Washington state parks app gets overhauled

The mobile app for Washington state parks, Pocket Ranger, has been given a complete overhaul based on user comments and suggestions.

Updates include photo galleries on park pages and a new "Explore" feature to improve park searches by location, activities, category and site name.

Other features that have been retained include a calendar of events, maps and directions, weather alerts, advanced GPS and mapping features, and a built-in compass, according to the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.

The free mobile app is available for iPhones and Androids.