Latest National Park Service News

Arches National Park receives certification for dark skies

Jul. 6, 2019 3:23 AM EDT

ARCHES NATIONAL PARK, Utah (AP) — Arches National Park in southern Utah is now certified as an International Dark Sky Park. The National Park Service and the International Dark-Sky Association said in a joint announcement Friday that the designation recognizes the park's "quality night skies and a...

E-bikes encounter rocky road to approval despite popularity

Jun. 25, 2019 6:59 PM EDT

BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — Gordon Goodwin and his wife are rediscovering their passion for bicycling in their senior years thanks to new electric-assist bikes. The electric motors provide a gentle kick, making it easier for them to pedal up hilly roads around Maine's Acadia National Park. "We're getting...

Olympic National Park plans more mountain goat roundups

Jun. 22, 2019 10:25 AM EDT

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK, Wash. (AP) — Goats will fly again at Olympic National Park this summer as the National Park Service continues to transport mountain goats to their native habitat in the North Cascades. Operations to move as many as possible of the estimated 700 mountain goats began last year. Using...

New Alaska park bridge aimed at limiting bear encounters

Jun. 14, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The National Park Service has completed a project to relieve an Alaska traffic jam. A new elevated bridge and boardwalk across the Brooks River in Katmai National Park and Preserve has replaced a river-level bridge that was often closed to human tourists because it was occupied by...

Beach concerts at Jersey shore town cancelled for the birds

Jun. 13, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

SANDY HOOK, N.J. (AP) — A concert series on a popular New Jersey beach is cancelled this summer to protect dozens of shorebirds nesting there. Piping plovers usually only visit Sandy Hook but this year, unusually, they've decided to build more than 20 nests. Sandy Hook Foundation made the announcement...

Oklahoma base set for migrant site was WWII internment camp

Jun. 12, 2019 6:26 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A U.S. Army base in Oklahoma that the federal government selected as a temporary shelter for migrant children also held hundreds in a Japanese internment camp during World War II. Historical data from the National Park Service and private organizations show Fort Sill was among at least...

Confusion abounds as Trump's July 4 plans remain a mystery

Jun. 12, 2019 10:17 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With three weeks to go, exactly what's going to happen in Washington on the Fourth of July remains a subject of intense confusion because of President Donald Trump plans to reshape the nation's premier celebration. Will Independence Day festivities be centered around the Washington...

Man rescued after 800-foot cliff fall at Crater Lake

Jun. 11, 2019 1:47 PM EDT

NORTH BEND, Ore. (AP) — A man has been rescued after falling 800 feet down the sheer walls of Crater Lake National Park, the caldera of a dormant volcano in southern Oregon. A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter hoisted the man to safety Monday afternoon, according to a release from the agency. The helicopter...

Helicopter rescues climbers from near Mount Rainier summit

Jun. 6, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A helicopter crew has rescued four climbers from near the summit of Mount Rainier after they had been stranded on the Cascade Mountain peak in Washington for several days. The climbers were suffering from exposure and were taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, the National Park...

Report finds Grand Canyon tourists buoyed nearby communities

May. 29, 2019 1:08 AM EDT

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — A new report from the National Park Service says areas surrounding the Grand Canyon benefited last year from millions of tourism dollars. Grand Canyon National Park officials say the report found the 6.3 million people who visited in 2018 spent $947 million in...