Around The Shutdown: Lodging Blues, Apologize To The Ranger, Oil Keeps Flowing

As the partial shutdown of the federal government moved past its third day, the National Park System remained closed, but news surrounding the parks didn't end. A glance around the system shows hard times for lodging concessions, a particularly outspoken congressman, and ongoing energy production in some parks.

National Parks, Other Federal Lands Generate Big Tourism Income For State Of Utah

How important are national parks, forests, and other federal lands in the economies of Western states? Data recently released in Utah offers a glimpse.

Zion-Mount Carmel Highway At Zion National Park Open Again

A day after it was closed by a rain storm, the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway at Zion National Park reopened Thursday, although motorists were cautioned to expect a section of rough road.

Heavy Rains Cause Access Problems To Zion National Park

Access to Zion National Park from the east was interrupted Wednesday as heavy rains led to storm waters undercutting part of the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway.

Zion National Park's Signature Red Roads Getting Touch-Up

Those red roads that are a hallmark of Zion National Park will be getting a touch-up next week, and that could affect traffic in the park's famous canyon.

Canyoneer Dies In Fall In "Subway" At Zion National Park

A 47-year-old Ohio woman has been killed in a fall in the "Subway," a popular canyoneering route in Zion National Park in Utah.

Zion National Park Developing Management Plan For Virgin River

Zion National Park officials are seeking input on a draft Comprehensive Management Plan and Environmental Assessment for sections of the Virgin River that runs through the park in southwestern Utah.

Inexperience, Poor Planning Tied To Canyoneering Accidents Outside Zion National Park

Inexperience and errors of judgment, two factors often cited in accidents and injuries in the National Park System, played a role in two recent canyoneering accidents just outside Zion National Park.

Trust For Public Land Buys Land To Protect Access To Zion Narrows Trail At Zion National Park

To reach the start of the Zion Narrows Trail, a 16-mile-long route that enters Zion National Park through a slender rift in the Earth carved by the Virgin River, you need to cross a ranch. While developers were eyeing that ranch for plots of homes, the Trust For Public Land has purchased it to preserve it as is.

Zion National Park Looking For 2014 Artists In Residence

Zion National Park will begin accepting applications for the 2014 Artist-in-Residence program on May 26. Applications must be postmarked by July 19 and received by July 24, 2013.

Around The Parks: Great Basin Water, Zion's Sick Bighorns, Civil War Program, Taxes For Arch

Water is a precious thing in the Great Basin of Utah and Nevada, and the decision by Utah's governor not to endorse a plan to send groundwater from the region to Las Vegas is great news for Great Basin National Park.

Shuttle System Back Running At Zion National Park

Shuttle buses once again are ready to carry you into Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, with daily service resuming this Sunday and continuing through October 28.

Photographer Planning To Document Crumbling Side Of National Parks

Pretty pictures of national park vistas are commonplace. But how would you react to a photo that showed the crumbling side of the parks?

Windows On Nature: The Ten Best National Park Webcam Sites In America

Webcams provide us with windows on the world. They allow armchair travelers to follow activity outside a Dublin pub, monitor traffic on San Francisco’s Bay Bridge, and check on what’s happening at the International Space Station. Webcams also provide windows on nature, some of the best of which comes by way of cameras stationed in our national parks.

Zion National Park Has Been Added To Traveler's Collection Of Essential Park Guides

Heading to Zion National Park? Check out Traveler's Essential Guide to the park. It provides an overview of the park, some history, information on lodging, camping, and hiking, and a geology section.

Winter Lodging Deals Offered In Zion, Grand Canyon National Parks

Now this would be an interesting trip. Imagine going to both Zion and Grand Canyon national parks on the same winter road trip? It won't necessarily be easy, but there are some lodging offers out there that can make it a little easier on your wallet.

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Still Time To Spend A Slice Of Fall In Zion National Park...And At A Discount, Too

Sure, Election Day is here, and snows are falling in the high country of the Rockies and Sierra. But that doesn't mean you can't get one more blast of fall at a deal when it comes to lodging.

Eight National Park Lodges Join Historic Hotels Of America

Eight national park lodges have joined Historic Hotels of America, a program affiliated with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Zion National Park Moving To Winter Hours

With fall on the wane, and winter on the horizon, facility hours and shuttle services are changing at Zion National Park.

Climber Dies In Fall At Zion National Park

A Utah climber was killed in a fall at Zion National Park, where he was part of a group of four on a popular climbing route below Angels Landing.

Two Canyoneers Who Underestimated Zion National Park Rescued By Rangers

Two canyoneers who headed off into Heaps Canyon in Zion National Park over-estimated the challenge before them and had to be rescued by park rangers three days after they ventured into the canyon.

Private Inholding In Zion National Park Will Be Donated To National Park Service

A privately owned 30-acre tract in the shadow of Tabernacle Dome inside Zion National Park has been acquired by two non-profit organizations that intend to donate it to the park.

Canyoneer Dies In Zion National Park

A visitor to Zion National Park who was canyoneering in the popular "Subway" section died when his or her foot became trapped on a descent, according to a park release.

Fall Packages Make National Parks Attractive Destinations

With school vacations about to end, now's a great time to begin planning for your fall getaway to a national park. With that in mind, here are some offers from parks around the country.

Example Of "How Not To Do It" Leads to Rescue At Zion National Park

Zion National Park offers some popular locations for climbers, but a recent ill-advised attempt to scale a route known as the Moonlight Buttress offers some good reminders...and an example of "how not to do it."

Zion Lodge Gains Prestigious Award For Sustainable Programs

Environmental programs Xanterra Parks & Resorts relies on in Zion National Park have earned the Zion Lodge a Gold certification from an independent firm that sets and measures sustainability standards for products, services, and companies.

Where The Wild Things Are: Untamed Americas

Where are the wild things? For those who call a metropolitan area home, and seldom leave its concrete and steel confines, that might be a reasonable question. National Geographic has the answers for you in a two-night series, Untamed Americas, that debuts this Sunday and Monday nights.

NPCA Worried That House Legislation Would Open National Park System To Hunting

Is hunting about to spread across the National Park System? Worries that that could be the fallout of legislation that cleared the U.S. House of Representatives prompted the National Parks Conservation Association to seek a legal interpretation of the measure.

Vehicle Fire In Tunnel At Zion National Park Was A Costly One

Emergency responders train for difficult situations they hope will never actually occur, but one such call came in last week at Zion National Park: A vehicle was on fire inside the 1.1-mile-long Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel … and this set of wheels turned out to be anything but ordinary.