A warm sunset from First Beach at Olympic National Park.
Olympic National Park
Making fall plans to visit Olympic National Park in Washington state? Be forewarned that the Elwha Valley’s Olympic Hot Springs Road will close at the park's boundary for about one month beginning September 8.
A campfire ban was implemented in parts of Olympic National Park on Thursday, while other national parks in parts of the West were reminding visitors that it's illegal to use fireworks within their boundaries as hot, dry weather continues to push fire danger higher and higher.
Hot, dry conditions are feeding wildlfires in Alaska and in some National Park System units in the western half of the Lower 48.
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Concerns over the numbers of Hoh River Chinook salmon has prompted an emergency fishing closure of the Hoh River, South Fork Hoh River, and all tributaries, as well as the mouth of the Hoh River at Olympic National Park in Washington state.
An area popular with hikers in Olympic National Park has also turned popular with some black bears, leading park officials to halt camping in the Enchanted Valley area.
Though Olympic National Park has charismatic megafauna such as Roosevelt elk, black bears, and mountain goats, look closely next time you're hiking in the Hoh Rain Forest and you just might spy the Northwestern salamander that lurks there.
National Park Service
While spring is showing up a bit earlier than usual at Olympic National Park, visitors trying to get a jump on the high season need to be aware of a few things out in the park.