RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A new report shows 3.6 million visitors to Black Hills area national parks in South Dakota spent about $231 million in 2021.
That had a cumulative benefit to the state economy of $301 million and resulted in about 3,360 jobs.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia tourism officials have launched a statewide Waterfall Trail.
There are 29 waterfalls featured, including some of the best-known in the state, such as Blackwater and Sandstone, and some lesser known cascades, like Finn’s in the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve and Drawdy in Boone County, tourism officials said.
The 2021-2022 ski season was record-breaking in the total number of skier visits to resorts around the country, the National Ski Areas Association announced Friday.
The national figure of 61 million skier visits was up 3.5% from the previous season, according to the trade group based in Colorado.
HODGENVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A new trail designed to engage children and families in outdoor recreation has opened at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park.
The Track Trail was dedicated last week and offers a series of self-guided brochures to make hiking fun, a statement from the National Park Service and Kids in Parks program said.
DENVER (AP) — The Outdoor Retailer trade show is moving back to Salt Lake City from Denver next year despite threats from an environmental group and big-name recreation companies of a boycott, the event's organizer announced Wednesday.
DENVER (AP) — An environmental conservation group and two dozen outdoor recreation companies, including Patagonia, REI and The North Face, announced Monday they would boycott the Outdoor Retailer trade show if it's moved from Denver back to Salt Lake City, accusing Utah's leaders of trying to chip away at protections for national monuments and public lands.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire tourism officials are expecting a good winter season, with more than 3 million people projected to travel to the state and spend $1.2 billion.
“We’re optimistic heading into winter,” Taylor Caswell, commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs, said at a travel forecast event this week.
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s ski resorts are hoping to build on a 2020-21 season that saw them supplant Vermont as the third-biggest ski and snowboard state in the country, behind Colorado and California.
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service plans to reduce the number of entry permits for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness next year, citing damage to natural resources, crowding and congestion.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A thousand pounds of rainbow trout will be released into streams in West Virginia this week.
The Kanawha County Commission and Indian Lake Fish Hatchery will release the fish into the Elk River and Blue Creek on Friday.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Advocates of a new outdoor recreational project in southeast South Dakota are asking state regulators for permission to convert an old railroad line into a trail for cyclists, hikers and horseback riders.
ELY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada’s Great Basin Institute has been awarded a federal grant to begin planning the creation of what the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources says is the nation's first professional recreational trail-building school.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is resuming some regular operations that were suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Starting this week, some customer service centers and field offices will be open to the public on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through Labor Day.
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A bear bit a person who was camping near Mystic Lake in the Custer Gallatin National Forest over the weekend, the U.S. Forest Service said.
Improperly stored food likely attracted bears to the area southeast of Bozeman before the attack, which happened about two hours after dawn on Saturday, the agency said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Thursday proposed funding for dozens of conservation and recreation projects across the country as it allocates $2.8 billion in grants and programs authorized by a landmark conservation law enacted last year.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Visitation at Yellowstone National Park last month has increased by 40% compared to 2019, an increase of about 19,000 people and a record for the month, park officials said.
TORONTO (AP) — Ontario’s premier is keeping outdoor recreational activities like golf courses closed for at least two more weeks despite calls by health officials and mayors to resume them for physical and mental health.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Thursday detailed steps to achieve an ambitious goal to conserve nearly one-third of America’s lands and waters by 2030, relying on voluntary efforts to preserve public, private and tribal areas while also helping tackle climate change and create jobs...
Connecticut is planning to provide full access this summer to its outdoor recreation areas including state parks, camp grounds, shoreline beaches, boat launches and inland swimming spots, after providing partial access to its park system last summer even at the height of the pandemic...
CAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — The White Mountain National Forest is joining with national forests across the country in waiving fees at all-day use areas on Presidents Day...
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Official Kentucky Visitor's Guide for 2021 highlights outdoor recreation opportunities for travelers in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The guide notes outdoor adventures, Kentucky State Parks, racetracks, distilleries and wineries as opportunities that allow for safe travel and social distancing, a statement from the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet said.
