How would you improve the visitor experience at Zion National Park in Utah? More rangers? Fewer visitors? With visitation to the park on an upward swing in recent years, park staff wants to know how best to welcome visitors while not trampling park resources and the park experience.
Zion National Park
Repairs to retaining walls will necessitate that the Hidden Canyon Trail in Zion National Park in Utah be closed this summer.
Six years after National Park Service officials set aspirational goals to reduce plastic waste across the park system by installing water-filling stations for the public, the agency has fallen far short of its hopes.green_parks_strategic_plan_04.12.10.pdf
For the second year in a row the National Park System attracted a record number of visitations in 2015, with more than 306 million visitors counted, according to unofficial numbers released by the National Park Service.
Zion National Park's natural resources are being strained by development of inholdings and properties surrounding the park, its air quality is impaired by pollutants, and overcrowding is impacting the visitor experience, according to a "State of the Park" report issued this week.
Zion National Park, one of the most picturesque parks in the system, can appear overwhelming to someone with disabilities, but some of its most beautiful scenery is easily within reach.
Coalition To Protect America's Parks Asks Colorado National Monument Superintendent To Rule Out Pro Bike Race
Nearly five years after the director of the National Park Service said professional bicycle races had no place in national parks, two superintendents have expressed an openness to consider such events, a move that has drawn concern from the Coalition to Protect America's National Parks.
How are we to act in a national park? That might seem to carry an obvious answer, but it's not always so obvious these days. As different generations, different racial groups, and different cultures enter the National Park System, not all seem out to enjoy the natural beauty on display in the landscape parks simply by walking about and gazing at the setting, hiking or backpacking, paddling or climbing, or watching wildlife.
I like birding New Year’s resolutions. They seem easier to keep than the traditional ones. Losing weight and giving up assorted vices aren’t really all that fun, but there’s not much about birding that isn’t fun.