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Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

  • To help mark National Get Outdoors Day, all units of the National Park System will be free to enter this Saturday.

    “Outdoor physical activity is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle and national parks are great places to get out, experience nature, and get your heart pumping,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis.

  • Sadly, not only is summer the peak season to visit national parks, but it's also the peak season for construction in the parks.

  • Feeling creative? If you prove highly creative in designing a centennial logo for Rocky Mountain National Park, you could win $3,000.

    That's the prize being offered for a centennial logo for Rocky Mountain, which turns 100 in 2015. This anniversary will be promoted and celebrated throughout the park and surrounding communities starting in September of 2014.

Monday, June 4th, 2012

  • You can attempt a rim-to-rim hike at Grand Canyon National Park now that a detour around a washed-out section of the North Kaibab Trail has been provided, but park officials caution that it's pretty narrow and "hazardous conditions exist."

    Causing the 45-foot wash-out was a pipeline break -- the third last week -- in an aged water line.

  • Plowing of the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park was going fine...until recent storms dumped at least 16 inches of snow on parts of the alpine road.

    Park officials were hoping to have the 50-mile-long road open end-to-end by mid-June, and say that still might happen, but the recent storms have slowed thin