The Latest News & Views

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

  • The first climbers of the season have reached the summit of Mt. McKinley, there's no longer enough snow on the ground to allow the use of snowmobiles in the area, and the first 30 miles of the road into the park are open. It must be spring at Denali National Park and Preserve.

Monday, May 11th, 2009

  • "Don't feed the bears" is hardly new advice, but whether bears get "people food" due to irresponsible handouts or by raiding campsites, the result is the same: trouble for both animals and humans. To help with this problem, new rules for backcountry campers went into effect on May 1st at Rocky Mountain National Park.

  • What might 2009 hold for wildfires in parks and other areas? Experts at the National Interagency Fire Center have issued a fire season outlook for the next several months that provides an educated guess, and several parks are located in predicted hotspots.

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

  • Boaters can now access the Castle Rock Cut, which has been opened after workers deepened the cut that shortens travel along Lake Powell at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

  • To what lengths should national parks go to combat climate change? Do such efforts run contrary to the National Park Service's mission, to let natural processes run their course? And in some cases, are those efforts akin to turning back a flood with a rake?