The Latest News & Views

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

  • Editor's note: As Yellowstone National Park is to wildlife, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is to flora. To know where to go, and when, to see what in terms of spring and early summer flowers, read Jeff Doran's following tips, which originally appeared on his Smoky Mountain Hiking Blog.

  • Rockfalls at Yosemite National Park have created a lodging problem in the Yosemite Valley, but it might not be as bad as you were initially led to think.

    A couple of mistakes have led potentially thousands of guests with reservations in the valley for this coming summer to think their reservations were in danger of being canceled. How'd that happen?

  • The Zuni, Hopi, and other Pueblo Indians in some 20 communities in New Mexico and northern Arizona can trace their ancestry to the very same Indians who so mysteriously abandoned the Mesa Verde cliff dwellings seven centuries ago.

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

  • Managers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park have closed all of the park's caves to public entry until further notice. The move is in response to a growing concern about white-nose syndrome, a new malady that has already killed an estimated 400,000 bats in the Northeast, a situation the U. S.

  • It was just about a year ago that a college professor headed into the remote backcountry of Canyonlands National Park to find his final resting place. His remains recently were discovered in the Needles District by another hiker.