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Planning a roadtrip from Denver to San Fran in August. Will it be bearable on hwy 80 w/o AC? Are there alternative routes or suggestions?
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Arches National Park, Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, Nevada, California, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, Auto/Motorcycle, Astronomy/Stargazing, Swimming, Fossils, Wildflowers, Caving, Camping, Lodging, Safety
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Average highs in Denver in August are in the high 80s. Average highs in cities along your route in Utah and Nevada can be in the 90s. For more about average temperatures, check out the average weather charts on weather.com.

As your trip approaches, you can check weather conditions on the interstate at weather.com's Interstate trip planner.

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leandmil
Looking to go to Brookville Lake, IN. Best spot for picnic, playground & fishing?
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Canoeing, Kayaking, Trail Running, Swimming, Lake Fishing, Marine Life, Wildflowers, Kids Activities, Lodging, Horseback Riding, Picnicking
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Brookville Lake is over 16 miles long and is actually made up of three separate Recreation Areas:  Mounds, Quakertown and Whitewater.  Just past the entrance to Mounds, on the way to the water, there are picnic tables and shelters.  Whitewater has a brand new playground are and is typically considered the best part of the lake for fishing.  There's so much to do on the lake, we absolutely suggest talking with the folks at the Indiana Department of Natural Resrouces at more length before you go.  Click here for more information and/or call: (765) 647-2657.

Have a great trip!

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For moderate hiking what is the best ranger hike at yellowstone for both animal viewing and scenery?
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Im not that familiar with the actual Ranger led hikes, since I tend to set out on my own or with a fellow employee or two.

I recommend the Total Yellowstone Page's hiking section:

http://www.yellowstone-natl-park.com/hiking.htm

Hikes are broken down into Day Hikes and Longer Hikes, and descriptions are given for most of the trails.

Also, stop in the visitor center at the location you're based at (Canyon, Old Faithful and Mammoth have the best centers) and see what the Rangers themselves have to say.

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acreswick
Hows the wildlife viewing-bears,wolves,elk,and wildflowers in the last 2 weeks of july
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Wildlife viewing depends more upon location and time of day in July. The Lamar Valley area in the remote northeast corner of the park is the best place to see wildlife including bears and wolves. Because of the warm temperatures, the best time to view wildlife throughout the park is early morning and at dusk. Visitors in late July can still see wildflowers in bloom but the park's peak time for wildflowers occurs in spring during May and June.

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In the last 2 weeks in july,will you be able to view bears,wolves,elk,also will wildflowers be in bloom
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Wildflowers, definitely. There's a ton of different colors to see in the park that time of year. Elk should be easy to spot around Mammoth Hot Springs. Bear and Wolves are elusive, but they're around, with a little luck and a good eye you could spot them. Or, if you're not lucky, there's the Bear and Wolf center in West Yellowstone where you can see them in a mini zoo type setting.

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Where do I enter the swimming portion of the Glen Canyon State Park?
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Swimming is a popular activity at Lake Powell, especially in the summer when water temperatures can surpass 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Please be aware that there are no life guards or designated swim beaches at Lake Powell or on the Colorado River. Swim at your own risk. Swimming is prohibited at all marinas and launch areas.
A list of swimming locations and directions is available here.
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I am hiking down the Grand Canyon end of September (staying 2 nights @ phantom Ran. How much water will I need on the S. Kabob trail?
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This is a question we get a lot and a very good one.  For typical hiking conditions, three quarts per person per day is a good rule of thumb (depending on the length of the hike, the weather and your level of fitness).  However, for the Grand Canyon given the climate and elevation changes, we'd recommend at least 4-5 quarts per person per day.  Again, this is only a general rule of thumb so please make sure you are listening to your own body.  Dehydration in the Grand Canyon is a big deal and you will feel much more energetic when you are well hydrated.

Also, don't wait until you are "thirsty" to drink.  Allow for consistent stops along the way to drink before you feel you need it.  It'll give your body a chance to rest, your muscles will stay loose, and you'll remind yourself to look around a bit!


Enjoy!  Phantom Ranch and the Grand Canyon are special places!

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'A fantastic bloom' at Death Valley: Hottest, driest spot in North America teems with flowers

April 19, 2010, 8:45 am
Don't let the name fool you. From Salsberry Pass to Scotty's Castle, this place is alive with wildflowers. What experts are calling the third best  bloom of the past 20 years is peaking right now, painting large swaths of Death Valley in yellow and purple and pink. The wildflowers emerged late ...

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We want to visit Yellowstone/Teton NP's in mid-May. Will roads likely be open for us to drive thru most popular sites?
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It all depends on the weather, a late spring snowstorm can delay road openings, but assuming mother nature cooperates, here are the road opening dates, according to the Park Service website:

Spring Road Openings:

The North Entrance to Northeast Entrance at Silver Gate and Cooke City, Montana is open all year. Please note that this road is closed to east/west travel just east of Cooke City from late fall to early spring.

Once an Entrance/Road opens, it is open 24 hours a day. The only exceptions are caused by road construction and weather-related restrictions.

Roads will open to motorized, wheeled vehicles as follows:

  • April 16, 2010—Weather permitting, west-side roads open to motor vehicles. Mammoth to Norris Junction to Madison Junction to Old Faithful; Madison Junction to West Entrance. In addition, Norris Junction to Canyon opens to wheeled vehicles.
  • May 7, 2010—Weather permitting, Canyon to Lake, Lake to East Entrance opens to wheeled vehicles.
  • May 14, 2010—Tower to Tower Fall opens to wheeled vehicles. Lake to West Thumb, West Thumb to Old Faithful, and South to Old Faithful opens to wheeled vehicles. Cooke City via Colter Pass to the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway intersection to the Long Lake gate shall open as soon thereafter as possible.
  • May 28, 2010—Long Lake Gate over the Beartooth, and Tower Falls to Canyon will be open.

In the spring, before park roads open to motorized vehicles, some roads are open to non-motorized recreational vehicles such as bicycles, roller skis, and roller blades. There will be some administrative vehicles traveling the roads at this time so be careful.

Check the website for further info:

http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/hours.htm

Click on current conditions for up to date announcements.

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Harry Tuc...
When does the "Going to the Sun Road" close?
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Glacier National Park, Montana, Ancient Cultures, Auto/Motorcycle, Bears, Civil War, Bird Watching, Native American History, Deer, Elk, Marine Life, Moose, Mountain Lions, Wildflowers, Wolves, Park Passes and Fees, Photography
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While portions of this scenic route remain open year-round, weather permitting, the entire Going-to-the-Sun Road is open for vehicle access from mid-June to mid-September. Before and after this core summer season, sections of the road will be closed.

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