Latest National parks News

Officials: 55-foot yacht runs aground on N. Carolina coast

Jan. 25, 2022 16:03 PM EST

OCRACOKE, N.C. (AP) — A 55-foot yacht has washed ashore on the North Carolina coast, the latest vessel to be victimized in shifting sands in recent months, officials said. The Vivens Aqua ran aground around 1 a.m. Tuesday near the south end of Ocracoke Island, according to the...

US protection sought for threatened Florida ghost orchid

Jan. 24, 2022 11:03 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The rare ghost orchid faces mounting threats in Florida from poaching, loss of habitat and climate change and needs federal protection, environmental groups said Monday. A petition filed with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service asks that the orchid be...

Yellowstone visits hit record high in 2021, straining staff

Jan. 23, 2022 13:13 PM EST

MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) — A record number of visitors flocked to Yellowstone National Park last year despite fewer hotel rooms and campsites being available because of the coronavirus pandemic and construction projects. About 4.86 million visits were tallied in 2021,...

Historic Masonic lodge in Detroit added to National Registry

Jan. 23, 2022 09:26 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A Masonic lodge in Detroit has been added to the National Register of Historic Places, in part because of its contributions to the civil rights movement. The Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge on Detroit’s east side was added Wednesday to the National Park...

Yellowstone National Park to mark 150th anniversary in 2022

Jan. 22, 2022 10:19 AM EST

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park is about to turn 150 years old on March 1, and an array of activities are planned to honor the occasion. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, park staff haven’t scheduled large-scale events commemorating Yellowstone’s sesquicentennial....

Great Smoky Mountains National Park saw 14.1M visits in '21

Jan. 21, 2022 04:13 AM EST

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Great Smoky Mountains National Park saw 14.1 million visits in 2021, topping the record from 2019 by 1.5 million. Officials say the park also set eight monthly visitation records during winter and spring months last year. Acting...

Bullock an initial board member for public lands foundation

Jan. 20, 2022 14:40 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Former Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and former Bureau of Land Management Director Neil Kornze are two of the first four board members of a new nonprofit foundation created to help leverage public and private funds to conserve, protect and restore land managed by the Bureau of...

Tourism has record-breaking year in South Dakota

Jan. 20, 2022 09:12 AM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota had a record number of visitors in 2021, making it the first state to fully recover to pre-pandemic levels, according the tourism officials. The state Department of Tourism says visitors spent more than $4.4 billion last year, generating $160...

San Diego man found dead in Joshua Tree National Park

Jan. 19, 2022 15:48 PM EST

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — A San Diego man was found dead in Joshua Tree National Park, authorities said Wednesday. The body was found Monday morning at the base of Sentinel Wall, a short distance from the Hidden Valley Nature Trail, the National Park Service said. ...

Yellowstone bison species decision questioned by US judge

Jan. 17, 2022 17:21 PM EST

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to revisit part of its decision not to protect Yellowstone National Park’s bison as an endangered species. The Buffalo Field Campaign and Western Watersheds Project groups have...