The Latest News & Views

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

  • The National Park Service recently issued a prospectus soliciting bids for a 10-year contract for operation of Northwest Trading Post, a retail establishment near the mid-point of the 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway.

    The location is about an hour north of both Boone and Blowing Rock, North Carolina.

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

  • The best vantage points to take in the grandeur of Theodore Roosevelt National Park are, quite understandably, up high. The Upper Caprock Coulee Trail takes you there, and along the way shows off some incredible badlands that so captivated Theodore Roosevelt.

  • If you could visit only one state to tour its national parks, which state would it be?

    Would you head to Utah with its five "national parks," to California with its eight "national parks" and handful of other designated park units, or choose Maine with its one national park (Acadia), a stretch of Appalachian National Scenic Trail, and lone international historic site?

    Does quantity overrule

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

  • A package of bills that would toss aside environmental laws and regulations protecting a number of national parks passed out of the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, though its prospects in the Senate were unclear.

    The package, if it managed to become law, would give the U.S. Border Patrol wide-ranging access to lands managed by the National Park Service, the U.S.

  • He's cute, and possibly even charming, but a red fox that has been panhandling along the Cattle Point Road at San Juan Island National Historical Park in Washington state has turned into a traffic hazard.

    Superintendent Lee Taylor says the problem stems from visitors stopping in the road to observe, photograph or feed the animal.