As the partial shutdown of the federal government moved past its third day, the National Park System remained closed, but news surrounding the parks didn't end. A glance around the system shows hard times for lodging concessions, a particularly outspoken congressman, and ongoing energy production in some parks.
How important are national parks, forests, and other federal lands in the economies of Western states? Data recently released in Utah offers a glimpse.
A day after it was closed by a rain storm, the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway at Zion National Park reopened Thursday, although motorists were cautioned to expect a section of rough road.
Zion National Park officials are seeking input on a draft Comprehensive Management Plan and Environmental Assessment for sections of the Virgin River that runs through the park in southwestern Utah.
Inexperience and errors of judgment, two factors often cited in accidents and injuries in the National Park System, played a role in two recent canyoneering accidents just outside Zion National Park.
Zion National Park will begin accepting applications for the 2014 Artist-in-Residence program on May 26. Applications must be postmarked by July 19 and received by July 24, 2013.