Parks in the News

Remembering John Lowry Dobson, Evangelist For Interpreting The "Other Half" Of Our National Parks

John Lowry Dobson (1915-2014) amateur telescope maker, co-founder of the Sidewalk Astronomers, and an evangelist for interpreting the "other half" of our national parks, dies at age 98

Grand Canyon Association Receives $1 Million Towards Trails Endowment

Grand Canyon National Park has some of the steepest trails, trails that switchback slowly down a mile into the depths of the canyon. Maintaining those trails is not an insigificant matter, and thanks to the Grand Canyon Association a trails endowment fund has been launched with a $1 million deposit.

Utah Woman Killed In Failed BASE Jump At Zion National Park

A 28-year-old Utah woman fell an estimated 2,000 feet to her death when her parachute failed to open properly after she jumped off Mount Kinesava at Zion National Park.

"Monuments Men" Has Some National Park Service Connections

"Monuments Men," the just-released movie starring George Clooney, Matt Damon and Bill Murray as World War II military historians tasked with saving artworks and cultural treasures from the throes of war, has some National Park Service threads woven into it.

Traces Of The Prehistoric Past: Fossilized Tracks At White Sands National Monument

In the shifting sands of White Sands National Monument, traces of the prehistoric past are slowly being erased. Though they might soon be gone, these markers left behind by mammoths and camel-like animals have been preserved through remote imaging technology.

Could A "Park Prescription" Be Just What The Doctor Ordered For America's Health?

There's been no shortage of discussion about the unhealthy lifestyle for too many Americans, and perhaps a new year has inspired you to make some changes. If that's the case, a "park prescription" from your health care professional might be helpful ... and could prove to be a literal application of the proverbial "just what the doctor ordered."

"Hike The Hill" Stars Today In Washington, D.C.

An effort to get Congress behind hiking trails across the country opens today in Washington, D.C.

Temporary Road Closure Coming To Section Of Blue Ridge Parkway

Maintenance work to cut back vegetation along a stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway later this month will close about 21 miles of the scenic road for two weeks.

Drone Crash Closes White Sands National Monument

A military drone crashed at White Sands National Monument in New Mexico on Friday, prompting an extended closure of the monument.

Free Cave Tours At Wind Cave National Park During Presidents Day Weekend

Find yourself near Wind Cave National Park during Presidents Day Weekend and you should drop in to take a free cave tour.

Appalachian Trail Hikers Suggested To Detour Around Transmission Line Construction At Delaware Water Gap NRA

When was the last time you were hiking down the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and had to detour around a construction project? That scenario will be the case for the rest of February in one section of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.

A Sweetheart Deal For Couples Who Like To Run Rivers Or Pedal Through National Parks

Does your significant other like to get wet? Surprise them for Valentine's Day by booking a couples'-only river trip through Dinosaur National Monument or Canyonlands National Park with Holiday River Expeditions.

Traveler's View: Don't Let The Sportsmen's Heritage And Recreational Enhancement Act Undermine National Parks

The U.S. Senate should strip from the Sportmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act an amendment that would bar the National Park Service from better managing motorboat access in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.

Forest Thinning To Reduce Wildfire Risks Gets Underway At Lassen Volcanic National Park

We often think of national parks as areas where anything that resembles logging—even limited removal of smaller trees and brush—is prohibited, so officials at Lassen Volcanic National Park want you to know what all the noise is about in the woods at that California park in the next few weeks.

Sun Being Tapped To Power Parts Of Lake Mead National Recreation Area

With all the sunny days in Nevada, it would be a sin not to tap into that energy. And that's what the National Park Service is doing at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

Saguaro National Park Offers Busy Schedule Of Programs This Month

February can be a great month to visit Saguaro National Park in southern Arizona. Moderate temperatures make for perfect hiking conditions, and the park staff offers plenty of programs -- including sunset and moonlit hikes -- to catch your attention.

