Latest National Park Service News

USS Arizona Memorial repairs progress, no reopening date yet

Aug. 23, 2019 10:12 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Repairs to the USS Arizona Memorial in Honolulu are progressing, but officials have not yet set a date to reopen the tourist attraction. The National Park Service plans next week to announce the reopening date, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Thursday. A malfunction with the concrete...

Crews reopen Denali park road; stranded tourists leave

Aug. 17, 2019 10:14 PM EDT

DENALI NATIONAL PARK, Alaska (AP) — Road crews have cleared one lane in Alaska's Denali National Park and Preserve, and buses returned about 300 stranded tourists to the park entrance safely. The tourists became stranded Friday after heavy rains triggered mudslides and caused excess water from a culvert to...

Mayor: Officials waited days to warn of lake chemical spill

Aug. 16, 2019 3:32 PM EDT

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana mayor accused state environmental officials Friday of waiting several days before notifying his city about a steel mill's spill of cyanide and another chemical that led to a fish kill and prompted the closure of beaches along Lake Michigan. Portage Mayor John Cannon said the...

Burgum, backers want Roosevelt library in national park

Aug. 14, 2019 3:57 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Doug Burgum and other backers of the proposed presidential library for Theodore Roosevelt are pushing to build the facility within the boundaries of the former president's namesake national park in North Dakota's badlands. They appear to have little choice: The adjacent tiny...

First tracked mountain lion crosses Los Angeles freeway

Aug. 8, 2019 10:09 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officials say for the first time during a 17-year study of mountain lions, one of the big cats has been documented crossing Interstate 405 in Los Angeles. The National Park Service said Thursday that P-61 navigated the massive freeway between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. on July 19 in Sepulveda...

Canadian man who drowned in Montana national park identified

Aug. 8, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

WEST GLACIER, Mont. (AP) — A 64-year-old Canadian man who drowned in a small lake at Glacier National Park in Montana has been identified as Wales Wai Ming Poon, of Edmonton, Alberta. The National Park Service says the victim was visiting Glacier with family when he drowned in Pray Lake on Tuesday...

Glacier National Park records drop in visitors this year

Aug. 8, 2019 10:48 AM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — The number of visitors to Glacier National Park dropped by nearly 3% last month compared to July 2018. The Flathead Beacon reported Wednesday that the National Park Service recorded nearly 884,000 visitors to the Montana park in July, falling from the nearly 911,000 recorded in the...

Body of Canadian man recovered in Glacier National Park

Aug. 7, 2019 6:27 PM EDT

WEST GLACIER, Mont. (AP) — Searchers have recovered the body of a 64-year-old Canadian man who is believed to have drowned in a small lake at Glacier National Park in Montana. The National Park Service says rangers received a report about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday of a man struggling in Pray Lake and then going...

'Era of active shooter': Fort Sumter restricts access

Aug. 7, 2019 9:27 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The National Park Service says people can no longer stop by a historic South Carolina fort for free, unregulated visits. The Post and Courier reports rangers have now limited access to Fort Sumter in Charleston, blocking people and boaters from using a nearby sandbar beach to pop in...

White House fence project obscures tourists' view

Aug. 4, 2019 8:06 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tourists aiming for postcard-perfect photos of the White House at first couldn't avoid the black metal bicycle racks that were arranged to form an extra security barrier against possible fence-jumpers. The racks were in just about every shot. But visitors now must contend with a tall...