National Parks

Floods, Park Closure Contribute to Decrease in Yellowstone National Park Visitors

Park officials expect to open roads to North Entrance and Northeast Entrance by mid-October

The Park Police’s ‘Dilapidated’ D.C. Dispatch Office Puts Safety at Risk, an IG Says 

Holes in the roof allowing water and bird droppings through and possible black mold are among the issues, as well as problems with staffing and training.

Senate Makes Historic National Park Service Director Confirmation 

Charles Sams III is the first confirmed leader in four years and the first-ever Indigenous American to lead the agency.

Biden Announces Pick to Lead the National Park Service

If confirmed by the Senate, Charles Sams III would become the first permanent leader in the position in over four years.

Third Acting NPS Director Under Trump Will Retire Next Month

Lawsuit by nonprofits claims the National Park Service veteran R. David Vela was appointed illegally. 

The National Park Service Has Not Required All Locations to Close During Coronavirus, Despite Demands

Over 140 of 419 facilities are closed or have modified operations, but NPS is allowing some to remain open where possible. 

Organizations Are Improperly Offering Yoga Classes and $20K Weddings in National Parks

"Learning centers" should reimburse the National Park Service for federal funds they received, auditor says. 

Visiting National Parks Could Change Your Thinking About Patriotism

Patriotism means pride in country, but what are we proud of? A former national park ranger suggests that visiting historic sites can remind Americans of the heritage, good and bad, that they share.

Park Service Official and Boosters Helped Artist Avoid Taxes

Interior watchdog confirms agency mishandled purchase of $39,000 painting. 

Grand Canyon National Park Turns 100: How a Place Once Called ‘Valueless’ Became Grand

The Grand Canyon, which marks 100 years as a national park on Feb. 26, 2019, is known today as an iconic natural wonder. But early European visitors weren't impressed.