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Dad, Daughter Die After Water Runs Out at Canyonlands

Temps in the Utah park were over 100 degrees at the time

(Newser) - A man and his adult daughter were found dead and without water in Utah's Canyonlands National Park on Friday. The National Park Service said in a news release that the 23-year-old woman and 52-year-old man were from Green Bay, Wisconsin; KSL identifies them as Beatriz Herrera and Albino Herrera...

Tourist Exits Car to Take Photos, Is Killed by Elephants

The Spaniard died Sunday morning in a national park in South Africa

(Newser) - A 43-year-old tourist was trampled to death by elephants Sunday morning while attempting to take photos of them at a South African national park. The AP reports the Spaniard was with his fiancee and two other women at Pilanesberg National Park in North West province when officials there say he...

A Slip on Wet Rocks Costs Tourist Her Life at Glacier

A 26-year-old woman drowned Sunday at the national park

(Newser) - A 26-year-old tourist drowned after falling into a waterway at Montana's Glacier National Park. The Daily Montanan reports Gillian Tones of North Apollo, Pennsylvania, fell into Virginia Creek on Sunday afternoon, was carried over a number of waterfalls, and drowned in the water below, according to park officials. A...

White Grizzly and Cubs Meet a Tragic End

Nakota and 2 cubs fatally struck by vehicles in Canada's Yoho National Park

(Newser) - The white grizzly bear and her cubs roaming British Columbia's Yoho National Park were viewed as so special and rare that they had an entire country rooting for them. When Bear 178, nicknamed Nakota, emerged with her cubs this spring, Parks Canada erected fences and implemented a speed reduction...

It's Hard to Find a (Cheap) Home on the Range

At Yellowstone, a $40M gift looks to bring affordable housing to the park for staff

(Newser) - When Caroline Gold was accepted for her dream job working at Yellowstone National Park in 2021, she immediately informed her employer in Texas she was leaving. Then she started looking for housing in rural Montana near her new place of work. That's when she wondered, "Am I going...

2023's 10 Least Visited National Parks

CNN Travel has the 10 US parks that guarantee a bit of solitude

(Newser) - Hoping to beat the crowds on your next excursion? CNN Travel says these 10 US national parks will provide plenty of solitude. Their list notes which of the 429 national parks had the lowest visitor count in 2023. While some would take extensive travel for most of us—like National...

Grizzlies May Thrive at National Park Once Again

But some groups oppose plans to repopulate the North Cascades

(Newser) - Washington state's North Cascades National Park was once home to grizzly bears, until hunting them for hides wiped out the entire population. Federal agencies have now drafted a plan to reintroduce them to that land, according to the Washington Post , but not everyone is happy about it. The plan...

Outside This Ugandan Park, a Rare 'Heinous Act'

Uganda officials say 2 tourists, guide were killed in attack near Queen Elizabeth National Park

(Newser) - Two foreign tourists and their Ugandan guide were killed when assailants attacked their vehicle near a national park in southwestern Uganda, a wildlife official said Tuesday. Bashir Hangi, spokesman for the Uganda Wildlife Authority, said the attackers set on fire the vehicle in which the group was traveling just outside...

2 Inches of Rain Shutters Death Valley for Weeks

Heavy rainfall, flooding from Hurricane Hilary has caused 'extensive damage' in super-dry park

(Newser) - The hottest place on the planet has been shut down for weeks, but not because of the excessive heat. Instead, Death Valley National Park, the driest national park in the nation, has been closed off to visitors after receiving more rain in one day last month than the park typically...

In 'Texas' Gift to the Nation,' a Big Ol' Mess

Park rangers remind public to clean up after photos show Big Bend National Park strewn with trash

(Newser) - On Saturday, rangers at Big Bend National Park, affectionately dubbed "Texas' Gift to the Nation," didn't find any gifts on a trail near the park's Panther Junction Visitor Center. Instead, the Houston Chronicle reports that they discovered piles of plastic bags, chip containers, soft drink cups,...

