Latest National parks News

Katahdin Woods and Waters gets some more campsites

Jul. 24, 2021 09:42 AM EDT

PATTEN, Maine (AP) — Seven new tent sites have opened along the East Branch of the Penobscot River in the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. The Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters project was funded with support from the National Park Foundation, L.L. Bean...

Flathead forest continues work to restore whitebark pine

Jul. 24, 2021 08:13 AM EDT

WHITEFISH, Mont. (AP) — Tiny whitebark pine trees just a few inches tall peaked out from behind old stumps and logs along a mountainside just outside of Whitefish Mountain Resort’s boundary near the Hellroaring Basin. Dedicated workers from the Flathead National...

Messy Grand Teton camp draws bear; Idaho woman fined $5.8K

Jul. 23, 2021 16:50 PM EDT

MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) — A judge has ordered an Idaho woman to pay over $5,800 for leaving trash out that attracted a grizzly bear to her campsite in Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park. Wildlife officials had to tranquilize the bear and move it by boat elsewhere in the park...

Endurance athlete from Nevada dies near summit in Yosemite

Jul. 21, 2021 10:28 AM EDT

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — A Nevada man was found dead in Yosemite National Park after failing to return from a weekend hike, the National Park Service said. The body of Fred Zalokar, 61, of Reno was found and recovered on Tuesday near the summit of Mount...

Man who guided illegally in Yellowstone gets week in jail

Jul. 19, 2021 19:44 PM EDT

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — A judge has sentenced an Oklahoma man to a week in jail and ordered him to pay $1,100 for guiding visitors illegally in Yellowstone National Park. Theodore Eugene Garland, 60 of Edmond, Oklahoma, led visitors who trespassed in...

Organizations challenge state over water pollution permit

Jul. 19, 2021 15:49 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Environmental groups are challenging the Montana Department of Environmental Quality for permitting wastewater disposal into the groundwater for a new development in Big Sky that they say could degrade water quality in the Gallatin River downstream from Yellowstone...

Zion National Park sets another visitation record

Jul. 19, 2021 11:21 AM EDT

SPRINGDALE, Utah (AP) — Zion National Park has set a new record for visitors in a single month. National Park Service data shows the park saw nearly 676,000 visitors in June, topping the number during the same period in 2019 by a wide margin, the Spectrum newspaper...

City to give presentation on its vision for federal building

Jul. 19, 2021 02:05 AM EDT

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — The city of Portsmouth is going to share its new vision for a federal building site with the National Park Service. The city plans to give an online presentation of its “preliminary revised architectural plan" for the redevelopment of the...

Indiana Dunes collecting visitors' ideas for new services

Jul. 18, 2021 09:22 AM EDT

CHESTERTON, Ind. (AP) — Officials at Indiana Dunes National Park want to hear from visitors as they develop a strategy to add services at the park, ranging from food or beverage sales to organized tours. Two open houses are set for Thursday and Friday at the national...

Off-duty officer dies hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park

Jul. 16, 2021 15:05 PM EDT

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. (AP) — An off-duty police officer in Colorado died in a 200-foot (70-meter) fall while hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park this week. Park rangers responded Thursday to Mount Lady Washington, about 70 miles (110 kilometers)...