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Tourism Forces Closure of Beach DiCaprio Made Famous

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

(Newser) - Summer visitors to Thailand hoping to retrace Leonardo DiCaprio's steps as seen in the movie The Beach are out of luck. The Maya Bay beach featured in the 1998 film, part of a national park on the island of Ko Phi Phi, has been temporarily closed for the first... More »

There's No Sign Outside, but There's Starbucks at Yosemite

It opened on March 16

(Newser) - It seems 25,000 signatures weren't enough to keep a Starbucks out of Yosemite. That petition to halt its opening died a quiet death on March 16, when the coffee giant began operating at Yosemite Valley Lodge's Base Camp Eatery, which ABC7 reports underwent a $7 million remodel,... More »

Trump Nixes Obama-Era Bottled Water 'Ban' in National Parks

Critics say the bottled water industry's lobbying has won

(Newser) - Environmentalists have a new bone to pick with the Trump administration, this time over bottled water. A six-year-old policy that encouraged national parks not to sell bottled water has been overturned by Trump, reports the Guardian . Per NPR , the Obama-era policy put in place to reduce waste and pollution wasn’... More »

Couple Has Been Missing for 6 Days in Sweltering Park

Their car was found in Joshua Tree National Park on Friday

(Newser) - Long-term survival in Joshua Tree National Park is "not impossible but highly improbable," a spokesperson is warning six days after a couple vanished inside the park's boundaries. Joseph Orbeso, 21, and Rachel Nguyen, 20, of Orange County, Calif., haven't been seen or heard from since setting... More »

Hundreds Enter US National Parks Never to Return

Government doesn't keep track of people who disappear on federal land

(Newser) - David Paulides believes the American public would be spooked if it knew how many people were mysteriously disappearing every year in the country's national parks. People have gone missing while poking around near a gift shop, running with a friend, and wearing professional survival gear. And while Paulides could... More »

Gay Rights Could Get First National Monument

Obama expected to approve Stonewall Inn as national park

(Newser) - The first national monument to the gay rights movement could be on its way. For years, advocates have been calling for the creation of a national park in the vicinity of Manhattan's Stonewall Inn, where a 1969 police raid sparked a protest by gay men, now considered the start... More »

Graffiti Ruins Famous Rock Arch

Rangers in Utah say it could be too big to remove

(Newser) - Rangers at Utah's Arches National Park are investigating large graffiti carved so deeply into a famous red rock arch that it might be impossible to erase, officials say. The carvings discovered earlier this month measure about 4 feet across and 3 feet high, park Superintendent Kate Cannon says. The... More »

Admission to National Parks Free for a Week

No cash needed April 16-24 to celebrate NPS' 100th anniversary

(Newser) - The National Park Service turns 100 this year, and to celebrate, the NPS is waiving entry fees to its national parks all of next week, Time reports. National Park Week runs April 16 through April 24, thanks to a joint effort by the NPS and National Park Foundation. "We... More »

Couple Who Died in NM Desert Used Water to Save Son

French family wasn't prepared for the White Sands heat

(Newser) - Tragedy at White Sands: A French couple who disastrously underestimated the power of the New Mexico desert died in the heat but used what little water they had to keep their son alive, the Guardian reports. From what investigators can piece together, Ornella and David Steiner and their 9-year-old son,... More »

Dad Tased After Flying Drone at Park

Travis Sanders says he didn't know flying tiny 'aircraft' was illegal

(Newser) - Travis Sanders expected a fun night when he took his family to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park on Saturday. But things took an unexpected turn when the 35-year-old Pahoa resident was Tased by a park ranger and arrested after sending up a 3-inch quadcopter drone to take video of the... More »

Mysterious 132-Year-Old Rifle Found in National Park

Who left the Winchester Model 1873 in Great Basin National Park?

(Newser) - It was "the gun that won the West"—and it may have been leaning against a tree for more than a century. While surveying Nevada's Great Basin National Park in November, an archaeological crew spotted a Winchester Model 1873 in the woods. It was a lucky sighting:... More »

Experts Hunt for Prehistoric Culture Under Everglades Boardwalk

Search follows on 1968 discovery

(Newser) - Researchers are searching for an ancient culture in Everglades National Park, following up on work done decades ago. In 1968, after a pond in the park was dredged, a park ranger spotted a vast collection of what may have been tools and weapons, as well as remnants of marine life... More »

2 Ancient Villages Emerge in Arizona National Park

Dwellings built into sand dunes

(Newser) - An ancient village has come to light in Arizona's Petrified Forest National Park—and it's the second such find in as many years. The villages are some 1,300 years old, dating from between 200 AD and 700 AD, ABC News reports. Archaeologists discovered homes dug into the... More »

Hiker Survives on Bugs After Harrowing Leg Break

Gregg Hein: Break was so bad bone protruded more than an inch out of leg

(Newser) - Hiking alone has its disadvantages, and experienced climber, rafter, and trail runner Gregg Hein got up close and personal with most of them earlier this month. Two days into a solo hike in the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks near Fresno, Calif., his footing set loose a boulder that... More »

Marine's Wife Missing in Joshua Tree Park

Pregnant Erin Corwin, 19, vanished June 28

(Newser) - Search teams have been scouring the area in and around Joshua Tree National Park for more than a week looking for the pregnant wife of a Marine. Erin Corwin, 19, disappeared on June 28 after saying she was going to look for places she could take photos in the vast... More »

Ancient Curse on Utah Park Is Real, Say Visitors

Leave the petrified wood in the Petrified Forest, they say

(Newser) - Visitors who remove any bit of nature from a state park are breaking the law. But those who remove a chunk of petrified wood from Utah's Escalante Petrified Forest State Park risk something darker: an alleged ancient curse that visitors claim is the real deal. The park manager tells... More »

Statue of Liberty, Grand Canyon to Reopen

Mount Rushmore, too, as states work around shutdown

(Newser) - Even as Congress and the White House are still dickering over the shutdown, some of the nation's most high-profile tourist locales will reopen for business. The Statue of Liberty, the Grand Canyon, and Mount Rushmore will welcome tourists again because their respective states have agreed to pay for the... More »

Utah County: We'll Take Over National Parks

Struggling San Juan County to take down barricades to bring back tourists

(Newser) - A southern Utah county isn't taking the government shutdown lying down: It's threatening to reopen its national parks to breathe life back into the area's struggling economy, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. With help from firefighters, EMTs, and search and rescue volunteers, San Juan County—where 70%... More »

3-Year-Old Shot, Dies in Yellowstone

Family says child shot herself with handgun

(Newser) - Tragedy in Yellowstone National Park: A 3-year-old girl has died in the park's first fatal shooting in more than 30 years, officials say. The girl's mother has told investigators that the child shot herself with a handgun at a campground in the Wyoming section of the park Saturday,... More »

3rd Hiker Dies Along Stunning, Deadly Ariz. Trail

'The Wave' has no trail markers, intense heat

(Newser) - "The Wave" is such a breathtaking hiking destination that just 20 people are allowed to visit per day, in order to ensure it remains protected—but the intense heat along the Utah-Arizona border, coupled with an open landscape with no marked trail, has claimed three lives this month alone.... More »

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