Joshua Tree National Park, as well as many other parks across the country, has experienced a notable increase in visitation in recent years. With that increase also means an increase of graffiti and acts of intentional vandalism within the park. With that in mind, park officials are making it easier for you to report vandalism in the park.
Grand Canyon National Park trail crew have been able to repair a section of the Colorado River Trail damaged by a rockslide. The trail between Pipe Creek and Silver Bridge is now open to foot traffic, though it remains closed to stock use. Hikers can access Phantom Ranch via the Bright Angel Trail and the South Kaibab Trail.
Bears Ears National Monument Landscape Rivals, And In Cases Surpasses, That Of Notable National Parks
What does a landscape contain, and how do you measure its richness? Is it just the soil beneath your feet and the vegetation that rises up and adds texture and even structure? What about the sky overhead and, of course, the naturalness and ecological integrity?csp-benm_landscape_assessment_032717_small.pdf
A $25,000 grant has been contributed by the National Park Foundation to a fire relief fund set up to help those affected by the deadly Chimney Tops Fire that swept Great Smoky Mountains National Park last November.
The crush is on at Mount Rainier National Park, where nearly 6,000 backcountry permit applications have been filed for the coming season, with nearly half of the applicants seeking to hike the entire 93-mile-long Wonderland Trail.
Winter's weather has caused some damage at the Log Slide Overlook at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, forcing park staff to close the lookout for the immediate future until repairs can be done.
While roadkills have impacted the number of mountain lions in and around Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in California, those are offset at times by the arrival of kittens. This week the park staff has announced a new litter of at least one kitten, though there's concern the parents are related.
John Colter is one of the icons of the American West, at the leading edge of the mountain man era of exploration of the United States west of the Mississippi River. Some might even view him as the leader of the era, tackling the unknown West much as Daniel Boone had in the East decades earlier. Indeed, the two frontiersmen likely swapped stories of their adventures, as they lived closed to one another in their retiring years.
The first phase of a multi-year research project to reduce the prevalence rate of Chronic Wasting Disease found in the elk population at Wind Cave National Park was recently completed with seven tons of meat sent to a food bank.
One reason the National Park Service has such a hard time reducing its maintenance backlog is the fact that very little stands still in a national park environment. At Yosemite National Park in California, for instance, slippage that damaged a section of the Big Oak Flat Road has kept crews working, and maintenance costs escalating, since late February.