The prospect of the Colorado River running dry anytime soon is hard to fathom. But if it ever does, it will have a devastating effect on the economies of the seven states that rely on the river's life-giving waters, according to a study prepared by Arizona State University.
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.
Next time you find yourself in a gift shop at a national park, check out where the items were made. You just might be surprised that a majority of the items are made in America, with fewer and fewer bearing an oval gold-and-black 'Made in China' sticker on them.
The Western Banded Gecko, or Coleonyx variegatus, is no stranger to beating the heat. Their nocturnal lifestyle is ideal for the sizzling desert climate. You are more likely to encounter them on a night stroll under the stars than in the mid-day sun. Though many confuse the Western Banded Gecko with young Gila monsters, they are much smaller and lack venomous characteristics.
Keeping quagga mussels in, not out of, Lake Powell at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is the new strategy after years of trying to prevent the non-native species' spread into the reservoir have been declared a failure.
To help boaters avoid a long excursion to reach the main arm of Lake Powell in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in Utah, the Castle Rock Cut has been deepened to an elevation of 3,580 feet.
“Running on empty” unfortunately is a very apt description of the Colorado River Basin, which long has had its water overcommitted. Today, the vast watershed that stretches from the mountains of Colorado to the Gulf of California and helps nourish some 30 million residents in the Southwest and Mexico is mired in a long-running drought that threatens to dramatically recast the already-arid region.
Dropping water levels at Lake Powell in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area have revealed a much greater infestation of quagga mussels in the reservoir than previously thought.
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area often conjures up watery visions of touring Lake Powell, but there's a dryland component to the park, too, and NRA officials are working on developing a management plan for off-road vehicles.
Though located in the arid landscape of the Colorado Plateau, the area around Canyonlands National Park attracts a lot of birds and provides valuable habitat for species such as the Mexican spotted owl. As such, the area has been identified as a "Globally Important Bird Area" by the National Audubon Society
While monsoonal rains have been dumping on the Southwest in recent days, they're far from enough to float some boats at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
A 5-year-old was killed instantly at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in Utah when he fell out of a boat and was struck by the propeller, according to park officials.
At least five people lost their lives in the National Park System this week, all on Thursday.
Seared ahi tuna with pickled watermelon and a splash of chipotle lime vinaigrette. Scottish salmon tostadas. Bison ribeye. Fish tacos with sustainably sourced seabass. These are some of the entrées you can find in national parks these days, and they’re not the result of the National Park Service’s Healthy Parks, Healthy People initiative and its food guidelines for concessionaires.
More than two dozen divers are scheduled to search parts of Lake Powell in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area for non-native quagga mussels later this month.
With spring slowly warming up the Southwest, hours at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in southern Utah are expanding to accommodate travelers.
Seldom Seen Smith has to be rolling his eyes, and George Hayduke just might be thinking of calling the Monkey Wrench Gang back together. Why? A voluminous Interior Department report looking at how best to manage precious water resources in the Colorado River Basin largely ignores national parks the river flows through.
A possible lack of attention has led to the deaths of two vacationers at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and left a juvenile with minor injuries, according to the National Park Service.