Archive List

More and Bigger is Better for Minidoka National Historic Site

Minidoka National Historic Site, the former Minidoka Internment National Monument, has acquired vital new acreage and a satellite site that will tell the park’s story in a richer, more complete way. Preserving and interpreting a World War II concentration camp for people of Japanese ancestry helps teach important lessons about racial prejudice, injustice, and the loss of civil liberties.

What are the Odds?!

When you work the visitor center’s information desk on a slow day, you can strike up conversations with walk-ins. Visitors will often tell you interesting things about themselves. And once in a while they will positively astound you.

'Tis the Season In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

It's not Walton's Mountain, and John Boy and the Soggy Bottom Boys probably will not be there, but if you enjoy an old-fashioned Appalachian Mountains Christmas festival, mark December 13 on your calendar.

An Indian Memorial Helps to Re-Image Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument

Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument offers a prime example of re-imaging in NPS context. Custer’s Last Stand occurred at this place, but so did the last stand of the Plains Indians. In 1991, a landmark redesignation acknowledged that the battlefield has a duel identity. More recently, an Indian Memorial has helped to re-image the place as hallowed ground for Indians as well as whites.

Memorial Ceremony for Pearl Harbor Day

Wreath at 2005 Pearl Harbor ceremony.
The National Park Service and the U. S. Navy will host a joint memorial ceremony commemorating the 67th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor on Sunday morning, December 7th on board Naval Station Pearl Harbor’s Kilo Pier.
Cheslar Park, Canyonlands National Park. Kurt Repanshek photo.Rock. In every direction you glance in Canyonlands National Park your eye confronts rock. And whether it's twisted, contorted, or shattered rock, it's also more likely than not incredibly colorful.

A Dangerous Trek for Lava Lovers

Would you like an up close and personal view of the big lava flow that’s making its way into Hawaii Volcanoes National Park? You’ll need to make a long trek over dangerous, unmarked terrain. Check with park officials first.

Interior Officials Release Rule Change to Allow National Park Visitors to Arm Themselves

Interior Department officials finally did what was expected Friday when they published a rule change that will allow national park visitors to arm themselves.

Federal Judge Orders Scrutiny of Power Plant Emission Control Plans

Conservation groups are cheering a federal judge's ruling that could provide more definite protection of the air over Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Glacier National Park Moves to Winter Rates

It got cheaper this week to visit Glacier National Park. But not because the National Park Service is rolling back its entrance fees. Not exactly, that is. At Glacier, the fees automatically drop when the park moves into the winter season.
Acadia National Park Pocket Guide (Falcon Pocket Guides Series) Little bigger than a 3-by-5 index card and less than 100 pages, this handy book slides smoothly and comfortably into your pocket or day pack and offers the first- and even second-timer some handy guidance to navigating Acadia National Park.

Leave it to the Beaver

Beaver.
One of the interesting aspects of a park ranger's job is the knowledge that every day brings the possibility of a new—and frequently unusual—experience. That was definitely the case for me one day at Willow Beach, Arizona, a popular fishing spot in Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

Wilderness for Glacier National Park – An Idea Whose Time Is Coming?

Glacier National Park includes just over a million acres of superlative Rocky Mountain terrain, and the park offers an interesting combination of front-country access and backcountry solitude in what has been called "the core of the Crown of the Continent ecosystem." Glacier will celebrate its centennial on May 11, 2010, and some supporters are saying it's time to finally formalize wilderness designation for key portions of the park.

Park Loop Road in Acadia National Park Closed for the Winter

Well, they've closed the Park Loop Road in Acadia National Park for the winter. That's both the bad news and the good news for winter visitors to the Jewel of the Atlantic.

At 55 and Counting, Wright Brothers National Memorial Enjoys Its Monumental Facelift

Wright Brothers National Memorial marks its 55th anniversary as a National Memorial on December 4, and a recently completed restoration project has made the occasion even more worth celebrating. The park’s single most prominent feature, the Wright Monument, has received a badly needed facelift.

Interior Officials Release Draft Reports on Climate Change

Interior Department officials have made available for public review three reports assessing how climate change might impact public lands, including national parks.

Interior Department To Be Sued Over Cape Hatteras National Seashore Plover Habitat Decisions

Interior Department officials have been notified that a lawsuit will be forthcoming over decisions to designate critical habitat for piping plover at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Injuries Prove Fatal To Hiker Who Fell in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A 25-year-old Tennessean died Wednesday from injuries suffered nearly a month ago in a fall in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Gen. Washington's Headquarters at Valley Forge National Historical Park Being Restored

If you're planning a trip to Valley Forge National Historical Park and have hopes of touring General George Washington's headquarters, you might want to delay your visit. The stone house is closed to the public while workers perform an array of repairs.

National Park Quiz 31: World War II

This Sunday, December 7, is the 67th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and America’s entry into World War II. This week’s quiz will test your knowledge of the World War II-related events, activities, and commemorative aspects of the National Park System. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll fine you $25 and donate it to Honor Flight.

28 Years Ago, the National Park System Gained Millions of Acres

Imagine if the National Park System could grow, overnight, by 43 million acres. That's exactly what happened nearly three decades ago in a place called Alaska.

Climbing is Capped at Mount McKinley and Climbers are Left to Wonder What’s Next

The NPS has announced an annual cap of 1,500 on Mt. McKinley climbers. Officials believe that unchecked growth in McKinley climbing would lead to intolerable crowding, put too much strain on park resources, cause environmental problems, and compromise climber safety. Are caps on the way in other climbing parks?

Is Someone Missing in the Backcountry of Sequoia National Park?

A fairly well-stocked, but empty, campsite in the backcountry of Sequoia National Park has rangers wondering if someone is in trouble in the park.

Lawsuit Filed Over Museum Complex Approved Near Valley Forge National Historical Park

A federal lawsuit has been filed in a bid to halt a museum complex from being built on land surrounded on three sides by Valley Forge National Historical Park.

Reading the Fine Print – Did the NPS Ever Manage This National Monument?

Misty Fjords scene
The political and legal process required to create a new unit for the national park system can be long and complicated. In some cases, it's almost as difficult figuring out later exactly what happened in that process! That's the situation for a large national monument that's sometimes described as "another Yosemite." The question of the day is …was it ever part of the national park system?

Utah Man Dies in Fall at Zion National Park

A short fall in Zion National Park has killed a 55-year-old Utah man.

This Park Nourishes Its Forest Service Roots

Walnut Canyon National Monument
This park celebrates its 93rd anniversary today, but the area was first protected in 1904 as part of the San Francisco Mountain Reserve. It's not in California, however, and it was managed by the U.S. Forest Service until 1934.

Sea Turtle Rescues at Cape Lookout

Rescued sea turtle gets a ride
Numerous sea turtles have been caught by unusually cold weather along the North Carolina coast since mid-November. That has led to dozens of rescues of the endangered reptiles in the past week at Cape Lookout National Seashore.

Hikers, Bikers and National Parks

How big is the deal surrounding efforts pushed by the International Mountain Bicycling Association to expand mountain biking in the National Park System? Apparently the American Hiking Society thinks it's pretty big.

Improvements to the Hermit Road at Grand Canyon Make Trips Greener and Safer

Travelers to the Grand Canyon have been enjoying trips along a route known as the Hermit Road for nearly a century. A lot has changed since horse-drawn "touring coaches" began those trips in 1911, and the road has recently reopened following a 9-month project that makes future travel both safer and a bit easier on the environment.