The Latest News & Views

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

  • 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

  • A popular loop trail in the Yosemite Valley has been reopened to the public after being closed for more than three years due to a large rockfall, according to Yosemite National Park officials.

    The 5-mile-long Mirror Lake Loop Trail opened late last week.

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

  • Since its inception in 1916, the National Park Service (NPS) has been charged with protecting our country’s national parks for generations to come. Since the push to “go green” has become an increasing part of public consciousness in recent years, so too has the NPS expanded its efforts in that arena.