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What are the chances of encountering a bear while hiking at Yellowstone?
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Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, Backpacking, Bears, Trail Running, Flora & Fauna, Hiking, RVing
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The chances of encountering a bear anywhere are greatly reduced if you follow some basic bear safety information.  Check out the home page of OhRanger.com for a brief video on how to stay safe in bear country.  Make your presence known by making noise and being aware of your surroundings.  In Yellowstone, you could encounter both grizzly and black bears, so be sure to know the difference (it's explained in the video).  Also, know that most bear encounters are a result of humans either having really bad luck (e.g. accidently rounding a bend and coming between a mother and her cubs) or from doing something stupid, like running away.  Bears are faster than you and, if you run, they assume you're something worth chasing.  Since there are significant differences in what to do if you accidentally encounter a grizzly vs. a black bear, please watch the video so you'll know before you go.  

In general, the odds of being attacked by a bear out on the trail are low, especially in proportion to the 4.5 million visitor that go to Yellowstone each year.  If you're lucky, you'll get to see one from a safe distance, as they're awesome to watch in their natural habitat. Remember, park regulations require that you stay 100 yards away from bears and wolves and at least 25 yards from all other animals.  I'd rather be safe than sorry, so I try to keep even more distance between me and anything in nature that's completely unpredictable. (A bull bison once snuck up on me when I had my back turned on a small herd at Badlands that was about 300 yards away. Everything worked out okay, as I think he was just curious, but he came within 25 yards of me and it was pretty scary!)  

One more point about the bears at Yellowstone, word about their whereabouts spreads pretty quickly, so check in with a ranger or at a visitor center before you venture out to see if there were any recent sightings.  Have fun and let everyone know about your experiences here at OhRanger.com (maybe even post a picture of a bear if you're lucky enough to see one)!

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Trail Running

With over 20 designated historic and scenic trails and hundreds of trails throughout the entire system, trail running exposes thousands of zipgzagging miles of park bliss. From the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park to Scott Paul trail in North Cascades National Parks, your own two feet can cover many miles of national park, national monument, and national trail ground. Lace up those crosstrainers and hit the ground running on America's scenic trails!

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Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Lee Baiza
Recognizing Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument's significance, the United Nations designated it as an International Biosphere Reserve. The monument showcases the life and landscape of the Sonoran Desert. Depending on when you visit and how adventurous you feel, activities range from the leisurly to the vigorous.
Park Open Info: 
Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round
Park Acreage: 
330688
Visitor Count: 
313103
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
No
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Ajo Mountain Area; Alamo Canyon Trail; Puerto Blanco Drive; Visitor Center Nature Trail; Palo Verde Trail; Desert View Trail; Victoria Mine Trail
Entrance Fees: 
Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $8
Nearest Major City: 
Ajo, AZ
Gateway Communities: 
Lukeville, AZ; Ajo, AZ; San Simon, AZ
Nearby Airports: 
Pheonix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX); Tuscon International Airport (TUS)

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Petroglyph National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Joe Sanchez
Petroglyph National Monument protects a variety of cultural and natural resources. Of the most extraordinary, an estimated 20,000 carved images dot the landscape. Many are recognizable as animals, people, brands and crosses; others are more complex. These images are inseparable from the cultural landscape, the spirits of the people who created, and who appreciate them.
Park Open Info: 
Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round
Park Acreage: 
7236
Visitor Count: 
121825
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
No
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
JA Vocano; Albuquerque Overlook; Black Volcano Loop; Vulcan Volcano Loop; Rinconada Canyon; Boco Negra Canyon: Mesa Point; Macaw; Cliff Base; Piedras Marcadas
Entrance Fees: 
Weekday Parking: $1; Weekend Parking: $2
Nearest Major City: 
Albuquerque, NM
Gateway Communities: 
Albuquerque, NM; Corrales, NM; Rio Rancho, NM; Isleta, NM; Bernalillo, NM; Tijeras, NM; Cedar Crest, NM
Nearby Airports: 
Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ)

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Pinnacles National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Eric Brunnemann
Whether you want to count yellow poppies, condors or shooting stars, Pinnacles National Monument will reward you with new pleasures on every visit. Activities include hiking, rock climbing, studying wildlife, viewing wildflowers and experiencing nature.
Park Open Info: 
Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round
Park Acreage: 
24265
Highest Point: 
North Chalone Peak
Highest Point Elevation: 
3304 feet
Visitor Count: 
158824
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
Yes
Park Sights: 
Bear Gulch Resevoir; High Peaks; Gabilan Mountains; Bear Gulch Cave; Balconies Cave; Machete Ridge; Teapot Dome
Entrance Fees: 
Vehicle (single visit entry): $5; Individual: $3 (pedestrians & bicycles)
Nearest Major City: 
Soledad, CA
Gateway Communities: 
Paicines, CA; Tres Pinos, CA; King City, CA; Hollister, CA; San Lucas, CA
Nearby Airports: 
San Francisco International Airport (SFO); Metropolitan Oakland International Airport (OAK); Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT); Reid-Hillview Airport of Santa Clara County (RHV)

