Parks in the News

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.

May 1 Marks Opening For Applications For Denali Park Road Lottery

If you're planning to visit Denali National Park in Alaska this fall, you just might want to get an application in for the Denali Park Road Lottery. Winners of these treasured permits are allowed to drive the length of the road on one day in September.

6th Annual Zion National Park Plein Air Art Invitational Coming In November

It's never too early to plan a national park escape, and November will be a great time to visit Zion National Park to enjoy not only the colorful fall weather in southern Utah, but also to attend the Sixth Annual Zion National Park Plein Air Art Invitational.

North Rim Of Grand Canyon National Park Scheduled To Open May 15

If all goes as planned and the weather cooperates, the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park will reopen to the public on May 15.

North Cascades National Park Looking For Colonial Creek Campground Hosts

Got some time on your hands this summer and looking for a great place to hang out? The folks at North Cascades National Park in Washington state is looking for some campground hosts.

DOT Allocates $3.5 Million To Repair Rocky Mountain National Park Roads Damaged By Flooding

Rocky Mountain National Park, where roads were heavily damaged by flooding last fall, will receive $3.5 million to help pay for repair work from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Designation Of Chaco Culture National Historical Park As International Dark Sky Park

A day-long celebration will be held Thursday to mark Chaco Culture National Historical Park's designation as an International Dark Sky Park.

National Park Service Proposing Changes In Regs For Service Animals In The Parks

The National Park Service is seeking public comment on a proposed rule to revise regulations governing service animals in national parks.

Wilderness Under Siege, The Ongoing Battle Over Public Lands In America

Is there too much public land in America? Some think so, which is why it's important to understand the ongoing battle over those lands, whether they fall under the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, or U.S. Bureau of Land Management or other federal land manager.

Badlands National Park Officials Considering Bison For South Unit

Officials from Badlands National Park in South Dakota are hosting open houses this week to consider a proposal to release bison on the South Unit of the national park.

Point Reyes National Seashore Drafting Management Plan For Beef, Dairy Ranches

A planning effort is under way at Point Reyes National Seashore in California to manage some 28,000 acres of beef and cattle ranches overseen by the seashore.

"Sea Star Wasting Syndrome" Found At Redwood National And State Parks

A disease that afflicts sea stars has taken root in Pacific waters from Alaska down to California, including portions of Redwood National and State Parks. Biologists say this year's mass mortality tied to the disease is "unprecedented."

Arlington National Cemetery Historic District Added To National Register Of Historic Places

The Arlington National Cemetery Historic District, which includes the famed military cemetery among 69 contributing features, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places, the official list of the nation's historic places worthy of preservation.

21st Century Technology Meets 18th Century Warfare At Ninety Six National Historic Site

Twenty-first century technologies are being relied upon to help explain, and even physically buttress, Revolutionary War tactics at Ninety Six National Historic Site in South Carolina.

Everglades National Park Transitions To Summer Season Operations

Summer arrives today at Everglades National Park, where the park staff has transitioned its operations to the summer hours.

Friends Of Saguaro National Park's Online Auction Running All This Week

How can supporting a good cause earn you a trip into the backcountry of Saguaro National Park or to Hawaii? When it relates to this week's online auction in support of Friends of Saguaro National Park.

Celebrate North Cascades, Olympic And Mount Rainier National Parks At Spring Gala

Time is running out to land a ticket to a gala affair in support of North Cascades, Olympic, and Mount Rainier national parks.

The National Park Sessions: Forgiveness And Permission

A band of five musicians is slowing working its way around the National Park System, playing acoustically arranged songs in park settings to promote unity, harmony, and the well-being of all people and the planet.

Meet Billy Jones, Appalachian Trail Ridgerunner In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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What does an Appalachian Trail ridgerunner actually do? And what are the attractions to this seasonal job? Meet Billy Jones, ridgerunner in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

10th Annual Music Of The Mountains Next Weekend At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Celtic music, traditional mountain music, and bluegrass tunes will waft from the Tennessee side of Great Smoky Mountains National Park next weekend during its 10th annual Music of the Mountains festival.

Olympic National Park Officials Searching For Way To Save Enchanted Valley Chalet

Olympic National Park officials, searching for a way to prevent the Enchanted Valley Chalet from tumbling into the East Fork of the Quinault River, are looking into the possibility of moving the historic structure away from the stream.

Entrance, Campground Fees Rising In Some National Parks

It's getting a bit more expensive to visit some national parks, with entrance fees rising at Wind Cave and Jewel Cave national parks in South Dakota, and camping fees going up at Sequoia National Park in California.

New River Gorge National River Seeking Teenage Rangers-In-Training

Imagine how your life might have been different had you the opportunity to attend a "ranger in training" program such as the one being offered at New River Gorge National River in West Virginia this summer.

Yellowstone National Park Juggles Contract Holders For Over-Snow Concessions

The business landscape for winter tour operators in Yellowstone National Park saw a shake-up this week as the National Park Service awarded a series of concessions contracts that will remain in effect for the next decade.

Denali Park Road To Open To Mile 30 Today

A mild winter and spring are helping crews at Denali National Park clear snow and ice off the Denali Park Road, which was scheduled to open to Mile 30 today.

Lots Of Activities To Keep You Busy During National Park Week

With 401 units of the National Park System, how do you decide what to do during National Park Week? The folks at the National Park Service and National Park Foundation have some suggestions for you.

Some Yellowstone National Park Roads To Open Friday

Barring a freak spring snowstorm, some roads into Yellowstone National Park will open to wheeled vehicles on Friday morning.

Fish In National Parks From Alaska To Colorado Have Unhealthy Mercury Levels

Timing often is happenstance, but with Earth Day arriving next week, word of high mercury levels in fish in national parks from Alaska to Colorado is particularly sobering. In some cases, the levels exceed limits OKed for human consumption.

Construction To Close Graveyard Fields Parking Area/Trailhead On Blue Ridge Parkway For Nearly Three Months

A makeover of the parking area at the Graveyard Fields Trailhead on the Blue Ridge Parkway will require the area to be closed for about 11 weeks, beginning April 22.
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