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President Obama's Visit To Yosemite National Park Will Add To Crowds, Congestion

Jun 21st - 16:13pm | beekay

"Is a problem..."  Starting with an overall and "successful" campaign over the years to get in more visitors, so each year, the park, monument, site wil show a better count. It is much easier to show "increased visitor use" than a quality of a visit. 

Jun 21st - 13:26pm | alaska guest

This is not the first National Park that President Obama has visited.  He and his family visited Yellowstone in  2009 and Acadia in 2010.  He visited Kenai Fjords last summer, without his family. 

Jun 18th - 22:27pm | Anonymous

It's disappointing that he waited this long to visit parks. Might things have been different if our parks had attracted him six years ago. But maybe even that wouldn't have made any difference because, as Kurt says, his budgets and virtually everything else he might have done for our country has been DO A in Congress as they worked to make him fail.

Jun 18th - 15:30pm | Todd White

i think of all the poor travelers, many of which may be visiting Yosemite and Carlsbad Caverns for their first and only time. Often, these visits must be planned months in advance. Many visitors will have theit Father's Day plans ruined, so a sitting president can have a wonderful weekend frolic.

Jun 16th - 21:08pm | ecbuck

Add to the commentary above about why he should or should not go here, we should all just file away that this is where a dad decided he wants to take his kids this summer.  I think he has that right.

Rocky Mountain National Park's Trail Ridge Road, Not A Good Place For Vertigo

Jun 21st - 14:09pm | PaulAZ

Million dollar highway in CO is scarier. Have heard that because of snowplowing the barriers make no sense on that road

Jun 20th - 15:58pm | Mike Thomas

Spectacular vistas - almost beyond imagination. Learn how to downshift your vehicle before you go!

Exploring The Parks: A Visit To Keweenaw National Historical Park

Jun 21st - 13:39pm | drew hanson

It's an outstanding unit of the National Park System. Ideally NPS would be given the opportunity to own some of the significant natural features in the future as well.

Chinese Visitor Fined $1,000 For Going Off Boardwalk In Yellowstone National Park

Jun 21st - 12:49pm | Kimi

I agree that the fine is not stiff enough.

Jun 18th - 21:20pm | Jerry

Just returned from a six week tour of seven national parks in Utah and Arizona.  Noticed that the Asian tourists ignored most all posted regulations.  This included camping in picnic areas with no camping signs in plain view, as well as car camping overnight in parking lots posted the same.  They appear to believe the rules don't apply to them.  And, if fined, do they pay be

Jun 17th - 20:31pm | Harold

 I did not think that some of these people need protecting. You are right, someone needs to look out for them, but not at the risk of the rescuscer's saftey as someone else in need may truly need them.

Jun 17th - 08:06am | SteveB

A fine needs to be something the person can afford or it simply won't be paid. $1000? He can probably pay that. $100000? Almost certainly not.

UPDATE: 'Creepytings' Vandal Pleads Guilty To Defacing Western National Parks

Jun 21st - 12:47pm | Anonymous

Just a thought here...what are the petroglyphs if not graffati?  Not that I'm in favore of defacing our national treasures...I thnk the judge should have given her a scrub brush and a bucket and told her to get to work.

Treasure Your National Park Visits With A Photo Album From Shutterfly

Jun 21st - 09:14am | fcingram

Grandkids loved the outer banks, the ferry ride to Okracoke, the Wright Brothers Monumental. perfect vacation.  

OIG: National Park Service Director Skirted Ethics Office In Writing Book, Reprimanded

Jun 20th - 15:10pm | SmokiesBackpacker

Jarvis was grilled for his refusal to discipline a man who promoted sexual abuse within the NPS.  Because Jarvis takes care of his Superintendents who carry water for him.  If you do Jarvis bidding, you can harrass and abuse women, apparently.  

Jun 20th - 10:20am | Ethics is a virtue

Mr. Jarvis should've bee commended instead of fully investigated by OIG who more than likely have bigger bears to catch in nation parks. He didn't try to make a profit which should be what makes this a lessor crime if a crime at all. Probably has a stellar record in NPS. My tax dollars are spent recklessly!! less

Op-Ed | When It Comes To Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct, College Sports Have More Conscience Than NPS Officials

Jun 20th - 13:35pm | longtimerafter

Wait a minute, there seems to be more to all this than meets the eye.  Of all the folks I know on the rivers of the west, 85% perecent of them met there significant others on river trips, Does this mean when someone says " no" to a come on it is automatically sexual harassment.  And what about the story that one of the major complaintants and the author of this letter to Secretar

Historic World War II Building Mistakenly Torn Down By National Park Service

Jun 20th - 12:05pm | oldbuffalo

Superintendent Ashwell said the Park Service "accepts full responsibility for this and regrets the harm we have caused.  - Notice she said the Park Service accepts full responsibility, but did not take full responsibility herself.

Restoring The Everglades Will Benefit Both Humans And Nature

Jun 20th - 02:07am | Rob Kanter

We already have so much land set aside north of the Lake!

Jun 20th - 02:06am | Rob Kanter

It will be a complete and utter waste of money!!!

Jun 20th - 02:05am | Rob Kanter

Please please please!!! DO NOT SEND THE WATER SOUTH

Jun 19th - 20:28pm | Natalie Canto

Sending the water south: WORST IDEA EVER

Jun 19th - 20:28pm | Natalie Canto

There is already more than 100,000 acres of land in public ownership which is south of the lake and could be used to water storage

Jun 19th - 18:02pm | Brandie L

I disagree with sending water South because that really is just sending phosphorous ridden water through the waterways, but storage in the North is an amazing idea!

