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Mar 28th - 15:07pm | Rick B.
For pete's sake. Wait four years after someone posts something here, someone who I haven't heard post otherwise, and then you jump in here and call them a fool. Well played. You sound like a little barkie dog that is unable to stop biting at the ankles of people, even people who haven't been near you in four years.
Mar 28th - 08:26am | SmokiesBackpacker
You are a fool, Jprizzo if you think backcountry fees go to fund anything other than a reservation system. Read the proposal and see how the NPS is misusing taxpayer funds three years into what you called "a good idea".
Mar 28th - 14:25pm | peer reviewed s...
He's a billionaire and President who manipulates the fools in order to preserve his own interests and those of his wealthy buddies.
Mar 25th - 09:36am | ecbuck
Yeah he is so foolish, he is a billionaire and President.
Mar 24th - 22:56pm | Rick B.
Quoting that dunderhead in the White House with his nonsensical "Fake News" slogan doesn't make you look like the sharpest knife in the drawer. It just makes you look like a puppet of a fool.
Mar 24th - 09:43am | beachdumb
Despite the recent heavy rains and snowfall, scientists are finding that water is scarcer and the threat of fire is more likely as the area continues to experience rising temperatures upsetting that important balance.
Mar 28th - 14:13pm | Michele R.
Are there fees for the 2017 season?
Mar 28th - 10:52am | Donna Luciano
How can i get an update on the status of the rail repair. I am planning on traveling the Kelso Rd to the Cima or Nippon road and continuing to highway 15 then to Las Vegas around April 14th.
Mar 28th - 09:07am | Paula
I won't be 62 until the end of the year. Do I have to wait until then?
Mar 28th - 08:18am | JimCasada01
Kurt--I am a native of the Smokies and one of those Kephart described as "branch-water people." I am also someone who has done a great deal of study on and writing about Horace Kephart, I would like to add a few thoughts to your well-written piece on a part of the world I cherish and to the review of Camping and Woodcraft.
Mar 28th - 07:46am | SmokiesBackpacker
Regarding Kephart, however, you won't get much warm fuzzy from true Smokies sons and daughters about him. He is seen as a carpetbagging degenerate who abandoned his large family to pursue and indulge his alcoholism in the hills aforementioned.
Mar 28th - 07:41am | SmokiesBackpacker
Sounds like you had a great visit down here, Kurt. Nice article.
Mar 28th - 05:50am | Jack
Awesome article and best website
Mar 28th - 00:41am | Rick B.
Yet more entitled scofflaw drone nonsense. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/harbor-seal-pupping-drones_us_58d9b1...
Mar 27th - 21:38pm | Lee Dalton
Grijalva = American patriot and honest man. A real rarity in congress. Bishop, on the other hand = something I can't describe because I don't use foul language. Can someone clone Raul?
Mar 27th - 21:21pm | Ray Bane
Excellent film. Yukon Charley Rivers Nat. Pres. is a wonderful park. I had the pleasure of spending time in the park traveling by aircraft, boat and dog team and remember it fondly.
Mar 27th - 20:46pm | kyle
Another small detail (always one, right). He doesn't say Australian crocodile and saltwater crocodile as the same species anywhere in the article. He says the Nile and saltwater crocodiles. Which are not the same species. As you must know with your fancy Latin use.
Mar 27th - 19:45pm | Charles Vandergriff
Your pass should still be valid after Oct 1. Also, they do have a disabled pass which is free.
Mar 27th - 13:39pm | Acadia on my mind
And for even more details about visiting Acadia in springtime, including links to year-round lodging and restaurants and hours for the visitor center, check out our recent blog post on the Bangor Daily News Web site: http://acadiaonmymind.bangordailynews.com/2017/03/18/home/hope-spri
Mar 27th - 10:56am | Bartolome M. Cajas
I had a Golden Age Pass, but.l I lost my wallet containing the pass. How can I get a replacement?. I am now 91 years old and can hardly walk, but I still like to visit the parks that I visited when I was younger.
