Parks in the News

Lower Emerald Pool Trail At Zion National Park To Close Briefly For Trail Work

The Lower Emerald Pool Trail at Zion National Park in Utah will be closed for two days late this week so crews can make trail repairs.

Heavy Rains Causing Problems For National Park Units In And Around Washington, D.C.

Flooding problems, possible sewage overflows, and downed trees were causing problems Friday for Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Rock Creek Park, and other National Park System units in and around Washington, D.C., and officials said things could get worse this weekend.

Boulders Prompt Closure Of Westside Road At Mount Rainier National Park

A boulder fall at Mount Rainier National Park has forced the temporary closure of the Westside Road, where a private vehicle was crushed by a rock and another boulder left a crater 8 feet in diameter in the road surface.

Swimming With The Whales At Channel Islands National Park

What's it like to swim with the whales at Channel Islands National Park in California? Check out this video of a humpback swimming at the park.

Maintenance Work Will Close Hurricane Ridge Road At Olympic National Park Overnights Through Early June

Work is scheduled to begin next week to install 12 miles of fiber optic cable along the Hurricane Ridge Road at Olympic National Park. To do so, the road will be closed overnight most weekdays through June 5.

Grand Teton Lodge Company Will Match Visitors' Donations To Grand Teton National Park

Many lodges in the National Park System run a program through which guests can contribute $1 per night to the benefit of the parks. At Grand Teton National Park, the Grand Teton Lodge Company will match those donations dollar for dollar and send the money to the Grand Teton National Park Foundation.

Glacier National Park Releases 2014 Schedule For Concessions Operations

The 2014 operating dates for concessioners within Glacier National Park are scheduled. These concessioners, who work under contract within Glacier National Park, provide visitor services including lodging, food service, retail shops, tours, transportation, horseback riding, guided day hikes and backpacking trips, boat tours and small boat rentals. Services are listed in alphabetical order.

Half Dome Cables To Be In Place Friday At Yosemite National Park

Winter must be over in the Sierra, for the cables up the shoulder of Half Dome will be in place Friday at Yosemite National Park.

Backcountry Skier Killed In Avalanche At North Cascades National Park

A spring ski tour in the Cascade Range of Washington state turned into tragedy when a snow slide swept away one of the two Seattle men and his body was later spotted by North Cascades National Park rangers from a helicopter.

Training For Mars In The Dunes Of Death Valley National Park

Getting rovers to Mars is one thing, getting scientists to monitor how those rovers perform is another thing. That's why the hot, barren-looking dunescapes of Death Valley National Park in Nevada and California are attractive to scientists from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Arrest Made In Burl Poaching Case At Redwood National And State Parks

Law enforcement agents in California have arrested a man in connection with cutting burls off the trunks of redwood trees in Redwood National and State Parks.

Logo Chosen For Acadia National Park Centennial

A painting that captures a cairn atop a mountain, islands in the Atlantic, and even blueberries, has been chosen to serve as the logo for Acadia National Park's upcoming centennial.

National Park Service Rangers Honored For Valor On The Job

National Park Service rangers from across the park system have been honored by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell for valor in the line of duty.

The Glacier Skywalk Is Open At Jasper National Park In Alberta

Now visitors have a dramatic new way to view Jasper National Park in western Alberta. The Glacier Skywalk, a glass-floored observation platform cantilevered more 900 feet above the Sunwapta Valley floor, opened to visitors on May 1. It is the newest attraction along the Icefields Parkway linking the Jasper and Banff townsites.

Some Spring Safety Tips For Visitors To National Parks In The Rocky Mountains

Spring can come slowly in the national parks in the Rocky Mountains, as evidenced by the many weeks it takes to open Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park and Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park. And that slow transition of seasons requires you to keep your wits about you if visiting the parks in this season.

Join National Parks Traveler On Instagram And Share Your Photos

Are you a “grammer”? We are launching our Instagram profile today to brighten up your feed with some national parks eye candy.

American Chestnut Trees, Hopefully Resistant To Blight, Will Be Planted At Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park

Can the American chestnut tree recovery from the devastating blight that has plagued it for decades? We could find out from a planting next weekend at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park in Kentucky, where staff will plant 20 potentially blight-resistant American chestnut trees at the national park's picnic area.

"Summer Of Bugs" At Valley Forge National Historical Park This Summer

Curious about the bugs around us? Plan on participating in the "Summer of Bugs" at Valley Forge National Historical Park, where an inventory of the park's bugs will be assembled this summer

Restoration Work On Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Light Stations Could Close Some To Visitors

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, home to the best collection of lighthouses and stations in the National Park System, is doing maintenance work this summer on five of those facilities, and visitors might find them closed at times.

Washington Monument To Reopen Today After Being Closed Nearly Three Years

After nearly three years of being closed for repairs to fix cracks the Washington Monument sustained from an August 2011 earthquake, the iconic monolith was scheduled to reopen to the public today.

Friends Of The Smokies Use Proceeds From Specialty License Plate Sales To Put SCA Interns To Work In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

When you purchase a specialty license plate in North Carolina to show your love for Great Smoky Mountains National Park, that $35 you spent helps fund a number of projects in the park. For instance, the Friends of the Smokies use some of the money to underwrite seasonal internships in the park and wildlife management programs.

Work At Jenny Lake Area Of Grand Teton National Park Will Temporarily Restrict Your Access

With working beginning this week on the rehabilitation of the Jenny Lake area of Grand Teton National Park this week, you could encounter some temporary closures to allow for crews to bring in materials.

At Olympic National Park, How Would You Improve The Log Cabin Resort?

For many, the Log Cabin Resort at Olympic National Park is not their first lodging choice. But park officials hope to change that with an improvement plan for the Lake Crescent resort. And they're interested in hearing your suggestions.

Investigation: National Park Service Long Ignored Preservation Laws In Desecrating Sacred Ground At Effigy Mounds National Monument

Ancestral burial grounds and ceremonial mounds at Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa that were considered sacred by a dozen Native American tribes were desecrated by National Park Service managers who "clearly knew what they were doing was against the law" during a decade-long campaign of building boardwalks and trails across the monument grounds, according to a voluminous investigation.

Kids To Parks Day Coming Next Weekend

In what is fast becoming a national day of play, families across America are planning to visit to local, state or national parks this coming Saturday to commemorate Kids to Parks Day. Across America, kids will be taking their first hike, playing in creeks, studying frogs, participating in clean ups, exploring American history, and having picnics.

Subsistence-Collection Regs To Be Developed For National Park Lands In Alaska

Regulations will be developed for gathering of "wild, renewable resources" on national park lands in Alaska where it is allowed.

Climber Dies While Descending Through A Storm On Mount McKinley At Denali National Park

Stormy weather that forced two climbers to hunker down on Denali Pass on Mount McKinley in Denali National Park played a role in the death of a Washington state woman who died in a fall of about 1,000 feet, park officials reported Friday.

Crater Lake National Park Rangers Searching For Missing Snowshoer

Snowshoeing might seem like a relatively safe activity in the national parks, but the landscape you're walking across might demand some extra attention. That seems to have been the case in Crater Lake National Park in Oregon, where rangers are searching for a snowshoer who likely fell into the crater when a snow cornice he was standing on collapsed.

Castle Rock Cut Deepened At Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

To help boaters avoid a long excursion to reach the main arm of Lake Powell in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in Utah, the Castle Rock Cut has been deepened to an elevation of 3,580 feet.

Tusayan Shuttle To Grand Canyon National Park To Start Rolling Saturday

You can begin avoiding the parking lot jam on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park this Saturday by parking at Tusayan and riding the free shuttle bus to the South Rim.
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