The Latest News & Views

Monday, June 18th, 2012

  • With a massive wildlfire burning less than 50 miles to the east, officials at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado have instituted a park-wide ban on open fires, even those fueled by charcoal.

    The "High Park Fire" burning near Fort Collins, Colorado, covers more than 58,000 acres and was only 45 percent contained Monday afternoon.

  • If you're planning a visit to southeastern Utah's national parks, be aware that the Southwest's hot, dry conditions have led National Park Service officials to issue restrictions on open fires in Arches and Canyonlands national parks as well as Natural Bridges and Hovenweep national monuments.

    Superintendent Kate Cannon says fires are permitted only in designated fire grates in developed campgr

  • The arrival of Piping Plovers at Assateague Island National Seashore along the coasts of Maryland and Virginia has prompted a temporary closure to give the birds time to nest.

    Assateague Superintendent Trish Kicklighter says the closed area includes the portion of the public Over-Sand Vehicle (OSV) route south of kilometer marker 18.0.

  • A deep field qualified for our monthly prize in May, that of a Vapur Element water bottle.

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

  • Falling into a crevasse, often a fatal step for a mountaineer, saved a member of a Japanese climbing team on Mount McKinley in Denali National Park, but his four partners apparently were swept to their deaths by an avalanche.