Parks in the News

Possible Congressional Battle Looming Over Parks Legislation Attached To Defense Authorization Bill

In what could be the most significant legislative action pertaining to national parks since 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives is being asked to approve a defense authorization bill that has been amended to create a number of new units of to the National Park System, from a Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park in New York to a Manhattan Project National Historical Park spread across a handful of states.

Take A Close-Up Look At Grand Canyon National Park's Phantom Ranch

Though the busy summer travel season is over, that doesn't mean you still can't enjoy Grand Canyon National Park. Relax for a few minutes and enjoy this video that shows off Phantom Ranch on the canyon's floor.

Court Finds Federal Agencies Ignored NEPA In Guaranteeing Loans For Hog Farm Above Buffalo National River

Federal loan guarantees needed to ensure financing for a commercial hog operation upstream of the Buffalo National River in Arkansas were inappropriately approved by federal agencies that failed to adequately review the project's potential environmental impacts, a judge has ruled.
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Natural Bridges National Monument Poised To More Than Double Entrance Fee

National Park Service officials are proposing to more than double the entrance fee for Natural Bridges National Monument, a small, off-the-beaten-path unit of the National Park System in southern Utah.

New Website Launched To Help Yosemite National Park Celebrate 125th Anniversary

Yosemite National Park has launched a new website to commemorate the 125th anniversary of Yosemite National Park. The website is designed to provide an innovative way for community members and interested parties to actively participate in the celebrations surrounding the anniversary that will be staged throughout the 2015 calendar year.

Holiday Celebrations From Years Past To Be Recalled At Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site

It’s commonly held that we should take only pictures and leave only footprints when we visit the parks, but Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site in Deer Lodge, Montana, is offering visitors a chance to take home a bit more this holiday season.

Give To National Parks This Tuesday

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are past, so on this Tuesday give a little back...to national parks.

Diary From Civil War Soldier Turned Over To Pea Ridge National Military Park

A personal diary from a Confederate soldier who saw action at the battle of Pea Ridge has been donated to the Pea Ridge National Military Park in Arkansas.

Eighty-Eight Units Of National Park System Tapped For $49.6 Million To Help Grand Canyon National Park

Eighty-eight units of the National Park System, from Acadia National to Yosemite National Park, provided a total $49.5 million in an open-ended loan to help Grand Canyon National Park buy down the interest Xanterra Parks & Resorts holds in concessions on the park's South Rim.

Op-Ed| Vandalism On Public Lands Steals From Future Generations

Our public lands protect resources that belong to everyone yet some people decide to steal our resources for their own personal enrichment—robbing this and future generations.

Senators Push For Full Funding For Land And Water Conservation Fund

A bipartisan coalition of more than half the U.S. Senate is pushing the chamber's leaders to find a permanent funding solution for the Land and Water Conservation Fund by year's end.

Traveler's Winter Gear Gifting Guide

Whether you exchange gifts for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, the Feast of St. Nicholas, Saint Lucia’s Day, or some other year-end holiday, we have some ideas for the national park lover on your list.

Wednesday's The Last Day To Comment On Proposed Sport Hunting Regs At National Preserves In Alaska

National Park Service officials, looking to offset the recent liberalization of Alaska state hunting regulations, are proposing regulations that aim to better protect predators from hunters. The comment period on the proposed regulations runs out Wednesday.

A New Set Of Maps To Help You Explore Glacier National Park Day Hikes And The Sun Road

Maps. They're the stuff of explanation, and dreams. Explanation of what lies out yonder on the landscape, and dreams of what yet's to come. If you're thinking of visiting Glacier National Park, either just to drive through on the Going-to-the-Sun Road, or to spend some time exploring the backcountry on hiking trails, there are two new maps to help bring your vision to fruition.

Annual Mammoth Cave Sing Set For December 7

The 35th edition of the Mammoth Cave Sing is coming to Mammoth Cave National Park on December 7.

Zabriskie Point At Death Valley National Park Closing For Repairs

Zabriskie Point, an incredibly scenic overlook in Death Valley National Park, will be closed to the public from December 1 through the end of next April so crews can make significant repairs to improve visitor safety.

