Latest National Park Service News

Emergency funding provided for Death Valley flood repairs

Aug. 15, 2022 17:24 PM EDT

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Nearly $12 million has been made available to the National Park Service to repair flood damage to roads in Death Valley National Park, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration said Monday. Most roads in the...

New museum to preserve Delaware Underground Railroad history

Aug. 14, 2022 09:09 AM EDT

CAMDEN, Del. (AP) — An idea that started more than a decade ago to help preserve centuries of Kent County history is a million steps closer to reality in Camden. The county has received a $500,000 federal grant for a proposed museum at the historic farmhouse at Brecknock Park –...

Yosemite fire ecologist who urged prescribed burns has died

Aug. 13, 2022 19:02 PM EDT

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Jan van Wagtendonk, a longtime federal scientist at Yosemite National Park who is credited with advocating use of prescribed fire in managing forests, died last month, the park and the U.S. Geological Survey said. Van Wagtendonk, a fire...

Joshua Tree reopens roads that were hit by flash floods

Aug. 10, 2022 10:42 AM EDT

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (AP) — Roads on the south side of Joshua Tree National Park that were closed due to flash floods in southeastern California have reopened. The park's south entrance as well as the Pinto and Cottonwood Canyon roads reopened Tuesday and the Cottonwood Visitor...

Remains found Saturday at Lake Mead may be from July 25 set

Aug. 09, 2022 17:08 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Human remains found at Lake Mead National Recreation Area last weekend may actually be from the same set of bones discovered 12 days earlier, authorities said Tuesday. National Park Service officials said rangers were called Saturday to the reservoir between Nevada...

More human remains discovered as drought dries Lake Mead

Aug. 07, 2022 12:41 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — More human remains have been found at drought-stricken Lake Mead National Recreation Area east of Las Vegas, authorities said Sunday. It’s the fourth time since May that remains have been uncovered as Western drought forces the shoreline to retreat at the...

Tourists find safety after floods close Death Valley roads

Aug. 06, 2022 16:37 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hundreds of hotel guests trapped by flash flooding at Death Valley National Park were able to drive out after crews cleared a pathway through rocks and mud, but roads damaged by floodwaters or choked with debris were expected to remain closed into next week, officials said...

Record floods strand 1K people in Death Valley National Park

Aug. 05, 2022 23:14 PM EDT

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Record rainfall Friday trigged flash floods at Death Valley National Park that swept away cars, closed all roads and stranded hundreds of visitors and workers. There were no immediate reports of injuries but roughly 60 vehicles were buried...

Military munitions debris closes section of Assateague beach

Aug. 01, 2022 17:43 PM EDT

ASSATEAGUE, Md. (AP) — The National Park Service has closed a section of beach at the Assateague Island National Seashore after military munitions debris washed ashore. The park service announced Sunday that the partial closure is in effect for the North Beach swimming area in...

Federal court denies Noem's Mount Rushmore fireworks appeal

Jul. 27, 2022 17:08 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday dismissed an appeal from South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem in her lawsuit that attempted to overturn the National Park Service's denial of the state's application to hold a fireworks display at Mount Rushmore to celebrate 2021's...