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Sonntag, 21. Oktober 2018, 17:32

Most backcountry trails & campsites in Hawai‘i Volcanoes NP will reopen Friday

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Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park will reopen most coastal and backcountry trails and campsites on Fri., Oct. 19. Other parts of the park reopened last month following a record 134-day closure due to hazardous volcanic and seismic activity on Kīlauea Volcano.

Permits are required for all overnight backpacking and camping. The park’s backcountry permit office is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn how to prepare for backcountry treks and how to get a backcountry permit on the website: https://www.nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/hike_bc.htm

The remote coastal campsite destinations of Halapē, Ka‘aha, Keauhou and ‘Āpua Point will open Friday, and are reached via the rugged Puna Coast Trail and Keauhou Trail. In the East Rift Zone of Kīlauea Volcano, Nāpau campsite and the Nāpau and Nāulu trails will also open.

Water levels in the catchment tanks at Halapē, Ka‘aha and Keauhou are full. Nāpau and ‘Āpua Point do not have water tanks.

“We are excited to reopen popular areas of the coastal backcountry, and we’re happy to report there was little impact to campsites and trails along the coast,” said Chief Ranger John Broward. “However, projects to clear brush along trails were delayed due to recent seismic activity, and hikers may find it difficult to navigate pathways that connect coastal sites. The trail crew will continue to improve these areas, but in the meantime, hikers should be prepared for a rough and challenging journey,” Broward said.

Broward added that Pepeiao Cabin and the Ka‘ū Desert Trail past the Footprints shelter will remain closed until trail maintenance and further assessments can be made.

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Donnerstag, 25. Oktober 2018, 07:08

Joshua Tree NP

Die Zufahrt über den Südeingang ist weiterhin nicht möglich.
Die Straße in Richtung Westeingang war heute weitgehend von Schutt und Sand befreit und konnte problemlos befahren werden.
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Freitag, 26. Oktober 2018, 16:52

Joshua Tree National Park

Entrance into the Park from I-10 Reopens

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Park officials announced the reopening of Cottonwood Campground (loop B) after repairs were made due to damage by heavy rains. Access to the park of off I-10, via Pinto Basin Road is reopened. Visitors are asked to exercise caution when entering and exiting the park through the south entrance due to a short distance of single lane traffic and road repair crews working in the area. Cottonwood Oasis Trail and the parking lot at the trailhead will remain closed until further notice.

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Freitag, 26. Oktober 2018, 17:30

The most beautiful train ride in every state

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The cliched old adage "it's not about the destination, but the journey" rings especially true when it comes to train travel.
Easily the best part of traveling by train is looking out the window and staring at the passing landscapes. Whether you're a tourist exploring a new region or a commuter getting to and from work, you can catch the country's natural beauty aboard one of the many trains crisscrossing the United States.
From Mount Rushmore to Miami Beach, every state has awe-inspiring landscapes and beautiful landmarks to enjoy by train.
Keep scrolling to find the most scenic train ride in your state.


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Freitag, 26. Oktober 2018, 19:33

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Foothills Parkway Opening

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“We are grateful to the visionaries in the 1930s who conceived the idea of a parkway and to the countless people who have tirelessly worked since then to complete this spectacular section,” said Superintendent Cassius Cash. “We can’t wait for people to experience the unparalleled views offered along this new Smokies destination.”

The completion of the roadway was made possible due to a decades-long partnership among the State of Tennessee, Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), the Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division (EFLHD) of the Federal Highway Administration, and the National Park Service (NPS) at a total cost of $178 million. Funding for the final paving was provided through a $10 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) VIII grant secured by the Tennessee Department of Transportation along with $15 million from the State of Tennessee and $7 million through the NPS Federal Lands Transportation Program.

The Foothills Parkway now consists of two finished sections at either end of the 72-mile corridor. The western section now extends 33 continuous miles from Chilhowee to Wears Valley, offering a new recreational experience for motorists and cyclists. The eastern section, completed in 1968, extends 6 miles from Cosby to Interstate 40 presenting breathtaking views of Mt. Cammerer.

