The Latest News & Views

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

  • If you’ve made plans to hike in Great Smoky Mountains National Park this week, inquire about trail closings before you leave home. Five of the park’s trails have been closed as crews deal with wild fires and flare-ups.

  • Traveler Editor Kurt Repanshek's excursion on the Yampa River in Dinosaur National Monument is interrupted by foul weather (rain the first day, snow the second).

  • A proposed bridge at Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area in the Atlanta area is stirring debate among local residents and government officials. Among the issues is the perceived potential for increased mountain bike use on and off of area trails.

  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area is one of the most heavily-visited units in the National Park System, and its two lakes are a magnet for recreationists. Falling water levels are requiring some changes that will affect visitors to the area, but the current drought isn't the worst to impact the lake—yet.

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

  • Having floated still further down the Yampa River in beautiful Dinosaur National Monument, Traveler Editor Kurt Repanshek spent Monday night ensconced at yet another site on the north side of the river.