Articles tagged “national parks”

Record Visitation Prompts Overtourism Fears at Zion National Park

Record Visitation Prompts Overtourism Fears at Zion National Park

Associated Press

Private vehicles would pay $70 to enter Utah's Zion National Park during peak months if the government adopts a new plan. Setting higher fees may help check unfettered tourism, which can take a toll on the land.

1 day ago

Why U.S. National Monuments Have Become Politically Divisive

Why U.S. National Monuments Have Become Politically Divisive

John Flesher, Associated Press

The Trump administration wants to carve up National monuments for exploitation by private interests, defying a century of tradition.

5 days ago

Tennessee Town Anticipates Tourism Rebound a Year After Wildfires

Tennessee Town Anticipates Tourism Rebound a Year After Wildfires

Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press

New renovations at a resort park have opened a year after tinderbox conditions and sharp winds created a firestorm in the surrounding parts of eastern Tennessee. But the southeastern U.S. must heed the warning from the National Parks Service that wildfires may be "a new normal."

6 days ago

Trump Expected to Announce Plans to Shrink National Monuments in Utah

Trump Expected to Announce Plans to Shrink National Monuments in Utah

Catherine Lucey and Ken Thomas, Associated Press

President Donald Trump hopes to shrink two national monuments in the southwestern U.S. by as much as 90 percent. But expect the issue to head to the courts, as a poorly written law makes it unclear what powers a president has for protecting lands against development.

6 days ago

National Parks Fee Hike Could Decrease Tourism Spending in Local Communities

National Parks Fee Hike Could Decrease Tourism Spending in Local Communities

Associated Press

In the realm of unintended consequences, increased fees at U.S. national parks would decrease visitations, which might not be a terrible thing to combat overtourism. However, local communities around Yellowstone and other parks could feel the pinch of decreased spending.

1 week ago

Yellowstone Regional Tourism Faces Mining Threat

Yellowstone Regional Tourism Faces Mining Threat

Matthew Brown, Associated Press

The debate over public lands isn't cooling down and those who operate resorts and attractions near Yellowstone are justifiably concerned about these mines. Regarding tourism, natural beauty is what Montana brings to the table.

3 weeks ago

Backers Hope Route 66 Historic Designation Can Drive Tourism

Backers Hope Route 66 Historic Designation Can Drive Tourism

Isaac Windes, Associated Press

Some attractions along Route 66 may feel old and dusty, but domestic and international tourists still love this road trip and combine it with visits to the Grand Canyon and other top national parks. This project seems like a natural fit for the National Park Service, and it might help those attractions shake off that dust.

3 weeks ago

Tennessee Invests in Welcoming Colorblind Tourists to Autumn Hotspots

Tennessee Invests in Welcoming Colorblind Tourists to Autumn Hotspots

Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press

This is a great way to make the country's most-visited national park, and the equally beautiful surrounding area, more accessible during peak fall season.

1 month ago

Fee Hikes at National Parks Trigger Democrats’ Condemnation

Fee Hikes at National Parks Trigger Democrats’ Condemnation

Matthew Daly, Associated Press

Take it from Iceland and other places battling overtourism. One way to thin the crowd is to jack up the price, and while that might annoy some tourists, it will help protect the parks.

1 month ago

U.S. National Park Entry Fees Could Triple Under New Policy

U.S. National Park Entry Fees Could Triple Under New Policy

Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press

Raising the fee to enter a U.S. National Park seems antithetical to the National Park Service's mission. It would also have a negative effect on U.S. tourism at large.

2 months ago

Hawaii Residents Sue FAA Over Noisy Tour Helicopters

Hawaii Residents Sue FAA Over Noisy Tour Helicopters

Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press

Once again, we see increased tourism ruining quality of life for residents of Hawaii. The battle over access to National Parks continues around the country.

2 months ago

U.S. Interior Secretary Makes Montana an Exception in Public Lands Debate

U.S. Interior Secretary Makes Montana an Exception in Public Lands Debate

Matthew Brown, Associated Press

The interior secretary is somehow endorsing both natural resources development and public lands conservation, but at the end of the day, many politicians will do anything to get reelected.

2 months ago