The Latest News & Views

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

  • It might have been great advertising if the 93-ton truck hauling Coca Cola products hadn't snarled traffic on the main road through Grand Teton National Park.

    Even so, the photo of the red, Coke-logo emblazoned tractor-trailer with the snow-capped Tetons as a backdrop is priceless.

  • Sherman needed 100,000 troops to take Atlanta in 1864, and you’ll need patience and good humor when you visit the best park commemorating the Atlanta Campaign.

  • Two groups in Maine have joined the legal bid to overturn the Bush administration's decision to allow national park visitors to arm themselves.

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

  • Located in the Black Hills about 13 miles west of Custer, South Dakota, Jewel Cave National Monument is a place of surprises. Though it encompasses only 1,279 acres, it amply illustrates that a park need not offer sprawling landscapes to generate visitor excitement and scientific interest.

    Jewel Cave has a fascinating history.

  • Visitation to the National Park System in 2008 was, essentially, flat from the year before. There were spikes in some areas, and deep drops in others, but overall the 275 million visitors who were counted represented just 800,000 fewer than in 2007, according to preliminary data from the National Park Service.

    Among the quirks that stand out in the visitation report (attached below):