The Latest News & Views

Friday, July 10th, 2009

  • Officials at Joshua Tree National Park in California announced that the Jumbo Rocks Campground has been temporarily closed due a rather unusual wildlife safety problem—swarming bees.

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  • If you're headed to Zion National Park in the next few days, you may notice a bit of smoke in the canyon at night, and a section of the West Rim Trail has been closed temporarily. Both are the result of a small wildfire in the northern portion of the park.

  • It's hard to see black-footed ferrets during the day, as they're largely nocturnal creatures. Travel to Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota this summer, however, and you just might be able to glimpse one of these rare critters, as rangers are leading nighttime hikes to go in search of ferrets.

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

  • Ever wonder about a hiking trail you've never trod upon? Ever had some insights regarding a trail you'd like to share? Well, the folks at the Sierra Club have launched a product for you, one designed to provide trail descriptions and also allow you to tweak existing descriptions.

  • The Buffalo National River in northern Arkansas features over 100 miles of free-flowing river, massive sandstone and limestone bluffs, and excellent opportunities for a variety of outdoor activities in a scenic setting.