Interior Secretary Calls For More High Colorado River Flows Through Grand Canyon National Park

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is calling for more high-flow releases of the Colorado River down through Grand Canyon National Park and believes they can be done to benefit the national park's resources while also meeting energy and water needs.

National Park Quiz 75: Potpourri IV

Here’s another grab bag to work through. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll remind you that cheaters never prosper.

Dark, Starry Skies Above National Parks Celebrated by Posters, Forthcoming Book

Some of the best star gazing can be had in national parks. Proof of that can be found at Natural Bridges National Monument, Yellowstone National Park, Big Bend National Park, even Acadia National Park. Those and other park settings are celebrated in a series of night sky posters issued in conjunction with the International Year of Astronomy.
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National Park Service Hires Software Company to Help Track Emergency Medical Data

It's good to know that the National Park Service has hired a software company to track data related to search-and-rescue incidents. Let's just hope their work is a little more accurate than their press release.

Man Dies in Fall From South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park

Rangers at Grand Canyon National Park are trying to determine how a man fell 200 feet to his death from the South Rim near Mather Point.

Parking and Traffic Changes Will Ease Congestion at Grand Canyon National Park

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Big changes in roads, parking and other facilities are nearing completion on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. The result should be a much-improved visitor experience, beginning this month. The real payoff will come with next summer's crowds.

Road Access To North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park To Close Monday, November 30

Years ago there was a lodge on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon just outside the national park's boundaries. It would operate through the winter as a cross-country ski resort. Sadly, it's no longer in operation, and its snowcat rides to the North Rim are a thing of the past as well. Which means that after Monday, if you want to gaze into the canyon before next spring you'll have to walk or ski there, as road access is closing down.

Pay Attention: Rules Are Changing For Getting Backpacking Permits at Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park long has run its backpacking permit operation with a four-month lead time. In other words, you could walk into the backcountry office on February 1 and ask for a permit for a date in June and receive it. Well, the rules are changing friends.

National Park Mystery Spot 5 Revealed: You’ll Find It At the Bottom of the Grand Canyon

Were you able to solve yesterday’s mystery spot quiz?

This Time, the SPOT Alert Was Real, Leading Grand Canyon National Park Rangers to Man With Broken Leg

This time the signal from SPOT really was sent seeking aid with a medical emergency, alerting Grand Canyon National Park rangers to a man with a fractured leg deep in the canyon.