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Yellowstone National Park officials to open the gates for snowmobiles

December 15, 2009, 7:45 am
  Snow from a storm this past weekend will allow Yellowstone National Park officials to open the gates for snowmobiles tomorrow. On Friday, officials said thin snow cover over much of the park could have delayed snowmobile and snow coach travel in the park, though visitors would have still be able ...

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Utah's best snowmobile rides

November 23, 2009, 6:34 am
Members of the Utah Snowmobile Association provided this list of 10 favorite rides across the state based on favorable snow conditions, easy access, nearby eating and lodging establishments, and family riding opportunities.Maps of 17 trail systems on the nine snowmobile complexes managed by Utah State Parks are available through ...

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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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Plan curtails snowmobile numbers in Yellowstone

October 19, 2009, 8:30 am
The National Park Service has approved a plan to restrict snowmobile numbers in Yellowstone National Park to less than half of last winter's limit. The park on Thursday announced daily limits that will allow up to 318 snowmobiles and up to 78 snowcoaches per day in the park for the next two winter seasons. The ...

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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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What's the status of snowmobiling tours in Yellowstone NP this winter?
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Most of Yellowstone's roads are only open to Snowmobiles from December 15th through March 15th, where snowmobiles and snowcoaches are the only way into and out of the park.  In Yellowstone, snowmobiling not permitted off-road.  

If you want more details, click on Yellowstone winter services for more information.  

Enjoy your trip!

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Winter in Yellowstone National Park, with its stunning landscape and abundance of activities, provides a wonderful opportunity for photography. To find out more about the types of activities available in winter, click here.

Watch out for sever weather during the winter, and plan your trip ahead of time with Daily winter reports beginning on December 15th. 

Xanterra Parks & Resorts offer evening programs, snow-coach tours, guided ski and snow-shoe tours, guided snowmobile tours and wildlife bus tours that are great  for practicing photography. Click here or call 307-344-7311 for more information.

Before winter comes along, you can head to Acadia at the end of the month to learn from and practice with the pros in a Canon Photography in the Parks workshop. The workshops will be offered at Acadia from August 20-27. For more information on the workshops and the contest, click here.

I hope this information helps and that you have a fun winter trip to Yellowstone! Remember to swing by OhRanger.com after your trip to share you park experiences with us.


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Curecanti National Recreation Area

Superintendent Name: 
Connie Rudd
Curecanti National Recreation Area encompasses three reservoirs, which form the heart of the park. Colorado's largest body of water, Blue Mesa Reservoir, is the largest Kokanee Salmon fishery in the U.S. Morrow Point Reservoir is the beginning of the Black Canyon, and below, East Portal is the site of the Gunnison Diversion Tunnel, a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. Panoramic mesas, fjord-like reservoirs, and deep, steep and narrow canyons abound.
Park Acreage: 
41972
Highest Point: 
Blue Mesa Lake
Highest Point Elevation: 
7519 feet
Visitor Count: 
936380
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Denver Railroad; Rio Grande Western Railroad; Blue Mesa; Morrow Point Reservoir; Crystal Reservoir
Endangered Species: 
Great Blue Heron; Gunnison Sage Grouse
Entrance Fees: 
Free; East Portal Entrance Fee: $15 per vehicle
Nearest Major City: 
Montrose, CO
Gateway Communities: 
Cimarron, CO; Gunnison, CO
Nearby Airports: 
Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ)

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Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway

Superintendent Name: 
Tom Bradley
Popular destinations for canoeing, boating, fishing, camping and hunting, the St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers offer 252 miles of clean water gliding past a lush green landscape, historic towns and spectacular scenery. Nestled between Minnesota and Wisconsin in a picturesque valley, the St. Croix River flows between bluffs of limestone and sandstone, beginning as a narrow gorge with steep vertical walls, then slowing and widening into the scenic Lake St. Croix. Choose to canoe and camp amid the north woods, or boat and fish surrounded by wooded bluffs and historic towns.
Park Acreage: 
67469
Visitor Count: 
521695
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Gibson Cabin; Soo Line High Bridge; Earl Bridge
Endangered Species: 
Higgins Eye Mussel; Wingged Mapleleaf Mussel; Blandings Turtle; Snapping Turtle; Wood Turtle; Five-lined Skink; Eastern Hognose Snake; Blue Racer; Bull Snake; Milk Snake; Timber Rattlesnake
Entrance Fees: 
No Entrance Fee
Nearest Major City: 
Minneapolis, MN
Gateway Communities: 
Saint Croix Falls, WI; Taylors Falls, MN; Dresser, WI; Shafer, MN; Centuria, WI; Osceola, WI; Cushing, WI; Almelund, MN; Lindstrom, MN; Center City, MN; Chisago City, MN; Balsam Lake, WI; Milltown, WI; Scandia, MN; North Branch, MN; Amery, WI; Luck, WI; Stacy, MN; Marine on Saint Croix, MN; Star Prairie, WI; Minneapolis, MN; St. Paul, MN
Nearby Airports: 
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP)

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Snowmobiling

Although there are alternatives in some parks, snowmobiling can often be the most efficient way to tackle large tracks of snow and ice in the winter and it's a lot of fun! New innovations are transforming snowmobiles into cleaner-burning, quieter vehicles, and guided tours are encouraged or mandated to reduce both the volume of users and the impact to land and wildlife. Click here to find out about permitted locations within the system.

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