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Thursday, June 16th, 2011

  • Coinciding with the first day of summer is another entrance-fee-free-day in the National Park System.

    “The longest day of the year (June 21) is the perfect time to take a short trip," National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis said in announcing the free day in the parks.

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

  • Editor's note: This updates with the latest news from the fire lines.

    A fast-moving wildlife that started on June 13 at Carlsbad Caverns National Park led to a closure and evacuation of the park.

  • One of the joys of veteran visitors to Rocky Mountain National Park, that of driving up Old Fall River Road, likely won't be possible by the Fourth of July.

    Park officials said Monday that in some places the old road is buried beneath an estimated 15 feet of snow, incredible mounds that, in places, make it impossible for snowplow operators to see guide poles.

  • When you first enter the imposing valley at Yosemite National Park, your eyes are drawn both to the towering walls of granite that frame the valley, as well as the wispy waterfalls.

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

  • Winds gusting to 55 miles per hour hampered a search at Mount Rainier National Park for a 50-year-old Washington man felled by illness high on the mountain on one of its most technical approaches, Liberty Ridge.

    A search by helicopter Tuesday morning for Rob Plankers, of Olympia, failed to detect any si