Latest National parks News

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2020, file photo, a bison walks through the snow in Yellowstone National Park's Lamar Valley near Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyo. The superintendent of Yellowstone National Park says it likely won’t reopen until May 2020 or later, delaying the start of its traditional summer season for millions of tourists because of the coronavirus outbreak. Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park have been closed since March 24, 2020, because of the virus. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File )

Yellowstone closure likely to delay summer tourist season

Apr. 9, 2020 3:06 PM EDT

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park likely won't reopen until May or later, delaying the start of its traditional summer season for millions of tourists because of the coronavirus outbreak, a park official said. “I don’t foresee us opening in the month of April,” park...

Whales filmed having whale of a time during lockdown

Apr. 9, 2020 8:36 AM EDT

LE PECQ, France (AP) — With humans away, the whales will play. In another sign that wild animals are roaming more freely while locked-down people are sheltering indoors from the coronavirus, a maritime patrol has filmed remarkable images of whales powering through Mediterranean waters off the coast of...

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2015, file photo, Zion National Park is shown near Springdale, Utah. A professional jumper vowed Wednesday, April 8, 2020, not to leap anymore from cliffs inside national parks after he pleaded guilty to doing it twice in Zion National Park in Utah. Marshall Miller, 42, of Alpine, Utah, said he will respect a law that prohibits recreational BASE jumping in all national parks and will discourage his fellow jumpers to stay out. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

After pleas, pro jumper vows not to leap in national parks

Apr. 8, 2020 7:06 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A professional jumper vowed Wednesday not to leap anymore from cliffs inside national parks after he pleaded guilty to doing it twice in Zion National Park in Utah. Marshall Miller, 42, of Alpine, Utah, said he will respect a law that prohibits recreational BASE jumping in all...

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2019 file photo, historic buildings on Greenwood, the Historic Black Wall Street, house new businesses in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A $500,000 grant announced Tuesday, April 8, 2020, from the National Park service will be used to renovate buildings along Tulsa's former Black Wall Street. It comes nearly 100 years after the area was largely destroyed and as many as 300 people were killed in one of the nation's deadliest outbreaks of racial violence. (John Clanton/Tulsa World via AP File)

Tulsa's former Black Wall Street to be modernized with grant

Apr. 8, 2020 6:49 PM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A $500,000 grant from the National Park service will be used to renovate buildings along Tulsa's former Black Wall Street, nearly 100 years after the area was largely destroyed and as many as 300 people were killed in one of the nation's deadliest outbreaks of racial violence. The...

FILE - This May 25, 2017 file photo shows a view of the world-famous hoodoos, also called tent rocks, fairy chimneys and earth pyramids, at Inspiration Point in Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. The park has become the latest to close its gates to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The ongoing flow of visitors made it difficult to maintain proper social distancing, park Superintendent Linda Mazzu said in a news release Monday, April 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Eva Parziale, File)

Bryce Canyon National Park closes; only 1 Utah park open

Apr. 7, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Bryce Canyon National Park in southern Utah became the latest park to close its gates to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The ongoing flow of visitors to the park noted for its spire-shaped red rock formations known as hoodoos made it difficult to maintain proper social...

What to name biggest piece of Delaware's national park?

Apr. 5, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Federal officials are working to finalize a name for the outdoor centerpiece of Delaware's First State Historic National Park. The park was federally designated in 2014 and is made up of seven locations — places like the Old Swedes Historic Site in Wilmington and the Court...

Virus outbreak leads Niobrara River visitors center to close

Apr. 4, 2020 10:24 AM EDT

VALENTINE, Neb. (AP) — The federal parks service has announced the closure of the Niobrara National Scenic River visitors center in Valentine as officials seek to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. The National Park Service says the center closed Thursday and will remain closed until further...

Cadaver dogs offer clues to wagon trains on old Idaho trails

Apr. 4, 2020 3:11 AM EDT

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — It’s a hunt for dead bodies. Cadaver dogs will be out combing and sniffing Idaho’s sagebrush land at the City of Rocks National Preserve for the scent of decomposing humans. They aren’t employed to solve a recent crime, the Post Register reports, but to add...

FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2013, file photo, the Grand Canyon National Park is covered in the morning sunlight as seen from a helicopter near Tusayan, Ariz. Edward Keable, a veteran lawyer for the U.S. Interior Department, has been appointed as the new superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park, a crown jewel of the park system. The National Park Service announced Friday, April 3, 2020, that Keable will assume his new post in northern Arizona within 60 days.(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

Government lawyer named as new Grand Canyon park leader

Apr. 3, 2020 8:39 PM EDT

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — A veteran lawyer for the federal government has been selected to oversee Grand Canyon National Park — a rare appointment of someone who did not move up through the ranks of the National Park Service. Edward Keable currently serves as the assistant solicitor...

FILE - In this May 8, 2011, file photo, hikers climb down the Angels Landing trail in Zion National Park, in Utah. Zion National Park announced Monday, March 23, 2020, it is closing its campgrounds and part of a popular trail called Angel's Landing that is often crowded with people due to coronavirus. The top part of the hike that is being closed is bordered by steep drops and ascends some 1,500 feet (457 meters) above the southern Utah park's red-rock cliffs, offering sweeping views. (Jud Burkett/The Spectrum via AP, File)

Zion is latest national park to close amid virus spread

Apr. 3, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The red rock vistas at Zion National Park were closed to the public Friday as the Utah site became the latest national park to lock its gates to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Local leaders had called for the closure, and Gov. Gary Herbert said he consulted with the Interior...