The Latest News & Views

Moods Of The Wild: Lassen Volcanic Wilderness

With the 50th anniversary of The Wilderness Act being marked this year, the National Park Service has been producing a number of videos in celebration of that legislation. This video, guided by the poetic musings of some of our most enlightened thinkers, explores the many moods of the Lassen Volcanic Wilderness in Lassen Volcanic National Park in California.

Dinosaur National Monument Adds Visitor Programs

You really don't need any incentives beyond the spectacular beauty of Dinosaur National Monument's river corridors, fossils, and geology to convince yourself to visit this intriguing unit of the National Park System. But there are more incentives now that the park has added a variety of public programs from guided hikes and campground evening programs to the very popular Junior Ranger Program.

UPDATE: Second Lightning Fatality At Rocky Mountain National Park In Two Days

A hiker was struck and killed by lightning Saturday at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, the second fatality in two days due to lightning.

Key Concessions Contracts Up At Yosemite National Park, Along Blue Ridge Parkway

The coming months could tell whether Xanterra Parks & Resorts and Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts are both still in an acquisition mode, or will look to stand pat, as concessions opportunities are weighed in Yosemite National Park and along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Lightning Strike Fatality At Rocky Mountain National Park

A woman was killed and seven other hikers injured by a lightning strike Friday at Rocky Mountain National.

Tour Bus Crash In Grand Teton National Park Injures 24, But Fortunately No Fatalities

A tour bus crash at Grand Teton National Park injured two dozen passengers, including eight who spent the night in area hospitals, but a much more serious tragedy was averted by a lack of traffic on the highway linking the park to Yellowstone National Park.

Creature Feature: Wandering Wolverines

Is that a black bear cub? A badger? No, it’s a wolverine! Wolverines have distinct color patterns on their face, neck and chest making each individual animal unique, and are referred to as “skunk bears” by the Blackfeet Indians. Though their appearance leads most to believe them to be a relative of bears, they are the largest members of the weasel (mustelidae) family that exclusively live on land.

Yosemite Nature Notes: Bird Songs Out In The Park

Wander down any trail in a national park, or simply sit back in a meadow, and you'll be serenaded by birds. But can you name those birds by song or appearance? Throughout Yosemite National Park, unique soundscapes can be found within the beautiful landscapes. Videographer Steven M. Bumgardner took his cameras and microphones out into the park to capture those birdsongs in this video.

Land And Water Conservation Fund Used To Expand Richmond National Battlefield Park

The Gaines Mill battlefield in Richmond National Battlefield Park in Virginia is growing by 285 acres thanks to $400,000 from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Geothermal Heat Melting Road Surface Of Firehole Lake Drive In Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park's underground "furnace" is causing problems for Firehole Lake Drive, where the heat from below is melting the asphalt.

Turbulent Waters Keep National Park Rangers Busy With Rescues At Lake Mead NRA And Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

A quick turn of the weather forced rangers into rescue mode at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore as high winds and waves left dozens of boaters seeking help. The final tally: 70 distress calls at Lake Mead, 11 rescues performed, including of one woman who spent three hours treading water and praying, and the rescue of five young sea kayakers at Sleeping Bear.

Returning Bison To Western Landscapes

With the Interior Department's recent report on how to restore bison to federal and tribal landscapes in the West, the following video about restoring bison to the West is worth a watch. It touches on how the National Park Service will have to look beyond traditional wildlife management practices and existing park boundaries.

Congressman Calls For "Wolf Safety Zone" Around Yellowstone National Park, Says Fish And Wildlife Service Acting "Irrationally" On Wolf Recovery

A congressman from Oregon is calling on Interior Secretary Sally Jewell work with Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho officials to develop a "wolf safety zone" around Yellowstone National Park, saying without one the health of the park's wolf populations will suffer.

Death Can Lead To The Dissolution Of Wolf Packs In Denali National Park

Life can be hard for the integrity of a wolf pack, particularly when one of the alpha animals dies, according to studies at Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska.

Acadia National Park Officials Proposing Slight Change In Visitor Capacity For Isle Au Haut

One of the great destinations at Acadia National Park isn't on Mount Desert Island off Maine's coast. Rather, it's down coast a bit, on the Isle au Haut, where roughly half of the island is part of the national park. While the Park Service has been working with daily visitor limits since the late 1980s, park officials now want to update those numbers, and hope you'll lend your thoughts.

Photography In The National Parks: The Birds Have Attitude!

Just last week I learned that there was a Williamson's Sapsucker nest in the park, something that is apparently rare, according to another photographer, and that we could get photos of the adult bringing food into the nest. Last year, while photographing a Flicker nest, I saw the same bird and assumed that it was a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Well, I got the sapsucker part right.

Changing The Designation Of Colorado National Monument Not In The Offing

Colorado National Monument will, for the near term, remain a "national monument," and not a "national park."
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Sample The Old West At Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site

Interested in life in the Old West of the later 1800s? Plan a stop at Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site in Montana this summer.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Proposing Rules For Firewood You Can Bring Into Park

Globalization is not just a sweeping economic trend, but also one involving insects that's been going on for decades, one that is a serious threat to national park forests. At Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina and Tennessee, officials are taking a step they hope will slow any infestation of non-native insects that can wreak havoc on native forests by proposing a rule that only heat-treated firewood can be brought into the park for campfires.