The Latest News & Views

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

  • National Park Service Director Mary Bomar, in a decision she calls "in the best interest of the NPS," has frozen park entrance fees at 2007 levels. However, some amenity fees, such as the nightly cost of a campsite, are going up as planned.

  • With waters that shimmer azure and forested flanks, the cataclysmic birth of Crater Lake National Park is usually little more than an afterthought for most visitors to this jewel.

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

  • Explosives experts have safely removed the remnants of 1930s-era explosives that were found late last week in Sequoia National Park's Crystal Cave.

  • A 500-megawatt power plant proposed to be built roughly 60 miles from Theodore Roosevelt National Park has been pulled off the table due to uncertainties over how pending climate-change legislation will impact carbon dioxide emissions.

  • May is one of the more enjoyable months to visit Canyonlands National Park in southern Utah thanks to moderate temperatures and available water, but for a college professor from Minnesota a backcountry trek apparently has gone amiss.