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.
You've long been able to follow the path of great white sharks through the seas, and now you can add black bears wandering about Yosemite National Park to your tracking pastime.
An atmospheric river of moisture took aim on California and the High Sierra over the last few months, dumping snowfall in amounts that haven’t been seen in years. While the state’s multi-year drought isn’t entirely over, the Pineapple Express (as the storms raging in over the Pacific Ocean from Hawaii are referred to) has been hammering California with rain and snow.
Plowing operations are under way at Glacier National Park, where crews are working to clear the Going-to-the-Sun Road of the winter's snowfall. Once that work is done, construction on parts of the iconic parkway could create some delays for travelers this summer.
Still imagery is wonderful for capturing a moment in time and freezing it in pixels suitable for framing, but what do you do when you crave the sounds and movements as well as sights of a favored national park? Video is a great platform to do just that and photographer Rebecca Latson demonstrates different options for capturing a national park's sights, sounds and movements.