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‘A river runs through’: Black Canyon National Park hosts celebration of park and Gunnison Gorge NCA formation

October 12, 2009, 7:37 am
It was 10 years ago that the Black Canyon of the Gunnison transformed into a national park, giving it a status that would bring thousands of people throughout the world to visit its spectacular gorges for recreation, education and solitude.Though the Black Canyon has been protected since the 1930s ...

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Supreme Court Hears Mojave Cross Case: Justices to Decide if Memorial to WW I Vets Constitutional

October 7, 2009, 8:41 am
Deep in the heart of the Mojave National Preserve in California stands a five foot cross carefully disguised in a plywood box.The U.S. Park Service was forced to cover the cross until the Supreme Court decides whether the cross can remain in its place as a monument to fallen ...

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Kalaupapa: A remote historic preserve

October 7, 2009, 8:38 am
Historic or religious sites are traditional destinations for travelers, but no hordes of people are likely to descend on Kalaupapa to walk in Father Damien's footsteps any time soon.First, there's the considerable expense of just getting to Hawaii. Then there's the daunting geography. Visitors can reach the remote Molokai ...

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Exploring 'Gettysburg of the West'

October 6, 2009, 10:03 am
The plan was to march up the Rio Grande, capture the city of Santa Fe and seize the thousands of rifles, dozens of cannons and other supplies at Fort Union for a campaign that would expand the Confederacy's borders all the way to the California Coast.But Union soldiers stood ...

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Clear Lake State Park Program explores national parks

October 6, 2009, 8:55 am
Through the magic of film, visit Glacier and Grand Teton National Parks on Saturday, Oct. 10, at 1:30 p.m. as the Interpretation Association continues a five-Saturday series featuring eight of our glorious western national parks.All ages will thrill to these awe-inspiring vistas that are set aside as our American heritage. If you have visited ...

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Fifth generation park guide guest speaker at national conference

September 21, 2009, 6:55 am
In 1838, Materson Bransford stepped into the shadows of Mammoth Cave and stepped out of the darkness of slave-born boundaries, blazing a path that would span five generations and 171 years. As a fifth generation guide at Mammoth Cave National Park and great-great grandson of Materson, Jerry Bransford continues a ...

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What is approximate mileage from" 1) Yosemite to Sequoia 2) Sequoia to Kings Canyon, 3) Kings Canyon to Napa Valley Thanks!
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Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, Yosemite National Park, Auto/Motorcycle, Guided Tours, History/Culture
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It's 138 miles from the Wawona entrance of Yosemite National Park to Sequoia National Park. You should allow 2 hours and 45 minutes for the drive. You can find directions and route options here. The National Park Service also provides directions here.

The main park road, the Generals Highway, connects the entrances of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. This road is about 60 miles and takes about 2.5 hours to travel. A great map of the local roads is available here.

The drive from Kings Canyon to Napa Valley is about 295 miles. Directions and route options are available here.
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Alcatraz Island

Overview Alcatraz Island is known for the infamous federal prison it once hosted, but it's also significant as the site of the first lighthouse and U.S.-built fort on the west coast and the 18-month occupation by Indians of All Tribes. Rich in history, there is also a natural side to ...

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Can you help plan a trip for two seniors who can do moderate walking?
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Yellowstone National Park, Archaeology, Auto/Motorcycle, Eco Tours, Fossils, Guided Tours, Ranger-led Programs, Geology, Flora & Fauna, History/Culture, Park Passes and Fees, Photography, Volcanology
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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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Lack of Blacks at National Parks Worries Ranger

August 17, 2009, 7:59 am
America's national parks have a quiet power and an arresting beauty, but to Yosemite National Park Ranger Shelton Johnson, they also speak the truth. "They tell the story of us as Americans," Johnson said. "They tell the story of ourselves as human beings, in this world, on this planet." Johnson is ...

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