The Latest News & Views

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

  • Roads and some facilities in Great Smoky Mountains National Park are beginning to reopen in the wake of a killer storm that left two park visitors dead.

    The storm, packing 70 mph winds, ripped into the western portion of the park Thursday.

  • A possible momentary lack of attention has led to the deaths of two vacationers at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and left a juvenile with minor injuries, according to the National Park Service.

    Park officials say the deaths occurred on the water Friday when two personal watercraft collided in the San Juan Arm of Lake Powell.

    According to a release from the NRA, "the New Mexico family

  • Here's an opportunity for National Park Service employees and Volunteers-In-Parks (VIPs) to see if their best national park photos are award-winners.

    Eastern National just announced the 2013 Passport To Your National Parks® Photo Contest. The contest is open to active Park Service employees and Volunteers-In-Parks.

  • As an enticement to get folks back into the mountains after recent storms roared through the mid-Atlantic states with soaring temperatures, the lodging concessionaire at Shenandoah National Park is offering a $25 voucher for folks who book a room there.

    “Shenandoah was also impacted by the recent storm” said Wayne Soard, resident distr

Friday, July 6th, 2012

  • Editor's note: This updates with word that park officials believe everyone has been accounted for, reopening of Foothills Parkway West, forecast of more thunderstorms.

    A thunderstorm packing winds gusting to 70 mph tore through Great Smoky Mountains National Park, downing hundreds of trees, killing two visitors, and injuring several others.

    By early afternoon Friday officia