While falling oil prices have slowed production from North Dakota's oil and natural gas fields, a company sees that lull as the perfect opportunity to build a crude oil refinery in the state. However, its proposed location just three miles from Theodore Roosevelt National Park has raised concerns from the National Park Service and conservation groups about how it will impact the park.
The latest news from around the National Park System.
Dramatic photos, larger graphics, a simpler approach to navigation, and a somewhat laissez-faire approach to content has debuted on websites across the National Park System, with the bold, colorful look celebrating the National Park Service centennial this year.
Booking a room at the historic Many Glacier Hotel in Glacier National Park will be even tougher than usual this year, and those who get a reservation will encounter closed-off areas and noise related to a $13.6 million construction project.
Remains found in Acadia National Park on Friday could be those of a Maine man who went missing back in January, according to park officials.
Our National Parks have allowed generations to discover history, nature, and wildlife in irreplaceable ways. From the highest peaks of Denali to the lowest dips of the Grand Canyon, families around our country enjoy the splendor of the outdoors. Throughout National Park Week, as we celebrate the ways in which our treasured outdoor spaces enrich our lives and uplift our spirits, the National Park Service will again offer free admission to America's National Parks so more people can explore our country's vast natural beauty.
Portsmouth Village, one of the oldest seafaring villages on the East Coast, will be the backdrop for the annual Portsmouth Homecoming at Cape Lookout National Seashore in North Carolina.
A live performance, a chance for kids to reshape the landscape, and a new exhibit highlight National Park Week at Chamizal National Memorial, which was established 50 years ago to celebrate the culture and history of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands in El Paso, Texas.
One of the most gorgeous approaches to Yellowstone National Park is from the east, through the Sunlight Basin northwest of Cody, Wyoming. The road descends in a series of switchbacks down the Absaroka Range and onto the forested valley floors. And if you're heading to the park in mid-May, you just might want to spend a little time in Cody, Wyoming, to take in the fourth annual Spring Into Yellowstone festival before you head into the basin.
Should the federal government create a national park in the North Woods? It’s a question that divides many in Maine. Some fear the effects of more federal control in the state. Others say a new park will bring economic growth to a depressed region.
The Current and Jacks Fork rivers in Missouri will flow more freely after Ozark National Scenic Riverways hosts a cleanup event April 22-23. Volunteers will tackle litter in the river and along the roads, trails, and riverbanks of the park by boat, kayak, canoe, and foot from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Four fatalities, 18 medical transports, and 66 patients in less than two years has Lake Mead National Recreation Area proposing to close the Goldstrike Canyon and Arizona Hot Spring trails from May 15 to Sept. 30 annually.
A fire possibly sparked by campers at the Long Pine Key Campground in Everglades National Park had spread across nearly 4,000 acres, though crews reported that it was 40 percent contained.
Spring is just around the corner, but Olympic National Park is still dealing with damage from one of the wettest, stormiest winters on record, leaving roads inaccessible and keeping some campgrounds closed for the summer.
Most avid hikers know Half Dome. In fact, as the signature landmark for Yosemite National Park, its image is recognized worldwide. It’s even on the 2005 U.S. quarter. From late-May to early-October, visitors can attempt this extremely strenuous 16-mile round-trip day hike. The main challenge is the nearly one mile vertical climb from the valley. Then there’s the final 425 feet, aided by a 45-degree inclined cable banister.
The seemingly never-ending battle against bark beetles in the forests of Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado will continue this spring and summer as crews spray an insecticide on stands of trees thought to be at risk from the beetles.
In wildlife photography, there may be no greater thrill than photographing a grizzly leading her three cubs across a green meadow in Yellowstone. Nor a more powerful sense of wonder than witnessing the birth of a bison calf in the remote Lamar Valley. Nor a more impressive wildlife scene than a magnificent bull elk guarding his harem of females along the scenic Madison River.
While great progress has been made at Death Valley National Park in cleaning up after October's historic rain storms, much remains to be done in some areas of the park. Scotty's Castle repairs are getting under way, though some will have to wait until funding materializes, according to park officials.
National Park Service investigators and those from the state of Florida are working to determine the cause of a blaze that burned the historic Monroe Station to the ground at Big Cypress National Preserve.
A monument to the history of women's equality in the United States on Tuesday will become the latest addition to the National Park System, as President Obama will officially sign the necessary documents under the Antiquities Act to establish the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument in Washington, D.C.
A key group of 20 members of Congress is responsible for marshaling legislation aimed at shrinking the federal landscape and attempting to block the president's authority to establish national monuments under the Antiquities Act, according to a left-leaning public policy think tank.cap_polling_slide_deck_national_parks.pdf antiparks-brief.pdf