The Latest News & Views

Friday, November 14th, 2008

  • Which unit in the national park system (other than those in Washington, D.C.) has received the most visits by presidents and other heads of state? Here are two clues: An answer to the question, "Where in blue blazes…" can be found in this park, and in years past Shangri-La was just up the road.

    A park publication provides a little background:

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

  • A former brownfield on the Lake Michigan shoreline now sports a marvelous new recreational facility.

  • National Park Service Director Mary Bomar has extended her previous freeze on higher entrance and "amenity" fees through the end of 2009.

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

  • November 12, 1958, was an auspicious day for the climbing world and Yosemite National Park. Using siege tactics considered primitive by modern standards, a team led by Warren J. “Batso” Harding finally conquered “unclimbable” El Capitan.

  • Two years after torrential rains unleashed flooding across Mount Rainier National Park heavy rains have returned and forced the park's closure.

    Mount Rainier Superintendent Dave Uberuaga closed the park this morning after flooding from Kautz Creek inundated portions of the Nisqually Road. In some places the water was 6 inches deep.