The Latest News & Views

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

  • It’s becoming clearer that attendance has declined in many national parks. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the busiest of the flagship National Parks, reports 5% lower visitation at its main entrances. High gas prices are the apparent cause.

  • The National Park Service acquired its first plane, a used 1928 Fairchild FC-2W2, in 1936. Now privately owned, the venerable plane is still flying, and once again wears the National Park Service livery.

  • A Labor Day weekend cold front dropped snow levels in some parts of the Rockies to below 10,000, which is a pretty good indicator that fall is not far off. And so, with that warning, it's only natural to wonder how the fall color displays will be in the national parks.

Monday, September 8th, 2008

  • Authorized 47 years ago on September 8, 1961, Fort Davis National Historic Site is one of the best remaining examples of an Indian Wars frontier military post.

  • After the shuttle buses cease operating at Denali National Park, motorists with lottery-distributed permits can take fall color tours on the 92-mile shuttle road. This year the four-day special event known as the "Denali Road Lottery" will take place September 12, 13, 14, and 15 (Friday through Monday, 6 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.) weather permitting.