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sldishman...
We will be in Sedona, Az,8-28 thru 9-4 - we will visit the grand canyon - what would be the number one thing to do in your opinion
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This is actually not an easy question to answer as there are a lot of wonderful things to do.  It really depends on how much time you have.  The first thing you should do is just take a look.  The canyon is magnificent and all the pictures you have seen don't do it justice.  Take a walk around the canyon.  I assume you will be visiting the south rim and around the rim there is a nice easy trail you can walk on to get different views of the canyon.  If you are up for a more rigorous hike, go down into the canyon.  Either the Bright Angel Trail or the South Kaibab Trail will provide you different perspectives of the canyon and you can hike as little or as much as you want.  Get up early to watch the sunrise or find a spot to watch the sunset.  At the beginning and the end of the day you can watch the colors of the canyon change and get the most dramatic views.  And stop at one of the visitor centers and talk to the park rangers.  There is a daily schedule of ranger led talks and walks where you can learn about Grand Canyon history, geology, animal and plant life, etc.

We were just there in May and had a wonderful time.  I hope you do too.

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kaitlyn
What is mount rushmore?
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Hi Kaitlyn, thanks for the question.  Mt. Rushmore is a carved stone statue in the hills of South Dakota and truly an amazing part of our American History.  You can learn a lot about the reason it came to be, how it was carved and much more on OhRanger.com.  Below is a sample taken from the website that is a good general overview. 

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Mount Rushmore National Memorial

"The four figures carved in stone on Mount Rushmore represent the first 150 years of American history. The birth of our nation was guided by the vision and courage of George Washington. Thomas Jefferson always had dreams of something bigger, first in the words of the Declaration of Independence and later in the expansion of our nation through the Louisiana Purchase. Preservation of the union was paramount to Abraham Lincoln but a nation where all men were free and equal was destined to be. At the turn of the Twentieth Century Theodore Roosevelt saw that in our nation was the possibility for greatness. Our nation was changing from a rural republic to a world power. The ideals of these presidents laid a foundation for our nation as solid as the rock from which their figures are carved. Each man possessed great skills and leadership of the brand our nation needed for the times. Today millions of visitors come to see Mount Rushmore and gain inspiration from these four great men."

See here for how it was built:

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patcothre...
HOW MANY SPECIES OF FERN ARE I N HOH RAIN FOREST?
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Hi Pat,

Great question! Unfortunately, NPS does  not know the exact number of fern species in the Hoh Rainforest. They do know that there are over 130 species of moss, lichen and fern within the rainforest.

Please come back to OhRanger to come to post more questions or to use your park knowledge to answer a few!

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I've spent a lot of time in the Hoh. And while I can't tell you how many fern species exist there, I can share perhaps the four most common.

1) Sword Fern : This is perhaps the most common fern you'll see, and easily the biggest. These are the big bushy ferns that dominate much of the landscape. I've seen entire hillsides covered in this fern. This fern gets its name from the shape of each individual leaf, which does indeed represent a sword, including a bulbous hilt at its base. These ferns are a favorite food of the native elk populations. As you walk through the Hoh rainforest, you'll notice that a lot of these ferns have been trimmed down by the foraging elk.

2) Licorice Fern : These fern are easy to spot, because they are usually well off the ground, nestled in the crooks of Big Leaf Maple trees or in the moss on those trees. They usually have just a single short stem with leaves in that classic fern shape. Apparently it gets its name because the root is said to taste like licorice. 

3) Deer Fern : These fern grow on the ground, and are much smaller in stature than the Sword fern. This fern has many stems that are low lying, but the easiest way to identify this fern is by the presence of a single tall stem that grows straight up from the center, with very delicate leaves on the end. It is said that this tall stem is a favorite food for deer (hence the name).

4) Bracken Fern :  This fern is distinctive because of a ridged, almost woody stem that shoots from the ground about 3 feet in the air before it splits and grows the leaves in that classic fern arrangement. I live in an urban environment, and this fern is so common it is often considered a weed - albeit a pretty one.

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Park Love...
Can we motorcycle yellowstone
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Absolutely!  I've gone through the park on a bike myself and I'll never forget the experience. If you have the chance, I recommend approaching from the east and taking the Chief Joseph Highway.  Be prepared for significant temperature changes to go along with the major elevation changes.  It seems to change from from summer to winter in a matter of minutes. On my last ride through Yellowstone (in June 2007), there was still snow at the higher elevations.  I recommend dressing in layers and investing in a highly compressible, lightweight down jacket for the trip.  I found myself pulling off to the side of the road on a number of occasions to throw one on under my padded jacket at places like Yellowstone, Crater Lake (in Oregon), Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks to name a few. (Who would think you could get year-round use from a down jacket.)  I have one that I really like from Patagonia that balls up into an inner pocket. You can find many other brands at places like REI, EMS, Dick's, etc. Also, check out the gear store at OhRanger.com for some options using the following link: 

http://www.ohranger.com/gear/search.html?q=down+jacket#http://www.altrec.com/down+jacket/search.htm?...

