Parks in the News

Work On Chimney Tops Trail At Great Smoky Mountains National Park Will Require Weekday Closures Into October

Extensive rehabilitation work on the Chimney Tops Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park will require that it be closed to the public Mondays through Thursdays through mid-October.

Bears Do The Darnedest Things, As This Video From Big Bend National Park Proves

Bears have been acrobats in circuses for generations, and watching this black bear sow and her cub at Big Bend National Park, it's obvious their talents come naturally.

Check Out The Latest On The "National Park Electronic Library"

The National Park Electronic Library we told you about last fall has, and is, expanding to provide more reference materials from the U.S., and soon Canadian, park services.

Disney's "Bears" Movie Gaining Good Reviews, Raising Funds For National Park Projects

Early returns of Disney's Bears movie are highly favorable, and ticket sales are helping with a number of projects across the National Park System.

Wondering Where To Spot Animals In Grand Teton National Park? Watch This Video

Grand Teton National Park is an open-air zoo of sorts, with bison, pronghorn antelope, eagles, and other wildlife usually in view wherever you find yourself in the park. But there is one slice of Grand Teton that is more productive when it comes to spotting animals.

National Park Sessions: Friend Of The Devil

Arches National Park is the backdrop for this episode of the National Park Sessions, in which The Giving Tree Band plays Friends of the Devil.

Some Biscayne National Park Campgrounds Open For Free This Summer

Not a lot of people think of camping at Biscayne National Park in the summer months because of the heat and bugs. But if you do go, campsites on Boca Chita Key and Elliott Key will be free for the taking during the summer.

21-Mile Stretch Of Blue Ridge Parkway Back Open For Motorists Following Roadwork

A 21-mile stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway that had been closed since last year for work to stabilize the pavement has been reopened to the motoring public.

Photographer Hoping To Document Sites With Potential To Be Included In National Park System

A Washington-based photographer is hoping to spend six months on the road documenting sites across the United States that he believes have the potential to be included in the National Park System.

Yellowstone National Park, The Video

Most of us carry cameras (in some form) to the national parks with us, and some carry videocameras. An Italian traveler who visited Yellowstone National Park had his video gear with him, and came away with the following 8-minute production.

Grand Teton National Park Given OK To Rehabilitate Jenny Lake Area

A multi-million-dollar plan to rehabilitate the Grand Teton National Park's Jenny Lake area, with improvements to hiking, camping, and boating areas, has been approved by the National Park Service's Intermountain Region director.

Roadwork Will Slow Travel Through Grand Teton National Park This Summer

Note to self: Plan for travel delays while driving through Grand Teton National Park this summer.

Arizona Woman Identified As Victim Of Fall At Grand Canyon National Park

A 45-year-old Arizona woman has been identified as the victim of a fall from the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

59 National Parks By The Bubble

How do you count the 59 national parks by state? Perhaps you need the following bubble diagram.

Site Of 1956 Collision Of Two Airlines Over Grand Canyon National Park Receives National Historic Landmark Status

Aviation safety has come a long way in the past half-century, and many of the improvements were spurred by a tragic mid-air collision which occurred in 1956 over Grand Canyon National Park. Earlier this month, the site of what was then the nation's worst civilian air accident was designated as a National Historic Landmark.

Artist-In-Residence In The Parks

Perhaps the best program in the National Park System for artistic types are the Artist-in-Residence programs that many parks offer for writers, photographers, painters and sketchers. And here's a website that can direct you to those programs.

Missing Family Found In Congaree National Park

A father and his two children missing in the swampy backwoods of Congaree National Park were found shortly after sunrise Tuesday and rescued by rangers.

Cave Tours At Timpanogos Cave National Monument Begin May 10

Got a hankering to head underground? Cave tours at Timpanogos Cave National Monument in Utah begin on May 10 for the summer season.

Firefly Viewing At Great Smoky Mountains National Park Set For June 4-11

Growing up, chasing fireflies was a popular after-dusk summertime activity. But our fireflies didn't blink in unison, which is what makes the fireflies at Great Smoky Mountains National Park such a big deal.

Help Clean Up New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

Lend a hand and take some pride on May 10 by volunteering at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park in Massachusetts to get the park ready for the summer season.

Individual Falls About 400 Feet To Death At Grand Canyon National Park

An individual fell about 400 feet to their death from Mather Point at Grand Canyon National Park on Monday afternoon.

UPDATE: Search Under Way For Father, Two Kids In Congaree National Park

Some 80 searchers working their way Monday through the swampy backcountry of Congaree National Park in search of a father and his two young children who were reported missing nearly 48 hours earlier.

Operators Sought For Pisgah Inn Along The Blue Ridge Parkway

The National Park Service recently released the prospectus for a ten-year contract to provide lodging, retail, and food and beverage services at Pisgah Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

National Park Week Is Over, But You Still Can Benefit....

Yes, National Park Week 2014 has passed us by, but you can still benefit from it. O.A.R.S. is giving away four world-class national park paddling trips during a contest that runs through May 18.

Lake Ice At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Breaks Up, Signaling Spring

Spring is in the air, and in the waters of Lake Superior, where the ice cover that made access to Apostle Islands National Lakeshore's ice caves possible has broken up.

Muddying The Waters Over Redesignating Colorado National Monument As A National Park

Discussions in western Colorado to have Colorado National Monument redesignated as a "national park" have spawned a draft document, in the form of Senate legislation, that has drawn concerns from the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees.
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National Park Sessions: Reflections Of My Soul

In this episode of the National Park Sessions, The Giving Tree Band sets up in Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado to play Reflections of My Soul.

Explosive Discovery At Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area In Washington State

Explosive materials commonly used in mining or excavation work have been discovered at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area in Washington state, though authorities don't think there's a risk to the public.

Mount Baldy At Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore To Remain Off-Limits Indefinitely

Mount Baldy, a massive sand dune that is a popular attraction at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in Indiana, will remain closed indefinitely due to safety hazards.

University Musicians Bringing Music To National Parks

The Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble is returning to the national stage with the launch of their Music in Our Parks project, with performances in Arches, Capitol Reef, Grand Canyon, Great Sand Dunes, and Zion national parks.
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