National Park Service Extends Comment Period for Fee Increase

National Park Service Extends Comment Period for Fee Increase

The National Park Service and the U.S. Department of the Interior have announced that the public comment period for proposed fee increases at 17 national parks has been extended to December 22nd. Under the proposal, the peak season entrance fee for a seven-day pass to each park would be $70...

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The National Park Fee Increase Doesn’t Add Up

The National Park Fee Increase Doesn’t Add Up

The proposed 180% increase in fees at national parks is not going to do what the administration says it will. There’s no way it can. We took a look at the numbers, and how they only add up to using our national parks as political pawns.

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Massive Fee Increases Proposed for National Parks in 2018

Massive Fee Increases Proposed for National Parks in 2018

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke – photo by Gage Skidmore The National Park Service and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced today plans to increase entrance fees during peak season at many of the nation’s busiest national parks by up to 180%. The proposed new entrance fee...

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What Does an Eclipse Sound Like? Scientists Will Study Soundscapes Across US

What Does an Eclipse Sound Like? Scientists Will Study Soundscapes Across US

The types of changes to the soundscape that occur during an eclipse are relatively unknown. What will the eclipse sound like? Will insects and birds that sing during the day fall silent? Will animals that are only active at night get vocal?

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National Park Service Ends Water Bottle Ban

National Park Service Ends Water Bottle Ban

The 2011 policy, which encouraged national parks to eliminate the sale of disposable water bottles, has been rescinded to expand hydration options.

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$50 Million Joint Funding Announced for National Parks Infrastructure

$50 Million Joint Funding Announced for National Parks Infrastructure

The Alluvial Fan Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the many deferred maintenance projects that will benefit from the Centennial Challenge Program. – NPS Photo NPS Centennial Challenge Program is Matching $20 Million in Congressional Funding with $33 Million from Partner Organizations to Support Maintenance Projects at...

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America the Beautiful Senior Pass Price Increase Date Announced, New Annual Senior Pass

America the Beautiful Senior Pass Price Increase Date Announced, New Annual Senior Pass

Last December, Congress increased the price of the America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass from $10 to $80. We finally have a date that the change will take effect. 

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Travel Channel Highlights Top-Secret Swimming Holes

Travel Channel Highlights Top-Secret Swimming Holes

The Travel Channel has crisscrossed the globe to uncover the earth’s most amazing, refreshing and off-the-beaten-path places to dive into in the new season of “Top Secret Swimming Holes,” premiering Sunday, July 23 at 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

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The Best Whitewater Rafting in the U.S. — The Arkansas River in Colorado

The Best Whitewater Rafting in the U.S. — The Arkansas River in Colorado

Among the state of Colorado’s 29 rafting sections, the Arkansas River offers the longest stretch of whitewater, the longest boating season into September, and hosts more than 40 percent of the state’s visitors who go rafting, making it the country’s most popular whitewater rafting destination.

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Yellowstone Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Observation Site

Yellowstone Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Observation Site

The National Park Service has announced that Yellowstone National Park will seek comments from the public on an environmental assessment (EA) that assesses the impacts associated with the proposed construction and operation of a National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) site in the park. NEON requested the National Park Service (NPS) allow a site within the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park. The NPS is not the sponsor of the project but is considering the benefits and impacts of the proposal.  

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