The Latest News & Views

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

  • In a move the Obama administration believes will make the reservation of activities on public lands easier, a makeover has been made to the reservations portal, recreation.gov.

    The redesign includes improved navigation controls and expanded content on the interagency website that guides visitors to 90,000 sites on federal lands, such as national parks, wil

Monday, August 20th, 2012

  • With help from the Coast Guard, the National Park Service, and a commercial cruise ship, more than 70 people were safely rescued from a sightseeing ship at Glacier Bay National Park that began taking on water after apparently hitting a rock.

    The ship, the Baranof Wind, was in the west arm of Glacier Bay near Russell Island on Sund

  • Though a forest fire covering nearly 30,000 acres is burning in parts of Lassen Volcanic National Park in California, many areas of the park remain open to the public.

    "The smoke conditions of the park change on a daily basis, with several areas experiencing clear skies and cooler temperatures," said Superintendent Darlene M. Koontz in a press release.

  • Hazardous materials, possibly mustard gas weapons left over from World War II as well as asbestos, have been found on Horn Island in Gulf Islands National Seashore, leading the National Park Service to close part of the island to the public for the immediate future.

    Park officials, who planned Monday to hold a press briefing on the matter, instituted a 1,000-foot closure around an area along th

  • One of the most beautiful areas of Grand Teton National Park, and of the National Park System, is the Jenny Lake area that sits at the foot of the Tetons.