The Latest News & Views

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

  • Climbing fees at Mount Rainier National Park are going to increase next year...by $1.

    Superintendent Randy King says the fees will go to $44 for climbers 25 and older, and to $31 for those 24 and younger.

    This climbing cost recovery fee is a special use fee that supports climbing management and services on Mount Rainier, park officials said in a release.

  • There is one good word that can sum up the first impression of Colorado National Monument. Wow!

    This monument is perched – literally – on the edge of the Uncompaghre Plateau about 1,500 feet above the Colorado River and the towns of Fruita and Grand Junction, Colorado.

  • There is an amazing number of guides to the national parks on the market, from guides specific to individual parks and national guides to insider's guides and trail guides and photography guides. But is there a perfect guide?

    Many of the major guidebook publishing houses -- Lonely Planet, Frommer's, Fodor's and Moon, just to name four -- seem to apply the cookie cutter approach.

  • If you were looking for the tallest native hardwood tree in temperate North America, where might you begin? A group of dedicated volunteers from the Native Tree Society has found the answer, and it's in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

  • In a move not popular with all locals, Olympic National Park officials have decided they cannot afford to maintain daily access to Hurricane Ridge during the winter months.

    Park officials say that a two-year trial period for the access failed to demonstrate a great enough interest in visitors to justify the expense of keeping th