Latest National Park Service News

More human remains discovered as drought dries Lake Mead

Aug. 07, 2022 12:41 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — More human remains have been found at drought-stricken Lake Mead National Recreation Area east of Las Vegas, authorities said Sunday. It’s the fourth time since May that remains have been uncovered as Western drought forces the shoreline to retreat at the...

Tourists find safety after floods close Death Valley roads

Aug. 06, 2022 16:37 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hundreds of hotel guests trapped by flash flooding at Death Valley National Park were able to drive out after crews cleared a pathway through rocks and mud, but roads damaged by floodwaters or choked with debris were expected to remain closed into next week, officials said...

Record floods strand 1K people in Death Valley National Park

Aug. 05, 2022 23:14 PM EDT

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Record rainfall Friday trigged flash floods at Death Valley National Park that swept away cars, closed all roads and stranded hundreds of visitors and workers. There were no immediate reports of injuries but roughly 60 vehicles were buried...

Military munitions debris closes section of Assateague beach

Aug. 01, 2022 17:43 PM EDT

ASSATEAGUE, Md. (AP) — The National Park Service has closed a section of beach at the Assateague Island National Seashore after military munitions debris washed ashore. The park service announced Sunday that the partial closure is in effect for the North Beach swimming area in...

Federal court denies Noem's Mount Rushmore fireworks appeal

Jul. 27, 2022 17:08 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday dismissed an appeal from South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem in her lawsuit that attempted to overturn the National Park Service's denial of the state's application to hold a fireworks display at Mount Rushmore to celebrate 2021's...

Body near Lake Mead swimming site 3rd to surface since May

Jul. 26, 2022 16:02 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Another body has surfaced at Lake Mead — this time in a swimming area where water levels have dropped as the Colorado River reservoir behind Hoover Dam recedes because of drought and climate change. The National Park Service did not say in a statement how long...

Sister: Hiker who died in Badlands was on graduation trip

Jul. 23, 2022 10:02 AM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The sister of a St. Louis man who died while hiking in the Badlands of South Dakota said Friday that he was camping as part of a trip to celebrate graduating from college and got lost trying to find his way back to his car. The Pennington County Sheriff's...

Alaska's Denali National Park gets 1st woman superintendent

Jul. 21, 2022 18:05 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Brooke Merrell has been named superintendent of Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska and is the first woman in that role in the 105-year history of the park, the National Park Service announced Thursday. Merrell has been acting superintendent for the...

Body of missing climber found in Olympic National Park

Jul. 21, 2022 15:33 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Officials with the National Park Service said Wednesday evening that the body of a climber who went missing Monday evening in the Olympic National Park has been found. Sean Allen, 38, of Port Angeles, was found by rescue workers using a helicopter to locate the man,...

Mountain lion in Southern California study killed by vehicle

Jul. 20, 2022 16:26 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A mountain lion that was part of a National Park Service study was fatally struck by a vehicle on a highway near Southern California’s Santa Monica Mountains. The 2-year-old male cougar, dubbed P-89, was found dead early Monday on a shoulder along U.S. 101 in...