Republicans On House Natural Resources Committee Planning Big Changes For Public Lands

Fresh off their Election Day tidal wave, and energized by it, Republican members of the House Natural Resources Committee are planning big changes for public lands in the West, changes that could greatly impact national parks.

Landscape Painting Contest Under Way At Zion National Park

Is there any purer method of landscape painting than plein air? If there's any doubt, visit Zion National Park this week to watch some of the best landscape artists at work in the 2nd annual "In the Footsteps Of Thomas Moran" contest.

Zion National Park's Shuttle Buses Operating Through November on Optional Basis

While mandatory shuttle bus service into Zion Canyon at Zion National Park ended at the end of October, the popular shuttles will continue on an optional basis Saturdays and Sundays through the end of November.

Overnight Closures of Zion-Mount Carmel Highway At Zion National Park to End

With the end in sight, nightly closures of the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway through Zion National Park will come to an end Friday, according to park officials.

Zion National Park Officials Developing Management Plan for WIld and Scenic Sections of Virgin River

It was back in March 2009 that portions of the Virgin River in and around Zion National Park were designated as "wild and scenic." In light of that designation, park officials are beginning work on a management plan for those sections.

Campsite No. 7 in Zion National Park Gives Up Its Garbage

During their visit to Zion National Park this summer, Jon Merryman and his son decided to clean up their campsite, No. 7 in the South Campground, before leaving the park. The accompanying photo shows what they gathered up.

How Much Garbage Can You Identify From Zion National Park?

It can be amazing how much garbage folks drop, unintentionally or otherwise, during camping trips to the national parks. The accompanying photo shows a collection of items long-time Traveler reader Jon Merryman and his son collected from their campsite in Zion National Park. How many can you identify?

Angels Landing Closures at Zion National Park Extended Due to Weather Delays

A previously announced closure of the popular Angels Landing Route in Zion National Park has been extended due to weather delays. Closures for route repairs and improvements were originally scheduled to end Thursday, October 14, but little work was completed the week of October 3 due to heavy rain and lightning.

Creating Power at Zion National Park...Sustainably

Zion National Park, which receives quite a bit of sunshine throughout the year, is turning more of those glorious rays into energy to help reduce the park's carbon footprint.

Ill-Advised Leap Leads to Rescue from the Subway at Zion National Park

In the city, "don't jump from the subway" is good advice, but in Zion National Park, the caution is don't jump in the Subway. A hiker made an ill-advised leap in a remote location known as the Subway Route, and the resulting injury led to an unplanned night in the boonies and a rescue.

Work on Angels Landing in Zion National Park Shortened By One Day

A schedule change revolving around the upcoming rehabilitation work on the trail leading to Angels Landing in Zion National Park means the trail will only be closed for one day this week, not two as originally planned, according to park officials.

Got Time For A Fall National Park Visit? These Lodges Have Room

If you've got time to squeeze in a fall visit to a national park, here's some good news: There's quite a bit of lodging available in places such as Crater Lake, Yellowstone, Zion, Grand Canyon, and Death Valley national parks.

Improvements Mean Closures of Some Zion National Park Campgrounds

Not only is road work impacting visits to Zion National Park, but now some campsite units are being taken out of rotation so rehabilitation work can be done in the park's campgrounds.

Angels Landing in Zion National Park Will be Closed For Repairs in mid-September

Angels Landing, one of the most sought-out destinations in Zion National Park, will be temporarily closed later this month so route improvements can be made along the occasionally harrowing route to the top of the landing.

You Can't Always, or Fairly, Blame Technology For Visitor Woes in National Parks

The New York Times got a lot of mileage with its story this week about technology leading visitors into harm's way in national parks, but that's really not the case, is it? Wouldn't it be more correct to say people lead themselves into harm's way more often than not?

Secretary Salazar Hopes To Negotiate R.S. 2477 Solution With Utah Officials

Long a bone of contention between state, local and federal authorities when it comes to public lands access is a nearly 150-year-old law initially passed to help advance westward expansion. Now Interior Secretary Ken Salazar hopes a pilot program in Utah can generate a solution to R.S. 2477 controversies.

Three Canyoneers Survive Flash Flood in Zion National Park

Armed with only a headlamp and determination, an injured canyoneer in Zion National Park managed to save himself and two buddies after the three were washed down canyon by a flash flood.

Boy Scout on Backpacking Trip to Zion National Park Found Dead

A 17-year-old Boy Scout on a four-day backpacking trip to Zion National Park with fellow scouts somehow became separated from his group on the second day and was later found dead, according to park officials.

Trolley Tours Come To Crater Lake National Park

Glacier National Park has its Red Jammers, Yellowstone National Park has its National Park Buses, and now Crater Lake National Park has its trolleys.

Construction Schedule Changes Improve Hiking Access at Zion National Park

With the latest change in the schedule of construction along the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway through the eastern side of Zion National Park, access to some hiking trails has gotten better.

Zion National Park Changes Road Closure Schedule

In response to the concerns of local businesses, Zion National Park officials have rearranged the road closure schedule for work on the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway on the eastern side of the park.

Historic Cabins In Zion National Park Get Renovated, But Retain Old Look

For more than a few folks, staying in a cabin during a visit to one of the West's national parks is a highlight of their visit. For those who land a reservation in one of the cabins in Zion National Park, their stay will be a bit like stepping into the past thanks to recent renovations.

Road Work in Zion National Park Will Impact Hiking, Canyoneering Access

Road work in Zion National Park this summer will impact access to some hiking trails, according to Superintendent Jock Whitworth.

Is There A Thaw Coming On the Three-Year-Old Freeze on National Park Fees?

Yosemite National Park, Tenaya Lake, copyright Kurt Repanshek
Three years ago, then-National Park Service Director Mary Bomar placed a freeze on most fees associated with visiting the national parks. Now, though, it appears that freeze might be thawing.

Reader Participation Day: Which Is Your Favorite National Park Gateway Town?

If you had to pick a gateway town to live in -- not because of its associated national park, but because of its atmosphere -- which would you choose?

Hiker Falls to Her Death In Zion National Park

A woman believed to be hiking in Zion National Park has fallen about 1,000 feet to her death from Scout Lookout.

Two Men Killed While Attempting To Raft Through "The Narrows" Of Zion National Park

The bodies of two men who possibly had intended to build a log raft to float the Virgin River through "the Narrows" of Zion National Park were recovered Monday.

Zion National Park Road Work Will Block Access To Some Canyoneering Routes

Not only will the upcoming road work in Zion National Park make it tough for travelers using the east entrance to Zion, but it also will result in restricted access to some technical canyoneering routes.

Add Zion National Park to the List Of Parks With Road Construction Nightmares Planned

If you're visiting Zion National Park this year, well, enjoy the traffic. From mid-May into October there will be road work along the corridor into and out of the park's east entrance. And that means doing the "Utah two-step" from Zion to Bryce Canyon National Park or vice versa could be very trying.

Zion National Park Shuttle Returns to the Road April 1, And That's No Joke

If you're heading to Zion National Park in the coming days, know that you won't be able to drive your car into Zion Canyon unless you have a reservation at the lodge. As of Thursday the Zion Shuttle swings back into action to ease the congestion in the scenic canyon.