Underwater in National Park, an 'Intriguing Find'

1861 grave of Fort Jefferson laborer is discovered submerged within Dry Tortugas National Park

(Newser) - The graves of dozens of people—including US soldiers—who died at Florida's Fort Jefferson in the late 19th century are now believed to be underwater. In August 2022, divers identified a grave carrying the name John Greer and the year 1861 on a submerged island near Garden Key...

273 Cubans Stopped at Sea After Florida Patrols Increase

Around 700 migrants arrived in the Keys over New Year's weekend

(Newser) - The US Coast Guard repatriated 273 migrants to Matanzas, Cuba, over the weekend following interdictions off the Florida Keys. More than 4,400 migrants from Cuba and Haiti have made their way by boat to the state since August, including 700 who arrived in the Keys over New Year's...

Hiker Runs Out of Water, Dies in Badlands National Park

Men celebrating graduation were on an unmarked trail linked to social media challenge

(Newser) - A hiker on a trip to celebrate his college graduation died after running out of water and collapsing on an unmarked trail in Badlands National Park. Sheriff's officials said Maxwell Right, 22, of St. Louis died Wednesday of "suspected dehydration and exposure," People reports. A 21-year-old Missouri...

Fossils More Than 200M Years Old Stolen From Utah Park

NPS offers $1K reward after Capitol Reef National Park theft

(Newser) - Fossils of reptile tracks in Capitol Reef National Park have been dated to the Triassic period more than 200 million years ago—and their theft has been dated to some time between August 2017 and August 2018. The National Park Service, which describes the fossils as "irreplaceable paleontological resources,...

This Is the Least-Visited National Park in America

Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve in Alaska is where you can head for some solitude

(Newser) - Looking to avoid crowds while visiting a national park? A CNN travel story highlights the 15 least-visited parks in the nation, with Alaska's Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve topping the list. It logs only about 7,000 visits each year, largely because visitors must fly there,...

New Rx From Canadian Docs: Date With Mother Nature

Canadian doctors can prescribe free yearlong pass to 80 national parks, historic sites to boost health

(Newser) - Just what the doctor ordered: a stroll through your local national park. That's the new prescription that patients in several Canadian provinces might now receive from health care professionals, thanks to a program being backed by Parks Canada. The Squamish Chief reports the government agency has joined PaRx: A...

Vandals Scratch Names Over 'Priceless' Rock Art

Repaired Big Bend petroglyph will never be the same

(Newser) - Some 4,000 to 8,500 years after a Native American artist made an etching in a 30-million-year-old volcanic boulder at what is now Texas' Big Bend National Park, visitors decided to leave their mark, too—directly on top. Four names and the date—Dec. 26, 2021—were carved across...

Tourism Forces Closure of Beach Dicaprio Made Famous
Beach DiCaprio Made Famous
Reopens Years Later

Beach DiCaprio Made Famous Reopens Years Later

Thailand's Maya Bay features in the 1998 film 'The Beach'

(Newser) - Update: Nearly three years after the public was barred from the idyllic beach that featured in the Leonardo DiCaprio movie The Beach, tourists will once again be welcomed back. The closure of Thailand's Maya Bay was supposed to last just four months but was extended to achieve a rehabilitation...

California's Massive, Ancient Trees Again in Danger

Wildfires bear down on giant sequoias

(Newser) - Some of the largest trees on the planet are in danger as wildfires rage in Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks in California. Some of the sequoia trees in the Giant Forest area were being wrapped with fire-resistant aluminum material Thursday, the Los Angeles Times reports. The area around some...

Woman Falls to Her Death in Zion National Park

NPS says woman was canyoneering alone

(Newser) - A 26-year-old woman has died after falling in a canyon at a US national park in Utah, officials said. The woman's body was recovered Sunday evening from Mystery Canyon at Zion National Park, the National Park Service said in a news release . According to visitors, the woman was canyoneering...

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