Latest National parks News

Camera captures bear's rub on tree at Russian nature reserve

Jun. 18, 2019 11:58 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — An Asian black bear in Russia has been captured on video enjoying a backrub against a tree — before trying to eat a surveillance camera. The video, posted recently by the Land of the Leopard national park in Russia's Far East, showed the bear approaching a tree, then rearing up to...

Watchdog to investigate Interior moves on Utah monument

Jun. 17, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A government watchdog will investigate whether the U.S. Interior Department broke the law by making plans to open lands cut from a Utah national monument by President Donald Trump to leasing for oil, gas and coal development, a pair of Democratic congress members said Monday. The...

Glacier National Park launches parking lot website

Jun. 17, 2019 1:04 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Glacier National Park has rolled out a new online tool that aims to help visitors find places to park. The Missoulian reported Saturday that the Montana park's Recreation Access Display gives live updates on campgrounds, parking lots, car access restrictions and weather. The website...

Manhattan Project park to offer tours of Los Alamos site

Jun. 16, 2019 11:55 PM EDT

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Federal officials will be offering tours of portions of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park in Los Alamos. The National Park Service has teamed up with Los Alamos National Laboratory and the National Nuclear Security Administration to organize tours during a weekend in...

Money will preserve part of Civil War site in Mississippi

Jun. 16, 2019 8:49 AM EDT

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — A grant will buy a tract of land to help preserve a Civil War battlefield in central Mississippi. The Vicksburg Post reports that the Mississippi Department of Archives and History is receiving nearly $110,000 from the National Park Service. The money from the American Battlefield...

Audubon intervenes to protect ocean monument for puffins

Jun. 15, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The National Audubon Society is getting involved in a lawsuit over the future of a national monument in the ocean off New England because of the area's importance to seabirds, especially colorfully beaked puffins. Fishing groups sued in federal court against creation of Northeast...

North Entrance Road Opens at Crater Lake National Park

Jun. 15, 2019 9:35 AM EDT

CRATER LAKE, Ore. (AP) — The North Entrance Road and West Rim Drive in Crater Lake National Park will open for travel Saturday morning. Superintendent Craig Ackerman says visitors now can drive to and from the park using the popular route and access spectacular views of the lake from West Rim Drive. He...

Adventure-seekers can find plenty at Idaho's City of Rocks

Jun. 15, 2019 3:06 AM EDT

ALMO, Idaho (AP) — Want to find an adventure without the hustle and bustle of the typical tourist town? Almo and its surrounding recreational areas may provide the seclusion you're looking for. The tiny village is often described as a town lost in time. The California Trail, alternate routes of the Old...

Program shows promise of removing pythons from Everglades

Jun. 15, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) — Charlie 5 had no plans to move that hot June morning. The 9-foot-long Burmese python was comfortably nestled in a muddy hollow, well-hidden in a thicket of saw grass and alligator flag in Big Cypress National Preserve. His tracking device gave him away. He didn't like it, but he...

New Alaska park bridge aimed at limiting bear encounters

Jun. 14, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The National Park Service has completed a project to relieve an Alaska traffic jam. A new elevated bridge and boardwalk across the Brooks River in Katmai National Park and Preserve has replaced a river-level bridge that was often closed to human tourists because it was occupied by...