The National Park Service has designated Rainbow Bridge a Traditional Cultural Property, recognizing the site’s historic and ongoing cultural significance to at least six American Indian tribes, and establishing its listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Rainbow Bridge is the first site in Utah to gain a TCP designation….
Starting April 29, 2017, both the Zion Human History Museum and Zion Canyon Visitor Center will remain open daily until 6:00 p.m https://www.nps.gov/zion/learn/news/hoursdelyyed.htm
Joshua Tree National Park just made it easier and faster to get into the park. The park is now offering a free mobile app which will allow visitors to prepay entrance fees. https://www.nps.gov/jotr/learn/news/joshua-tree-national-park-offers-mobile-app-for-paying-entrance-fees.htm
Watercolor painter Larry Hughes will serve as Mesa Verde National Park’s Artist in Residence from May 1 through May 13, 2017. Larry will offer two free programs during his residency — the first on May 11 in Parque de Vida in Cortez, and the second, on May 12 in Mesa Verde National Park. https://www.nps.gov/meve/learn/news/17-08_air_larryhughes.htm
Trail had been closed due to rockfall. https://www.nps.gov/zion/learn/news/leptreopens.htm
Join park staff and scientists at Tumacácori National Historical Park for National Bat Appreciation Day, April 17, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Spring is the season bats return from their annual migration south or begin to emerge from hibernation. This unofficial holiday is a great time to explore the role bats play in nature and how scientists are working to learn about and conserve bat populations….
Joshua Tree National Park as well as many other parks across the country, has experienced a notable increase in visitation in recent years. With that increase also means an increase of graffiti and acts of intentional vandalism within the park. Superintendent David Smith says, “99% of visitors are respectful and truly appreciate the pristine scenery the park has to offer. Unfortunately there are visitors who feel it necessary to damage what Mother Nature has produced.”
Grand Canyon, AZ – This week, Grand Canyon National Park trail crew was able to repair a section of the Colorado River Trail damaged by a rockslide. The trail between Pipe Creek and Silver Bridge is now open to foot traffic and remains closed to stock use. Hikers can access Phantom Ranch via the Bright Angel Trail and the South Kaibab Trail.
Grand Canyon, Ariz. – Grand Canyon National Park invites the public to celebrate the 47th anniversary of Earth Day during National Park Week fee-free days on Saturday, April 22, 2017.
An extensive road construction project in Arches National Park is well underway with crews currently working on the park entrance road. Work along the entrance road includes improving drainage near the entrance station and constructing a new entry lane and roundabout.
Park visitors should expect long lines and significant delays to enter the park during this phase of the project, especially during the upcoming Easter Jeep Safari Week, April 8th through the 16th.