Articles tagged “national parks”

Montana Benefited From $3.2 Billion in Visitor Spending in 2017

Montana Benefited From $3.2 Billion in Visitor Spending in 2017

Associated Press

Some backstory: Montana has benefited from $580 million from the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which improves access to fishing, hunting, and hiking sites across the state. But the Trump Administration's 2019 federal budget has proposed slashing that to less than $8 million, which might crimp Montana's recent, tourism-based economic growth.

2 months ago

U.S. Interior Secretary Expected to Extend Mining Ban Near Yellowstone

U.S. Interior Secretary Expected to Extend Mining Ban Near Yellowstone

Matthew Brown, Associated Press

What should be an easy call to ban mining near a great natural and national wonder, Yellowstone National Park, has become a melodrama in the current political climate. An extension of the ban appears to be in the works, but it ain't over until it's over, as a wise person once said.

2 months ago

Air Pollution Could Be Keeping Visitors Away From Some U.S. National Parks

Air Pollution Could Be Keeping Visitors Away From Some U.S. National Parks

Matthew Brown, Associated Press

U.S. national parks are supposed to showcase America's natural wonders, so it's no surprise that visitors would stay away on days when the air might be full of pollution. Given the current administration's eagerness to roll back environmental regulations, we don't see this problem being fixed anytime soon.

5 months ago

More Black Travelers Hit the Great Outdoors as Camping Activity Jumps

More Black Travelers Hit the Great Outdoors as Camping Activity Jumps

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

Black outdoor enthusiasts are camping, hiking, rock climbing, and RVing in greater numbers. But it’s not because white America, which dominates the sector, reached out. Black America made it happen.

6 months ago

How Driving Defines Us: The Future of American Road Trips

How Driving Defines Us: The Future of American Road Trips

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

Road trips in the United States are statistically on the rise due to both economic and cultural factors. These vacations have incredible potential to reflect what's simmering beneath the surface of contemporary America.

7 months ago

New Mexico Official Wants to Make White Sands a National Park in Push for More Tourists

New Mexico Official Wants to Make White Sands a National Park in Push for More Tourists

Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

The Trump administration has been in the business lately of wanting to shrink federal lands and national parks rather than increase them. The White Sands bid might be a long shot for the foreseeable future.

7 months ago

66 National Parks in the U.S. Will See Fee Hikes This Summer

66 National Parks in the U.S. Will See Fee Hikes This Summer

Dan Peltier, Skift

The slight fee uptick probably won't matter much to travelers who could already afford a visit to national parks. But to other travelers, a few extra dollars adds up quickly. The National Park Service is trying to balance both sides out of necessity.

8 months ago

National Park Officials Rethink Steep Fees While Seeking Alternatives

National Park Officials Rethink Steep Fees While Seeking Alternatives

Dan Peltier, Skift

U.S. national parks became really popular during the past decade but you wouldn't know it from how Congress has historically treated them. Travelers have gotten used to paying higher fees for virtually every other part of their trips – why should national parks be any different?

8 months ago

U.S. National Parks Still Aren’t Sure How to Deal With Overtourism

U.S. National Parks Still Aren’t Sure How to Deal With Overtourism

Dan Peltier, Skift

The park service has dramatically changed its tune during the past year and acknowledged that overtourism is something it must address – all while its leadership has stirred trouble. But the parks have a long road to travel before they can command a reasonable balance of visitors who won't cause a conservation nightmare.

9 months ago

Denali National Park’s First Luxury Hotel Is a Win For Alaska Tourism

Denali National Park’s First Luxury Hotel Is a Win For Alaska Tourism

Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

The new hotel will be another incentive for luxury-minded travelers to visit Denali and Alaska. But the pledge to protect the region and not overdevelop it is also a positive result of the project.

10 months ago

Trump Budget Would Fund National Park Maintenance With Drilling Fees

Trump Budget Would Fund National Park Maintenance With Drilling Fees

Dan Peltier, Skift

If Interior Secretary Zinke really wanted to score some points for trying to address the National Park Service's maintenance backlog, he wouldn't make it contingent upon helping the oil industry and big business.

10 months ago

Statue of Liberty and Grand Canyon Get Funds to Stay Open During U.S. Government Shutdown

Statue of Liberty and Grand Canyon Get Funds to Stay Open During U.S. Government Shutdown

Christopher Flavelle, Bloomberg

U.S. National Parks lost more than $414 million in visitor spending the last time the federal government shut down in 2013. States that have their acts together better than Washington lawmakers are determined to not make the same mistake again.

11 months ago