MILLBROOK, Ala. (AP) — The owners of an outdoor recreation destination in Alabama fear a days-old baby goat has been stolen from a free-ranging herd near a former movie set and tourist attraction...
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed legislation Tuesday that will devote nearly $3 billion a year to conservation projects, outdoor recreation and maintenance of national parks and other public lands following its overwhelming approval by both parties in Congress...
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan bill that would spend nearly $3 billion on conservation projects, outdoor recreation and maintenance of national parks and other public lands is on its way to the president's desk after winning final legislative approval...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has approved a bipartisan bill that would spend nearly $3 billion on conservation projects, outdoor recreation and maintenance of national parks and other public lands, a measure supporters say would be the most significant conservation legislation enacted in nearly half a century.
Jim Klug's office phone rings off the hook with anxious anglers inquiring about the status of their upcoming fly-fishing trips...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate leaders and the Trump administration have reached an election-year deal to double spending on a popular conservation program and devote more than a $1 billion a year to clear a growing maintenance backlog at national parks...
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Food trucks. Wi-Fi. Hot showers.
Those campground upgrades could be coming to a national park near you...
Wildlife is essential to New Mexico’s ecology, economy and cultural identity. Ours is the nation’s fourth most biodiverse state. In a day’s drive, one can travel from the alpine peaks of the Southern Rockies in Rio Arriba County to the playas of the Chihuahuan Desert in Eddy County, covering eight distinct ecoregions in between and experiencing the wildlife of all of these environs.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will seek out a bigger share of the nation's outdoor recreation economy by creating a special division dedicated to expanding the state's foothold in the lucrative industry.
Some national forests, parks and monuments across the U.S. relayed horror stories during the 35-day federal shutdown, such as the piles of trash and human feces visitors left at Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park and the destruction of a Native-made hut at Ocmulgee National Monument in Georgia.
It may still be cold out, but the season is heating up for athletes in The Woodlands.
The Woodlands Township announced the opening of registration for its Signature Races series on Tuesday, including the Muddy Trails Bash, the Memorial Hermann 10 For Texas and the Woodforest Bank TRI triathlon.
HUNTINGTON — As the region's first and longest continuously held RV and boat exposition, the Huntington RV & Boat Show has provided outdoor adventurers an early preview of what's new for the upcoming recreation seasons over more than 35 years.
Laurel Burke and her mother, Bonnie Gregory, have set up shop at Salomon Farm Park's annual Christmas on the Farm for six years.
"We just like the atmosphere. We love the farm," Burke said. "We do three shows a year here and we always have a good time getting to know the other vendors and the people who come through."
POCATELLO — The local chapter of the Brother Speed motorcycle club hosted a raffle at its clubhouse Saturday to benefit Professional Transformation Sports Development, or PTSD, which is a Pocatello-based nonprofit that helps veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and depression by providing them with outdoor recreation opportunities.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A popular program that supports conservation and outdoor recreation projects across the country expired after Congress could not agree on language to extend it...
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A 15-person advisory committee for the downsized Bears Ears National Monument on Utah land considered sacred to Native Americans will include two spots for tribal representatives — three less than what a tribal coalition thinks they should get...
HARTFORD — The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is reminding people of the dangers of boating while intoxicated.
The department, along with law enforcement agencies across the state, is working to inform boaters about safe boating practices as part of the Operation Dry Water campaign, according to a statement from DEEP.
A day after the Trump administration announced it would review the protections of national monuments designated by presidents in the past 21 years, Democratic U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich of New Mexico said stripping those designations would jeopardize jobs and local economies throughout the state and across the United States.
DENVER (AP) — In the old days, after the snow melted at ski resorts, all that remained was grass, a gondola and the occasional alpine slide.
But check out Vail Resorts' docket this summer: four zip lines, three ropes courses, 18 holes of disc golf, a climbing wall, a trampoline, bag toss, horseshoes, guided hikes, a science school and, yes, a functional gondola.