The Latest News & Views

Saturday, July 12th, 2008

  • At Oregon Caves National Monument in southwestern Oregon, resource managers are using a survey method called Visitor Impact Mapping to better understand where and how visitors have affected the condition of the marble cave that is the park’s centerpiece attraction.

Friday, July 11th, 2008

  • Dry conditions in the Southwest have prompted Zion National Park officials to institute fire restrictions, including a ban on campfires and smoking on trails.

    Park officials feel that the risk to public safety and structures within Zion from a human-caused fire is great enough that these restrictions are necessary.

  • What do you get with 54 tons of concrete, 3,500 stainless steel bolts, and 35,000 pounds of structural steel? A new way to head toward the surface at Mammoth Cave National Park.

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

  • For the third time in a week a national park black bear has been killed, this time in Yellowstone National Park where rangers said the bruin posed a threat to visitors and park employees.

  • The national parks on the Mexican border have many outstanding natural and cultural/historical attractions, but their remote location and undeveloped character make them perennially attractive entry and transit areas for international drug smugglers and Mexican nationals entering the United States illegally. The border parks get a lot of bad press.