Stories tagged: National Parks
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 …
Sun., Dec. 25, 2016, 2:30 a.m.
Spout Springs ski area closes citing snowmobile issues
WINTERSPORTS – The owner of an Oregon ski area says he won’t open this season because of concerns about snowmobiles creating an unsafe environment in his parking lot. Spout Springs …
Sun., Dec. 11, 2016, 4:30 a.m.
Yellowstone Park under pressure from crowds, budget
Yellowstone, the country’s oldest national park, is being discovered by more people than ever. As the park’s visitation continues to grow, so does the list of maintenance that needs to …
Sat., Dec. 10, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Field reports: Lawmaker questions rail trail funding
Rep. Joe Schmick (R-Colfax) says he questions the value of Washington State Parks and Recreation Department proposals to spend millions of dollars in his district improving the portion of a …
Sat., Oct. 1, 2016, 7:49 p.m.
Cell service in Yellowstone interior irks some
BILLINGS, Mont. – Adventure seekers encounter untamed wilderness when they enter the backcountry of Yellowstone National Park. Howling wolves. Deadly grizzly bears. Steam-spewing geysers as seen nowhere else on Earth. …
Mon., Aug. 29, 2016, 5:30 a.m.
As more visit national parks, tourist misconduct on rise
Record visitor numbers at the nation’s first national park have transformed its annual summer rush into a sometimes dangerous frenzy, with selfie-taking tourists routinely breaking park rules and getting too …
Thu., Aug. 25, 2016, midnight
Rich Landers: National parks evolved to embrace more than bears, peaks and waterfalls
Wed., Aug. 24, 2016, 4:30 p.m.
NPS 100: Tourists are wacky about wildlife, ranger says
Wildlife and wild experiences are headliner attractions at many national parks, offering millions of visitors their first close encounters with the outdoors and critters as diverse as marmots and manatees. …
Wed., Aug. 24, 2016, 4 p.m.
NPS 100: Yellowstone National Park is one big fly zone
Roger Booth and John Brick once thought they had to get away from the maddening crowds to catch trout in Yellowstone National Park.
Wed., Aug. 24, 2016, 3 p.m.
NPS 100: National Park Service evolves for 100 years
What did we want when we set up the National Park Service 100 years ago? A museum? A playground? A business incentive? A zoo?
Sat., Aug. 13, 2016, 10 a.m.
Voyageurs National Park is iconic, rugged, marvelous Minnesota
We were motoring into Minnesota’s Voyageurs National Park, exploring just a speck of its 134,000 acres of woodlands, 84,000 acres of water, 500 islands and 655 miles of wild shoreline. …
Sun., June 19, 2016, midnight
Obama, in Yosemite, calls for protection of national parks
President Barack Obama, standing before the backdrop of a waterfall cascading from soaring mountains, extolled the national parks Saturday and urged Americans to cherish and protect the country’s natural beauty.
Mon., June 13, 2016, 6:15 p.m.
Woman pleads guilty to defacing rocks at 7 national parks
A San Diego woman who painted and drew on treasured natural rock formations at national parks across the West and shared her work on social media has pleaded guilty to …
Sat., June 11, 2016, 12:56 p.m.
Before RVs roll, cyclists own park road
Less than a mile up the road from Avalanche Campground, the roar of a real avalanche overrode the burble of McDonald Creek.
Sun., May 29, 2016, 8:31 a.m.
Park Service considers visitor caps, expects record crowds
As the National Park Service kicks off a centennial summer expected to draw record crowds, the agency is seriously considering caps on how many people pass through some of the …
Sat., May 28, 2016, 4:30 p.m.
North Cascades Institute leading outdoor education for 30 years
The North Cascades Institute, which offers active nature education courses for all ages in the park, will celebrate its 30th anniversary this summer, around the same time the National Park …
Sat., May 28, 2016, 4:22 p.m.
Glacier Institute experience fun and enlightening, Spokane group says
Many national parks have institutes for extended learning in the country’s finest natural classrooms, and Glacier National Park is no exception. Several Inland Northwest couples who attended the Montana Master …
Sat., May 21, 2016, 4:40 p.m.
National parks centennial gets first-class treatment on postage stamps
National parks will be featured in the mail this summer. On June 2, the U.S. Postal Service will begin celebrating the National Park Service’s centennial just in time for summer …
Wed., May 11, 2016, 1:10 p.m.
Husband and wife quit jobs, devote year to touring national parks
A Missouri couple that quit their jobs to visit all 59 major national parks in one year is in Washington this week during a sweeping journey of the country.
Wed., March 30, 2016, 3:49 p.m.
In brief: Mount Rainier wilderness reservation system crashes
A catastrophic computer system crash at Mount Rainier National Park has put procrastinators on equal footing with backpackers who applied early to get backcountry permits for the Wonderland Trail and …
Wed., Feb. 17, 2016, 2:33 p.m.
Yellowstone in winter almost a different place
Although I am intimately familiar with the summer park, winter in the park is almost like being in a different place. Steamy thermal features and subzero temperatures create ghostly trees …
Sat., Feb. 6, 2016, 3:48 p.m.
Arco locals campaign for Idaho’s first national park
The Shell station shut down recently. Same with the drive-through restaurant. Wells Fargo will close next month, and nearby storefronts sit mostly vacant.
Wed., Jan. 13, 2016, 1:52 p.m.
In brief: Fee-free entry days offered at state, national parks
State and federal land managers are waiving some visitor fees on holidays this year, including the upcoming Martin Luther King holiday.