Over 2.5 million people visited Joshua Tree National Park in calendar year 2016, up over 500,000 from 2015. While that is good news for the park and surrounding communities, it has translated into long entrance lines, full campgrounds and congested parking. https://www.nps.gov/jotr/learn/news/recordvisitation2016.htm
The National Park Service announced last Friday the release of the Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement for Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. To seek additional information, obtain a copy of the plan, or provide comments, please visit http://parkplanning.nps.gov/glca-orvplan. https://www.nps.gov/glca/learn/news/glen-canyon-releases-off-road-management-plan.htm
No injuries occurred; road closed until further notice. https://www.nps.gov/zion/learn/news/zcsdrockfall_1_14_17.htm
Saguaro National Park will be conducting additional road work January 17-24 2017. https://www.nps.gov/sagu/learn/news/road-work-at-saguaro-national-park-tucson-mountain-district.htm
Lower Emerald Pool Trail and part of Sand Bench Trail are closed. https://www.nps.gov/zion/learn/news/trail-closures-1-13-2017.htm
The Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service will conduct a joint public meeting to discuss and hear comments on the Secretary of Interior’s proposal for the Eagle Mountain area. https://www.nps.gov/jotr/learn/news/public-meeting-for-eagle-mountain-boundary-study.htm
DENVER — Leah McGinnis, a 28-year veteran of the National Park Service (NPS), has been named superintendent of Saguaro National Park in Arizona by NPS Intermountain Region Director Sue Masica. McGinnis, who recently completed a four-month stint as acting superintendent of Saguaro, is superintendent of Capitol Reef National Park in Utah. She will begin her new assignment the week of Feb. 19 https://www.nps.gov/sagu/learn/news/leah-mcginnis-named-new-superintendent-of-saguaro-national-park.htm
Grand Canyon, Ariz. –Grand Canyon National Park will join national park sites around the country in celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with free entrance to the park. Entrance fees will be waived for all visitors arriving to Grand Canyon National Park on Monday January 16, 2017. …
Park Rangers will be leading a guided hike focusing on winter survival strategies used by the Ancestral Pueblo people at Mesa Verde on Saturday, January 21, beginning at 11 a.m.
Loop A of The Needles Campground in Canyonlands National Park will be available by reservation only beginning March 15, 2017….