The Latest News & Views

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

  • 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."

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

  • Winter can be a great time to visit Arches National Park, but the off-season is also a good time for maintenance and repairs. The road to Delicate Arch, one of the park's signature attractions, had been closed earlier this month for major work inspired by flooding in 2006, but it's now open again for public use.

  • Tourists visiting Yosemite National Park in the 1920s could view mountain lions, a bear, and deer kept in cages and enclosures. Despite drawing heated criticism, this wacky zoo persisted for more than a decade before finally being abolished in 1932.

Monday, February 16th, 2009

  • If you've spent much time in Grand Teton National Park during the summer, you've likely been caught in a wildlife jam—or seen visitors doing something really dumb in terms of wildlife safety.

  • Although the National Park Service didn't receive as many stimulus dollars as it could put to work, that doesn't mean that the $750 million or so won't go to good use across the park system.

    For instance, at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in Colorado, the funds could help pay for reclamation of abandoned sand and gravel pits.