Latest National parks News

Understaffed Yellowstone strained by record tourism year

Oct. 23, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Cam Sholly has every square foot of pavement mapped out in the 2.2 million acre park. He’s scrutinizing the 1,750 acres of pavement in the hope of finding answers to the rising traffic congestion. ...

Grand Teton joins Yellowstone in breaking tourism records

Oct. 20, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) — Just nine months into 2021, Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park already has had its busiest year on record. The park joins nearby Yellowstone in setting visitation records this year. Grand Teton had almost 3.5 million recreation...

Colorado Gov announces new state park in western mountains

Oct. 20, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A private ranch with ponds, springs and rare wetland plants in Colorado's western mountains will be part of a new state park, Gov. Jared Polis announced Wednesday. Joined by state and federal parks officials, Polis announced the 488-acre ranch near...

Food, trash raiding grizzly caught, killed in Grand Teton

Oct. 20, 2021 15:48 PM EDT

MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) — Wildlife managers intentionally killed a grizzly bear in Grand Teton National Park they said had become a safety risk after it got used to getting food from humans. Last fall, the grizzly got food at a home south of the park. This fall, the bear got...

$650M plan would give Los Angeles Zoo flashy transformation

Oct. 20, 2021 14:39 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A $650 million plan would give the Los Angeles Zoo a theme park-style transformation over the next 20 years. The city-owned zoo in the city's Griffith Park area would get exhibit upgrades and new attractions such as a 60-foot-deep (18-meter-deep)...

US park: Rocks tossed down cliffs can kill hikers, climbers

Oct. 17, 2021 14:18 PM EDT

GLEN JEAN, W.Va. (AP) — A national park in West Virginia is telling visitors they need to stop throwing rocks down cliffs, saying it could kill climbers and hikers below. A Facebook post by the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve says a rock climber recently...

Workers near Zion homeless amid housing crunch, tourism bump

Oct. 17, 2021 08:04 AM EDT

VIRGIN , Utah (AP) — A hot wind whipped across the red sand just outside of Zion National Park where a woman and her dogs live in a 1970s camper because she can’t find housing in Springdale, where she works. After four years of working at Springdale’s Bit and Spur...

Rare grizzly bear confirmed in northern Idaho forest

Oct. 15, 2021 12:21 PM EDT

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — Wildlife managers in northern Idaho are warning people to be on the watch for grizzly bears after one was recently reported in the Coeur d'Alene National Forest. Idaho Fish and Game regional wildlife biologist Barb McCall Moore said in a...

National Park site vandalized with antisemitic language

Oct. 14, 2021 10:24 AM EDT

CORNISH, N.H. (AP) — National Park Service rangers and New Hampshire state police are investigating antisemitic vandalism of The Temple monument at Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park. Vandals used paint and permanent markers on the monument where the family of famed...

US drops appeal of ruling banning some sheep grazing

Oct. 13, 2021 17:05 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. officials and a sheep industry group have dropped their appeals of a court ruling preventing sheep grazing in western Montana and eastern Idaho by a sheep research facility long targeted by environmental groups concerned about potential harm to grizzly bears and...