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Weekend Getaway: Jewel Cave National Monument

December 20, 2009, 6:08 pm
A hidden gem in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Jewel Cave is a majestic landscape of crystal-covered rooms and flowing, translucent formations buried deep beneath limestone ridges and a ponderosa pine forest. Jewel Cave National Monument waits for travelers 13 miles west of Custer, S.D., and 24 miles east ...

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Bob Dispenza has been with Allen County Parks since 2001, first as Director of Environmental Education, then as Park and Education Manager at Metea County Park.

Bob is a life member of the National Association for Interpretation (NAI), and is certified as an Interpretive Trainer and Interpretive Guide.  He has earned the NAI Region 4 Distinguished Service Award in 1997, the R

Buffalo National River Park closes caves temporarily to protect bats from fungus

November 30, 2009, 7:40 am
To help stop the spread of the fungus thought to cause White Nose Syndrome, which is fatal to bats, many Buffalo National River caves are now closed to recreational caving until further notice, the park's superintendent announced this week. Bat Cave on the trail system at Buffalo Point is one which is closed.Caves which ...

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Capitol Reef, Waterpocket Fold, Land of the Sleeping Rainbow—all are colorful names to describe a park with many striking characteristics.

Waterpocket Fold, the main feature of the park, is the name of a 100-mile-long fold in the earth's surface. This uplift contains innumerable eroded basins or pockets that hold thousands of gallons of rainwater. These pockets of water have affected the history of humanity within the park and the flora and fauna of the region.

Entering the park from the west gives the most impressive view of the 1,000-foot-high stone barrier into which erosive forces have sculpted fascinating canyons, mesas, buttes and mazes. Once in the park, other astonishing panoramas await you.

Within a short distance of the visitor center, you will see Capitol Dome, Chimney Rock, the Goosenecks and the Egyptian Temple. Hickman Bridge, the Golden Throne and Capitol Gorge reward you after easy to moderate hikes. Prehistoric petroglyphs, the Fruita Schoolhouse, the Gifford Farmhouse and the Behunin Cabin speak of bygone eras and can be reached by car. The 20-mile round-trip Scenic Drive will take you past the Ripple Rock Nature Center and many of the park's features.

If you are seeking a remote wilderness experience, Capitol Reef has it. To the north of Route 24, dirt roads, which generally require high-clearance or 4-wheel-drive vehicles, lead into the park's north end through the heart of Cathedral Valley, an area of monolithic formations of Entrada and Curtis sandstones, some of which are 500 feet high. South of Route 24, graded roads, usually suitable for high-clearance vehicles, lead into some very fine hiking country. Besides good hiking opportunities, the southern part of the park also offers spectacular views of the folded strata of Capitol Reef and the Henry Mountains. Muley Twist Canyon is in the southern end of the park, as is Brimhall Bridge. Check with a park ranger before setting out for any of these more remote locations. Weather conditions may make the roads slick and impassable.

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I made a custom essay and I found that it is located on the Waterpocket Fold in central Utah, Capitol Reef National Park offers rugged, beautiful scenery with deep and narrow canyons, spectacular vistas, great expanses of slickrock and multi-colored rock layers exposed by the massive fold in the earth's crust. Petroglyphs give evidence of the early inhabitants of the area dating back at least 10,000 years. The area also has a more recent history in evidence with the orchards and buildings from the Fruita community that was founded by Mormon pioneers in 1880.
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Top 10: Parks with American Indian Significance

November 12, 2009, 12:54 pm
In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, OhRanger.com has compiled a list of the Top 10 National Parks with American Indian and Alaska Native significance. Many of our parks are rich in history so in order to better appreciate the public lands that we visit, we must understand their ...

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What Month is a good time to go to Crater Lake Lodge? Is there a chater bus or van that goes to Crater Lake Lodge? Brisadaum@yahoo.com
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Crater Lake National Park, Oregon, ATVs, Backpacking, Dog Mushing, Kayaking, Snorkeling, Ice Skating, Swimming, Lake Fishing, Surfing, Snowmobiling, Water Skiing, Sailing, Snowshoeing, Caving, Camping, Lodging, Horseback Riding, Touring
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While Crater Lake National Park is open year-round, the Lodge itself is only open from the end of May typically (it is scheduled to open 5/26 in 2010) through mid-October.  The lodge is closed for this season 

Crater Lake receives A LOT of snow up into the spring season and starting again in early fall.  So, if your vehicle is prepared for it, snowy months can be beautiful times to explore the park.  Just make sure to check ahead that the roads have been plowed.  The "Rim Road" is usually in pretty good shape for most of the year.

There is no van or shuttle directly to the lodge.  For reservations or more information call Xanterra at (888) 774-2728.

 Have a great trip!

 


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Plan your next Camping Trip using the New Go Camping America Website

October 16, 2009, 11:02 am
Map out your next autumn road trip or get a jump-start on your summer vacation planning using the newly-launched Go Camping America website.  With an extensive database of suggested sightseeing itineraries and road trip routes, GoCampingAmerica.com is the perfect online resource to plan a local fall leaf-peeping getaway or ...

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As a school department is there any way we can get some complimentary park guides to give students ideas on where to go for adventure?
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Use the contact info on this page. American Park Network (this organization) publishes the "green guides" that the parks hand out. They will send them to you free.
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On the bottom of every page on OhRanger.com there is a square box that offers a link to ordering guides.  The guides are not 100% free, but they are offered for less than $1/piece to cover handling.

If you want to find out where the guides are locally, you can send an email to distribution@americanparknetwork.com


Here's the link just in case:

http://www.altrec.com/american-park-network/national-park-guide-set/?american=1&market=1&cm_mmc_o=4z...

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Crockford-Pigeon Mountain Wildlife Management Area

This WMA lies in the extreme northwest corner of Georgia. This area can be accessed from Interstate 75 or from the city of Rome. The Cumberland Plateau extends from northwestern Alabama into southeastern Tennessee and northwestern Georgia. This area of mostly sandstone has been eroded down into flatter terrain ...

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Where are the nearest parks to Chicago that feature caves and caverns?
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The nearest parks to Chicago that feature caves and caverns are Illinois Caverns State Natural Area and Cave in Rock State Park. They're both over a five-hour drive from Chicago, however.

I hope you have an exciting time exploring Illinois' caves. Be sure to check back in at OhRanger.com after you trip to share you park experiences with us!

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