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Appalachian Trail 75th Anniversary

Appalachian Trail 75th Anniversary LogoRich in history, beauty, and adventure, the Appalachian Trail celebrates its 75th anniversary this summer.

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King Range National Conservation Area

One doesn’t just stumble across the King Range National Conservation Area—it takes some searching. The King Range extends along the northern California coast just south of Eureka. This remote region is called California’s Lost Coast because it’s only accessible through a few back roads, but this dramatic union of ...

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Can I hike safely alone?
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Olympic National Park, Backpacking, Trail Running, Health & Fitness
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Hiking alone is a great way to connection with nature and yourself! The fresh air is an excellent way to clear you mind and is safe as long as you hike responsibily and come prepared. Always hike trails that are to your ability to reduce the risk of incidents. Often, you will see plenty of other people while hiking on trails in the national parks. 

It is, however, important to inform others (a friend or family member) where you will be going, what route you will be taking and when you intend to return. If you are thinking about going off the trails into the backcountry solo, be sure to leave your information at a ranger station. Don't forget to bring proper gear and be prepared for changing weather. Maps and a compass are always necessary. 

In case of an emergency, people will be aware that you are out there. If nobody knows where you are heading off too, nobody would think anything is wrong for a few days at least.

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Are there boat rentals and how much are they
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Eisenhower State Park, Kansas, Kansas, Backpacking, Canoeing, Road Biking, Rock Climbing
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There are great boating opportunities at the park, especially on Melvern Lake. However, the park itself does not offer boat rentals. For more information, please call the park at (785) 528-4102.

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Will I need 2 vehicle passes if we are towing a camper and have a motorcycle in our truck bed at Yellowstone and Grand Teton?
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Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Backpacking, Camping, Hiking, Park Passes and Fees, RVing
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You only have to pay one vehicle/entrance fee when entering either Yellowstone or Grand Teton. It's advised you keep your receipt on you for when you take the motorcycle off the truck bed and cruise around the park. For more information on Grand Teton call (307) 739-3300; for more information on Yellowstone call (307) 344-7381.

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Wanting a designated hike within Pu'u Maka'ala, Olaa Rainforest. Where to start? Map?
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Backpacking, Bird Watching
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Here are multiple maps of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to help plan your visit. Find more detailed information on forest hikes at the park at nps.gov.

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Olympic National Park reopens Whiskey Bend Road

February 2, 2012, 12:13 pm
The popular trail is one of area's best winter hikes Olympic National Park officials have reopened the Whiskey Bend Road, restoring access to one of winter's best day-hiking and backpacking trails. The gravel and dirt road has been closed since a storm in December 2010, took out a portion of the ...

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omey81
I just want to start out at Moon Lake then leave there and backpack into Brown Duck, and spend 2, maybe 3 days there.
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Ashley National Forest, Moon Lake Reservoir, Utah, Backpacking, Civil War, Fly Fishing, Trail Running, Wildlife Watching, Food/Dining, Mountaineering, Native American History, Deer, Lake Fishing, World War II, Elk, Gear, Marine Life, Moose, Wildflowers, Wolves, Caving, Camping, Climbing, History/Culture, Hiking, Park Passes and Fees, Photography, Preservation, Safety, Picnicking
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It's a short day hike from Moon Lake Campgrounds to the Brown Duck Trail. There's plenty of camping opportunities in nearby East Basin. Please note some trail areas may be inaccessible due to winter weather. For more information, visit the Forest Service's page on Ashley National Forest: http://www.fs.usda.gov/ashley. Have a fun and safe adventure!

