some views of the scenery during what's usually considered the off-season in many areas, so here's a brief sample for your early winter armchair travels.
At the end of the day, after five days of fruitless searching, Olympic National Park rangers had no leads to follow to find Jim Griffin.
Yellowstone National Park officials, in a draft report to the World Heritage Committee regarding the health of the national park, say they are making strides in reducing impacts tied to pollution and visitation.
Christmas came a little early for Chiricahua National Monument in Arizona, where The Trust for Public Land transferred 40 acres to the park to help preserve the look of its entrance corridor.
What Value Is "The Ahwahnee Hotel," "Curry Village," Wawona Hotel," And Other Place names In Yosemite National Park?
Would "The Ahwahnee Hotel" still be the grand dame of national park lodging if called by another name? Would you stay at the Old Faithful Inn no matter what it was called? How much is the name "El Tovar Hotel" worth?
Fewer ranger-guided tours of Cliff Palace at Mesa Verde National Park will be offered next spring due to the need for preservation work on the massive dwelling.
Fewer things will snake their way across the pavement at Zion Lodge now that two new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations have opened.
With over half the world's geysers, Yellowstone National Park offers tremendous opportunities to see these geologic wonders in action. Explore the mechanics of geysers, their role in the park's history and what they teach us about the world in which we live. Produced by Steven Bumgardner.
Christmas is coming a bit late at Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota. At least if you wanted to be involved in the holiday bird count there.
A prominent figure of Seattle, Washington, Carsten Lien grounded his career in business and government with a love for Olympic National Park. Alfred Runte recounts how Lien fought to save the park after observing that it had been logged. The result was a history of the park disclosing the controversy of saving old-growth forests from the Park Service itself. The book is again available as Olympic Battleground: Creating and Defending Olympic National Park. Second edition, reissued.
How long do you think it takes to summit Mount McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve? For most climbers who summited this year, the average trip was about 18 days. For Kilian Jornet, it took less than 12 hours.
National Park Service, Xanterra Parks & Resorts Reach Agreement On Temporary Contract For Grand Canyon
National Park Service officials reached a temporary, one-year agreement with Xanterra Parks & Resorts that will keep concessions on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park operating without interruption, though prospects for a long-range contract were still up in the air.
NPCA Takes Issue With Grand Teton National Park Decision Over Wildlife Management On Private Inholdings
Grand Teton National Park officials, who have drawn ire over an annual elk hunt in the park, now are facing criticism for turning over management of wildlife on private inholdings within park boundaries to the state of Wyoming.
National Park Service Chesapeake Bay was one of 37 national parks selected to receive a 2014 Active Trailsgrant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks. Now in its sixth year, the Active Trails program supports healthy living by getting people out and active in national parks through projects that help restore, protect, and/or create land and water trails across the country
Winter's heavy snows are starting to fall across the high country in parts of Utah, and at Cedar Breaks National Monument that means one access route to the monument has closed. It also means the monument will be a great destination for snowshoers and even cross-country skiers.
It'll Cost You A Little To See The Ice Caves At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Next Time They Form
If the coming winter months ice over Lake Superior at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and turn the mainland caves into castles of ice, it'll cost you a little to see them.
The excitement surrounding word that a condor chick had been born this year in Zion National Park, the first condor born in southern Utah in decades, has been dashed by word that the chick apparently has died.
Once the snow piles up in Iowa, you can head to Herbert Hoover National Historic Site for a snowshoe trek through the park's tallgrass prairie.
Bringing Businesses Into The National Parks At Valley Forge National Historical Park And Gateway National Recreation Area
Keeping buildings in the National Park System in use is one way to maintain them. At Valley Forge National Historical Park and Gateway National Recreation Area, officials hope to do just that by advertising for businesses to operate out of some historic buildings.
Reader Survey Day: Should The National Park Service Angle For "A New Generation," Or "Go Back To Its Roots"?
The clock is ticking down to the National Park Service's centennial in 2016, and the focus of the PR campaign has been on attracting a new generation to the parks. But how far should it go in trying to lure millennials and a more diverse visitor? At least one Park Service veteran wants to see the agency "regain the spiit of John Muir and Teddy Roosevelt."
Predicting the eruption of geysers in Yellowstone National Park can be a tricky thing, but now you can load an app on your smartphone that will provide the estimated time of eruption for Old Faithful and five other fairly predictable geysers in the park.