Parks in the News

Big Bend National Park Vandal Easily Tracked Through Photos, GPS Coordinates

Yet another wayward soul intent on making their illegal mark on a national park has been done in by their need to promote their vandalism.

25-Cent Piece Honoring Everglades National Park Coming Next Month

An anhinga and a roseate spoonbill, not an alligator and a crocodile, grace the new 25-cent piece arriving next month that celebrates Everglades National Park.

Snow, High Winds Hampering Search For Overdue Mountaineer At Rocky Mountain National Park

A search was under way Tuesday for a 25-year-old Colorado man overdue from what was expected to be a one-day trek into the backcountry of Rocky Mountain National Park, though high winds and blowing snow were hampering efforts.

Rocky Mountain National Park Setting Attendance Records Every Day

For the rest of 2014, Rocky Mountain National Park will set an attendance record every day, as October visitation brought year-to-date traffic to more than 3.2 million, a record.

Mammoth Cave National Park Proposing Higher Fees For Cave Tours

There is no fee to enter the grounds of Mammoth Cave National Park, but it could cost you more to enter the cave system itself under a plan being proposed by park officials.

What Should The Wilderness Management Plan For Sequoia, Kings Canyon National Parks Look Like?

Wilderness travelers are weighing in on the draft Wilderness Management Plan crafted for Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks, and the varied desires likely will prove tough for park staff to accommodate to anyone's satisfaction.

Saguaro National Park Officials Voice Opposition To Development Proposed Across From Rincon Mountain District

Should there be a development buffer around national parks? That's a tough question, particularly when you look at West Yellowstone's proximity to Yellowstone National Park or Gatlinsburg's presence at the Sugarlands Entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. At Saguaro National Park, officials say a development proposed for a 45-acre parcel across from the Rincon Mountain District entrance is too close.

Opening Of New Campground At New River Gorge National River Pushed Back To Next Year

Unexpected construction delays have led the staff at New River Gorge National River in West Virginia to push back the opening of the Meadow Creek Campground until next year.

National Park Service Plans To Enlarge Parking Area For Delicate Arch At Arches National Park

To alleviate parking problems, for now, at the trailhead to Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, the National Park Service has settled on a plan to enlarge the existing parking area by almost one acre, a move that will add 82 parking spots.

Wrong Righted: Medal Of Honor Posthumously Awarded To Civil War Soldier

More than 151 years after 1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing was killed at Gettysburg, he has been honored for his gallantry in battle with the Medal of Honor. President Barack Obama posthumously awarded the medal on November 6 in a ceremony a military historian said "rectified an ommission."

Reuse Of Old Rock Climbing Device Leads To Rescue At New River Gorge National River

Thriftiness can often be an admirable quality, but that's not the case when your activity involves the reuse of a piece of rock climbing equipment of unknown origin—and reliability. That was the situation recently at New River Gorge National River when a climber decided to trust his fate to a piece of climbing hardware he found on the face of cliff.

Visitation Booming At Great Smoky Mountains National Park; October Numbers Best In Nearly Three Decades

Visitation to national parks this October had to be higher than 2013 numbers, if only because of last year's partial government shutdown that closed the parks. But this October had a tremendous bounce at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where visitation was the highest in nearly 30 years.

Rainbow Bridge National Monument To Be Closed In January For Trail Repairs

Rainbow Bridge National Monument will be closed for the month of January to complete repairs to the trail from Lake Powell.

High Flows Through Grand Canyon National Park Met With Mixed Reactions

Having peaked on Thursday, high flows of the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park will taper back down to normal by Saturday, leaving behind replenished shores, improved fish habitat, and more space for campers. But the benefits will be lingering, according to the Glen Canyon Institute.

Government Asks Court To Remove National Park Service From Yosemite Hantavirus Case

The National Park Service's duties in overseeing concessions at Yosemite National Park are discretionary and so the agency should not be held liable for a hantavirus outbreak there in 2012 that killed three and sickened others, the federal government argues in a motion to dismiss the agency from the litigation.

