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Buffalo Soliders May Get a New Historic Trail

Buffalo SoldiersThe Buffalo Soldiers may finally get the recognition they deserve. The House of Representatives passed a bill this week to examine the possible creation of a new national historic trail.

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Top Secret Spots for Cross-Country Skiing

What better way to take advantage of fresh snow-covered lands than a cross-country ski outing? Some of the best areas to sport skis are in wildlife refuges. Trek along one (or more) of these little-known trails amid protected habitats and rare wildlife for a truly remarkable expedition.

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Snowy Owls Spotlight

Snowy OwlThe only snow some areas are seeing this season is the snowy owl. Nearly two-feet tall, this exotic species primarly lives in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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A Piece of Puerto Rico: The El Yunque National Forest Quarter Debuts

El Yunque National Forest QuarterPuerto Rico’s national forest is receiving some well-deserved recognition. The El Yunque National Forest Quarter is the first America the Beautiful Quarter this year and the eleventh coin in the series.

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Experience Mount Rushmore in 3-D

Mount Rushmore in 3-D? Believe it. In addition to viewing the famous Mount Rushmore National Monumentmonument from afar in South Dakota, you can now take an intimate virtual tour of the site from your home computer.

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Free Admission to National Parks for Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend Jan. 14-16

martin luther king jr memorial washington dcStart out the New Year by basking in some of nature’s glory and saving some cash. In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, national parks are waiving their entrance fees from January 14-16. Take advantage of the first free admission weekend of 2012 and make it a memorable one!

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Public Lands Fee-Free Days 2012

fee-free park daysThere’s nothing better than enjoying America’s beautiful public lands for free. Plan your adventures early and look at this year’s schedule of free admission days to public lands.

January 14-16 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend)

April 21-29 (National Park Week)

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Winter Trails 2012

Have you ever wanted to try out winter sports? Here's your chance to try out snowshoeing and cross country skiing! . Saturady, January 7 marks the 17th annual Winter Trails Day. With over one hundred locations across the country, take the whole family for some fun! Winter Trails Day let's you explore the snow covered areas around you for free.

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Happy Holidays from American Park Rangers

Park rangers from around a dozen national parks are sending their holiday greetings to the millions of visitors who visit America’s Best Idea each year. The first video came from Yosemite National Park, whose rangers are apparently gunning to start a snowball fight. But the greeting from Denali National Park is our favorite so far:

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Thanksgiving in Our Parks

Spending Thanksgiving holiday at a park may be, in some ways, a truer iteration of the first autumn harvest feast that the pilgrims assembled back in 1621. They were close to nature on a physical and metaphysical way. They ate the communal meal outdoors since it was the only way the small colony could accommodate the 50 or so surviving settlers and the Native Americans in attendance.

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