Time To Reserve Your Denali National Park Campsite, Bus Trip

Doyon/ARAMARK Joint Venture, the transportation concessioner for Denali National Park and Preserve, will begin accepting advance reservations for the 2015 visitor season for shuttle buses and the park’s four largest campgrounds on Monday, December 1. Reservations are available by phone, on-line or mail.

Snowshoe Hikes At Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore This Winter

When winter snows fall on Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan the rangers will be leading snowshoe hikes.

Friends Of Virgin Islands National Park Has Plenty Of Activities Planned For The Winter

Thinking about heading to Virgin Islands National Park this winter? Check out the list of activities Friends of Virgin Islands National Park has lined up:

Yellowstone National Park Officials Extend Deadline For Comments On Higher Fees, Allow Online Comments

Yellowstone National Park officials, responding to complaints that they would not accept emailed or online comments concerning their proposal for higher fees, have agreed to take comments online and have extended the comment deadline.

Golden Gate National Recreation Area Proposes A Number Of Higher Fees

With more than 100 units of the National Park System that charge fees of some sort, keeping track of proposed fee increases is not easy. Among the latest is one from Golden Gate National Recreation Area, where officials are proposing higher fees or visiting Muir Woods and Alcatraz, along with higher parking fees for the NRA and the Presidio.

UPDATE: Flooding Forces Closure Of Mount Rainier National Park

Flooding spawned by heavy rains forced the closure of Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state on Tuesday, with high flows of Kautz Creek prompting the evacuation of park employees and guests at the National Park Inn at Longmire.

Photography In The National Parks: Time To End Elk Culling At Grand Teton National Park?

The annual elk culling in Grand Teton National Park this fall was raw and ugly. Visitors coming to enjoy one of the jewels of the National Park System were greeted by a blood sport.

Saguaro National Park Offers Year-End Wilderness Camp For 10- To 14-Year-Olds

Live in Arizona and want to get your youngsters interested in backcountry travel? Saguaro National Park is offering a year-end three-day Wilderness Camp for 10- to 14-year-olds who will travel into the Tucson Mountain District.

Acadia National Park's Visitor Use Plan For Isle Au Haut Allows For Slight Increase In Daily Visitation

Visitors to Acadia National Park who want to escape the crowds might consider a trip to Isle au Haut, a relatively little-known piece of the park that occupies an island south of Mount Desert Island. Under a visitor use management plan adopted by the park, daily visitation to the island will be capped at 128, although the park will allow higher visitation on six days in July and August.

Glacier Bay National Park Rangers Honored As Park Service's Best Interpreters

Two rangers from Glacier Bay National Park who wove together a wonderful tale around the 45-foot-long skeleton of a humpback whale have been honored as the best interpreters in the National Park Service.

Annual Holiday Open House Coming To Mesa Verde National Park

Music, luminarias, and rich history from an ancient culture will be on display December 4 when the staff at Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado hosts its annual holiday open house.

Around The Parks: Name Change Talk At Craters Of The Moon, New Visitor Center At Crater Lake, And Monitoring Station At Yellowstone

Around the National Park System there's talk of changing the name of Craters of the Moon National Monument, building a visitor center at Rim Village, and raising an ecological monitoring station at Yellowstone National Park.

Virgin Islands National Park Friends Group Concerned About Marina Proposed For Coral Bay

A marina proposed for Coral Bay at St. John in the Virgin Islands that could accommodate more than 200 vessels has drawn the concern of Friends of Virgin Islands National Park, which is worried the development will impair not only the marine resources but also the surrounding land that could be covered with shopping and dining businesses as well as waste-water treament facilities.

Montana Newspaper Weighs In On Proposed Fee Increase At Yellowstone National Park

With about two weeks left for the public to comment on proposals to increase entrance fees at Yellowstone National Park, a major newspaper in Montana has weighed in on the idea. In an editorial on November 17, the Billings Gazette endorsed the park's proposal, urging readers to "... speak up. Tell the NPS to proceed with the fee increases..."
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