Parks in the News
Plans by Yellowstone National Park officials to remove roughly 1,000 bison from the park's herds are drawing criticisms and protests from groups that say the slaughter is unnecessary.
Bicycle rentals might soon be available at Mesa Verde National Park, where officials are seeking a company to rent bikes, strollers, and wheelchairs on Wetherill Mesa.
Public concern over higher entrance fees at three national monuments in Arizona have led National Park Service officials to revisit the issue and come up with another pricing option.
Approved "takings" of grizzly bears in part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem threaten to undercut recovery of the species, according to groups that plan to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the matter.
The 2013 Rim Fire was the largest forest fire in California history, and the largest fire in Yosemite history. Burning 400 square miles, the speed and size of the fire was unprecedented. As these unnaturally large fires become more commonplace due to previous fire suppression and climate change, Yosemite National Park is seeing the benefits of carefully allowing smaller, controlled fires on the landscape.
Electric charging stations are beginning to sprout up around the National Park System, making it a bit easier for visitors with electric vehicles to recharge while enjoying the parks.
Martin Luther King, Jr., Day is just the first of nine entrance-fee-free days in the National Park System this year.
A collection of historic fine art paintings, owned or commissioned by the Great Northern Railway that helped see the establishment of Glacier National Park, has been donated to the park by Glacier Park, Inc.
Time and again through the years storms have pushed the Atlantic Ocean up and over North Carolina 12 that runs the length of Cape Hatteras National Seashore, events that leave residents and visitors alike cut off from the mainland. Now, in an attempt to better protect the highway, North Carolina officials want to build up the beach along a section of the highway just north of Buxton.
Usually you need to head into a museum to see what turned up in the backcountry of Great Basin National Park: A 132-year-old Winchester rifle.
Climbing Mount McKinley in Denali National Park in Alaska usually is a goal that comes to fruition in May or June. Someone must have neglected to tell Lonnie Dupre that.
A biologist at Canaveral National Seashore who raised questions about improper contracting practices was wrongly penalized for her actions, a Civil Service administrative judge has found.
Like it cold? Then plan to attend Icebox Days at Voyageurs National Park in Minneosta this weekend.
“Art is the child of Nature,” said American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. A new grant initiative created in partnership by the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Park Service celebrates the intersections between the two in honor of the NEA’s 50th anniversary in 2015 and the National Park Service’s centennial in 2016.
Early fall is an exquisite time to float the Colorado River through Cataract Canyon in Canyonlands National Park. And how better to enjoy that float than with fellow park travelers on this National Parks Traveler adventure?
I stopped at Zion on the way home from Death Valley. At first it seemed to be almost as busy as it is on a summer day. What little did I know then.
Changing habits by visitors to Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky have convinced park officials they don't need as many lodge rooms inside the park as they have in years past. As a result, the next concessionaire will have 38 fewer rooms to rent out.
Entrance fees at Arches and Canyonlands national parks in Utah would more than double under a proposed open for public comment. Also targeted for an increase is the cost of touring the Fiery Furnace in Arches, both with a ranger and by yourself.
National Park Service officials have placed a $3.5 million value on the intellectual property rights attached to names of lodges in Yosemite National Park, a fraction of the $51 million valuation claimed by Delaware North Co.
Whether it was due to lower gas costs, better weather, or an improving economy, the bottom line for the National Park System for 2014 was impressive: An increase of more than 20 million visitors over 2013 levels, for a record total of 294 million, according to unofficial statistics.
For a limited time in summer, Redwood National and State Parks presents kayak tours of the Smith River—a crown jewel of the National Wild & Scenic River System and the largest free-flowing river system in California.
Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah has been given the go-ahead to built a multi-use pathway from Bryce Canyon City into the park.
Though the actual 100th "birthday" for Rocky Mountain National Park doesn't arrive until September, the park is ramping up its year-long celebration with a number of special programs in the coming weeks.
To help spread the word and celebrate its centennial, the staff at Dinosaur National Monument in Utah and Colorado has created a logo to mark the occasion.
In a further step to help protect the forests of Great Smoky Mountains National Park from non-native insect pests, park officials beginning in March will only allow heat-treated firewood that has been certified by the USDA or a state agriculture department, and dead and down wood collected from the park's forests, to be used in campgrounds.
National Park Service Will Review Trademark Applications Filed In Connection With Grand Canyon Businesses
Efforts by Xanterra Parks & Resorts to trademark the names of commercial businesses on the South Rim in Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona will be examined by the National Park Service once their applications are published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for review.
Today is not too early to make your summer vacation plans in the National Park System.
National Park Service, Unable To Complete Concessions Contracts On Time, Moves To Extend Dozens Across Park System
Hammering out concessions contracts across the National Park System is not an easy, or quick, job. Failure to reach new contracts before existing ones expired at the end of 2014 prompted the National Park Service to propose extended dozens of contracts for up to a year to keep visitor services operating without interruption.
A window into the last Ice Age in the present-day desert outside of Las Vegas brings a missing link into the National Park System along with a small, but enticing, possibility that fossilized human remains are buried next to those of ancient bison, camels, and even lions.
Public Meeting Set To Discuss Entrance Fee Increases Proposed For Zion, Bryce Canyon, And Cedar Breaks
With timing running out to comment on proposed increases in entrance fees at Zion and Bryce Canyon national parks, as well as Cedar Breaks National Monument, all in Utah, the National Park Service has scheduled an open house to discuss the proposals with the public. Park superintendents and staff from all three park areas will be in attendance.