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'You don't know what you've got here': Why Yellowstone is one unique national park

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyoming – Chris Packham still holds onto a copy of a 30-year-old National Geographic magazine about this iconic place. Growing up in a British suburb, he could only read about Yellowstone and look at pictures of its ...  

National Forest

Firefighters gain upper hand on 22700-acre Holy fire in Cleveland National Forest, as containment rises to 41%

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times - Aug 12, 2018
Firefighters continued to make significant progress against the Holy fire burning in the Cleveland National Forest near Lake Elsinore, raising the fire's containment to 41% on Sunday, officials said. The blaze has been burning along inaccessible ridges ...  

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone is a unique national park: 'You don't know what you've ...

The range of animals in the park is huge. In addition to wolves, bears and mountain lions, Yellowstone has more than 60 mammal and 285 bird species.  

Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park Wildfire Continues to Spread, Closing ...

Travel+LeisureTravel+Leisure - Aug 9, 2018
A rapidly growing wildfire has led to several road and trail closures at Arizona's Grand Canyon National Park. The Obi Fire, started on Saturday, July 21 by ...  

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite update: Valley closed indefinitely as Ferguson fire rages nearby

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times - Aug 6, 2018
The closures at Yosemite National Park, including Yosemite Valley, will continue indefinitely, as rampant wildfires scorch key areas near the park during what is typically the busiest camping season of the year, the park announced. Flames from the ...  

Hot Springs National Park

Elected officials offer ideas on trail route

Hot Springs SentinelHot Springs Sentinel - Jul 12, 2018
Wallace Smith, Garver LLC's vice president and director of federal services, told officials the FLAP grant was awarded with the understanding the trail would connect Hot Springs National Park to the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site.  

Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park Announces Trail Closures For Cabin Restoration Project

NBC 29 NewsNBC 29 News - Aug 14, 2018
Luray, Virginia: Shenandoah National Park managers will temporarily close the trails leading to Jones Mountain Cabin (see map below for closure area) to all hiking and backcountry use during two phases of operations associated with the restoration of ...  

Mount Rainier National Park

Two Backcountry Deaths Lead Mount Rainier National Park To Caution Hikers

National Parks Traveler (press release) (blog)National Parks Traveler (press release) (blog) - Aug 7, 2018
Two backcountry travelers recently died in Mount Rainier National Park when they fell into streams swollen by runoff, prompting park staff to remind hikers that streams are running fast, full, and dangerous. On July 25 a solo female hiker, a Chinese ...  

Everglades National Park

Everglades Park fees to increase. Should boaters pay? Now's your chance to weigh in

Miami HeraldMiami Herald - Aug 6, 2018
Everglades National Park wants its entry fees to be more equitable, and that means charging every visitor no matter how they cross park borders. The park, which has an $88 million maintenance and repair backlog, already plans to raise gate fees in January.  

Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park seeks public comment on road rehabilitation

Rapid City JournalRapid City Journal - Jul 31, 2018
The National Park Service, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, is proposing to rehabilitate two road sections of the Badlands Loop Road to address structural, drainage and accessibility issues — the Dillon Pass section from mile ...  

Rocky Mountain National Park

'It's an American issue,' Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke visits RMNP, discusses infrastructure agenda

The ColoradoanThe Coloradoan - Aug 7, 2018
On a bright morning at Rocky Mountain National Park, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke gathered with park officials at the construction site of a water pipeline that will feed into the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center upon completion. "This is one of ...  

Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park

Schroer to serve as Mammoth Cave management analyst
messenger-inquirer - Jul 29, 2018

... interpretation, information and administration at a variety of parks including Oregon Caves National Monument, Martin Van Buren National Historic Site, Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park, Flagstaff Area National Monuments and Grand Canyon National ...  

Sequoia National Park

Firefighters hope to stop Sequoia National Park wildfire

Visalia Times-DeltaVisalia Times-Delta - Jul 20, 2018
The Horse Creek Fire is near the Kaweah River and Horse Creek, west of the Hockett Trail in Sequoia National Park.  

