National Park Service Will See $256M in Infrastructure Spending

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced more than $256 million in approved funding to rebuild “critical” national park infrastructure, according to a news release. “Dire maintenance and repair needs that contribute to the $11.6 billion backlog currently facing the nation’s national parks,” according to the release. Roads, bridges, trails, water systems, and visitor centers—even […]

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Exploring the Largest National Parks & Recreation Areas

Interest in national parks has soared in recent years. In fact, total visits to U.S. national parks exceeded the population of the nation in 2016 alone. Exploring the majestic scenery, hiking the trails, and camping in your RV are just some of the experiences visitors to national parks can relish. With over 14 official designations […]

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Lake Mead National Recreation Area: Big, Diverse & Extreme

The Colorado River is dammed on both sides of the Grand Canyon, forming two huge artificial lakes: Lake Powell and Lake Mead. Lake Mead National Recreation Area is big, it’s diverse, and it’s extreme. Temperatures can be harsh, from 120 degrees in the summer to well below freezing in winter on the high plateaus. From the mouth of the Grand […]

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National Parks Impact Local Economies

National park visitors contributed $26.5 billion to the nation’s economy and supported almost 240,000 jobs in 2013, according to a peer-reviewed report. “National parks are often the primary economic engines of many park gateway communities,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis, in a news release. “While park rangers provide interpretation of the iconic […]

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