Grand Canyon, Ariz. – After five days of extensive searching, today the National Park Service (NPS) is reducing the scale of the search for two hikers who went missing at Grand Canyon National Park on Saturday, April 15. The hikers are identified as Lou Ann Merrell, 62, and Jackson Standefer, 14….
Twentynine Palms, CA- Joshua Tree National Park– A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 2,505,286 visitors to Joshua Tree National Park in 2016 spent $123,304,500 in communities near the park. That spending supported 1,701 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $164,529,900.
Grand Canyon, Ariz. – On Saturday evening, April 15 the National Park Service received an alert from a personal locating beacon in a backcountry area of Grand Canyon National Park near the confluence of Tapeats Creek and Thunder River. An Arizona Department of Public Safety helicopter flew to the location where a hiking party reported two members of their party missing….
Zion National Park has released a draft of the South Entrance Monument Site Reconfiguration Environmental Assessment (EA) for public review. The alternatives portion of this plan describes a range of actions, such as redesigning the South Entrance Monument site and adjacent parking area. The South Entrance Monument Site would be redesigned to enhance visitor safety, expand cultural resource protection measures and help mitigate factors contributing to vehicle congestion experienced at the South Entrance….
The park in cooperation with the Morongo Basin Healthcare District is inviting the public to come out and Take A Hike with park superintendent David Smith at 9am on April 23. Hikers will meet up and depart from Twin Tanks backcountry board, (located between Bell and White Tank campgrounds) and proceed on an approximately two mile loop. https://www.nps.gov/jotr/learn/news/joshua-tree-national-park-invites-you-to-take-a-hike.htm
The project may be postponed because of unfavorable weather conditions or lack of firefighting resources. https://www.nps.gov/zion/learn/news/pxfire_4_16_17.htm
Fielding Garr Ranch, located at Antelope Island State Park, will be closed the coming week in order for some repair work on the barn roof to be completed. This damage stems from a large storm last year….
Zion National Park and the Zion National Park Foundation have finalized the dates, event locations and artists for the 2017 Plein Air Art Invitational. The week-long event starts on Monday November 6, 2017 and culminates on Saturday November 11, 2017 with the “Art-In-The-Park” Paint Out and Silent Auction event held on the grounds of the Zion Lodge. https://www.nps.gov/zion/learn/news/2017-plein-air-art-invitational-plans-set-and-artists-selected.htm
As of 7:29 a.m. April 14, 2017, The park and marina are back open for full public service. Thank you for your patience.
The North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park will open as scheduled, on May 15, with limited visitor services and water conservation measures due to a break in the North Rim water pipeline. https://www.nps.gov/grca/learn/news/north-rim-open-may-15-water-conserve.htm