The Latest News & Views

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

  • Special Use Permits from the National Park Service at the Grand Canyon will now be required for all organized, rim-to-rim, non-commercial groups, as well as extended day hiking and running. The NPS cites the increased useage of the trail systems, and hopes to reduce trail conflicts. An estimated 800 hikers per day are on the trails during peaks weekend days in spring and fall in the Park.

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  • Is the National Park System in danger of turning into a catchall system?

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

  • The Blue Ridge Parkway’s Peaks of Otter Lodge will celebrate this year’s 50th anniversary with substantial guest room upgrades by new concessionaire Delaware North Corporation. DNC took over as concessionaire in 2013 and reopened the lodge in July of the same year. As with most NPS lodging concessions, the contract has a length of ten