Stories tagged: National Parks
Thu., Dec. 14, 2017, 9:36 p.m.
Yellowstone National Park to open for winter season
Yellowstone National Park is set to open for the winter season.
UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 12, 2017, 7:17 p.m.
U.S. national parks to slash number of free days for visitors
National parks in the U.S. will sharply drop the number of days they allow visitors to get in for free, a move that was criticized by opponents of the parks’ …
Thu., Oct. 26, 2017, 1:17 p.m.
Democrats condemn proposed fee hikes at national parks
Democratic senators are harshly criticizing a National Park Service plan to impose steep increases in entrance fees at 17 of its most popular parks, including the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone …
Tue., Oct. 24, 2017, 2:51 p.m.
U.S. considers higher entry fees at 17 popular national parks
The National Park Service is floating a steep increase in entrance fees at 17 of its most popular parks, mostly in the West, to address a backlog of maintenance and …
UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 22, 2017, 9:04 p.m.
More grizzly bears roaming outside national parks in Wyoming
A growing number of grizzly bears are moving outside their established habitat in and around Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, causing more conflicts with humans, according to wildlife managers.
Fri., Sept. 1, 2017, 5:55 a.m.
Yellowstone Park vehicle traffic nearing capacity
Sometime within the next four to six years, Yellowstone National Park is expected to reach its capacity for being able to handle all the vehicles that tourists drive through the …
UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 3, 2017, 9:45 a.m.
Seniors snap up U.S. national park passes before price hike
Seniors are snapping up so many lifetime passes good for U.S. national parks and other recreation areas ahead of a steep price increase later this month that some government agencies …
Sun., July 30, 2017, 5:25 a.m.
Field reports: Outdoors industry supports public lands in Salt Lake rally
Approximately 2,500 people marched in Salt Lake City Thursday to show support for federal public lands in a departing salvo from the Outdoor industry.
UPDATED: Fri., July 28, 2017, 5:19 p.m.
The Interior Department has a new mission: to make money
Under President Donald Trump, the U.S. agency that manages the national park system is tweaking its mission to include a new priority: Generating cash.
UPDATED: Sat., July 22, 2017, 9:52 p.m.
$53M to go to U.S. national park maintenance, infrastructure
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has announced more than $50 million for maintenance and infrastructure work at national parks.
Fri., July 21, 2017, 3:01 p.m.
Check in to get away: Zion park aims to require reservations
It would be a first for a U.S. national park: requiring reservations to get in. But it’s an option that Zion National Park is considering to manage an overwhelming surge …
Sun., July 16, 2017, 5:25 a.m.
Out & About: Seniors to pay more for federal lands pass
Congress passed legislation in December that will significantly ramp up the cost of a federal pass that gets citizens age 62 and older into federal recreation sites where entry fees …
Sun., July 9, 2017, 6:25 a.m.
Majestic Mountains: The Canadian Rockies remain wild, wonderful
The Canadian Rockies and their surrounding territories have retained this ancient majesty. Thanks in part to the naming of British Columbia’s and Alberta’s four national and three provincial parks as …
Sun., July 2, 2017, 5:30 a.m.
Out & About: Blanket phone coverage proposed for parks
Proposals for increased cell phone coverage in Mount Rainier, Yellowstone and several other national parks have opened for another round of public comment, with constituents divided on the issue in …
Thu., June 29, 2017, 6:30 a.m.
Traveler plans to see all 417 national parks in one road trip
Mikah Meyer’s tally as of last week: 185 national parks down and 232 to go.
Sun., June 25, 2017, 6:15 a.m.
Noise pollution: Hear the rustle of grass? Not so much now in U.S. parks
The call of the wild is getting harder to hear. Peaceful, natural sounds – bird songs, rushing rivers and rustling grass – are sometimes being drowned out by noise from …
Sun., June 25, 2017, 6 a.m.
Light pollution: Glacier, Waterton parks seek friendlier skies for critters
The stars are shining brighter and the glare of lights is a little less disorienting to creatures of the night in Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park this year.
UPDATED: Sun., June 18, 2017, 9:34 p.m.
Tourists descend as temperatures climb in Death Valley
Desert dwellers in the western U.S. see temperatures topping 120 degrees as a reason to hunker down indoors and turn up the air conditioning. But some tourists welcome it as …
Fri., June 16, 2017, 6 a.m.
Glacier National Park maintenance backlog drops
KALISPELL, Mont. – Glacier National Park’s maintenance backlog has dropped by $31 million over the last year, according to a report by the National Park Service. The various maintenance projects …
UPDATED: Sun., June 11, 2017, 8:19 a.m.
Woman crisscrosses West to fulfill acquaintance’s last wish
Nancy Zingheim barely knew Rita Poe when Poe approached her office at the Washington state RV park. Poe, a shy registered nurse, had a request for the RV park business …
Fri., May 19, 2017, 6:30 a.m.
Canada’s lesser-known national parks good bet during 150th anniversary
It’s Canada’s turn to celebrate its national parks. As part of Canada 150 – the country’s sesquicentennial – admission is free in all national parks. For Americans, a car-camping trip …
Fri., May 12, 2017, 6:30 a.m.
‘Safe Selfie’ policy adopted at Yellowstone National Park
In response to an epidemic of foolish, irresponsible and sometimes illegal behavior over the last two record-setting years of attendance, Yellowstone National Park officials are asking 2017 visitors to “Take …
Thu., April 20, 2017, 10:44 a.m.
Washington’s national parks attracted 8.5 million visitors in 2016
National parks and Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area were heavy hitters for Washington’s tourism economy last year, attracting more than 8.5 million visitors who spent $562 million during their stays.
UPDATED: Tue., April 4, 2017, 10:58 p.m.
Landslide blocks Porcupine Bay access possibly for months
A landslide that occurred Sunday north of Davenport will block access to Lake Roosevelt’s popular Porcupine Bay Campground and boat launch for weeks or even months, Lincoln County officials say.
Sun., Feb. 12, 2017, 6 a.m.
Out & about: Candada National Parks celebrate 150 years
Canada’s national parks, celebrating their 150th anniversary this year, are rolling out the welcome mats by offering free entry.
Sun., Jan. 29, 2017, 6 a.m.
Field Reports: Reservations go online at Mount Rainier
Backpackers and climbers who want to camp in wilderness areas of
Wed., Jan. 25, 2017, 12:29 p.m.
Park Service workers’ step up campaign against Trump
The National Park Service employees’ Twitter campaign against President Donald Trump spread to other parks on Wednesday, with tweets on climate change and a reminder that Japanese Americans were forcibly …
UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 17, 2017, 8:56 p.m.
Interior nominee Zinke disputes Trump on climate change
WASHINGTON – Donald Trump’s choice to head the Interior Department on Tuesday rejected the president-elect’s claim that climate change is a hoax, saying it is indisputable that environmental changes are …
UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 16, 2017, 10:44 p.m.
National park visits hit record high for third straight year
Visits to U.S. national parks set a record in 2016 for the third consecutive year as landmarks such Zion, Yellowstone and Rocky Mountain experienced historic levels of popularity that brought …
Sat., Jan. 14, 2017, 10:18 a.m.
President Obama expands Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument
President Barack Obama has expanded the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in southwestern Oregon to protect its rich biodiversity. The expansion announced Thursday adds about 48,000 acres to a landscape of rich …