A battle over the future of two national monuments in Utah appears to only be getting started, with the state's congressmen determined to see the new Bears Ears National Monument decommissioned and the decades old Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument reduced in size. Countering their efforts, gear manufacturer Patagonia has launched a campaign to have Americans flood Utah Gov. Gary Herbert's office with phone calls in support of the monuments.
Some stories, whether focused on travel or a specific issue, deserve a longer treatment.
With all of Washington, D.C.'s political intrigue -- the seeming commercialization of the White House, the administration's mysterious connections to Russia, and President Trump's ability to be both landlord and tenant on a government property -- why is U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz so curious about the planning and forethought that goes into a Twitter tweet? No, the Utah Republican is not sifting through the president's Twitter feed. Rather, his attention was caught by a seemingly innocuous tweet from Bryce Canyon National Park.2017-01-19-jec-to-fritzke-bryce-canyon-np-bears-ears-1.pdf
David Hurst Thomas had planned to personally carry the "Pueblo Bonito Frog" from its safe storage at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City to Chaco Culture National Historical Park in a remote and dusty corner of New Mexico as the hallmark of a world-class exhibit of Chaco Culture artifacts. But as problems continue to plague the park's new museum, the exhibit has been put off indefinitely and the frog is remaining in hibernation.
Just two weeks into the Trump administration, one pledged to pursue a vigorous energy development course, Zion National Park officials find themselves in a bind over how to react to proposals to allow oil and gas exploration within a mile of the park.
The arrival of 2017 has opened a new chapter for the National Park Service and the National Park System, one that in the first days of the Trump administration and the Republican-controlled Congress is fraught with concern over both the stability of the agency and the health of the parks.
Investments in the National Park System, from whittling away at the $11.9 billion maintenance backlog to adding personnel and forging strategic partnerships, are among the suggestions the Coalition to Protect America's National Parks has forwarded to the incoming Trump administration.
From Fiscal Year 2006 through Fiscal Year 2015 the National Park Service spent roughly $10.5 billion on deferred maintenance projects, and yet the overall price tag for deferred maintenance continued to creep ever higher, leading the Government Accountability Office to wonder if the Park Service's strategy for tackling the projects was sound.
Greetings, Mr. Trump, and congratulations. On Friday you take the oath of office as the 45th president of the United States. If perhaps you have been following the National Parks Traveler, you know that many people have already made up their minds. You will be a disaster for the national parks. As a businessman you will demand that the parks “make money,” and if they don’t help give them away.
They were strangers to each other, collected by common calamity, disfigured, mortally sick, banished without sin from home and friends, Robert Louis Stevenson wrote about the Kalaupapa Leper Colony in 1889.
Shale gas, that trapped within the Marcellus Formation in the Eastern United States, has grown to become a significant component of the country's energy portfolio. But it also poses a threat to national park lands in the region, with more than a few proposed pipelines that could cross the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.
Every now and then there's a story that pops out and elicits an unusual reaction of one kind or another. During the course of the past 12 months across the National Park System, there were quite a few of those that deserve a second look.
With more than 400 units in the National Park System, trying to zoom in on any one particular park for a visit can be a challenge. Over the past 12 months the Traveler has "explored" quite a few parks, and we list those stories here to help you plan your next national park adventure.
While the Park Service drew widespread acclaim — and record visitation — as it marked its centennial in 2016, the agency was forced to confront myriad challenges, some of its own making.
As you shovel your walks, chip ice from your windshield, and brace against the winter wind, think some warm thoughts, because down south, the Dry Tortugas are calling your name. Stow the snow shovel for a few days to snorkel clear waters dancing with tropical fish, walk the sandy beaches for some relaxation, and watch our feathered-friends as they pass through. It’s beyond wonderful.
Daytime temperatures at Isle Royale National Park were forecast to reach no warmer than 6 degrees Fahrenheit on Sunday, a biting cold that, if it got no warmer at the national park for a month or so, just might solve the National Park Service's quandry over what to do about an apex predator, the wolf, that is about to blink out on the island.
It was just for a day, but the late- September snowstorm that closed Trail Ridge Road and Old Fall River Road in Rocky Mountain National Park sent a clear message: winter can come quickly, hard, and heavy in the park, turning it into a winter wonderland with endless opportunities for exploration and enjoyment.
With the sun waning and the wind rising, I left my 7,500-foot perch on Cowlitz Rock with its marvelous view of the east side of Mount Rainier. The first dozen ski turns were great, but my favorite part was the mellow, miles-long schuss back to Mazama Ridge.
Unseasonably dry weather, apparent carelessness with fire, and hurricane-force winds turned a 1.5-acre fire along the roof of Great Smoky Mountains National Park into a killer conflagration that will long leave a mark on Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and the park. Contributor Danny Bernstein examines the damage that's been done.