Park officials plan to invite the public to preview the parkway by foot, if conditions permit, before it opens to motorists. This pedestrian opportunity is tentatively planned for Thursday, November 8 during the morning hours utilizing a shuttle operation. More details will be provided by Friday, November 2 to help prepare people for this special opportunity.

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Sonntag, 4. November 2018, 17:22

USS Arizona Memorial dock completion expected in March 2019

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The National Park Service (NPS) expects the USS Arizona Memorial dock repair project to be complete by March 2019, allowing visitor access to the memorial to resume.

The design phase of the project was recently completed, allowing for the development of a more precise timeline for the repair process. Unfortunately, it will not be completed in time for National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on December 7. Since May, the NPS has worked with its partners in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force to ensure repairs are made as quickly as possible with special consideration given to the national significance of the site.

“Not being able to welcome survivors and their families on the USS Arizona Memorial this coming December 7th is heartbreaking,” said Jacqueline Ashwell, superintendent of WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument, who oversees the memorial. “After exploring multiple options, we are working with our friends in the U.S. Navy to hold an intimate ceremony aboard a vessel adjacent to the USS Arizona. The Navy has been our partner every step of the way, and I could not be more grateful for their support.”

The boat-based ceremony will include a floral tribute and will also allow survivors, their families, and other key dignitaries to pay their respects to the fallen at the USS Arizona. This special ceremony will be in addition to the full land-based commemoration ceremony at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center.

Access to the USS Arizona Memorial was suspended on May 6 when minor damage to the exterior of the structure became visible at the main point of entry. A more thorough examination revealed that the damage was caused by a failure of the anchoring system for the boat dock adjacent to the USS Arizona Memorial. This placed extreme pressure on the loading bridge that provides overwater passage for visitors from the boat dock to the USS Arizona Memorial. Access was curtailed immediately to ensure visitor safety and prevent additional damage to the memorial.

Ashwell also stated, “We are committed to restoring access to the memorial as soon as possible for all visitors, and it will remain a top priority across the board for this site and the National Park Service. We have condensed this project to the shortest amount of time necessary while also implementing solutions that will ensure a similar problem does not occur again. We appreciate the public’s continued patience as we work to complete the process and reinstitute access to the USS Arizona Memorial.”

While the repair process continues, visitors will continue to see a 25-minute documentary film followed by a harbor tour of Battleship Row on U.S. Navy vessels which pass as close as possible to the USS Arizona Memorial. The NPS will continue to provide live or recorded commentary in an effort to maximize the visitor experience. Reservations are encouraged, as tickets for these programs continue to be fully distributed each day.

All other amenities at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center remain open and accessible. Visitors are encouraged to visit our two free museums, shore side exhibits, snack shop and bookstore. Our partners at the Battleship Missouri Memorial, the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, and Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum remain open and ready to welcome visitors.

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Dienstag, 6. November 2018, 18:19

11 Ways National Parks Influenced World War I (and vice versa)

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Congress created the National Park Service in 1916, just a few months before the United States entered World War I. Many places that are now national parks are part of the story of World War I, whether it was the people who served, the places where events happened, or the ideals we hold up as a nation.
In honor of the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, 11/11/1918, here are 11 connections between our national parks and World War I!

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Freitag, 9. November 2018, 17:58

Department Of Interior Reopens National Parks After Filling In All Canyons Posing Hazardous Fall Risk To Visitors

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Apologizing for the delay as they worked to correct the dangerous oversight, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced Thursday that they had reopened the country’s national parks after finally filling in all the canyons posing hazardous fall risks to visitors. “We are proud to announce that we’ve successfully eliminated the enormous risk that these life-threatening chasms previously posed to guests,” said Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, praising work crews for their diligent efforts in pouring asphalt into every hole over 10 feet deep in all 58 of the United States’ national parks. “Thanks to this common-sense safety measure, American citizens no longer have to worry about plummeting hundreds of feet to their death when they visit the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, or the Canyonlands. While it took several months and cost billions of dollars, making sure all park guests feel safe and secure is a top priority.” Zinke also announced a new upcoming initiative to further improve national parks by sanding down the sharp tips of mountains that pose dangerous risks to hikers.

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