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How many glaciers at Glacier National Park. What are their names? Where can I view them? What trails lead to the glaciers?
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There are currently 26 glaciers at Glacier National Park. You can see them from various viewpoints throughout the park. The Grinnell Glacier is reachable during the summer months via a steep trail in the eastern section of the park.

The USGS maintains a detailed list of the glaciers in the park.

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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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Where do I enter the swimming portion of the Glen Canyon State Park?
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Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arizona, Ancient Cultures, Archaeology, Astronomy/Stargazing, Wildlife Watching, Food/Dining, Swimming, Fossils, Geology, Marine Life, Health & Fitness, Wildflowers, Volcanology
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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'm planning a 18 day national park tour in June, 10. I live in WI and plan to hit SD, UT, AZ, NM, TX and whatever else I can fit. Advice?
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Badlands National Park, South Dakota, Archaeology, Wildlife Watching, Guided Tours, Ranger-led Programs, Geology, Historic Sites, Camping, History/Culture, Hiking, Lodging, Park Passes and Fees, Photography
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There are so many great parks and public lands in all the states you'll be visiting. Use the adventure finder on our home page to find places to visit based on your favorite activities, but here are some of our favorite state-by-state highlights:

South Dakota: Mount Rushmore is a must-see on any visit to the region. So is the nearby Crazy Horse Memorial. But don't forget about the Badlands, which are home to some of our nation's most stunning landscapes.

Utah: This state is home to the Grand Circle, a collection of seven national parks, eight national monuments and numerous state parks, historical sites, prehistoric Indian ruins, colorful ghost towns and stunning geologic formations that reach from northern Arizona into southern Utah. A summary of the highlights is available here.

Arizona: While we absolutely love the Grand Canyon, we also recommend checking out Arizona's State Parks, where you can slide on the natural water chute at Slide Rock State Park or see saguaro cacti, the symbol of the American West, at Catalina State Park.

New Mexico: Make sure to explore Carlsbad Caverns, famous for its spooky caves and extrordinary bat flights.

Texas: Explore Big Bend National Park, where you'll find a beautiful desert environment along the Rio Grande.

Enjoy your trip, and be sure to stop by and let us know how your trip went!

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Hawaiian Goose Nene, do they fly? Usually goose lives on both land and water but never seen them near ocean or fly around the park. Why?
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Although the nene is a strong and frequent flyer, its short wings, long legs and reduced webbing between its toes indicate that it often walks and seldom swims. Learn more about the Hawaiian state bird here.

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FRANK S
What sighting tours are available on May 10-12/10 suited for senior citizen?
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Yosemite National Park, California, Auto/Motorcycle, Guided Tours, Geology, Photography
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Who donated Bar Harbor Sand Beach to the public?
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John D Rockefeller donatd most of the land for what is today Acadia National Park. By definition virtually all beaches in the United States is on public land. Rockefeller's gift certainly made accessing sand beach considerably easier, however, it has always been public land.

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mandybird
What are the hand print-like markings in Indian Cave, Kodachrome Basin State Park? How were they made? How old are they? Who made them?
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What is the best time (month) to visit Canyon deChelly?
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In general, my favorite time to visit the parks is the beginning or end of the season.  There are the fewest of the summer visitors, and most important, you miss the hottest time of year for Arizona.  In Canyon de Chelly, you may want to visit between Memorial day and Labor day if you want to catch any of the Ranger-led activities.  Throughout the summer and rest of the year, you can find other companies to guide your trips through the park.  

For more information, click on the NPS things to do page, and you can better decide when you would like to go!

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19tp71
Of the 5 NPs in so. Utah, is there one you would esp. recommend? I know they're all unique, beautiful. I have 3 days for hiking, camping.
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All of the Utah national parks are great, and it's hard to choose a favorite! But we definitely recommend checking out Utah's Scenic Byway routes as you travel between parks. Also, don't limit you activities to the hours when the sun is up! Utah has some of the darkest night skies in the country, making for the ultimate stargazing experience!

For more information about Utah's national parks, check out the news sections for individual parks on our website, or visit Utah.com.

We hope you have a great trip. Be sure to come back and let us know how it goes!

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