Art Exhibit Coming To Alcatraz Island Keys On Long Prison Sentences

Jun 19th - 21:15pm | Anonymous

Speaking of political advocacies, perhaps cleaning out the Capitol Building and sending all those advocates for political nonsense to Alcatraz might be a great step forward...

Jun 19th - 20:36pm | ecbuck

No thanks. I don't want my park monies being spent on political advocacies that have nothing to do with the parks.  If you do, you have no right to complain about underfunding.  

Jun 19th - 18:47pm | Lee Dalton

And ALL the rest of us.  Not just those at the top. They will benefit too because it's true that everyone does better when everyone does better.  So will our parks.

Jun 19th - 00:33am | ecbuck

 suggest something that will benefit everyone. You mean the unemployed and the dying?

Jun 18th - 22:44pm | Lee Dalton

Great idea Esteemed Comrade. Good of you to suggest something that will benefit everyone.

Jun 18th - 17:54pm | ecbuck

Imagination on fire?  Please explain.  Oh, thats, right, you don't

Jun 18th - 10:28am | Rick Smith

Nothing like a little art to set your imagination on fire, huh ec?

Jun 18th - 09:50am | ecbuck

I suppose the NPS will be spending your park money on lobbying for a higher minimum wage and single payer healthcare next. 

Watch President Obama’s Speech At Yosemite National Park

Jun 19th - 20:45pm | rmackie

Thank you Traveler, I was not in the Yosemite Valley during the President and his families visit, but know both visitors and employees, the vast majority anyway, that I contacted were thrilled.

Segways in the National Parks: Do We Really Need Them?

Jun 19th - 20:36pm | E.Works

May your wish to see and vist new things not out last your bodys ability to do so.

Photography In The National Parks: Remembering My Photographer Father On Father’s Day

Jun 19th - 16:32pm | Janice D'A

what a great article on your Dad! I did not realize that he was so gifted. Obviously he passed those skills on to you. A tremendous gift.

Jun 19th - 12:32pm | Rick B.

What a rich family legacy!  

Jun 19th - 09:27am | Cynthia Killip

What a wonderful tribute to your Dad and the National Parks. I really enjoyed looking at your Dad's photos. You definitely take after your father. Great article!

Creating Acadia National Park: The Biography Of George Bucknam Dorr

Jun 19th - 09:14am | Acadia on my mind

Not only was George B.

Essential Park Guide Summer 2016: Posters, Canal Quarters, Crater Lake And More

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Studies Show Bear Spray More Effective Than Guns Against Grizzlies

Jun 18th - 23:34pm | Jim Bering

What kind of an idiot would belive this?  Serioulsy, pepper spary is only effective out to 8 yards.  Does anyone think that a grizzly going over 30 mph is going to stop when hit by pepper spray?  The truth is the study is an example of Procrustean research.  They have the result they want and the cut and stretch the data to meet the result.

Sequoia National Park Hiker Dies In Apparent Fall From 300-Foot-Tall Waterfall

Jun 18th - 19:43pm | Ron

i camped at panther creek 4 times in the last couple years and after reading this I felt obligated to share my experience in this exact spot. 2nd trip at Panther gap, the 1st morning I wake up early and decide to get some water and start coffe before my gf wakes up.

Backroads and Byways – Balsam Mountain Road in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Jun 18th - 17:21pm | Greg Laramore

My wife and I made the trip today down the trail. You can make it through in a car, but I wouldn't advise it. Use the restroom before you go. lol

Cameron Sholly Named New Associate Director To Guide NPS Visitor and Resource Protection

Jun 17th - 21:23pm | Vincent Stevens

Sholly get a hold of me. [email protected]  Charlie Near.

Death Valley Considers Fee Increases To Fund Fixes At Scotty’s Castle

Jun 17th - 20:36pm | Bill Borrie

Charging $32 for an ranger-led interpretive walk?   Once that becomes the norm, how much will it cost for a map of the park or to go to the bathroom?   

Jun 17th - 20:27pm | ecbuck

quit spending on subsidies to oil.    LOL  Another one who has drunk the kool aid.  On a net basis oil companies pay a massively higher level of taxes than the typical corporation.  Or to be more accurate, the oil companies' customers pay a massively higher level of taxes.  

Jun 17th - 19:06pm | Billy Bryant

Maybe we should elect a working senate and congress that will return the funding and quit spending on subsidies to oil. 

Is It "Elitist" To Try to Visit All 58 National Parks?

Jun 17th - 19:01pm | Shirley Hasenyager

My husband and I always loved visiting our National Parks.  One day he counted how many we had been to over the years and it was 35. We then decided to "do" them all, and did.  We definitely did not make windshield visits.  Some hiking at most places.  We have been to Yosemite many times and Death Valley several times.

Oh Boy! The Prospect Hotel! What Room Will I Be Staying In?

Jun 17th - 13:05pm | Thomas Cunningh...

I spent 12 year on the property across the street from the hotel. I was surprised that someone took on the job of renovating the old hotel. Frances Preason was my alltime faverate teacher I spent part of the 1st grade in her home while ther renovated the grade school. My mother (Gladys Cunningham) told my that, Mrs Pearson taugh her as a student teacher in Ashland.  

Oregon Man Just Wanted To "Dip His Toe" In A Yellowstone Hot Spring

Jun 17th - 13:00pm | Gregg Gerich

I have been to the Park 9 times. I have seen disturbing behavior many times like rocks being thrown into a thermal pool, people getting to close to bison. People petting a elk. Walking off the boardwalks. If you are not willing to abide by the rules and respect the Park, please do not go. This is not Disneyland.

Japanese Climber Dies Of Unknown Causes On Denali

Jun 16th - 20:17pm | Rick B.

Condolences on the loss of your friend.

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