Five myths about national parks

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colo. (Photo by Mountains Call Me)

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colo. (Photo by Mountains Are Calling)

The deal reached in Washington last week finally reopened the national parks. It was heartening to see how much coverage their closure garnered during the shutdown — a reminder of what they mean to people.

The Washington Post’s Five Myths series has a new entry about the national parks in the wake of the 16-day-long government closure. Written by Robert Earle Howells, a Southern California-based writer and contributor to “Secrets of the National Parks” and “The 10 Best of Everything: National Parks.”

The closing of America’s national parks was among the most emotionally charged aspects of the 16-day federal government shutdown. As party leaders raced to make a deal to reopen the government and avert a default, House Republicans were accusing the head of the Park Service of trying to make the shutdown “as painful and as visible as possible.” It’s a shame that the parks, usually a source of national pride, became rhetorical pawns amid a national embarrassment. But while the parks still have the country’s attention, it’s worth clearing up some myths about them.

Read the complete Post article here.

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