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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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Survey finds Cuyahoga Valley National Park users want more trails; feds to study requests

October 6, 2009, 9:06 am
Many of the most avid users of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park are clamoring for more trails, especially for mountain bikes. It's possible that the National Park Service will grant those wishes, too -- but not for a few years, and only if its experts see no harm in expanding trails ...

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Do they have grizzly bears in yosimte park
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No, there are no grizzlies at Yosemite.  Even though the state flag of California has an image of a grizzly, they are sadly no longer found in the state.  So if you see a bear at Yosemite, it will be a black bear (though they may not always be black in color).  Don't be fooled by their sometimes cute appearance, bears are wild and dangerous.  To get tips on bear safety, please check out the video on the right hand column of the home page of OhRanger.com.

Have a great time in the park and please come back and share your knowledge by answering questions of other members of our community!    

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Grand Canyon, can I ride my bicycle on the shuttle bus service only, Hermits Rest Route? I'm coming in Oct is the south rim open year round?
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Bolinas Ridge Trail

The secluded Bolinas Ridge offers panoramic vantage points of the San Andreas Rift Zone. The ridgeline is bookended by the waters of Tomales Bay in the north and Bolinas Lagoon in the south. It is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area's northern unit, although it is administered ...

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Bolinas Ridge

The secluded Bolinas Ridge offers panoramic vantage points of the San Andreas Rift Zone. The ridgeline is bookended by the waters of Tomales Bay in the north and Bolinas Lagoon in the south. It is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area's northern unit, although it is administered ...

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Visiting Kalaloch, Sol Duc & Quinault WA with 9 and 5 year old girls - ideas, tips, suggestions would be very appreciated Things and places
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Are the girls fans of the "Twilight" book series? If they are, they'll be excited to find out that Kalaloch is minutes away from Forks, the town where “Twilight” takes place. The nearby Kalaloch Lodge is surrounded by miles of peaceful beaches and beautiful forests that provide the ideal landscape for Twilighters to do some fantasy sightseeing.

Also consider booking a lake or rainforest tour or exploring these areas on your own!

If you're traveling in the fall, some great hotel deals are available at hotels in the region.

Some great tips from the Just for Kids section of our guide to Mount Rainier, Olympic and North Cascades are listed below:

Become a Junior Ranger.
Learn about the park’s plants and animals by picking up a Junior Ranger booklet ($1 donation requested) at any visitor center or ranger station. Complete the activities inside to earn your Junior Ranger badge.
 
Get your hands on a Discovery Pack.
Imagine how much better you could explore the park if you had nature guides, maps, a journal and binoculars! Borrow a Discovery Pack for a $5 donation at the Olympic National Park, Hurricane Ridge or Hoh Visitor Centers or the Storm King, Kalaloch or Quinault Information Stations.
 
Take a Hike.
Many short nature trails have self-guiding booklets and are great fun. Hike the 0.75-mile Hall of Mosses Trail in the Hoh Rain Forest or the one-mile Quinault Loop Trail at Lake Quinault in the Olympic National Forest.
 
See, Hear and Touch.
At the Children’s Discovery Room at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center in Port Angeles, you can hold a deer antler, feel a bit of animal fur or listen to a coyote howl. You can also dress as a ranger and visit a “mini” ranger station, solve giant puzzles, and more!
 
Walk with a Park Ranger.
Get the real scoop on nature during a guided walk. On a forest walk, see if you can find a banana slug, a salamander or maybe even a Roosevelt elk! On a tide pool walk, look for sea stars or watch an octopus turn colors.

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Where can I go biking in the Great Smoky Mountains.
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Cades Cove Loop Road, Cataloochee and Foothills Parkway/Look Rock are very popular areas. A lot of the park though, is very hilly and may be more difficult depending on your experience. Cades Cove Loop Road extends for 11 miles around the cove and offers great views. It is closed to auto traffic on Wednesday and Saturday mornings in summer. Try Cades Cove at night under a full moon! In terms of trail riding, there are no mountain biking trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Gatlinburg Trail, the Oconaluftee River Trail, and the lower Deep Creek Trail are the only park trails on which bicycles are allowed. Bicycles are prohibited on all other park trails. Mountain biking trails are open on national forest and recreation lands outside Great Smoky Mountains National Park. For information on mountain biking in these areas, please contact the following offices: Chattahoochee National Forest (770) 297-3000 Cherokee National Forest (423) 476-9700 Nantahala National Forest (828) 257-4200 Pisgah National Forest (828) 257-4200 Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area (423) 286-7275 Mount Rogers National Recreation Area (800) 628-7207 Have a great trip, and remember to check back with us at OhRanger.com to let everyone know about your experience! Take lots of pics!
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Is there shuttle bus in Yellowstone
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No, there is not a shuttle bus in Yellowstone. However, Xanterra Parks & Resorts provides bus tours within the park during the summer season. For more information about bus tours, vist www.travelyellowstone.com.

During the summer season, commercial businesses offer tours originating from many area towns and cities. During the winter season, some businesses provide snowcoach tours for most park roads or bus transportation on the Mammoth Hot Springs to Cooke City road. For more information about commercial bus tours from outside the park, visit http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/transbusn.htm.

If you plan on driving in the park, be sure to check the latest road conditions report, which includes road closures and construction updates, at http://www.nps.gov/yell/travelalert.htm. If you plan on bicycling, visit http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/bicycling.htm for more information.
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Things To Do

Things To Do Whether you're stopping by for an hour or planning a two-week vacation, Canyonlands offers many ways to spend your time in the park. Boating The Colorado and Green Rivers have played a significant role in shaping the landscape of Canyonlands, and both offer an interesting way to visit the ...

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