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Oh, Ranger! Guide to Great Outdoor Adventures

September 2, 2011, 7:57 am
American Park Network has partnered with Mountain Gear to bring you this Oh, Ranger! Trails Less Traveled guide, highlighting some great areas for you to participate in several outdoor activities, including hiking, camping, rock climbing and more. The United States has an incredible variety of natural habitats. Every year, breathtaking ...

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Hiking from Mono Meadow over Red Peak pass to Glacier Pt.via Panorama Tr. What is the mileage between upper Merced Pass lk to Red Peak Pass
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Yosemite National Park provides some great resources for determining trail milage. You can download USGS maps and trail milage charts at http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/trails.htm.

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New section of Continental Divide Trail open at Rocky Mountain National Park

August 15, 2011, 9:28 am
Cross-country adventurers take note: A new section of Continental Divide Trail has opened at Rocky Mountain National Park. The Continental Divide Trail connects Mexico with Canada through New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana, following the Continental Divide for most of its journey. It's one of the "triple crown" of ...

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I will be driving out to Yellowstone National Park within 2 weeks. What are the top 5 things to do and see while I am there? Thanks!
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That is a question that has more answers than the Internet can provide : )

Our site's Yellowstone Pages has a "things to do" section that is fairly consistent with most people's top interests.  You can also visit the West Yellowstone Chamber site for more insights.  Definitely hit the IMAX theater in West on your way into the park (if you head in that direction!)

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visit all geysers, spring, hiking trail, nature gardens in yelloew stones

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Get in Gear: Nuun Tabs Provide Hydration on the Go

July 7, 2011, 7:39 am
We’ve just discovered a great new way to hydrate on the go. Nuun hydration tablets, which are quickly becoming a staple in our daily routine, are electrolyte enhanced drink tablets that turn water into an optimally balanced sports drink. Whether you’re heading out for a hike or rehydrating after a ...

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We have a ranger guided tour the first week of July. Do we need bear spray?
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It's always a good idea to be bear aware, but it's best to check with the park before your arrival to see if they recommend bear spray. Before you head out, check out these articles:

Yellowstone's Bears

Minimizing the Dangers of a Bear Encounter

If you do decide to purchase bear spray, don't forget to recycle your canister before you head home!
 

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Park Love...
I can't find survey to win hiking poles. Can you tell me where to find that?
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Hi! Thanks for your interest in our 2011 Park Study. We're in the process of finalizing the survey and it will be live soon. We'll drop you a line when it's ready.

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In the meantime, log on to parkstudy.com and leave your email address. This way we can send you a note when the study is live.

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National Park Service buys Cumberland County land, saving 'White Rocks' from development

May 13, 2011, 8:24 am
We’re almost at the top. Looking down at the pearly white rock for just the right ledge to push off from or the right handhold to grab onto, we navigate the rocky end of what was an uphill but otherwise-mild trail. Robin, our golden retriever guide, seems to know the ...

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What is the weather like at Grand Canyon in September?
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  South Rim   North Rim   Inner Gorge
  Max Min Precip   Max Min Precip   Max Min Precip
May 70 39 0.66   62 34 1.17   92 63 0.36
June 81 47 0.42   73 40 0.86   101 72 0.30
July 84 54 1.81   77 46 1.93   106 78 0.84
August 82 53 2.25   75 45 2.85   103 75 1.40
September 76 47 1.56   69 39 1.99   97 69 0.97
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How long does it take to hike from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon to Phantom Ranch?
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The time it takes is irrelevant. The quality of the time it takes is memorable.

It matters not as how long that  the individual or individuals that are hiking enjoy take to make this trip, but it does matter as to the multiplicity of the nature and area that they are viewing and experiencing.

This maybe not the right answer in a mathematical sense but it is in an "experiential" sense.

Jud Kastner  JudKast@aol.com

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chugs1222
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Yeah, that's not particularly helpful, since I have to make reservations/secure permits. 

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The total distance from the North Rim to the Phantom Ranch is 14 miles. This can be a rough descent on the body, and an elevation change of almost 6,000 ft. There is the Cottonwood Campground at just about the halfway marker, should you choose to take the 14 mile hike in two legs. If you are experienced, the entire 14 miles should be possible in one day.

Having hiked to the bottom of the canyon myself, I would advise planning your travels in cooler months, and to take your time on the way back. 14 miles is a lot for most people, and especially in a desert climate. If you are not acclimated to the elevation, and don't have considerable hiking experience, take two days for both your descent and ascent through the canyon. Enjoy, and take lots of pictures!

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