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Unresolved Search-and-Rescue Cases Are Scattered Throughout the National Parks

Each year there are thousands of search-and-rescue incidents logged across the National Park System. They typically involve missing hikers, visitors who get injured in falls, boating accidents, or climbing accidents. Far and away the bulk of the incidents quickly are resolved, usually in less than 24 hours.

Glacier National Park Was Popular With Boaters Even Back in the 1920s

Despite it's name, Glacier National Park is a pretty great place for boating and fishing. And, as this vintage film clearly shows, that's been true for a long time.

KHV Virus Implicated in Lake Mohave Carp Die Off

Koi herpes virus is what’s killing the carp at Lake Mohave. KHV can’t spread to people or other fish, thank goodness, but this new disease is very bad news for carp.

Olympic National Park Has New Food Storage Requirements For Backcountry Travel This Year

If you're planning a backcountry trek in Olympic National Park this summer, better read up on the new food storage requirements.

Roped-Together Climbers Die in Fall On Mount McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve

Two acclaimed climbers who were roped together while climbing on Mount McKinley in Denali National Park have fallen several thousand feet to their deaths.

Hollywood Loves Natural Arches (and Unnatural Ones, Too)

Yesterday’s Mystery Photo featured Double Arch, an Arches National Park favorite that has appeared in several movies. Here’s how to learn more about how Hollywood uses -- and messes around with -- natural arches.

Should the Jackson Hole Airport Lease Extension Wait for Safety Audit?

An alliance of NGOs has asked the National Park Service to more thoroughly consider safety issues before extending the lease for the commercial airport now operating in Grand Teton National Park.

Work Under Way on Rebuilding Grand Canyon National Park's South Kaibab Trail From Rim to River

What do you get for several million dollars and several years of work at Grand Canyon National Park? A fully refurbished South Kaibab Trail from rim to river.

Traveler's Checklist: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Shared by Tennessee and North Carolina, Great Smoky Mountains National Park stretches for more than 521,000 acres in the rumples of the Southern Appalachians. The park is easily one of the National Park Service's largest properties east of the Mississippi, so it is no wonder that many first-time visitors are overwhelmed. Here are 10 suggestions to help make your trip planning easier.

Roadwork In Sequoia National Park to Snarl Traffic For a While

Wouldn't it be great if roadwork could be done during the off-season months, say November through April? Sadly, the weather makes that difficult and so you'll have to tolerate traffic at a snail's pace at times if you head to Sequoia National Park this summer.

Surprise Tour Bus Inspections at Yosemite Yield Disturbing Results

A surprise inspection of commercial tour buses at Yosemite National Park turned up numerous safety concerns. Over half the buses inspected were cited for violations and two were immediately removed from service.

National Park Mystery Photo 6: A Movie-Goers Special

Can you identify this geologic feature, the national park in which it is located, and at least one movie in which it made a cameo appearance?

Rocky Mountain Wrestling: A Long-Distance Runner's Grizzly Encounter in Grand Teton National Park

Michael Dunn always wondered how he would die, whether his life might be lost in a plane crash or if he would grow old and simply not wake one morning. But as he repeatedly was raked by the grizzly's 4-inch-long claws and berry-stained fangs, he feared fate was at hand.

Jon Jarvis Nomination As Next Director of National Park Service Imminent

Multiple sources say the nomination of Jon Jarvis as the next director of the National Park Service will be announced in the very near future.

By the Numbers: Memorial Day Weekend at Yosemite National Park

A busy day at a popular park generates lots of incidents for rangers to handle.

Cyclist in Yosemite National Park Dies in Collision With Auto

A cyclist in Yosemite National Park died recently when he collided with an automobile on Southside Drive.

National Park Quiz 58: Tunnels

Tunnel vision is one thing, but tunnel knowledge is quite another matter. See if you can sort things out in this week’s quiz. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you hold the steel for a cross-eyed sledge wielder.

Coming Thursday: Rocky Mountain Bear Wrestling

Michael Dunn always wondered how he would die, whether his life might be lost in a plane crash or if he would grow old and simply not wake one morning. But as he repeatedly was raked by the grizzly's 4-inch-long claws and berry-stained fangs, he feared fate was at hand.

Suicide? Murder? What Secrets Lie in that Grave on the Natchez Trace?

Famed explorer Meriwether Lewis is said to have committed suicide while overnighting at an inn along the old Natchez Trail in 1809. Many skeptics, however, believe he was slain. The Lewis descendants want his remains exhumed for examination, but the Park Service won’t allow it.

Yellowstone Poacher Loses Hunting Privileges for Life

Convicted Yellowstone poacher Stephen Slavinsky has been prohibited from hunting or possessing firearms for the rest of his life. If he wants to visit national parks again, he has to wait 20 years.

Is the National Park Service Wise to Be Promoting The Use of Segways?

In a unit of the National Park System that preserves one of the "last unspoiled coastal wetlands on the Atlantic Coast" along with 6,000 years of human history, should the National Park Service be promoting the use of Segways to explore the park?

Reservation System Set Up for Lady Liberty Crown Visits

On July 4th, the Statue of Liberty’s crown will be reopened to the public for the first time since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The NPS will start taking reservations this Saturday.

Update: Seizure Threat Accelerates Land Acquisition for Flight 93 Memorial

The Flight 93 National Memorial won’t be ready for dedication on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks if land acquisition efforts remain stalled. Interior Secretary Salazar will order seizure of the land if willing seller agreements cannot be reached by the end of this week.

Trail Jogger at Glacier National Park Walks Away from Encounter With Two Grizzlies

A trail runner in Glacier National Park has survived an encounter with two young grizzly bears, although he's got some bite marks to show for it.

Vehicle Passes Still Available for Great Smoky Mountains National Park's 75th Anniversary Concert

Vehicle passes for those wanting to attend the 75th anniversary concert at Great Smoky Mountains National Park are still available, but if you plan to go, cross your fingers that the weather will cooperate. Park officials note that rain could wipe out the concert and there are no plans to make up the event and no refunds will be given.
Bear-watching in Alaska is a big draw for tourists come summer. This podcast offers pointers on where to go in search of bears, what permits are necessary, and how to stay safe.

NPCA Report: National Parks Provide Economic Security for Surrounding Communities

National parks can, and do, provide an economic lifeline to their surrounding communities. In its latest report, the National Parks Conservation Association points out just how valuable southeastern Utah's parks are to their nearby communities.

Yellowstone National Park's Spring Visitation Up 11 Percent

While Interior Secretary Ken Salazar allowing free entry to national parks for three weekends this summer to boost visitation, it seems many park travelers already are heading back to the national parks, at least in the case of Yellowstone National Park.

It’s a Bear! Everybody Get Behind the Ranger!!

She was a big female with a cub in tow, and she was bearing down fast on the ranger and his frightened entourage. What was a city boy to do?

Should the National Park Service Rescue the National D-Day Memorial?

National D-Day Memorial.
The National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia, is reportedly almost out of money and may have to close later this year. A Virginia congressman has introduced legislation to "bring the Memorial under the supervision of the National Park Service." Is an NPS bailout the right answer?