Zion National Park

Zion National Park asks public to exercise caution after two Search and Rescue events

KUTV 2NewsKUTV 2News - Aug 5, 2018
Zion National Park reported two Search and Rescue (SAR) call-outs on July 30th, 2018. They're calling the efforts good reminders of the need for visitors to take trip planning and their safety seriously. They say that both incidents occurred in the ...  

Glacier National Park

Yosemite reopens after fire closure, but a blaze damages Glacier National Park

Washington PostWashington Post - Aug 14, 2018
Yosemite National Park reopened its scenic valley Tuesday after a nearly three-week closure due to nearby wildfires but told visitors to expect some smoke in the air and limited lodging and food services in the popular California park. Meanwhile, a ...  

Acadia National Park

Why Acadia's maintenance 'to-do' list keeps growing

Bangor Daily NewsBangor Daily News - Aug 13, 2018
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — Maine's only national park has a to-do list of maintenance projects that's more than 350 items long, with a total price tag of about $59.8 million. Every year the dollar figure attached to that list — which includes ...  

Arches National Park

Construction To Close Panorama Point At Arches National Park

National Parks Traveler (press release) (blog)National Parks Traveler (press release) (blog) - Aug 7, 2018
The National Park Service will temporarily close Panorama Point at Arches National Park in Utah beginning the week of August 13 for a construction project. The viewpoint will be closed Monday through Thursday weekly, possibly through the end of October.  

Big Bend National Park

A Great American Road Trip, in Photos

Condé Nast TravelerCondé Nast Traveler - Aug 9, 2018
"My second night in Big Bend National Park [in Texas] I camped at Loop Camp One, in the backcountry of the park, where this image was taken," Cole says. "Extremely secluded from other visitors, I went to sleep to the sounds of howling coyotes and ...  

Death Valley National Park

Death Valley worker has seen some of Earth's highest, lowest temps

Las Vegas Review-JournalLas Vegas Review-Journal - Aug 11, 2018
Death Valley National Park custodian Terry Eddington drinks a smoothie while driving to the visitor center at the start of her shift in Death Valley National Park, Calif., on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018. Chase Stevens Las Vegas Review-Journal @csstevensphoto.  

Bryce Canyon National Park

Overwhelming sense of awe

Leader-TelegramLeader-Telegram - Aug 5, 2018
At the behest of others who have made this trip, we included trips to two other popular national parks within driving distance of the Grand Canyon: Bryce Canyon National Park and Zion National Park. The Grand Canyon was as magnificent as anticipated.  

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

The 5 best things to do at Cuyahoga Valley National Park (video)

cleveland.comcleveland.com - Jul 23, 2018
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- How do you make the most of a trip to the National Park? Or, if you live in the area, what are some things you might be missing out on? I want to give you a starting point by highlighting some of my favorite activities. The video ...  

Denali National Park

Park Service will not attempt recovery of wreckage in Denali National Park

KTOOKTOO - Aug 11, 2018
National Park Service says recovering the five deceased aboard a flightseeing plane that crashed Aug. 4 in Denali National Park and Preserve and removal of the aircraft exceed an acceptable level of risk and will not be attempted. The de Havilland ...  

Dry Tortugas National Park

Environmental Citations Issued For Boat Captain During Environmental Research Cruise

WLRNWLRN - Jul 20, 2018
On July 13, FWC officers were patrolling the Tortugas North Ecological Reserve. That area is just outside Dry Tortugas National Park and is part of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. No fishing or anchoring is allowed in the reserve. The FWC ...  

Glacier Bay National Park

Pilot rescued after his plane crashes in Glacier Bay National Park

KTOOKTOO - Jul 19, 2018
A 34-year-old male pilot was rescued after his plane went down Wednesday afternoon in a lake in Glacier Bay National Park. The National Park Service said the aircraft went into Crillon Lake, southeast of Lituya Bay on Glacier Bay's outer coast. The ...  

Glacier Bay National Park

Pilot rescued after his plane crashes in Glacier Bay National Park

KTOOKTOO - Jul 19, 2018
A 34-year-old male pilot was rescued after his plane went down Wednesday afternoon in a lake in Glacier Bay National Park. The National Park Service said the aircraft went into Crillon Lake, southeast of Lituya Bay on Glacier Bay's outer coast. The ...  

Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park's Snake River is a charmer

Minneapolis Star TribuneMinneapolis Star Tribune - Jul 28, 2018
GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK – In 1911, James Manges laid claim to 160 acres inside what eventually would become this park, and when he left his small cabin to fish cutthroat trout in the Snake River, he'd tack a handwritten note to the door:.  

Great Basin National Park

A Nevada Park That, at 77000 Acres, Sneaks in Under the Tourist Radar

New York TimesNew York Times - Jul 16, 2018
Somewhere on the long, lonely, blissfully open road between Salt Lake City, and Baker, Nev. — a tiny town that is the entry point for Great Basin National Park — I texted the one friend I have who had been there. Lisa's mother hailed from the small ...  

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Sandboarding: Hitting slopes of sand

CBS NewsCBS News - Aug 5, 2018
At Colorado's Great Sand Dunes National Park, enthusiasts slide down piles of sand as much as 750 feet high.  

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

More complaints filed over Chimney Tops fires
The Mountain Press - Aug 14, 2018

The plaintiffs say negligence on the part of the National Park Service staff in its response to the fire near the top of the Chimney Tops trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is to blame. With the new complaints, the total sought by Gilreth ...  

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

There Are No Real Roads in Guadalupe Park. You Earn the Incredible Views.

New York TimesNew York Times - Jul 16, 2018
Nearly three hours earlier, we'd set out from a trailhead just off a rapidly warming blacktop in the Chihuahuan Desert to climb an all-too-real, feel-the-burn, 2,500-foot ascent to scale the peaks of Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Before we drove ...  

Haleakala National Park

Volunteer Haleakala Crater Service Trip at Haleakala National Park

MauiTime WeeklyMauiTime Weekly - Aug 4, 2018
Volunteer on a Haleakala Crater Service Trip at Haleakala National Park the weekend of August 17th-19th. Friends of Haleakala National Park (FHNP) are currently seeking fit and enthusiastic volunteers. Throughout the weekend, attendees will focus on ...  

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Officials still don't know when damaged Hawaii Volcanoes National Park may reopen

Hawaii News NowHawaii News Now - Aug 6, 2018
The summit crater, which was previously viewable at the park, has collapsed significantly as magma drained from Leilani Estates since May. “We miss being in the park, we miss sharing Hawaii Volcanoes National Park with visitors from around the world ...  

Isle Royale National Park

National Park Service proposes changes at Isle Royale

wtip.orgwtip.org - Aug 6, 2018
The National Park Service is considering changes to the quiet Windigo visitor center at Isle Royale National Park. The park service is working on a concept plan and environmental assessment for upgraded and new facilities at the 400-acre Windigo complex.  

Joshua Tree National Park

Trump administration approves $2.5-billion energy project near Joshua Tree National Park

The Desert SunThe Desert Sun - Aug 2, 2018
The Bureau of Land Management said it would allow a proposed hydropower plant to move forward in the California desert east of Palm Springs, just outside Joshua Tree National Park. Supporters say the $2.5-billion "pumped storage" project could be used ...  

Katmai National Park

3 accused of approaching bears at Katmai National Park

KTUU.comKTUU.com - Aug 11, 2018
National Park Service officials say two Alaska residents and a tourist entered a closed area at Brooks Camp in the Katmai National Park and Preserve Thursday evening while the bears were feeding. Officials say the group violated wildlife viewing rules ...  

Kenai Fjords National Park

Harding Icefield — change isn't just coming, it's here

Ashland Daily PressAshland Daily Press - Aug 11, 2018
The still air was heavy with moisture as I hiked up the Harding Icefield Trail in Kenai Fjords National Park outside Seward, Alaska. Dense clouds hung low, and fingers of fog crept up the valleys. It was typical weather for a temperate rainforest, I ...  

Lake Clark National Park

An Alaska National Park as Big as Connecticut. Annual Visitors? 23000.

New York TimesNew York Times - Jul 16, 2018
... said Megan Richotte, Lake Clark National Park's program manager for interpretation. The park is a veritable greatest hits of Alaskan landscapes and wildlife. It would take many lifetimes to hike all of Lake Clark's glaciers, mountains, volcanoes ...  

