The Latest News & Views

Going to Olympic National Park this Summer? Plan Ahead Due to Major Bridge Work

Hood Canal Bridge.
Olympic National Park is deservedly considered one of the crown jewels of the National Park System. Getting there in the late spring and early summer of 2009 will require some advance planning—and a bit of patience—for a lot of visitors due to an upcoming six week closure of the Hood Canal Bridge.

Mount Rainier National Park: One of the Oldest in the System, But Appearances Can Deceive

It is one of the oldest parks in the National Park System, having been established on this date in 1899, and yet ... there's a decidedly new face to Mount Rainier National Park.

Condors To Be Released into the Wild at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument

If you like birding, are concerned about endangered species, and are free on Saturday, you're invited to see the release of four California condors into the wild at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument.

March 1st was a Big Day for More Than One Park

Buffalo River scene.
March 1st is a landmark date for our national parks—and not only because it's the birthday for Yellowstone. Another park became the first of its kind exactly one century after Yellowstone was established. This one includes cliffs, caves and canoeing in its list of attractions.

The "Yellowstone Creation Myth": A Good Tale, But Little More Than That

Firehole River, Yellowstone NP, Kurt Repanshek photo.
One of the more enduring stories about America's national park movement is that it was spawned in the early fall of 1870 during talk around a campfire deep in the heart of today's Yellowstone National Park. But did it?
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True, for many the main appeal of Yosemite National Park are the soaring cliffs that frame the Yosemite Valley. But if you pay a little closer attention to the landscape, you'll see its many colorful calling cards.

How to Save a Historic Lighthouse. Sometimes the Answer is ... Give it Away

Chicago Harbor Lighthouse.
There's just something about a lighthouse that appeals to history buffs, romantics, and lots of other people. The National Park System includes some great lighthouses, but the NPS can't save them all. Sometimes, the best way for the feds to preserve one is to give it away.

Of Gray Whales, National Parks, and Climate Change

Migrating gray whales are a common sight in the nearshore waters of the Pacific Coast, and two of the region’s national parks are whale watching hotspots. Now the timing of the gray whale migrations has shifted perceptibly, fewer whales are passing close to shore, and whale watchers will need to be more flexible.

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Lands Windfall In Donation of Historic Buildings, Memorabilia

A donation of four historic buildings, and a treasure trove of gold-rush era memorabilia, to Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Monument will help the National Park Service better present and interpret that fevered aspect of American history.

"Give A Lincoln" To Help Preserve National Park Service Sites Tied to the Former President

While the 200th anniversary of President Lincoln's birth has passed us by, that doesn't mean you still can't help preserve not just his memory but places in the National Park System tied to Honest Abe.

Campers in Yosemite National Park in 1901 Were "Somewhat Troublesome"

Early campers in Yosemite National Park.
Bob Janiskee posted a recent story on the Traveler entitled, "Believe it or Not, Yosemite National Park Once had a Zoo." Some wags might suggest that title could also refer to campgrounds in Yosemite Valley in times past—and a old government report suggests they'd be correct.

Houchins Ferry Set To Open At Mammoth Cave National Park

Houchins Ferry, which shuttles cars across the Green River at Mammoth Cave National Park, is scheduled to open this Sunday.

Startling Scientific Discovery Near Olympic National Park

Digging for clams.
Areas near Olympic National Park have been in the news in recent months for some pretty bizarre reasons. First it was those mythical vampires in nearby Forks, Washington, inspired by the best-selling Twilight books and movie. Now there's the following news headline: "Science Finds Swirling Vortex of Poison off Washington Coast."

Winter Photography Festival Coming to Yellowstone National Park ... In West Yellowstone

Think you've got a great winter shot of Yellowstone National Park? Then plan on heading to West Yellowstone on March 11 for the park's Winter Photo Festival.

Presumed 400-foot Fall Kills Man in Zion National Park

A 48-year-old man has been killed in Zion National Park, apparently the victim of a 400-foot fall from the Canyon Overlook near Zion Tunnel.

Alaska Game Officials Being Asked to Ease Off On Killing Bears and Wolves in National Park Preserves

For many Lower 48ers, the state of Alaska is perceived as a big, raw chunk of wilderness, complete with booming wildlife populations. And perhaps it is, but there's a growing concern that Alaska's wildlife managers are getting carried away with their bag limits on national park landscapes.

Obama Administration Proposes $12 Billion Interior Department Budget, Extra National Park Funding

President Obama's proposed 2010 budget carries $12 billion for the Interior Department, though exactly how much will trickle down to the National Park Service is hard to say at this point.

About That Stimulus Package for the National Parks: Nothing Worthwhile Is Easily Attained

The number's a step in the right direction, the needs are many, but don't expect any immediate word on exactly how the National Park Service will spend its share of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding.

Mount Rainier National Park to Test Warning Siren This Weekend

Hopefully the folks at Mount Rainier National Park aren't tempting fate this Saturday when they test their Geohazard Warning Siren at the Nisqually Entrance.

Grand Teton National Park: Subterfuge Led to This Masterpiece

Say what you will about corporate altruism, whether it's self-serving or truly benevolent, but in the case of Grand Teton National Park without it the park would be a shell of its present form.