A heat wave stretched across the Southwest on Saturday, prompting warnings for some national park visitors to drink plenty of water and avoid long hikes under the sun.
Parks in the News
After decades of work and land acquisition by numerous partners, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area will officially celebrate the grand opening of the Backbone Trail, a 67-mile trail that stretches from the city of Los Angeles to Ventura County.
Nearly 1,000 miles have been added to the national trails systems, with more than 600 miles added to the National Water Trails System and more than 350 miles added to the National Trails System.
A band of military personnel training on Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado encountered unspecified problems and rangers were trying Friday to arrange an aerial rescue if the climbers could reach the peak's summit.
Recent record-breaking rain on Hatteras Island has impacted ramps, campgrounds, and roads along Cape Hatteras National Seashore, and another rain event is anticipated this Sunday. It has been reported that up to 14 inches of rain fell on the Outer Banks of North Carolina between Saturday, May 28, and Thursday, June 2.
Moonlight is a new trip-planning app that lets you organize your adventure without stressing about logistics.
With cooler temperatures and smaller crowds than the South Rim, the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park may be a place where you can find lodging as the National Park Service celebrates its 100th birthday this summer. Whether your trip is planned for this summer or a bullet point on your bucket list, the Arizona park has released a video gives you a glimpse of what makes the place so special.
Hillary Clinton has unveiled her plans for the environment, and one of the planks would be to create an American Parks Trust Fund with a "mission of helping to expand local, state, and national recreation opportunities, rehabilitate existing parks, and enhancing America’s great outdoors – from our forests and coasts to neighborhood parks."
As the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary draws near, I’ve been looking back at a pair of 2009 reports on America’s “great outdoors.” An RFF report that I coauthored reviewed the status of public lands, demand for outdoor recreation, and conservation funding trends.