Latest National parks News

Congo park ranger tells of taking viral selfie with gorillas

Apr. 25, 2019 2:47 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A park ranger in Congo has described how he captured a selfie with two gorillas that went viral. Mathieu Shamavu, a ranger at Virunga National Park in eastern Congo, said he was checking his phone when he noticed two female orphaned gorillas, Ndakazi and Ndeze, mimicking his movements, so he...

Montana residents say bison hunts near Yellowstone unsafe

Apr. 25, 2019 10:32 AM EDT

BEATTIE GULCH, Mont. (AP) — The scavenger-cleaned bison carcass scattered across the grassland provided the perfect punctuation point for Nathan Varley. Varley was lobbying a group of officials Wednesday to modify how the winter bison hunt is conducted in the Gardiner Basin, just north of Yellowstone...

Woman who fell to her death at the Grand Canyon identified

Apr. 24, 2019 9:12 PM EDT

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities have identified an Arizona woman who died after falling over the edge of the South Rim at Grand Canyon National Park. Park officials say 69-year-old Cynthia Ackley fell about 200 feet (61 meters) Tuesday afternoon. She lived in the Phoenix suburb of...

National monument advisory panel new flashpoint in debate

Apr. 24, 2019 6:42 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A newly unveiled advisory committee that will help make management decisions for a downsized national monument in southern Utah has become the latest flashpoint in a long-running debate over lands considered sacred to Native Americans as monument supporters cry foul about being left...

Stop along Underground Railroad receives special designation

Apr. 24, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Civil War-era port of entry into Kansas and stop along the Underground Railroad has received a special designation from the National Park Service. The Kansas City Star reports that federal lawmakers joined local officials Tuesday to celebrate that the Quindaro ruins are now a...

Another Grand Canyon visitor dies in fall from edge

Apr. 23, 2019 10:58 PM EDT

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Another visitor to Grand Canyon National Park has died after falling over the edge of the South Rim, authorities said Tuesday. A 70-year-old woman fell about 200 feet (61 meters) over the rim, the second over-the-edge death this month within the confines of the...

Dinosaur National Monument recognized as dark sky park

Apr. 23, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

JENSEN, Utah (AP) — A national monument known for dinosaur fossils has also been named one of the world's best places to view the stars. Officials at Dinosaur National Monument say the landmark has been designated an International Dark Sky Park for its "exceptional quality of natural darkness." The...

Nonprofit to support 3 national parks along Outer Banks

Apr. 23, 2019 4:30 AM EDT

KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. (AP) — A nonprofit is beginning to support the three national parks along North Carolina's Outer Banks. Outer Banks Forever says in a news release that it will work with Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and the Wright Brothers National Memorial....

Land conservation organization acquires 100,000 acres

Apr. 22, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A land conservation organization has acquired 100,000 acres (40,469 hectares) on the Kentucky-Tennessee border. News outlets report The Nature Conservancy announced on Monday that the purchased area covers 156 square miles (404 sq. kilometers) across areas of northern Tennessee and...

Old railroad in Montana will be converted into pathway

Apr. 21, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A nine-mile (14.5-kilometer) stretch of abandoned railroad in southwest Montana will be resurrected to once again carry Yellowstone National Park-area tourists. The Billings Gazette reports that the Custer Gallatin National Forest last week announced approval of a nonmotorized,...