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Big Bend National Park in Texas recorded its busiest year on record in 2017, with 442,641 visitors coming to the park. That tally surpassed even 2016's visitation of 388,290 during the National Park Service centennial year.
The National Park Service has announced that the trail to the beach at Mount Baldy at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore has been reopened. The trail had been closed for several weeks after storm waves washed out a portion of it leaving a dangerous, 50-foot drop off. Park crews have now completed a rerouted trail and have reopened the area.
In a terse pushback Wednesday, an Interior Department official "welcomed" the resignations of nine members from the National Park Service Advisory Board and chided them for doing nothing while women were being harassed in the National Park System.
More than 50 Yellowstone National Park bison that were being held for possible transfer to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation were illegally freed by someone, according to park officials, who on Wednesday launched a criminal investigation.
Citing rising operating costs as well as the park's hefty maintenance backlog, Great Smoky Mountains National Park Superintendent Cassius Cash says front country camping fees are going up this year.

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