Mar 26th - 21:10pm | Clyde L, Tucker
Why can't I apply for a new pass to replace the one that is lost ?
Mar 26th - 22:30pm | Rick
I've visited Ribbon Falls many time, we seldom use the bridge to access it. The access trail has a marked turn off about a half mile south of the bridge trail. It's not difficult to cross the stream and work your way up the short canyon to the falls. If you're uncomfortable hopping rocks, wading through knee deep water works just as well.
Mar 26th - 21:16pm | Jason Abrams
They definitely sound real. Please email me at [email protected] Thanks, Jason.
Mar 25th - 12:09pm | H. Elizalde
Today I found designs of planes, subs and another things signed by A.W.Dorgan in 1940's. There are very schematic. Some include 2 witness signatures. I don't now is it real.
Mar 26th - 15:25pm | greg gober
yes but 1863 views shortly after the battle show some shrubs and trees. As long as the witness trees are protected, which they are doing by attaching ribbons then all is ok
Mar 26th - 08:31am | Kurt Repanshek
We ran a story the following day, Harry. http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2016/11/missing-hikers-body-recover...
Mar 25th - 21:31pm | Harry Miller
To anyone that may read this, he was found. Not sure why this page hasn't been updated. No details on cause of death; http://www.abc15.com/news/region-central-southern-az/other/missing-phoen...
Mar 25th - 11:28am | Karl in Clancy
We love Yellowstone in the winter, when there is practically no one else there. We avoid it like the plague during the summer months. It is a zoo and the animals are not amused by the numbers of two legged pests. I work in public health and we have to recommend rabies post exposure prophylaxis entirely too many times for stupid tourists who cannot comprehend what a wild animal is.
Mar 24th - 12:21pm | Susan in Pittsburgh
imagine if all of those bus travelers came in rental cars! Many parks are using or considering shuttle buses anyway as a more effienct means of transporting visitors. However, I do hope that for-profit tour companies are being charged a premium for the use of our public resources.
Mar 23rd - 21:02pm | Mel
In 2015, I spent 10 daysa in the park----3 nights at Canyon----I apreciated the new rooms made available, but to get a seat at the restaurant was very difficult, since I don't think they expanded in that area to ofset the additional rooms.
Mar 23rd - 14:44pm | wild places
I can sympathize with you Cory, however I think we also need to understand that many of these groups also plan far in advance. Many are not even from this country and many don't drive. I'm not sure a tour bus is worse than having that many more additional cars filling the parking lots or the behemoth motor homes and campers that clog the parking areas either.
Mar 24th - 12:28pm | Carolyn McCartney
I wish our President and Congresional people who want to cut funding to our National Parks System could read this. As usual, laws are made by people who have never visited these parks as a "visitor", not as a "special visitor." President Trump needs to read this
Mar 24th - 09:47am | beachdumb
Will the NPS ignore resource protection regulations when a PIPL nests within 100 yards of the Cape Point campground. I would be very leery of reserving a site between April and June.
Mar 24th - 09:34am | tahoma
I don't see how a mandatory mass-transit system could work in Yellowstone. Would it include lodging guests, RV & car campers, stock users, backpackers, bicyclists, canoeists, or visitors who had planned to transit the park from one side to another as part of a larger itinerary? If not, then you have a built-in double-standard favoring some visitors over others.
Mar 24th - 07:20am | Pam Sohan
Yes its disppointing to not get to see the things you traveld to a National Park to see, but paving over acres of grass isn't the solution. Who wants to go to a NAtional Park to commune with nature and see amusement park sized parking lots everywhere?
Mar 24th - 05:13am | Joan
Let's expand the park system to spread out the impacts - add new parks and monuments, and expand the size of those that we have. Yellowstone needs to be expanded just to support the winter habitat of the wildlife that lives there! If it were larger, people would spread out somewhat into the new area, and put a bit less pressure on the existing sites.
