Latest National Park Service News

3 wolves moved to Isle Royale, helping rebuild population

Sep. 20, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — Officials say four gray wolves from Michigan's Upper Peninsula were transported for resettlement in Isle Royale National Park to help restore the predator species on the Lake Superior island chain, though one of them died shortly after arriving. The National Park Service said Friday...

Melania Trump cuts ribbon on reopened Washington Monument

Sep. 19, 2019 2:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Melania Trump cut the ribbon Thursday as the Washington Monument reopened to the public for the first time in three years. The 555-foot stone obelisk closed in September 2016 in order to replace the aging elevator and upgrade security systems. Accompanied by a group of local...

Washington Monument reopens after 3-year closure for repairs

Sep. 18, 2019 8:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a three-year closure, the Washington Monument is reopening to the public. The 555-foot stone obelisk was closed in September 2016 in order to replace the aging elevator and upgrade security systems. The monument will reopen to the public at noon Thursday, and first lady Melania...

Climber rescued in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming

Sep. 10, 2019 11:49 AM EDT

MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) — National Park Service rangers rescued a 28-year-old Pennsylvania woman who slipped on snow while climbing down the Middle Teton mountain in Grand Teton National Park in northwest Wyoming last weekend. Rescuers were call about 7:45 p.m. Saturday by Deidre DeSantis, of Oakdale,...

Mountain lion fatally struck trying to cross LA freeway

Sep. 7, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A male mountain lion who successfully crossed a 10-lane freeway in Los Angeles two months ago was struck and killed Saturday on the same section of the freeway. The 4-year-old big cat known as P-61 was hit around 4 a.m. in the Sepulveda Pass section of Interstate 405, National Park...

Grand Canyon to make second run at corralling bison herd

Sep. 2, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — In the two years since the Grand Canyon approved a plan to reduce the number of bison roaming in the national park, the herd has only grown in size. No one is sure exactly how many of the massive animals call far northern Arizona home because they're hard to count amid the Ponderosa...

Electric bikes soon to be humming along national park trails

Aug. 30, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Motorized electric bicycles may soon be humming along serene trails in national parks and other public lands nationwide. It's part of a new Trump administration order — hotly opposed by many outdoors groups — that will allow e-bikes on every federal trail where a regular...

USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii set to reopen this weekend

Aug. 29, 2019 12:18 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The reopening of Hawaii's USS Arizona Memorial has been scheduled for Labor Day weekend following a 15-month closure, National Park Service officials said. Walk-on access to the memorial in Honolulu will begin Sunday, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Wednesday. "The National Park...

Great Smoky Mountain park rangers release rolling poop video

Aug. 27, 2019 6:48 AM EDT

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has issued an unusual video, alerting people to watch for rolling poop. The park says on its Facebook page that the tumblebug is one of the many beetles found in the Smokies that relies on animal scat to complete its life cycle. It says the...

USS Arizona Memorial repairs progress, no reopening date yet

Aug. 23, 2019 10:12 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Repairs to the USS Arizona Memorial in Honolulu are progressing, but officials have not yet set a date to reopen the tourist attraction. The National Park Service plans next week to announce the reopening date, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Thursday. A malfunction with the concrete...