The Latest News & Views

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

  • This park includes a unique visitor center and an excellent living history program, but before it was added to the National Park System, it was primarily known as a memorial to the mother of one of our most famous presidents. Mom still gets plenty of respect, but her son is now the focus in a small park that has lots to offer.

  • Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve is one of the best kept secrets in the National Park System. Relatively few Americans at large know where it is or what it is, and those who do know are wondering how a million-visitors-a-year park could maintain such a low profile on the national scene.

  • With all the talk of late about the prospects for a colorful, and plentiful, bloom in Death Valley National Park, let's start talking flowers in earnest. For instance, have you ever seen a Desert Five-Spot in the park?

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

  • The rule change to allow national park visitors to arm themselves is starting to develop an administrative life of its own much like the Yellowstone snowmobile issue.

  • Officials in Big Bend National Park have issued some slightly unusual guidelines for backcountry campers in parts of the Texas park: "Leave shoes outside tents or in bear boxes if camping in High Chisos backcountry sites."