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John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Jim Hammet
A visit to the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument reveals Oregon's exciting past. Take a journey into ancient Oregon by touring the museum at Sheep Rock, hiking a trail at the Painted Hills, or picnicking at Clarno. John Day Fossil Beds National Monument protects one of the longest and most continuous records of evolutionary change and biotic relationships in North America. Here, scientists have unearthed countless fossils of land plants and animals dating back 6 to 54 million years as well as evidence of the dramatic climatic changes that have occurred.
Park Open Info: 
Year-round (sunrise to sunset)
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round (sunrise to sunset)
Park Acreage: 
14000
Visitor Count: 
119656
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
No
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Painted Hills; Cant Ranch; Sheep Rock; Blue Basin; Cathedral Rock;
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Kimberly, OR
Gateway Communities: 
Dayville, OR; Kimberly, OR; Antelope, OR; Spray, OR; Fossil, OR
Nearby Airports: 
Portland International Airport (PDX); Southwest Oregon Regional Airport (OTH); Burns Municipal Airport (BNO); Grant County Regional Airport / Ogilvie Field (JDA)

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Lava Beds National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
David Kruse
The history and cultural legacy of the lava beds stretches back thousands of years - it is one of the longest continually occupied areas in North America. Volcanic eruptions have created a rugged landscape with more than 700 caves, Native American rock art sites and Historic battlefields in a high desert wilderness.
Park Open Info: 
Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round
Park Acreage: 
46560
Visitor Count: 
104490
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
No
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Mammoth Crater; Symbol Bridge; Big Painted Cave; Hidden Valey; Schonchin Butte; Fleener Chimneys; Thomas-Wright Battlefield; Black Crater; Gillems Camp; Sheepy Ridge; Captain Jacks Stronghold; Petroglyph Point
Entrance Fees: 
Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $10; Individual Pass (motorcycle, bicycle, walk-in): $5
Nearest Major City: 
Klamath Falls, OR
Gateway Communities: 
Tulelake, CA; Merrill, OR; Malin, OR; Midland, OR; Klamath Falls, OR
Nearby Airports: 
Klamath Falls International Airport (LMT); Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport (MFR); Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO)

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Grand Portage National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Timothy Cochrane
Welcome to Grand Portage National Monument! The cultural and natural history offer an abundance of seasonal experiences at Grand Portage.
Park Open Info: 
Historic Depot opens May 24; Heritage Visitors Center open Year-round (hours vary seasonally); Mount Rose Trail open Dawn-Dusk; Grand Portage Footpath open Dawn-Dusk
Park Closed Info: 
Historic Depot closes October 14; Heritage Visitors Center open Year-round (hours vary seasonally); Mount Rose Trail open Dawn-Dusk; Grand Portage Footpath open Dawn-Dusk
Park Acreage: 
710
Highest Point: 
Rose Mountain
Highest Point Elevation: 
906 feet
Visitor Count: 
53443
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
No
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
The Historic Gardens; Great Hall; Kitchen; Canoe Warehouse; Ojibwe Village; Voyageur's Encampment; Mount Rose; Lake Superior; Grand Portage Footpath
Entrance Fees: 
Adults: $3; Child (15 and under): Free; Family Rate: $6; Holders of Annual Senior Access Pass: Free
Nearest Major City: 
Duluth, MN
Gateway Communities: 
Grand Portage, MN; Hovland, MN; Grand Marais, MN
Nearby Airports: 
Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP); Duluth International Airport (DLH); LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT)

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Superintendent Name: 
Jeff Bradybaugh
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Park Open Info: 
Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round
Park Acreage: 
1.01706
Highest Point: 
Mount Trumbull
Highest Point Elevation: 
8000 feet
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
No
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Colorado Plateau; Arizona Strip
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Las Vegas, NV
Gateway Communities: 
Grand Canyon, AZ; North Rim, AZ
Nearby Airports: 
St. George Municipal Airport (SGU); McCarran International Airport (LAS)

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Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Valerie Naylor
"I never would have been President if it had not been for my experiences in North Dakota," state Theodore Roosevelt years after visiting the Badlands. He first stumbled upon the area in September 1883 on a hunting trip. While here he became interested in the cattle business and invested in the Maltese Cross Ranch. His legacy lives on within the borders of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
Park Acreage: 
70447
Highest Point: 
Peck Hill
Highest Point Elevation: 
2870 feet
Visitor Count: 
435359
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Maltese Cross Cabin; Roosevelt's Elkhorn Ranch
Endangered Species: 
Bighorn Sheep; Black-footed Ferret
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $5 (visitors on foot, bicycle, horse); Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $10; Theodore Roosevelt National Park Annual Park Pass: $20 per vehicle; Commercial Tour Fees: $25-$150 (varies depending on seating capacity)
Nearest Major City: 
Dickinson, ND
Gateway Communities: 
Medora, ND; Watford City, ND; Grassy Butte, ND; Sentinel Butte, ND; Belfield, ND; Beach, ND; South Heart, ND; Arnegard, ND; Wibaux, MT; Dickinson, ND
Nearby Airports: 
Bismarck Municiipal Airport (BIS); Dickinson Regional Airport (DIK); Williston Airport (ISN)

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