National Parks service monitoring motorcycle noise

Publish Date: 
Jun 26, 2012

SUMMER means vacations, and a lot of people spend those vacations visiting national parks. That means motorcycle touring, but some visitors aren’t as welcome as others.

The National Parks Service has begun monitoring motorcycle noise in parks, a result of numerous complaints from non-riding visitors and staff. The park service has been getting complaints about motorcycle noise from citizens and park superintendants around the country.

Karen Trevino, head of the Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division for the National Park Service in Fort Collins, Colo., and her team are recording audio at more than 70 national parks around the country.

“The largest problem comes from a very small number of motorcycles and those are the very large bikes that have modified pipes,” Trevino told

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