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October 13, 2016
Olympic National Park Prepares for Storms; Some Areas to Close at Noon Today
Strong Pacific storms approach; all travel is discouraged.

September 14, 2016
Debris Removal Underway at Two Former Dam Sites on Elwha River
US Army Corps of Engineers aid in continuing restoration.

September 12, 2016
Celebrate National Public Lands Day and Healthy Park, Healthy People on September 24
Entrance fees will be waived and free activities offered around the park.

September 08, 2016
Fish Continue to Re-colonize Elwha Watershed
Biologists document Chinook salmon, summer steelhead and bull trout in the upper river.

September 02, 2016
Olympic National Park Launches Second Year of Every Kid in a Park Pass
Field trip grant from National Park Foundation will support school visits.

September 02, 2016
Next Round of Spruce Railroad Trail Improvements to Begin September 19: Trail to Close from Lyre River Trailhead to the McPhee Tunnel
Work will include restoration of the 450-foot long McPhee Tunnel and other trail improvements to provide universal accessibility.

September 01, 2016
Unidentified Body Recovered from Olympic National Park Coastline
Crews have recovered unidentified person and will transfer body to nearest facilities as soon as weather permits.

September 01, 2016
Olympic Hot Springs Road Repairs Continue; Pedestrian & Bicycle Access Now Permitted on Weekends Only
Road to remain closed to all entry Monday through Friday for construction; weekend-only pedestrian and bike travel now allowed.

August 19, 2016
Park Rangers Search Olympic National Park Coastline for Missing Mariner
Man missing and presumed drowned after boating accident.

August 11, 2016
Park Visitors and Neighbors Invited to Celebrate the National Park Service Centennial
Many ways to celebrate the NPS Centennial this month!

August 02, 2016
“Ride the Hurricane” Bike Day Will Be August 7 on Hurricane Ridge Road
Hurricane Ridge Road will close to motor vehicle traffic 6am-12noon; entrance fee waived rest of the day.

July 29, 2016
“Landscapes for the People” Program on August 4 Will Showcase Photos of George A. Grant
Grant was the National Park Service's first official photographer, serving from the 1920s - 1950s.

July 29, 2016
Music in the American Wild Coming to Olympic National Park
Classical musicians to perform original music for NPS Centennial.

July 29, 2016
Three Small Fires Burning Deep in Olympic National Park Wilderness
Smoke Visible from Surrounding Areas, Obstruction Point Road Closed Due to Smoke Impacts

July 26, 2016
Seven-Acre Godkin Fire Spotted Deep in Olympic National Park Wilderness
Last week's storm brought rain and lightning.

July 21, 2016
Olympic Hot Springs Road Repairs to Begin Monday; All Access Into Elwha Valley Will Be Closed During Construction
Long-awaited repairs will re-open road to vehicle access by early October.

July 21, 2016
“Wish You Were Here” Program on July 30 to Showcase History of National Parks in Stamps, Letters and Postcards
Free program at Olympic National Park Visitor Center

July 08, 2016
Visitors Advised to Keep Their Distance – Mountain Goats are Dangerous
For their own safety, visitors are reminded to stay at least 50 yards away from mountain goats.

July 07, 2016
Pavement Improvement Planned
Project will improve and extend lifetime of paved roads.

June 29, 2016
July 4th Weekend in Olympic National Park and Forest
Visitors and area residents are reminded to help keep public lands and visitors safe by leaving fireworks and exploding targets at home.

May 18, 2016
Limited Reservations Still Available for BioBlitz at Olympic National Park
A BioBlitz is a 24-hour event that brings together scientists, students, families and community members to find and identify as many living species of organisms as possible. Activities will be offered at several Olympic National Park locations this weekend – advance reservations are free and are needed for most activities.

April 11, 2016
Kids and Families Invited to Find Their Park at Olympic on National Junior Ranger Day, Saturday April 16
Outdoor games, activities, microscopes, guided walks -- all free for kids and families this Saturday, April 16!

April 08, 2016
Olympic National Park Staff Prepare for Summer Season 2016
While park staff ready seasonal facilities for the summer, storm and flood damage will restrict access to some areas.

March 30, 2016
NOLS and Olympic National Park to offer third season of Poetry Walks
North Olympic Library System (NOLS) has teamed up with Olympic National Park to offer a third season of Poetry Walks. This year’s program will begin April 1 and continue through May 31.

February 20, 2016
Elwha Valley Pedestrian Access Route Now Available; Foot Trail Bypasses Washout on Olympic Hot Springs Road
Olympic Hot Springs Road closed to vehicles because of washout; temporary trail provides foot access in the Elwha Valley.

February 03, 2016
New Annual Pass for Olympic National Park to Feature Prize-Winning Photo
Over 200 images were submitted to Olympic National Park's Facebook photo contest.

January 14, 2016
Free Entrance to Olympic National Park on Monday, January 18 2016 for Martin Luther King Jr Day
Free park entry on Monday, January 18 in commemoration of 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Day.

December 30, 2015
January Perspectives Program to Feature Film Premiere & Live Music by Rabbit Wilde; Event to Take Place at Peninsula College’s Little Theater
The free program on Tuesday, January 12 is part of the Olympic National Park Perspectives speaker series.

December 29, 2015
National Park Service Selects Olympic Peninsula Hospitality to Operate Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort within Olympic National Park
Concession contract for Sol Duc Hot Springs to be awarded to Olympic Peninsula Hospitality.

December 17, 2015
Spruce Railroad Trail Reopens in Time for Holiday Season
Spruce Railroad Trail re-opens after trail construction.

November 23, 2015
Winter 2015-16 Schedule and Services Announced for Hurricane Ridge; Snow Season Kicks Off with Free Entrance on Green Friday!
Weather permitting; the Hurricane Ridge Road is scheduled to be open Friday through Sunday and Monday holidays from November 27, 2015 through March 27, 2016. The road is also scheduled to be open daily from Saturday, December 26 through January 3, 2016.

November 19, 2015
Olympic and Mount Rainier National Parks Announce Special Fee Free Day on November 27
In celebration of Thanksgiving and as a way to encourage healthy outdoor time, Mount Rainier and Olympic National Parks will offer free entry to all park areas on Friday, November 27.

November 09, 2015
Olympic National Park Announces Schedule for the 2015-16 Perspectives Monthly Speakers Series
Program topics and presenters have been announced for this year’s Perspectives Winter Speaker Series, offered free of charge on the second Tuesday of each month, November through April.

November 02, 2015
Rockfall Demolition Concludes in Glines Canyon, Scientists to Monitor High Water Flows This Winter
Sealaska Constructors LLC recently completed a National Park Service contract to remove a number of large boulders in the Elwha River channel just downstream of Glines Canyon.

October 28, 2015
Whiskey Bend Road Repairs Completed
The Elwha Valley’s 4.5 mile Whiskey Bend Road reopens to vehicle use October 30.

October 27, 2015
Olympic Hot Springs Pools Closed to Visitor Use Due to Fatality
Due to health and safety concerns, the Olympic Hot Springs pools have been closed to public use.

May 29, 2015
New Glines Canyon Spillway Overlook Opens in Elwha Valley
The new Glines Canyon Spillway Overlook, located along the Olympic Hot Springs Road, is wheelchair accessible and includes eight interpretive exhibits.

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