Latest National parks News

Hiker dies in fall through Mount Rainier snow bridge

Jun. 16, 2021 20:30 PM EDT

MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, Wash. (AP) — The body of a hiker who fell through a snow bridge at Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park has been recovered, according to officials. The hiker's body was found on Wednesday at the bottom of a steep drainage under 8-10 feet...

Colorado man dies after falling into river at Grand Canyon

Jun. 15, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — A Colorado man has died after falling into the Colorado River while boating in Grand Canyon National Park, authorities said Tuesday. Park officials said they received an emergency alert from a noncommercial river trip near the...

US Park service sued after gate kills Ugandan humanitarian

Jun. 15, 2021 13:47 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The family of a women’s rights activist from Uganda sued the National Park Service this month after she was decapitated last year by a gate at Utah’s Arches National Park. The gate had been left unlatched against federal policy for two weeks...

Glacier National Park considers radio, cell signal upgrades

Jun. 14, 2021 20:47 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Public review has begun for a proposal to boost radio and cellphone service in Glacier National Park in Montana, park officials said. The deadline to comment is July 11. The proposal calls for upgrades to communications from the National Park...

Advocates work toward new southern Nevada national monument

Jun. 14, 2021 13:15 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Advocates in southern Nevada are building momentum toward setting aside a wide desert area rich with biological diversity and Native American cultural significance for permanent environmental protection. The site would be called Avi Kwa Ame National...

New River Gorge announcing summer hours, programs

Jun. 14, 2021 06:51 AM EDT

GLEN JEAN, W.Va. (AP) — The New River Gorge National Park and Preserve is beginning summer operating hours with visitor centers open seven days a week, Superintendent Lizzie Watts said in a news release. The Canyon Rim and Sandstone visitor centers will be open from...

Big South Fork visitors spent $24.3M in nearby communities

Jun. 14, 2021 06:50 AM EDT

ONEIDA, Tenn. (AP) — The National Park Service reported Friday that visitors to Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area last year spent $24.3 million in communities near the park. Big South Fork had 773,000 visitors, and their spending supported 295 jobs in the local area,...

US will revisit Trump-era decision for Alaska rainforest

Jun. 11, 2021 18:22 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The federal government announced plans Friday to “repeal or replace” a decision by the Trump administration last fall to lift restrictions on logging and road building in a southeast Alaska rainforest that provides habitat for wolves, bears and salmon. ...

Yellowstone National Park sets tourism record for May

Jun. 11, 2021 16:25 PM EDT

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park had its busiest May as tourism continued to rebound from the coronavirus pandemic. The park had over 483,000 recreation visits last month, up 11% from May 2019, park officials said Friday. ...

Yellowstone National Park unveils automated electric cars

Jun. 10, 2021 19:47 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Park officials have launched the first tests of electric vehicles in Yellowstone National Park that are capable of operating without drivers. The park on Wednesday launched a $360,000 public experiment into the potential future of visitor...