The Latest News & Views

Friday, May 11th, 2012

  • A national strategy for building travel and tourism in the United States, with a goal of enticing more foreign visitors to come to America, touches in no small part on the role national parks play in tourism.

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

  • Last summer, when floodwaters rushed through Bandelier National Monument’s Frijoles Canyon, demolishing much of the parking area, it looked like a complete disaster.

  • What do a tattered diary, a rusty bayonet and a stained and torn 140-year-old telegram have in common? They can all help bring new life to our understanding of compelling events connected with the Civil War, but the artifacts' poor condition put them at risk for continued deterioration—and therefore made them unsuitable for public display.

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

  • A Florida man on one of the cave tours at Mammoth Cave National Park died during the tour Wednesday, according to park officials.

    William Larry Martin, 67, of Bronson, Florida, was on the 11 a.m. Historic cave tour when he became ill in River Hall, about 1.5 miles into the 2-mile tour, a park release said.

  • Fifty is a pretty special number in terms of one's existence, so it's not surprising that the folks at Buck Island Reef National Monument are celebrating that number this year.

    It was back in late 1961 -- December 28, 1961 -- that the 176-acre Caribbean island gained national monument status.