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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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Winter schedule set for Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park

November 6, 2009, 7:22 am
Hurricane Ridge, high in the mountains above Port Angeles, Wash., will be open Friday through Sunday this winter, plus school holidays, for winter recreation.Here are the details about the Hurricane Ridge winter season.Hurricane Ridge RoadBarring heavy snows or winter storms, the Hurricane Ridge Road is scheduledto be open 9 a.m. to ...

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Yellowstone Announces Winter Lodging & Learning Packages

October 22, 2009, 7:58 am
Yellowstone National Park Lodges will offer “Lodging & Learning” packages this winter in Yellowstone National Park. The park’s winter season begins Dec. 18, 2009 with the opening of the Old Faithful Snow Lodge. The Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel opens Dec. 21, 2009. The lodges provide the only wintertime accommodations within ...

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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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WE WILL BE IN SEQUIA NATIONAL PARK IN NOVEMBER. WILL THERE IS SNOW?
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We are RVing to Utah's Parks for 3 weeks in Sept & need to know the best 3 or 4 towns to stay in order to see all of the parks. Was thinking Springdale, Escalante, Moab?
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All three are great towns, rich in their own way and certainly good jumping-off points for the parks.  Leave some time to explore the towns themselves on your journey as they are a vital part of the park experience.  The Utah office of Tourism has a fantastic site (http://travel.utah.gov/) that should help you answer all of your questions about the areas you're interested in.

Have a fun trip, and let us know at OhRanger.com which towns (and parks of course!) you liked the best!

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Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

Superintendent Name: 
JoAnne Kyral

Native Americans utilized the Mississippi River for trade, food and water supply long before Europeans visited the “New World.” Its watersheds have shaped the continent and its cultures, and today the “Father of Waters” is still just as powerful as it once was. Millions of people get their drinking water from the watershed, and also use it as a playground, a shipping lane, and a political boundary. Millions of plants, animals and other living things thrive in the river’s ecosystem.

Park Open Info: 
Year-round (Monday-Saturday)
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round (Monday-Saturday)
Park Acreage: 
53775
Highest Point Elevation: 
1000 feet
Visitor Count: 
3000000
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Mississippi River; Saint Anthony Falls
Endangered Species: 
Higgins Eye Pearlymussel
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Minneapolis, MN
Gateway Communities: 
Davenport, IA; Rock Island, IL; Bettendorf, IA; Milan, IL; Moline, IL
Nearby Airports: 
Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport (MSP)

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Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

Superintendent Name: 
John J. Donahue
Did you know the Delaware watershed provides water for 10% of the nation's population? The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is home to the Middle Delaware River, which passes for over forty miles between low forested mountains with barely a house in sight. The river then cuts through the mountain ridge to form the famed "Water Gap." Exiting the park, the river runs 200 more miles to Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean at Wilmington, Delaware. Swim, fish, boat, canoe, kayak, raft and tube at the park. The Middle Delaware is one of the cleanest rivers around!
Park Acreage: 
68714
Highest Point: 
Mt. Tammany
Highest Point Elevation: 
1527 feet
Visitor Count: 
5254216
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Delaware River; Historic Wallpack Center; Dutch Mines; Delaware Valley; Old Mine Road; Dingman's Falls; Silver Thread Falls; Raymondskill Falls; Historic Millbrook Village
Endangered Species: 
Bald Eagle
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Stroudsburg, PA
Gateway Communities: 
Stroudsburg, PA
Nearby Airports: 
Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE)

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Middle Delaware National Scenic River

Superintendent Name: 
John J. Donahue
Did you know the Delaware watershed provides water for 10% of the nation's population?! The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is home to the Middle Delaware River, which passes for over forty miles between low forested mountains with barely a house in sight. The river then cuts through the mountain ridge to form the famed "Water Gap." Exiting the park, the river runs 200 more miles to Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean at Wilmington, Delaware. Swim, fish, boat, canoe, kayak, raft and tube. The Middle Delaware is one of the cleanest rivers around!
Visitor Count: 
5052264
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Delaware River; Historic Wallpack Center; Dutch Mines; Delaware Valley; Old Mine Road; Dingman's Falls; Silver Thread Falls; Raymondskill Falls; Historic Millbrook Village
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Stroudsburg, PA
Gateway Communities: 
Stroudsburg, PA
Nearby Airports: 
Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE)

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Chickasaw National Recreation Area

Superintendent Name: 
John F. (Rick) Shireman

There is a reason Chickasaw National Recreation Area is known as the “Peaceful Valley of Rippling Waters.” This beautiful park is full of mineral springs, cool water, flora, fauna, and wildlife. Visitors are taken back in time to the days when the early American Indian came to this area to rest, relax at the water’s edge and hunt for their food from the abundant wildlife.

Park Acreage: 
9884
Visitor Count: 
1343793
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Veterans Lake; Lake of the Arbuckles
Endangered Species: 
Bald Eagle; Whooping Crane; Interior Least Tern
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Sulphur, OK
Gateway Communities: 
Sulphur, OK
Nearby Airports: 
Will Rogers International Airport (OKC)

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