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Looking for campsites around Great Basin National Park preferably with hookups
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ask_erica
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Great Basin National Park has five developed campgrounds. However, there are no hookups or leveled parking sites. Camping is on a first-come, first-served basis. Lower Lehman Creek is the only campground open year-round. For more information, please visit http://www.nps.gov/grba/planyourvisit/camping.htm or call the park directly at (775) 234-7331.

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What animal and plant fossils have been found in Yellowstone National Park?
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Yellowstone National Park is home to one of the largest petrified forests in the world. These trees, including petrified redwood, were fossilized by volcanic ash and dirt millions of years ago and located in the northern portion of the park. The National Park Service serves a great historical and descriptive account by F.H. Knowlton (USGS) of the fossil forests including black & white photos of the upright petrified tree stumps. 

Read through the field notes of Yellowstone National Park to learn more about the geology and paleontology of the region.

Another interesting tidbit--National Geographic News ran a story a few years back about uncovering fossils of the most primitive primate near (not within park boundaries) Yellowstone.

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October 12th means Happy National Fossil Day!

Millions of years after animals roamed the earth, we are using their fossils to learn more about the time period in which they lived. Creatures that have been extinct and exist only in our imaginations can become real through fossil reseach.

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New Quarry Visitor Center and Exhibit Hall open at Dinosaur National Monument

October 3, 2011, 1:51 pm
The Quarry Visitor Center and Exhibit Hall at Dinosaur National Monument are both open to the public as of October 4, 2011. The Quarry Visitor Center features exhibits, a theater where visitors can view a movie about the park, and a bookstore. Exhibits in the visitor center introduce visitors to ...

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Visitors Centers Opening for Dinosaur National Monument and Keweenaw National Historical Park

Dinosaur National Monument has two openings

Although Dinosaurs have been extinct for millions of years, we still can't help being fascinated by them. In Colorado and Utah, these creatures are still leaving visitors in awe at Dinosaur National Moument.

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Where can I find "Park-by-park highlights of the Grand Circle tour"? It seems you have a broken link when I try to go there.
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Ancient Cultures, Archaeology, Auto/Motorcycle, Wildlife Watching, Food/Dining, Fossils, River Rafting, Historic Sites, Lodging, Photography
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You're right! It looks like the folks who published that story have taken it off of their website.

Here's some other content that might help, though.

1) An overview of the Grand Circle

2) Visiting the Grand Circle on a Budget

Hope you have a wonderful trip!

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bobhaa
What is the weather like at Grand Canyon in September?
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  South Rim   North Rim   Inner Gorge
  Max Min Precip   Max Min Precip   Max Min Precip
May 70 39 0.66   62 34 1.17   92 63 0.36
June 81 47 0.42   73 40 0.86   101 72 0.30
July 84 54 1.81   77 46 1.93   106 78 0.84
August 82 53 2.25   75 45 2.85   103 75 1.40
September 76 47 1.56   69 39 1.99   97 69 0.97
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Visiting the park May 7-9, Drive from SLC, want to make most of trip, but know some roads are closed. also would like to see Cody, WY
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Early May can be a iffy time for roads. According to the NPS site, "weather permitting" roads from Canyon Village to Fishing Bridge and out the East Entrance should be open to vehicles. The West Entrance should also be open at that time since it's slated to re-open around April 15th. The South Entrance doesn't open until May 13th. Also, Dunraven Pass, the road that links Tower Junction with Canyon Village doesn't open up until later in the season. Great places to hit up in the park include:

  • Old Faithful
  • Norris Geyser Basin
  • Elk Park
  • Mammoth Hot Springs
  • Gardiner, MT (North Entrance Town)
  • Fossil Tree
  • Lamar Valley
  • Cooke City, MT (Just outside the NE Entrance. Some great food!
  • Upper and Lower Falls
  • Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
  • Hayden Valley
  • Yellowstone Lake
  • and Cody, WY

If you were coming later in the season, I'd suggest Dunraven Pass (in the park) or the Beartooth Highway (just NE of the park, starting past Cooke City). Some excellent views on both of them. 

I hope this helps!

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WHAT ARE THE MOSQUITO SEASONS IN THE DIFFERENT PARKS IN ALASKA? HOW SEVERE ARE THEY? WHAT ARE THE BEST PRECAUTIONS?
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The regions North of the Yukon River, all the way to the Arctic, are the worst for mosquitos in general.  The worst time of year to go is in July, however you are likely to encounter them as soon temperatures remain above freezing for a couple of weeks.

You can bring repellant, but the stuff that repels the best is bad for your skin and clothes, and will contain a measured amount of deet.  Since I personally prefer to not to crop dust myself, you can purchase netting to go around your hat or head, and maintain long sleeves and pants throughout the day. 

If you still get bit, don't scratch! 

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When flying dinosaurs roamed Denali National Park

January 26, 2011, 7:55 am
One of two newly discovered prehistoric birds from Denali National Park and Preserve has been named Magnoavipes denaliensis, which roughly translates into "damn-big flying Denali reptile" or something like that, according to the Museum of Nature & Science in Dallas. The bird was named by paleontologist Tony Fiorillo, the museum ...

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