Latest National parks News

More visitors arriving at Glacier when tickets not required

Jun. 18, 2021 11:01 AM EDT

WEST GLACIER, Mont. (AP) — Glacier National Park says it's seeing more visitors showing up early in the morning and evening when the park's new ticketed entry system is not in effect. Glacier administrators say people who arrive at the park's West entrance after 5 p.m....

Meridian given more time to begin refinery construction

Jun. 18, 2021 08:28 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators have set another deadline for Meridian Energy Group to begin construction on its $1 billion oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park or risk losing its permit. Meridian's permit from the state Department of...

Montana considers wolf hunting rules amid population decline

Jun. 17, 2021 18:07 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A commission governing wolf hunting in Montana is considering new wolf management rules that would make it easier to hunt wolves in the state after the Legislature passed several laws earlier this year to encourage additional wolf hunting. The...

Senate GOP hails new Interior deputy as 'voice of reason'

Jun. 17, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate easily confirmed former Obama administration official Tommy Beaudreau as deputy secretary at the Interior Department on Thursday, a rare bipartisan moment in an increasingly bitter fight over President Joe Biden's policies on energy production and climate...

White-nose syndrome confirmed in Wyoming bats for 1st time

Jun. 17, 2021 12:59 PM EDT

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Two bats from northeastern Wyoming's Devils Tower National Monument have been found with the state's first confirmed cases of a deadly fungal disease. White-nose syndrome has killed millions of bats in North America since the fungus first appeared...

Federal park system along Chattahoochee River has new leader

Jun. 17, 2021 07:37 AM EDT

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. (AP) — The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area has a new superintendent. Ann Honious will lead the park that’s made up of more than a dozen recreation areas in metro Atlanta, the National Park Service announced this week. ...

Hiker dies in fall through Mount Rainier snow bridge

Jun. 16, 2021 20:30 PM EDT

MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, Wash. (AP) — The body of a hiker who fell through a snow bridge at Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park has been recovered, according to officials. The hiker's body was found on Wednesday at the bottom of a steep drainage under 8-10 feet...

Colorado man dies after falling into river at Grand Canyon

Jun. 15, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — A Colorado man has died after falling into the Colorado River while boating in Grand Canyon National Park, authorities said Tuesday. Park officials said they received an emergency alert from a noncommercial river trip near the...

US Park service sued after gate kills Ugandan humanitarian

Jun. 15, 2021 13:47 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The family of a women’s rights activist from Uganda sued the National Park Service this month after she was decapitated last year by a gate at Utah’s Arches National Park. The gate had been left unlatched against federal policy for two weeks...

Glacier National Park considers radio, cell signal upgrades

Jun. 14, 2021 20:47 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Public review has begun for a proposal to boost radio and cellphone service in Glacier National Park in Montana, park officials said. The deadline to comment is July 11. The proposal calls for upgrades to communications from the National Park...