The Latest News & Views

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

  • Head to the Cataloochee Valley in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and you'll find one of the most beautiful low-country settings in the park. And if you're willing, you can spend a lot of time there this year helping to educate visitors on the valley's elk herds.

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

  • Winter continues to deliver a few well-placed, late-season kicks to Rocky Mountain National Park, where plow crews are struggling to keep up with nearly 3 feet of snow that have fallen in some areas of the park in the past 24 hours.

  • Perhaps recognizing the writing on the wall, the Interior Department has decided to conduct an environmental impact statement on a rule change that would allow national park visitors to arm themselves.

  • If you're searching for a unique spot in the National Park System to visit, you might want to seriously consider Canyon de Chelly National Monument.

  • Guys who holler “watch this!” just before they do something incredibly stupid aren’t the only jackasses in our national parks. We’ve got the real kind too, and where there are feral burros the habitat is degraded and native wildlife is deprived of vital resources.

    The long-ago ancestors of the donkey (Equus asinus) were wild asses that lived in the deserts of northeastern Africa.