The Latest News & Views

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

  • Whether you're a "windshield tourist" who rarely leaves the pavement or a serious backcountry hiker, you'll find plenty of high-tech aids to navigation. GPS units, apps for smart phones and other electronic devices offer a growing number of alternatives to traditional paper maps.

    Both approaches clearly have their pros and cons—and their fans.

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

  • A search was ongoing Tuesday for a California man who went for a day hike Sunday along the Sequoia National Park-Inyo National Forest boundary but failed to return.

    The Inyo County Sheriff’s Department and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks were conducting the search-and-rescue operation in and around 14,042-foot Mount Langley in the Inyo National Forest and Sequoia National Park.

  • The question of stock use in national parks has long sparked plenty of debate.

  • Contrary to the impression you might have gotten from the popular press, the whole state of Colorado is not burning. In particular, the popular areas of Rocky Mountain National Park are open and ready for hiking. A visit to Black Lake is a great introductory hike to the park. It shows off several iconic lakes and waterfalls.

  • Following seven years of planning and design, an extensive rehabilitation of the White House Visitor Center in President's Park in Washington gets under way this week.

    The project is a public private endeavor between the NPS and the White House Historical Association, a nonprofit NPS partner since 1961.

    Funding for the entire project comes from public and private funding.