What’s in a name? Well, when you hear Hance, the Big Drop, Lost Paddle, or Lava Falls, we’re talking about some of the largest, craziest river rapids in our national parks. Interesting names, for sure, but how do they rate? We posed this question to our river rats: What are the best rapids in the parks? They came up with quite a list. So, if you’re looking for exciting and death-defying whitewater in the parks…
Olympic National Park
Late in the 19th century, as conservationists pushed to preserve the Grand Canyon, local opposition stalled action with arguments like “the fate of Arizona depends exclusively upon the development of her mineral resources.”
Today's the day, folks. The last day of 2015, and the last day you can make a donation to the national park friends organization of your choice and claim a tax deduction if the group is a non-profit.
It hasn't been too long since the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams were demolished, yet already the ecosystem in and around Olympic National Park in Washington state is rebounding in ways that are amazing some researchers.
More and more people are visiting national parks, media channels are flooding consumer publications with features on the parks, congressional interest seems higher than ususal, and yet parks are struggling to get by, according to the National Parks Conservation Association.
Heavy rains this week have left their mark on Olympic National Park in Washington state, tearing up roads, damaging campgrounds, and generally making a mess of things.
Massive boulders, some upwards of two stories tall, were reduced to rubble in the Elwha River in Olympic National Park by blasting experts as part of the continued restoration of the river channel.
Olympic Hot Springs in Olympic National Park has been temporarily closed to the public following the discovery of a dead man in the pool.
Stepping out at of my car at the overlook of Lake St. Mary in Glacier National Park, I expect to smell the invigorating aroma of a spruce-fir forest. Instead I smell ashes. The conifer forest is no more, and won’t be again in my lifetime, or my children’s.