Zion National Park
A substantial rockfall has limited access to Zion National Park in Utah, and the debris might not be removed from the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway before the weekend.
With a week left in the current fiscal year, and Congress seemingly unable to come to terms on how to fund the federal government, efforts are under way within the Interior Department, and National Park Service, to prepare for a government shutdown next week.npca-pres-pre-shutdown-house-senate-letter-9-23-15.pdf
As wondrous and mesmerizing as slot canyons in southern Utah and northern Arizona can be, they can be even more deadly, as last week's tragedy at Zion National Park underscores.
A group of friends killed by a flash flood that raged through a serpentine backcountry canyon in Zion National Park came from California and Nevada to spend a fun afternoon in the park.
Search and rescue crews at Zion National Park on Thursday recovered the seventh and final body from a group of canyoneers who entered a tight slot canyon on Monday for what they thought would be a relatively short, but enjoyable, journey through one of the park's serpentine wonderlands only to be overcome by raging waters of a flash flood.
A short, but technical, canyoneering route in Zion National Park turned deadly when heavy thunderstorms filled the slot canyon with water, killing at least five hikers while two others were still missing Wednesday.
Ongoing vandalism investigations, possible new "national parks," and 3 million visitors to Yellowstone National Park are among the stories floating about the National Park System.
One million visitors. That seems like a lot for an entire year, and definitely a lot in one month for Yellowstone National Park, which came within 19,000-odd visitors of reaching 1 million during July.