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Historic Bouldering at Horsetooth Reservior

A northward view over Horsetooth Reservoir, CO. Photograph by Kacey HerlihyPerched in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Horsetooth Reservoir overlooks the Colorado town of Fort Collins, about an hour north of Denver. The reservoir, approximately 6.5 miles in length and a half-mile in width, was constructed in 1949 as part of the Colorado-Big Thompson Project.

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Fun for Everyone at Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

Fort Zachary Taylor exterior and moat.Whether you’re a history buff, a beach bum, or a tropical fish aficionado, Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park in Key West, Florida has something for everyone! Florida’s southern most state park offers a wide array of activities and rich U.S. military history.

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Beneath Cold Seas takes readers on a journey into the underwater wilderness of the Pacific Northwest

Beneath Cold Seas cover imageIn Beneath Cold Seas, one of the most impressive photography books we’ve seen in a long time, author and photographer David Hall captures the stunning underwater world of the Pacific Coast from California to Alaska, home to the most diverse and spectacular marine life of any temperate or cold-water ecosystem on the planet.

The photographs in the book capture stunningly colorful jellyfish, crabs, kelp forests, salmon, sea lions, seals, octopi, starfish, and a diverse array of other types of sea life.

Beneath Cold Seas is unique in that it focuses on a cold water North American ecosystem. But cold water does not mean lack of color. In fact, it’s just the opposite. The photographs are filled with rich orange, yellow and blue tones. Despite the many books published each year featuring underwater photography from tropical and subtropical locations, very few books that feature photographs of cold water ecosystems have ever been published. This has much to do with the challenges associated with underwater photography in cold environments.

In addition to revealing the secretive beauty of the underwater world of the Pacific Northwest, the book is also a testament to the great talents of photographer David Hall, who worked for hours in cold, murky waters to capture the amazing life below the surface.

We’ve included a slide show of some of our favorite images here. For even more amazing shots from the book, check out this video.

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I was given a South Florida National Parks Guide at Sports Authority, do you have one for Central Florida?
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Unfortunately we don't have that guide in printed format.  You can explore all parks in the area on this site by clicking on the state and then zoom in.  All public lands (not just national parks) will be there.

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Oh, Ranger! Insider Tips: Part II

November 15, 2010, 10:00 am
As part our latest series, the OhRanger.com team has put together a list of our favorite national park activities. Each month, we'll share a few of our most-loved adventures with you. In return, we hope YOU will do the same! Here is our second round of Oh, Ranger! Insider Tips. We ...

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Top Ten Water Parks

August 6, 2010, 11:37 am
In an effort to keep you nice and cool during the dog days of summer, we’ve come up with ten of the best places to kick off your shoes, enjoy the scenery and relax. Each of these parks offers exceptional opportunities for swimming, kayaking, rafting and boating; all that’s ...

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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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Horsetooth Reservoir

Horsetooth Reservoir, Colorado-Big Thompson Project, furnishes the main water supply for the Poudre Valley. The reservoir is 6.5 miles long, and is formed by four large earthfill dams. Horsetooth Dam closes the northern end of the valley, and Soldier Canyon, Dixon Canyon, and Spring Canyon Dams close ...

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Lake Meredith National Recreation Area

Superintendent Name: 
Karen Brown
Welcome to Lake Meredith, which lies on the dry and windswept High Plains of the Texas Panhandle. Magnificent 200-foot canyons carved by the Canadian River surround this 10,000-acre reservoir. The lake, contrasting spectacularly with its surroundings, was created to supply water to surrounding cities and to create recreational activities such as fishing, boating, waterskiing, sailing, sail-boarding, scuba diving and swimming. The backcountry surrounding the lake provides areas for hunting, camping, horseback riding, wildlife viewing and hiking.
Park Acreage: 
44977
Highest Point: 
Texas Panhandle
Highest Point Elevation: 
4200 feet
Visitor Count: 
1037610
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
The Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Amarillo, TX
Gateway Communities: 
Fritch, TX; Sanford, TX; Borger, TX; Masterson, TX; Stinnett, TX
Nearby Airports: 
Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport (AMA)

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Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

Superintendent Name: 
Jim Milestone
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is located 8 miles west of Redding, at the juncture of the Klamath Mountain range and the northern edge of the Sacramento Valley. It is home to a special collection of animal and plant life. The parks attractive features include Whiskeytown Lake, Shasta Bally (6,209 ft.) and numerous waterfalls, providing outdoor enthusiasts opportunities for water recreation, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.
Park Acreage: 
42503
Highest Point: 
Shasta Bally
Highest Point Elevation: 
6209 feet
Visitor Count: 
749979
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
Yes
Park Sights: 
Whiskeytown Lake; Shasta Bally; Crater Lake National Park; Lassen Volcanic National Park; Lava Beds National Monument; Oregon Caves National Monument; Redwood National and State Parks
Entrance Fees: 
Vehicle: $5.00 per day, $10.00 per week; Annual: $25.00
Nearest Major City: 
Redding, CA
Gateway Communities: 
Sugarloaf, CA; Lakeside, CA; Lakehead, CA; Lakeshore, CA
Nearby Airports: 
Redding Municipal Airport (RDD)

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