Mar 23rd - 19:53pm | Steve Nelson
Assuming this situation continues, I think they'll have to have mandatory shuttles and ticketing for the big famous parks. If you want to stay in the park, you'll be reserving lodging two years out.
Mar 23rd - 16:46pm | Eliza J.
Exactly my thought, thank you!
Mar 23rd - 16:13pm | Peter
hhaving spent last season in Yellowstone I can tell you that there was way more than 4.3 million visitors. when most people get to the 'must-see' spots like grand prismatic there is no parking so they make their own parking along the roads sometimes a mile long i either direction. this causes an enormous amount of destruction to the lanscape both physically and visually.
Mar 23rd - 15:57pm | Greg
The NPS should interpret the population trend of Homo sapiens and point out the correlation to extinctions of other species and greenhouse gas measurements. The "loved to death" parks are overrun by Sapiens.
Mar 23rd - 15:19pm | Kurt Repanshek
For what it's worth, Ricky, one shuttle possibility might be to base shuttles out of lodging areas. For instance, have a shuttle from Old Faithful that runs down to Madison Junction, stopping at the pertinent spots to let people out, collect those going back to Old Faithful.
Mar 23rd - 15:11pm | RickyAZ
Curious how a shuttle would work at Yellowstone with over 250 miles of road: To and from the Old Faithful Visitor center could take hours, to say nothing of taking it from Gardiner, Jackson, etc. Maybe time restrictions on a certain amount of parking lots (say 1 hr limit in the popular areas) might be workable, encourage the long term usres to park further out. Who knows, but
Mar 23rd - 14:12pm | Rodney M.
Build the parking lots and make them large enough for RVs. Most of the parks are hundreds or thousands of acres and theres no reason I can think of that more and larger parking areas can't be made. It is much safer for pedestrians to walk in parking lots than along the edge of roadways. Especially families with young children. Safety first!
Mar 23rd - 13:25pm | Branden B.
I love our National Parks and have visited over half of them with the goal of someday seeing them all. I get one 2 week vacation each summer to travel. While the parking lots are unsightly and adverse to the natural environment, I would be devastated if I arrived at a park on the other side of the continent only to be denied entry because the park is full.
Mar 23rd - 12:35pm | Sharon P.
There's a song about this, "Big Yellow Taxi". Some of the verse is; ".. they paved paradise and put up a parking lot...". We don't need more parking lots in paradise.
Mar 23rd - 12:24pm | Trish Murphy-Cone
You will never buld enough lots in the right places.....and the cost of decimating our precious park areas is too high of a price! Get out of your cars and hop on a shuttle or walk!
Mar 23rd - 11:36am | Maureen Adams
These areas have not been set aside to create parking lots. What a waste of beauty and natural resource just to allow more people to pack in. Would rather see permit only, or daily limits out on traffic than see areas wasted in parking lots. It will never be enough, and soon, there will be nothing but parking facilities.
Mar 23rd - 11:29am | John Poynton
Why not expand public transportation within the parks so people don't have to drive in. Hybrid buses would cause less pollution. I would love it if I didn't have to drive in. Pick up points at the entrances would lessen the traffic, buses taking park goers to all of the attractions would be so much nicer than lines of cars waiting for parking spaces. Would have loved tha
Mar 23rd - 10:47am | Kathy Dimont
Good luck. The obvious solution (shuttles and other forms of public transit to/from/in the parks) was fought tooth and nail even by more environmentally concerned administrations. People love their cars and the freedom they offer and won't give them up without a fight.
Mar 23rd - 20:24pm | Greg
Checking the NPS Green Book budget document shows the NPS budget has increased on average 3.5% per year and added 281 FTEs in the last few years. Would rolling that budget back to the 2014 level be catastrophic? The country''s debt to GDP ratio is over 100% and servicing that debt will grow substantially as interest rates rise. How do we get out of this hole?