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Weekend Getaway: Biscayne National Park

December 20, 2009, 7:22 pm
When the warmth of the holiday season is past, and the chill winds of winter begin to grate on people’s nerves and chap their lips, Biscayne National Park starts to see more visitors. The park’s rangers know the look: folks whose pale skin thirsts for a dose of the ...

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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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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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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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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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Snorkeling

Kelp forests, sea caves, coral reefs and coves await the awe-struck eyes of snorkelers, an activity only requiring flippers, dive mask, snorkel and ability to swim!

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Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Mark Hardgrove

Virgin Islands Coral Reef Monument protects federal submerged lands within 3 miles of the island of St. John. These waters support a diverse and complex system of coral reefs, mangrove forests and seagrass beds that contribute to the health and survival of all its ecosystems.

Park Open Info: 
Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round
Park Acreage: 
12708
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
No
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Virgin Islands Coral Reef; St. John
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
St. John, VI
Gateway Communities: 
Coral Bay; Johns Folly; Cruz Bay
Nearby Airports: 
Cyril E. King Airport (STT); Charlotte Amalie Harbor Seaplane Base (SPB)

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Buck Island Reef National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Joel Tutein
Buck Island Reef National Monument, established to preserve "one of the finest marine gardens in the Caribbean Sea," is one of a few fully marine protected areas in the National Park System. A large variety of native flora and fauna, including the hawksbill turtle and brown pelican, are supported by the 176-acre island and surrounding coral reef ecosystem.
Park Open Info: 
Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round
Park Acreage: 
19015.5
Visitor Count: 
47456
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Coral Reef; Seashore; Mangroves
Endangered Species: 
Hawksbill Turtle; Leatherback Turtle; St. Croix Ground Lizard
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Christiansted, VI
Gateway Communities: 
Christiansted, VI; Port Alucroix, VI
Nearby Airports: 
Henry E. Rohlsen Airport (STX)

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Virgin Islands National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Mark Hardgrove
Virgin Islands National Park's breath-taking beaches sprawl across the island of St. John. Within its 7,000 plus acres is a complex history of civilizations - both free and enslaved - dating back more than a thousand years. Discover who utilized the land and the sea for survival in this tropical setting.
Park Acreage: 
15150
Highest Point: 
Bordeux Mountain
Highest Point Elevation: 
1300 feet
Visitor Count: 
677289
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
Yes
Park Sights: 
Trunk Bay; Cinnamon Bay; Hawksnest; Annaberg Ruins; Centerline Road; Reef Bay Sugar Mill; Catherineburg
Endangered Species: 
St. Thomas Lidflower; Prickly Ash; Marron Bacora (threatened); Bats
Entrance Fees: 
Free; Trunk Bay - Adults: $4
Nearest Major City: 
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Gateway Communities: 
Coral Bay; Johns Folly; Cruz Bay
Nearby Airports: 
Cyril E. King Airport (STT); Charlotte Amalie Harbor Seaplane Base (SPB)

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National Park of American Samoa

Superintendent Name: 
Roger Moder
" . . [T]o preserve and protect the tropical forest and archeological and cultural resources of American Samoa, and of associated reefs, to maintain the habitat of flying foxes, preserve the ecological balance of the Samoan tropical forest, and, consistent with the preservation of these resources, to provide for the enjoyment of the unique resources of the Samoan tropical forest by visitors from around the world."
Park Acreage: 
10500
Highest Point: 
Mount Lata
Highest Point Elevation: 
3166 feet
Visitor Count: 
1239
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Ta'u; Ofu/Olosega; Tuttuila; Pacific Ocean; Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary; Cape Taputapu; Leala Shoreline; Fogamaa Crater; Matafao Peak; Rainmaker Mountain
Endangered Species: 
Sea Turtle
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Pago Pago
Gateway Communities: 
Ofu; Olosega; Ta'u; Pago Pago; Tafuna; Leona; Vatia; Aua; Tula; Fagatogo; Aasu; Poloa; Vaitogi
Nearby Airports: 
Pago Pago International Airport (PPG); International Airport at Upolo (UPP)

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Dry Tortugas National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Dan Kimball
Welcome to Dry Tortugas National Park, which is located 68 miles west of Key West and includes seven islands amid 100 square miles of shoals, water and coral. It is an unparalleled wildlife sanctuary, protecting an incredible diversity of mammals, birds, fish and flora. Along with its flora and fauna, the park also boasts legends of pirates and sunken gold and its military past.
Park Acreage: 
647001
Highest Point: 
Loggerhead Key
Highest Point Elevation: 
10 feet
Visitor Count: 
64122
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Fort Jefferson
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $5; Camping Pass: $3 (per night)
Nearest Major City: 
Key West, FL
Gateway Communities: 
Key West, FL; Sugarloaf Shores, FL; Summerland Key, FL; Big Pine Key, FL
Nearby Airports: 
Key West International Airport (EYW)

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