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park's threat a reality, but not in our lifetime

Plumas County NewspapersPlumas County Newspapers - Jul 15, 2018
It's not a matter of if the area around Lassen Volcanic Center will erupt in the future, but when. That's according to Dr. Michael Clynne, research geologist, and the most knowledgeable scientist on the Lassen Volcanic National Park area. “I'm the ...  

Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave improving river safety

Bowling Green Daily NewsBowling Green Daily News - Aug 9, 2018
“The level of water, which triggers the safety closure for canoeists and kayakers, has not physically changed, only the measuring instrument we use to make that determination,” Mammoth Cave National Park Chief Ranger Lora Peppers said in a news release.  

Mesa Verde National Park

New Mesa Verde fire blamed on lightning strike

The JournalThe Journal - Aug 14, 2018
Eight firefighters worked Sunday to contain a small fire in Mesa Verde National Park, the Durango Interagency Dispatch Center said. Dubbed the Mancos Canyon Fire, the fire was burning on less than an acre midslope on the East Rim of Mancos Canyon, ...  

North Cascades National Park

Study confirms that grizzly bears long inhabited North Cascades

Helena Independent RecordHelena Independent Record - Aug 3, 2018
"It's just trying to synthesize the information together as part of the overall picture of grizzly bears here in the North Cascades," said Jack Oelfke the natural and cultural resources chief for the North Cascades National Park. "It certainly doesn't ...  

Olympic National Park

Mountain Goat Capture Beginning At Olympic National Park In September

National Parks Traveler (press release) (blog)National Parks Traveler (press release) (blog) - Aug 5, 2018
Work to begin removing nonnative mountain goats from Olympic National Park in Washington state is scheduled to start in September, with additional captures continuing next summer. The staging area for capture activities this year will be located at ...  

Petrified Forest National Park

State lands and helium production

Payson RoundupPayson Roundup - Aug 3, 2018
“During the late–1960's and early-1970's there was some production of helium from several small fields south of I-40 and east of the Petrified Forest National Park,” she wrote, “During the energy boom days of the late-1970's and early-1980's, the ...  

Redwood National Park

You're Invited to 'Run in the Redwoods' to Celebrate Redwood National Park's 50th Anniversary

Redheaded BlackbeltRedheaded Blackbelt - Jul 31, 2018
Join us for the fifth annual “Run in the Redwoods” 5k Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, Sept.15 at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Early registration is now open at: www.redwoodparksconservancy.org; deadline is Sept. 4 to guarantee an event shirt.  

Saguaro National Park

Skunk does handstand dance to scare away would-be aggressors

FOX 11 Los AngelesFOX 11 Los Angeles - Aug 6, 2018
SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. - Throw your tail in the air, like you just don't care! That's a skunk, on its hands doing a dance. It was captured on video getting down in front of a camera at Saguaro National Park in Arizona. But it's not for your ...  

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Wild horses in Theodore Roosevelt National Park have mixed ancestry

Phys.OrgPhys.Org - Aug 1, 2018
Feral horses living in Theodore Roosevelt National Park in the Badlands of North Dakota likely had multiple origins, but have since become inbred, according to Igor Ovchinnikov of the University of North Dakota, and colleagues, in a study published ...  

Virgin Islands National Park

Parks in Brief: Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Virgin Islands National Park

Grand Canyon NewsGrand Canyon News - Aug 14, 2018
Search underway for missing boater at Lake Mead. BOULDER CITY, Nevada — Authorities at Lake Mead National Recreation Area are searching for a person who may be missing within the park. Around 9 a.m. Aug. 11, the Lake Mead Interagency ...  

Voyageurs National Park

Voyageurs National Park bald eagle nesting areas reopened

International Falls JournalInternational Falls Journal - Aug 1, 2018
Camping and houseboat sites in Voyageurs National Park that were closed in May to protect bald eagle nesting pairs have been reopened. VNP natural resource managers, in accordance with the Bald Eagle and Golden Eagle Management Act, closed six of ...  

