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Bob Dispenza has been with Allen County Parks since 2001, first as Director of Environmental Education, then as Park and Education Manager at Metea County Park.

Bob is a life member of the National Association for Interpretation (NAI), and is certified as an Interpretive Trainer and Interpretive Guide.  He has earned the NAI Region 4 Distinguished Service Award in 1997, the R

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I'm an Interpreter I with California State Parks.  I've been working as an interpreter for almost 9 years and I've worked in 8 parks.  I've been lucky enough to work in some of the most scenic and historic places in our state!  I've also worked for East Bay Regional Park District and National Park Service.
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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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Can you suggest "stroller" or easy hiking trails in Yellowstone?
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Many of Yellowstone's most popular areas are easily accessible via paved trails and boardwalks -- this list includes the Old Faithful area as well as other geyser basins, Mammoth Hot Springs, and the Lower Falls at the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. You should have no problems with strollers in those locations.  Please note, however, that the boardwalks can be slippery if near geothermal activity, so be extra careful!

One good hike I can suggest is the Back Basin Trail in the Norris Geyser Basin.  It's a 1.5-mile loop that passes Emerald Spring, Steamboat Geyser, Cistern Spring and Echinus Geyser. 

For more great walks and hikes click here:  (http://www.ohranger.com/yellowstone/walking-hiking)

Have a great trip!

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What animals are in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison?
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There are literally hundreds of animal species in Black Canyon of the Gunnison.  You might see a mule deer every few minutes, but keep your eyes peeled as there's plenty more to look for.  Check out the complete list here (including Bird Species) as recorded by the Northern Colorado Plateau Network Inventory & Monitoring Program:

http://science.nature.nps.gov/im/units/ncpn/SpeciesList.cfm?ClassSelect=0&Park=BLCA&Status=0&Species...
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Rocky Mountain National Park I'm seeking day hikes, 6-10 miles with mountain vistas, trails
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Can you help plan a trip for two seniors who can do moderate walking?
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There are several activities that you can enjoy during your visit to Yellowstone. If you like walking, think about taking some of the day hikes. You will also have the opportunity to tour the visitor centers. Because of the many activities available at Yellowstone, I would advise that you visit the park's website for additional information. Also when you arrive to the park, stop by the Visitor Center and they will be certainly help you out. Enjoy your trip and be sure to stop back to OhRanger.com and post your pictures and stories!
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Where are the nearest parks to Chicago that feature caves and caverns?
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The nearest parks to Chicago that feature caves and caverns are Illinois Caverns State Natural Area and Cave in Rock State Park. They're both over a five-hour drive from Chicago, however.

I hope you have an exciting time exploring Illinois' caves. Be sure to check back in at OhRanger.com after you trip to share you park experiences with us!

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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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