For nearly a century, a popular story has linked the origins of the National Park Service to the genius of one man. In 1914, Stephen T. Mather, a self-made millionaire in the borax industry, visited Yosemite and Sequoia national parks. Finding both of them poorly managed he wrote Secretary of the Interior Franklin K. Lane and complained. “Dear Steve,” Lane allegedly replied, “If you don’t like the way the national parks are being run, come on down to Washington and run them yourself.”
Grand Canyon National Park
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.
As far away from society as you might seem while floating on the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, or hiking along its shorelines, heavy metals are polluting the river in concentrations that could pose a health risk.
Too many retirements and not enough new hires are behind the drop in law enforcement rangers for the National Park Service.
A great before-breakfast or pre-sundown hike at Grand Canyon National Park's North Rim is the short walk to Bright Angel Point.
For many, a trip to one of the scenic, landscape national parks includes pristine landscapes, clear vistas, and fresh air. Unfortunately, we don't always get to enjoy those aspects, as a new report on air quality from the National Parks Conservation Association points out.
How can concessions agreements with the National Park Service be improved? What sort of innovations should the Park Service consider for the next 100 years? Those topics will be dissected by two House of Representatives subcommittees this week.
Despite its odd name, Cape Final on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park should not be ignored during your visit to the rim.
While water filling stations are becoming commonplace in more and more parks across the National Park System, there are those in Congress who believe the National Park Service's ban on disposable plastic water bottles is unsafe and actually generates more, not less, plastic waste.