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UPDATED | Zinke: Fourth-Graders, Seniors, Disabled, And Veterans Prompting Higher Park Entrance Fees

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says free or discounted passes given to senior citizens, active military, disabled, and even fourth-graders and their families are part of the reason for the National Park Service's funding problems.

A Mountaineer's Life

I first heard Allen Steck’s name when I was flying and climbing in the Owen’s Valley of California in the early 1980s. His exploits, along with Norman Clyde, Doug Robinson, Galen Rowell and John Salathe, were legendary. Known by the moniker, the Slim Fox, the mountains have been his home.

Photography In The National Parks: Two Point-And-Shoots And A Smartphone In Zion National Park

Contributing photographer Rebecca Latson packed a couple of point-and-shoot cameras and her smartphone, in addition to her SLR, for a winter photo trip to Zion National Park. In this article, Rebecca shares the results as well as advice and tips on getting your best shot, no matter what camera you use.

Supreme Court Asked To Overturn Uranium Mining Ban Near Grand Canyon

Three months after an appellate court denied their request to overturn a ban on uranium mining on lands surrounding Grand Canyon National Park, mining interests have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the ruling, a move described as "a long-shot attempt to kneecap the Interior Department’s authority" to protect large expanses of public lands.

Some History On Lodging In National Parks

With more than a few national parks straining to cope with heavy visitation, and some groups hoping to see more lodging made available in some parks, it seems a little odd to know that once upon a time the National Park Service considered itself the "parent of the concept of eliminating overnight accommodations (except campgrounds) inside the parks to minimize intrusions and lessen impact."

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