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rfisher
I am quite interested in becoming a Park Ranger and was wondering what the marketability and annual pay of a Park Ranger is like.
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Canaan Resort State Park, West Virginia, Susquehanna State Park, Maryland, Archaeology, ATVs, Backpacking, Bears, Bouldering, Bow Hunting, Canoeing, Mountain Biking, Downhill Skiing, Four-Wheel Driving, Gun Hunting, Wildlife Watching, Native American History, Swimming, Deer, Lake Fishing, Elk, Ranger-led Programs, Marine Life, Moose, Flora & Fauna, Mountain Lions, Historic Sites, Wolves, Caving, Camping, Climbing, Fishing, History/Culture, Golfing, Hiking, Hunting, Preservation, Picnicking
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We often get questions about what it takes to become a National Park Ranger. Here are some tips from our partners at the Association of National Park Rangers. We hope you find them helpful:

The National Park Service (NPS) employs people in all kinds of job titles (20,000 year-round and another 7,000 - 10,000 during the summer) even though the general public often thinks that everyone that works for the NPS is a "park ranger."  Of these 30,000 employees, perhaps 7,000 are in positions that are titled park ranger.  I'll concentrate on those for now, but folks interested in maintenance jobs, or administrative jobs, or research and science related jobs should know that those jobs are there too.
 
Park ranger jobs are divided into 2 groups.  First, there are park rangers that primarily perform park interpretation.  These employees work in the park visitors' center, lead guided walks and talks, give off-site programs at local schools, establish and/or modify the park's website, write site-specific brochures and other materials, and design visitor center displays or movies, etc.  In short, this group of park rangers is the parks' primary link between the park resources and park visitors and neighbors.  By explaining the national significance of the individual park and the resources it preserves, interpretive park rangers hope to establish or strengthen visitors' understanding and support for parks, the environment, history, etc.
 
The second group of park rangers are those that primarily perform park protection.  These employees perform law enforcement, search and rescue, emergency medical services, fire management, etc.  They are more likely to be working outside, in all kinds of weather conditions, and they might be doing this in all kinds of modes of transportation, i.e. on foot, on horseback, in vehicles, in boats, on skis, in small planes, etc.  Like interpretive rangers, protection rangers have a great responsibility to be knowledgeable about the parks' resources and threats (from human behavior) to them.  While they have many friendly, informational contacts with visitors, they also have visitor contacts that are sometimes confrontational and can be stressful.
 
For either type of ranger job, a bachelor's degree from a 4-year college or university with a heavy emphasis in the natural sciences or U.S. history is generally required to be competitive.  Any public speaking experience one can gain is also very helpful.  First aid training is available in most communities and having some level of certification in first aid and CPR is helpful.  There is also free online training to anyone at the Eppley Institute for Parks & Public Lands at Indiana University. Such training helps one understand the NPS mission and culture and shows prospective hiring officials that you are truly interested in becoming an NPS employee.
 
Many folks that hope to be interpretive park rangers often start out working as park volunteers while they are in school or are in some other full-time career.  These opportunities are available at all NPS sites including Lake Mead National Recreation Area just outside Las Vegas.
 
For protection rangers there are a few additional requirements.  You must be at least 21 years old.  You also must be a graduate of one of the NPS-approved Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Academies.  A list of these schools and more information is available online. One can also pursue similar opportunities in your home community to gain experience that might make you more competitive.  Become an ambulance attendant in your community, become a volunteer firefighter with your local fire department or your state forestry department, or become a member of your local community search and rescue squad.
 
Finally, the Association of National Park Rangers (ANPR) is a membership organization open to anyone.  One does not have to be a park ranger or an NPS employee to become an ANPR member.  There are networking and informational opportunities within ANPR that can help one be competitive for NPS jobs, and it is important to understand that it is not just what you know, but also who you know that will help one get their foot in the door with the NPS.  ANPR also offers a publication for sale titled, "Live the Adventure: Join the National Park Service" that can be helpful in understanding the requirements for park ranger jobs.  

For more information about ANPR visit their website.

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marcaerts
My wife and me are planning a hiking holiday in the GC, Bryce C and Las Vegas. We like to do all the trails in GC. Who guides us (package?)
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Bryce Canyon National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Backpacking
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There are several different types of guided tours available at the Grand Canyon. You cand find out more about them here.

We hope you enjoy your trip!

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