Latest National Park Service News

Noem asks Biden to allow fireworks at Mount Rushmore in July

Apr. 13, 2021 14:32 PM EDT

KEYSTONE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Kristi Noem sent a letter to President Joe Biden Tuesday asking that he intervene and allow a Fourth of July fireworks display at Mount Rushmore. The National Park Service has denied a permit for the fireworks this year, citing concerns about...

Trails reopened after fire at Indiana Dunes National Park

Apr. 12, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

GARY, Ind. (AP) — Trails have reopened following a wildfire at Indiana Dunes National Park in the northwestern part of the state. Fire crews and park staff have ensured all trails in visitor areas impacted by the fire are safe from any dangerous trees and other hazards,...

Confederate monument to stay on national register after move

Apr. 11, 2021 17:46 PM EDT

SHREVEPORT, LA (AP) — A Confederate monument will still be on the National Register of Historic Places after it takes a trip from a northwest Louisiana courthouse to a privately owned Civil War battlefield site. KSLA-TV reports that the Shreveport...

Beachgoer finds body of man whose truck plunged off bridge

Apr. 10, 2021 12:06 PM EDT

MANTEO, N.C. (AP) — The body of a Maryland man whose truck plunged off the side of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel in December was found Friday on a beach in North Carolina, according to his relatives. Erik Mezick’s family posted on Facebook that they were notified...

Body found on beach at Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Apr. 09, 2021 13:42 PM EDT

MANTEO, N.C. (AP) — A man’s body has been found on a beach at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, authorities said Friday. The National Park Service said in a news release that at 9:14 a.m., a local resident reported finding a man’s body on the beach between the...

Federal officials close SD cave after elevator quits

Apr. 08, 2021 16:02 PM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The National Park Service has closed a South Dakota cave after an elevator stopped working. Wind Cave National Park in Custer County suspended tours Thursday morning after one of two elevators that drop into the cave won’t move, the Rapid City...

Ricketts objects to heritage area proposal in Nebraska

Apr. 07, 2021 23:56 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts objected Wednesday to an effort to designate parts of south-central and southwestern Nebraska as a federally recognized National Heritage Area to try boost tourism. Ricketts said he was concerned that the designation requires...

New docks completed for Cumberland Island National Seashore

Apr. 07, 2021 17:56 PM EDT

ST. MARYS, Ga. (AP) — New docks for Cumberland Island National Seashore have been completed in coastal Georgia. The Brunswick News reports the National Park Service has finished a new ferry dock in the coastal town of St. Marys, as well as three...

Mesa Verde National Park designated as dark sky park

Apr. 07, 2021 14:08 PM EDT

CORTEZ, Colo. (AP) — The Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, known for preserving ancient cultural sites, has been designated the 100th International Dark Sky Park, park officials said. In a statement Monday, the park said the certification would help foster...

Alaska snowstorm strands 5 on North America’s tallest peak

Apr. 05, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Five people had to ski through a heavy Alaska snowstorm to a mountain chalet after abandoning their airplanes on a glacier on North America’s tallest peak, where they were stranded for the weekend, officials said Monday. The five landed Friday...