The Latest News & Views

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

  • [i]Editor's note: The Traveler's Essential Friends project this summer has been highlighting the great value that national park friends groups bring to the National Park System. And they manage to do so with charitable dollars from readers like you. But you should do some homework when deciding where to send your dollars, as Dr.

  • Denali National Park and Preserve seems to be quite popular this August with congressional staffers, though a number of other parks also are destinations for politicians and their staff during the August recess.

    According to the National Park Service's legislative affairs staff, the following park visits have been scheduled for this month:

    * August 8-10 – T

  • Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area claims the title of "largest urban national park in the country," but it's 150,000+ acres of mountains and coastline in Ventura and Los Angeles counties also include some distinctly non-urban wildlife.

  • Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve's 13.2 million acres include some outstanding scenery and wilderness opportunities, but until recently, there have been no formal NPS camping facilities in the park.

Monday, August 6th, 2012

  • A handful of fires burning in the backcountry of Yellowstone National Park, along with extremely dry conditions, have prompted park officials to close some trails and backcountry campsites and also reinstate fire restrictions.

    The largest fire currently burning in the park is the so-called Dewdrop Fire, which was sparked by lightning on July 27th and now covers about 25 acres to the east of Can