The backlog in maintenance across the National Park System is approaching $11.5 billion and touches many areas of the visitor experience, from campgrounds and trails to visitor centers and roads and bridges, according to the National Park Service.
Yosemite National Park
Across the National Park System, the National Park Service has an estimated half-a-billion-dollars of obligations owed concessionaires who run lodges, restaurants, and even some activities. It's a sum that, while agency officials say it's manageable, has seemingly stifled concessions competition in some parks and diverted tens of millions of dollars from others to reduce debts.
New Prospectus For Grand Canyon National Park Concessions Denies Xanterra Parks & Resorts Trademark Claims
National Park Service officials, in trying yet again to attract a business to run concessions on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, claim the agency owns trademarks to business names associated with popular South Rim lodges and that Xanterra Parks & Resorts should abandon its bid to secure those trademarks.
Much-needed repairs to the Big Oak Flat Tunnels in Yosemite National Park likely will delay your travel to the park during the next three months, though holidays will be spared.
No Charges Yet In "Creepytings" Vandalism Case That Left Painted Images Across The National Park System
An investigation into a case of vandalism that left painted images on rock outcrops in at least eight Western national parks is continuing with charges yet to be brought in the case, National Park Service officials say.
A sliding scale for entrance fees, and slightly higher campground fees, will take effect at Yosemite National Park on March 1.
In a stroke of luck, a remote, motion-triggered camera in Yosemite National Park has captured a Sierra Nevada red fox out for a winter's day stroll in what is believed to be the first sighting of the rare carnivore in nearly a century.
Efforts by concessionaires to capitalize on the names of such iconic lodges as The Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park and the El Tovar Hotel in Grand Canyon National Park might prove to be pointless under a section of the U.S. Code.
The 2013 Rim Fire was the largest forest fire in California history, and the largest fire in Yosemite history. Burning 400 square miles, the speed and size of the fire was unprecedented. As these unnaturally large fires become more commonplace due to previous fire suppression and climate change, Yosemite National Park is seeing the benefits of carefully allowing smaller, controlled fires on the landscape.
Electric charging stations are beginning to sprout up around the National Park System, making it a bit easier for visitors with electric vehicles to recharge while enjoying the parks.