As the National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary, we celebrate ongoing Earth and atmospheric research made possible by conservation efforts.
Zion National Park
The Zion-Mount Carmel Highway, which runs through Zion National Park, has reopened after being closed since Wednesday due to a large rock fall prompted by an intense storm concentrating more than 2 inches of rainfall in a short period of time. The rock fall area has been cleared and all normal traffic flow through the park has resumed, park officials said Friday afternoon.
Monsoonal rains have brought flooding to Zion National Park and sent dump-truck-size boulders down on the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway, causing park officials to close a portion of the road between Canyon Junction and the East Entrance.
Traffic delays are expected in Zion National Park on Monday as the Tour of Utah professional bike race pedals from the park's south entrance at Springdale, Utah, over the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway and out the east entrance, according to park officials.
Running more than 160 pages, the National Park Service Management Policies provides park managers with quick reference to how they are to manage their units, what uses are appropriate, and how to usher visitors out of the park when Congress fails to fund the National Park Service. But the Management Policies, which last were updated in 2006, also leave much to interpretation and exception.
Nearly four decades have passed since Congress directed the National Park Service to establish visitor carrying capacities for the National Park System, yet few parks have done so, according to a review by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.
The winners in Partners in Preservation: National Parks are Yellowstone National Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Yosemite National Park, Zion National Park, World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Everglades National Park, Denali National Park and Mount Rainier National Park.
The Robin’s egg blue poster with the bold block lettering was stained, worn, faded, and even tattered a bit around the edges. It promoted ranger programs (“a free government service”) at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, and is one of a unique set of posters that artists from the Works Progress Administration created in the late 1930s and early 1940s to draw interest to our national parks.
Condor program personnel monitoring the pair at Zion National Park have verified the presence of a chick, but recent events have everyone on high alert. The father, Condor 337, died with high levels of lead in his blood.
Zion National Park, one of the most crowded and congested units of the National Park System in summer, one where visitors can spend an hour or more simply waiting to get into iconic Zion Canyon, will temporarily close public access on August 1 to allow for a professional bike race. What is the National Park Service thinking?