Parks in the News

Could Take Two Weeks Before Denali Park Road Operating Normally Following Flooding

It could take until mid-July before the entire Denali Park Road is operating normally in the wake of flooding that damaged the far western end of the 92-mile road, according to Denali National Park officials.

Search-And-Rescue Missions Cost National Park Service Nearly $4 Million In 2013

While the number of search-and-rescue missions conducted in the National Park System in 2013 dropped slightly from the previous year, the number of individuals never found jumped fourfold, to 56, according to the National Park Service's annual Search and Rescue Report.

150 Years Of Preservation: Yosemite And The Constitutionality Of National Parks

With the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant here, we should accept that Yosemite, not Yellowstone, was the birthplace of the national park idea.

Applicants Sought For 2014 @American_Latino Expedition

The call has gone out folks. Applications are now being taken for the 2014 @American_Latino Expedition, a contest designed to engage diverse audiences and inspire exploration and stewardship of America’s national parks, all the while highlighting American Latino culture, history, and contributions across the National Park System.

Search Under Way For Missing Float Trip Passenger In Grand Canyon National Park

A passenger on a float trip down the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park went missing after falling from a ledge into the river at Havasu Rapids, or River Mile 157.

National Park Service Issues Guidelines Regarding New Mosquito-Borne Disease

A new, for the mainland United States, mosquito-born disease has been in the news lately, and the National Park Service has issued some background on the disease -- Chikungunya virus -- and how to deal with it.

More Than 100 Evacuated From Backcountry Lodge At Denali National Park In Face Of Flooding

A storm event that sent floodwaters and rockfalls across the Denali Park Road also has led to the evacuation of 103 guests and employees from a lodge in Denali National Park in Alaska.

Black Canyon Water Trail First National Water Trail In The Southwest

A 30-mile watery ribbon that flows below Hoover Dam in Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Nevada has been designated a "national water trail," the first in the Southwest.

Western Snowy Plover Chicks To Temporary Close Beaches At Point Reyes National Seashore

A temporary beach closure is coming to Point Reyes National Seashore in California for the busy Fourth of July weekend so chicks of the western snowy plover, a threatened species, will have some solitude.

Buffalo National River Rangers Resort To Canoe To Rescue Snakebite Victim

It's not often you hear about rangers resorting to a canoe to rescue visitors in need, but that's what happened the other day at Buffalo National River in Arkansas when word came of a snakebite victim in dire need of medical attention.

Heavy Rains, Flooding Close Denali Park Road In Denali National Park

Torrential rains, and the flooding and rockfall they produced, have forced closure of the Denali Park Road beyond the Eielson Visitor Center in Denali National Park in Alaska.

Collapsing Sand Tunnel Kills Cape Hatteras National Seashore Visitor

A Virginia man died at Cape Hatteras National Seashore when a sand tunnel he was digging collapsed, covering him with five-six feet of sand.

Glacier National Park Park Recovering From Impacts Of Major Spring Storm

Getting roads, trails and other facilities ready for the summer season at Glacier National Park is always a challenge for the park staff, but a recent major storm dealt a serious setback to some of those efforts. After a number of closures last week, work has resumed on the popular Going-to-the-Sun road.

National Park Service To Mark 75th Birthday Of Old Santa Fe Trail Building

Signs of the Civilian Conservation Corps -- trails, roads, buildings -- can be found throughout the National Park System, though one of the work crews' iconic productions is outside the parks, in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico. There, in the heart of the city's old section, stands the largest adobe office building in the United States.

Bear Research Resuming In Yellowstone National Park For The Summer

For the next four months biologists will be trapping grizzly and black bears in Yellowstone National Park's backcountry as part of an ongoing research project to better understand the bears' populations in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

ORV Group Loses Latest Challenge To Cape Hatteras National Seashore's Management Plan

In a conclusion that has been reached in many other court cases across the country, a federal court has found that resource protection trumps recreational interests in a case from Cape Hatteras National Seashore. U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle also found that the National Park Service did not rely on shoddy science when it developed an off-road management plan.

Search For Missing Hiker At Mount Rainier National Park Suspended With Recovery Of Body

A missing hiker in Mount Rainier National Park apparently has been found dead, though park officials were awaiting official identification from a coroner.

The Great Park Time Zone Puzzle, Or...."What Time Is It, Anyway?"

In an ideal world, those of us on a trip to a park could take off our watches, never glance at the time on our electronic devices, and not even care what day of the week it is, much less the hour of the day. That's unfortunately not always the case, of course, so it's important to know there are some parks where the answer to "What time is it?" may not be what you expect.

Razorback Suckers On The Return In Grand Canyon National Park

In a remarkable comeback, Razorback suckers are once again spawning in the lower Colorado River within Grand Canyon National Park, an event not seen in more than two decades, according to fisheries experts.

Search For Missing Hiker At Mount Rainier National Park In Day Three

Rescuers at Mount Rainier National Park had little to work with Saturday as they resumed the search for a hiker missing since Wednesday

Seneca Nation To Be Welcomed At Fort Necessity National Battlefield

The National Park Service will host the Seneca Nation of Indians during a weekend of cultural heritage programs at Fort Necessity National Battlefield on Saturday and Sunday, June 28 and 29. The delegation of the Seneca Nation of Indians, including the nation's Chief of Staff, Maurice John, will be officially received and welcomed at a ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday.

High Waters Causing Problems For Visitors At Voyageurs National Park

You wouldn't think a park based around lakes would have problems with water, but at Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota officials are telling visitors they're traveling at their own risk this week following heavy rains.

National Park Service Moves To Ban Public's Use Of Drones In The Parks

Voicing concerns for park visitors and wildlife, National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis announced Friday that the agency was moving to ban the public use of drones in the National Park System.

Search Under Way For Missing Hiker At Mount Rainier National Park

A search continued Friday for an overdue day hiker at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington.

14th Annual Bryce Canyon Astronomy Festival Right Around The Corner

There are few better places to stare into the dark starry skies than Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. OK, Natural Bridges National Monument on the eastern side of the state isn't too shabby for star-gazing, either. But it doesn't have an astronomy festival, and Bryce Canyon's 14th Annual Astronomy Festival arrives next week.

Mesa Verde National Park Working On Plan For Better Managing Visitors

Spread out on the fingers of mesas, with visitation greatly restricted, Mesa Verde National Park in southwestern Colorado can be a conjested place at times of peak visitation. Knowing that, park officials are embarking on a plan to better handle visitor distribution and transportation in the park.

Great Strides Made In Recovery Population Of Endangered Island Fox At Channel Islands National Park

The island fox, once thought to be ready to vanish from Channel Islands National Park, has made a stunning recovery and now counts more than 2,500 individuals. Park officials say the fox population overall is at or approaching biological recovery following its near-95 percent decline in the 1990s.

Avalanche Danger At Glacier National Park In Wake Of Stunning Storm

Heavy snowfall in Glacier National Park this week has heightened avalanche danger along the Going-to-the-Sun Road and prompted officials to limit access to the road, which has yet to be cleared from end-to-end from winter's snows.

Black Bear Put Down In Glacier National Park For Breaking Into House, Rummaging For Food

A black bear at Glacier National Park that developed a habit of searching out human food, in one case breaking into a house, has been put down by rangers.

Historic Agreement Aims To Restore, Protect Chesapeake Bay Watershed

A cleaner Chesapeake Bay watershed. That's the goal of a multi-state agreement written to focus on restoring and protecting the bay and its feeder streams. If it succeeds, it would benefit a good number of National Park System units, foremost the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail that touches parts of Virginia, Delaware, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
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