Enjoy Grand Teton National Park From The Air

Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming is incredibly eye-catching from the ground level, but how does it look from the air? Check out this short video created by the folks from World From Above.

Court Documents Show Resort Illegally Maintained Trail In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Documents entered into a court case over the backcountry fee at Great Smoky Mountains National Park confirm that a private resort outside the park boundaries cleared and maintained a trail inside the park for a number of years.
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A Great Winter Escape: The Willow Public Use Cabin At Kenai Fjords National Park

When you absolutely, positively, need to get away for a winter adventure, look north to Kenai Fjords National Park and its Willow Public Use Cabin.

Plenty To Do At Cape Lookout National Seashore This Fall And Winter

Summer's warm temps might be gone, but there's still lots to do at Cape Lookout National Seashore on the North Carolina coast. Here's a look at some ranger-led programs on the calendar.

Shenandoah National Park Preparing To Deal With Chronic Wasting Disease In Deer

With the arrival of chronic wasting disease in Shenandoah National Park deer seemingly imminent, park staff are working on amending its plan for dealing with the disease to allow for the culling of deer to try to limit the spread of the disease.

Family Fun Fest Coming To Biscayne National Park For 15th Season

Winter typically is the best season to visit south Florida's national parks, thanks to the cooler, dryer weather. And if you're heading down there in the coming months, be sure to check out the Family Fun Fest activities that will be offered at Biscayne National Park through the winter months.

Rocky Mountain National Park Considering Changes To Trails Damaged By September '13 Flooding

Every now and again, nature rises up and lets you know you didn't build something in the right place, or sturdy enough. At Rocky Mountain National Park, that message came through clearly in September 2013 when torrential rains spawned massive flooding that erased parts of some trails. Now park officials are wondering how best to reroute and repair those trails.

Grand Canyon National Park Proposing Increase In Fees To Help Pay For Repairs, Maintenance

Need evidence that Congress isn't fully funding the national parks? In their proposal to raise entrance fees, Grand Canyon National Park officials say the higher fees would be put to use, in part, on "repair and maintenance of park facilities" as well as "restoration and rehabilitation of visitor service buildings."

Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent Confident There Will Be No Lapse In Concession Services

Dave Uberuagua could be viewed as a poker player facing the slim prospects of filling an inside straight draw. The superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park doesn't like, or agree with, the analogy, but in less than two months concession services on the South Rim of his park will be shuttered unless he can do in that period what the National Park Service has failed to accomplish for three years: negotiate a concessions contract.

Appalachian Trail Conservancy Adopts Five-Year Strategic Plan

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy, which does yeoman's work when it comes to helping the National Park Service oversee its namesake trail, has adopted a five-year strategic plan intended to lead to better protection and management of the trail.

Chiricahua National Monument Does Away With Entrance Fees

No, that's not a typo. Chiricahua National Monument in Arizona has done away with entrance fees.

Wolf Hunt Under Way At Grand Canyon National Park

The possibility that a gray wolf is roaming the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park has prompted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to quickly approve an effort to capture the animal and test its DNA to confirm whether it is, or is not, a full-blooded gray wolf, not a Mexican wolf and not a hybrid.

Valley Forge National Historical Park Offers Interesting Options For Veterans Day Activities

Veterans Day will be observed by special programs at numerous locations around the country on November 11, and Valley Forge National Historical Park will take in interesting approach next Tuesday when park staff, volunteers, and veterans will present America's military history from the perspectives of a variety of conflicts including the Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War II, and Vietnam War.

Alaska Trip Helps High School Students Learn About Climate Change

A dozen days spent in national parks in Alaska this summer helped high school students from Ohio learn a little bit more about climate change up close. Their experience was part of the first “Climate Change Academy,” an immersive, comprehensive climate change course offered through the National Park Service.

Deadline Looming For Concessions At Grand Canyon National Park's South Rim

Barring a temporary agreement, mass layoffs stand to cripple concessions operations at Grand Canyon National Park on December 31, shuttering hotels and dining rooms, ending mule rides and bus tours, and canceling some memorable New Year's Eve celebrations on the South Rim.
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