Floating The Colorado - River Trip Options At Grand Canyon National Park

A Colorado River trip at Grand Canyon National Park can be a truly memorable experience, and depending upon the type of trip you choose, it can require anywhere from a few hours to several weeks. In Part Two of our look at these trips, we'll explore ways to see the Canyon other than via lengthy private river expeditions.

Commemoration Of H.L. Hunley's Sinking Of USS Housatonic Coming To Fort Sumter National Monument

One-hundred-and-fifty years ago naval warfare history was marked when a Confederate submarine used a torpedo to sink the USS Housatonic in the waters near Fort Sumter. While that didn't mark a turning point in the Civil War, it did advance naval warfare.

Big South Fork National River And Recreation Area Seeking Trail Maintainers

Lovers of Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in Kentucky and Tennessee can give back while enjoying the park by volunteering to help maintain a favorite trail there.

Private River Trip Permit Lottery At Grand Canyon National Park Is Now Open

You can float the Colorado River at Grand Canyon National Park on either private or commercial trips, but if you hope to get a permit for a longer noncommercial river trip in 2015, now's the time to submit your application. The annual lottery for such permits is open through February 25, 2014.

"Bears In My Kitchen" Offers A Look At Life In The Parks In An Earlier Era

Many of us have some occasional moments of nostalgia—or perhaps just a bit of curiosity—about life in our parks during what we presume was a less frantic world a generation or two ago. If that's the case, and you'd like to get a peek at life as a ranger and his spouse in Yosemite and several other western national parks in the 1930s and 1940s, you'll likely enjoy reading a book that's a park's classic: Bears in my Kitchen.

Giantess Geyser Offers Winter Visitors To Yellowstone National Park A Rare Treat

Winter visitors to Yellowstone National Park who were fortunate enough to be in the Old Faithful area last week were treated to a rather rare display by Giantess Geyser—the geyser's first reported eruption in well over two years.

A History Of Yosemite Nature Notes...In A Video

Starting in 1922 as a type-written news sheet, Yosemite Nature Notes the periodical went on to become a charming magazine with more than 400 issues during its 40 years of publication.

New Agreement At Grand Teton National Park Will Provide Winter Grooming For Popular Cross-Country Ski Route

Grand Teton National Park provides some outstanding opportunities for winter recreation, and the Teton Park Road, which is closed in winter to motorized travel, is a favorite route for cross country skiers. A new agreement between the park and Teton County will provide regular grooming for Nordic and skate skiing along the Road.

Lake Clark National Park Working To Update Its Management Plan

Thirty years after Lake Clark National Park and Preserve's initial General Management Plan was crafted, officials are working to update it with an eye on more clearly providing for visitors to the remote Alaskan park.

Photo History From National Park Lookouts Shows Landscape Changes Over 70+ Years

There's an intriguing page within the vast domain that opens a wonderful portal of history, one that allows us to compare today with yesteryear. The site, within the National Park Service Fire and Aviation Management section, compares historic photos taken from fire lookouts in the National Park System with today's landscapes.

Bald Eagle Numbers Down Slightly At Lake Mead National Recreation Area

An annual survey of raptor species at Lake Mead National Recreation Area in mid-January found a slight decline in the number of bald eagles from the previous year, but biologists were not surprised by the results. What's behind the changing numbers of these birds?

Hiker Stranded In Snowstorm In Hawaii Rescued At Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park

There have been plenty of tales over the years of hikers marooned by snowstorms in national parks, but one of the latest occurred in what may seem an unlikely location: Hawaii. Earlier this week, a New York resident, and an experienced hiker, found himself in that situation high on a mountain at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.

Parking Meters Envisioned For National Mall And Memorial Parks

Planning a visit to the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, D.C.? Take mass transit, or take change to feed the meters.

Meetings On Wilderness Plans At Lake Mead National Recreation Area Scheduled

Lake Mead National Recreation Area may be centered around water, but there also is a land mass attached to the NRA, and wilderness areas within that mass. Now the park staff is working to develop a management plan for those areas.
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