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Donna F. Edwards: The national parks need our help

Current tax dollars, fees and the support of the National Park Foundation (the parks’ charitable arm) are simply not enough to meet the nationwide demand and disrepair.


UPDATED: Thu., May 9, 2019, 2:26 p.m.

Happy campers: National parks offer scenic, cheap vacation options

Throughout our travels, we’ve stayed in some fantastic campgrounds, perfect for exploring some of the best national parks and monuments in the West. The following campgrounds are some of our …


Supreme Court rules Park Service not valid on rivers in Alaska National Parks

The U.S. Supreme Court stated in a 9-0 ruling Tuesday that rivers that flow through National Parks in Alaska aren’t part of the park units and aren’t subject to National …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 26, 2019, 4:56 p.m.

‘Wheeeee!’ Some national parks open to visitors post-shutdown

Park rangers were once again greeting visitors at some national parks across the United States and flight operations at major airports were returning to normal on Saturday, one day after …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 31, 2018, 2:58 p.m.

National parks dealing with vandals, human waste in shutdown

Human feces, overflowing garbage, illegal off-roading and other damaging behavior in fragile areas were beginning to overwhelm some of the West’s iconic national parks on Monday, as a partial government …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 22, 2018, 6:36 p.m.

Open and closed: shutdown’s varied impact on parks, tourists

The huddled masses are still able to visit the Statue of Liberty. The Grand Canyon is open for business. The government says other national parks “will remain as accessible as …


Study: National parks get fewer visits when pollution rises

Visitors appear to be steering clear of some U.S. national parks or cutting visits short because of pollution levels that are comparable to what’s found in major cities, according to …


There’s a fund to protect national parks, but Congress drastically underfunds it

WASHINGTON – Officials say they need $6 million in federal money to prevent pockets of land around Redwood National Park from being used for private interests. The Everglades National Park …


UPDATED: Thu., April 12, 2018, 10:13 p.m.

Popular national parks to raise fees to $35, not $70

The Interior Department is increasing fees at the most popular national parks to $35 per vehicle, backing down from an earlier plan that would have forced visitors to pay $70 …


Woman leaves $1 million to Washington’s national parks

Officials say Washington state’s three national parks have received a $1 million donation from the estate of a woman who loved the outdoors.


UPDATED: Tue., April 3, 2018, 3:41 p.m.

Interior backing away from steep fee hikes at national parks

The Interior Department is backing down from a plan to impose steep fee increases at popular national parks in the face of


Family travel five: Historic national park gems

Plan ahead for your national park family vacation. (The best lodging fills quickly.)


Yellowstone fee proposal receives Wyoming governor’s OK

Wyoming will seek an agreement with U.S. Interior Department and National Park Service officials about collecting a fee at Yellowstone National Park to fund wildlife conservation efforts in the states …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 29, 2018, 3:07 p.m.

U.S. conservationist, Chile sign creation of national parks

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has signed decrees creating vast new national parks using lands donated by a U.S. conservation organization. It’s believed to be the largest private donation of land …


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’ …


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 …


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.


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 …


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.


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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.


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 …