One note of caution, keep your speed down as you go through the parks, especially at Yellowstone, as there are animals looming around every corner.  There are also a number of construction zones, so be extra careful on the gravel sections that are being reconstructed. If you're lucky, you'll round a corner and see a moose and calf crossing the road, just far enough to be safe (ideally 100 yards minimum distance from bears and wolves, and at least 25 yards from other wildlife).  I had this experience on the pass coming into the park. If you do encounter an animal, drive slowly and give it a wide-berth, as the one constant about wildlife is that wild animals are unpredictable.  Finally, I recommend against driving at night, as the roads are dark and many animals find it easier to walk on the pavement than in the dirt.  Bison are especially dangerous, as they sometimes lay down in the middle of the road and there's nothing reflective about their anatomy, so you may not see the until the last-minute.  Numerous animals die every year due to collisions in our parks.  A little precaution will keep your rubber side down and ensure you a fantastic time in the park.  

I welcome you to come back often to OhRanger.com to share your experiences, ask more questions and apply your own knowledge to answer the questions of your fellow park-lovers!  

Happy riding...

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quarterpa...
What kind of plant varities are there in Waterton National Park?
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Hi quarterpaints1,

Waterton Lakes National Park has a huge variety of vegetation, much of which is unique. (The park is a biosphere reserve, which means the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) set it aside specifically because of its ecological uniqueness.

There are 45 vegetation types and over 1400 forms of vegetation within the park.

For a list of plants of particular concern in the park, click here.

Have fun exploring the unique ecosystem of Waterton National Park. Please come back to OhRanger.com to post photos of the interesting plants you spot during your trip!

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jps847
Your lost in the woods and you need water and food how would you get it? what plants would be edible and how would you get purified water?
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First off, reduce your chances of getting lost in the wilderness by following these hiking safety tips.

Wilderness-survival.net is a great source for survial tips, including water procurement and finding edible plants.

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Park Love...
Where is the major trail head at the foot of Mt. Olympus near Salt Lake City Utah?
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The trailhead is located east of Salt Lake City on Wasatch Boulevard. If you are traveling north on I-215, take the 3900 South exit to Wasatch Boulevard, then turn south and drive for 2.3 miles. If you are driving south on I-215, take the 4500 South exit to Wasatch Boulevard, than continue south for 1.6 miles. There is a paved parking lot on the east side of Wasatch Boulevard, which is marked the "Mt. Olympus Trailhead.” The trail climbs 4,200 feet over 3.5 miles from the trailhead at 5800 S. and Wasatch Blvd. Mount Olympus offers many challenging routes and we hope you’ll share your experiences with everyone at OhRanger.com.
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sandy
What should I see on my trip to Yellowstone
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Why did they only put 4 presidants on Mount. Rushmore NP?

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Don't miss Mammoth Hot Springs, the geysers, especially Old Faithful, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and wildlife in the Lamar Valley!

Some great tips from other visitors are available here: http://www.ohranger.com/qa/15619/how-many-days-do-we-need-see-most-yellowstone-national-park

 If you're interested in seeing wolves at Yellowstone, get expert tips here: http://www.ohranger.com/yellowstone/oh-ranger#comment-151

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Park Love...
We will be at Bonanza Creek Campground near Challis, ID July 6-10. What are some good trails to hike and other activities to do nearby?
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If you enjoy scenic beauty, extended hikes, short day hikes, and the serenity of escaping from the crowds, then you'll love the area around Bonanza Creek Campground in Challis Salmon National Forest. The campground is located in the Yankee Fork Ranger District offers over 300 miles of trails to enjoy. There are trails that will take you into a mixture of rugged peaks, timbered slopes, narrow canyon bottoms and majestic lakes. The Yankee Fork District offers a vast variety of trails to satisfy the desires of all kinds of uses, motorcycles, four wheelers, horseback, bicyclers and hikers, whether they are a novice or experienced. You can find a lot more information about the area here: http://www.fs.fed.us/r4/sc/yankeefork/trails.shtml have a great trip!
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