Banff National Park

Plains bison roaming free in Banff National Park for first time in decades

The Globe and MailThe Globe and Mail - Aug 2, 2018
Parks Canada says wild plains bison that were reintroduced to Banff National Park are now free-roaming animals. Officials say 31 bison were released Sunday into a 1,200 square-kilometre zone that features meadows and grassy valleys for grazing along ...  

Jasper National Park

American tourists and hospitality workers from Banff among victims of Jasper National Park that killed six

Toronto StarToronto Star - Aug 10, 2018
EDMONTON — Among those who died in a deadly car crash in Jasper National Park were a hospitality worker from Banff and an American investment banker. Arthur Copeland confirmed to StarMetro Wednesday that Nicholas Lee Copeland of Texas died in ...  

Yoho National Park

Fire bans in place for Banff, Kootenay, Yoho National Parks for August long weekend

CBC.caCBC.ca - Aug 3, 2018
Campers headed to Kootenay and Banff National Parks for the August long weekend might need to reconsider their plans, with fire bans as well as highway and trail closures in place due to a number of lightning-ignited wildfires. Highway 93 South remains ...  

Nairobi National Park

New railway through Nairobi National Park

Deutsche WelleDeutsche Welle - Jul 23, 2018
New railway through Nairobi National Park. China is involved in many African infrastructure projects, including a new railway line in Kenya. However, the project has many critics. Error loading player: No playable sources found. Watch video 01:44. Now ...  

Kruger National Park

Two Kruger National Park rhino poachers sentenced

CitizenCitizen - Aug 2, 2018
Two men convicted of rhino poaching at the Kruger National Park were sentenced to 15 years in jail each in the Saselamani Magistrate's Court in Limpopo today. Joseph Molapo, Sebastian Mbhombhi and another accomplice entered the park illegally with the ...  

Waterton Lakes National Park

Wildfire uncovers historical artifacts in Waterton Lakes National Park

Globalnews.caGlobalnews.ca - Aug 8, 2018
Archaeologists are finding a silver lining in the devastation of last summer's Kenow wildfire, as historical trading artifacts have surfaced amid the scorched earth of Waterton Lakes National Park. Research teams have now discovered more than 200 new ...  

Channel Islands National Park

Adventure is just a boat ride away. Here's how I did a weekend trip to the Channel Islands

The San Luis Obispo TribuneThe San Luis Obispo Tribune - Jul 26, 2018
Five of the eight islands in the Channel Islands archipelago fall within the boundaries of Channel Islands National Park, which is surrounded by a national marine sanctuary. Part of the 96-square-mile Santa Cruz Island is managed by the Nature ...  

Crater Lake National Park

Fire in Crater Lake National Park now 55 percent contained

Statesman JournalStatesman Journal - Jul 26, 2018
Strategic bulking up of fire lines by crews brought containment of the wildfire burning near Crater Lake to 55 percent. The Timber Crater 6 Fire has burned just under 3,000 acres in the northeast corner of Crater Lake National Park, according to latest ...  

Wind Cave National Park

Tours of the Sanson Ranch and Buffalo Jump Offered This Summer at Wind Cave National Park

DrgnewsDrgnews - Jul 13, 2018
Rangers at Wind Cave National Park will be offering tours of the Sanson Ranch and Buffalo Jump on Saturdays, beginning July 21 through August 11. These three-hour, free tours of the Sanson Ranch and Buffalo Jump are approximately 1.5 miles long, ...  

Canyonlands National Park

Vandalism at False Kiva: Canyonlands Closes Access

FstoppersFstoppers - Aug 12, 2018
The newest area to be vandalized is in Canyonlands National Park where the False Kiva is located (pictured above by Ryan Smith). According to sources at the Canyonlands National Park, there were two incidents that have caused the closure in early ...  

Capitol Reef National Park

Utah's Least-Visited National Park Is a Secret Oasis: Guide to Capitol Reef

GearJunkieGearJunkie - Aug 14, 2018
Capitol Reef National Park is like Zion National Park before it became popular. There are few crowds and no shuttles, tour buses, or manned entrance stations. With slot canyons, colorful panoramas, arches, and dozens of orchards, the park is a literal ...  

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