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America’s Best Idea: A Photographic Journey Through Our National Parks

October 8, 2010, 8:24 am
America’s Best Idea takes you on a visual tour of America’s most special natural and cultural places — our national parks. This book is arranged in chronological order based on the year each park first received protection as public land. While the National Park Service currently manages almost 400 ...

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Fletcha
Looking to fit Glacier NP into mid-June '11 trip, but GTSRd won't be open. Will I still be able to see Wild Goose Isl & Trail of Cedars?
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It is certainly unlikely that you will be able to make it up to the trail of Cedars.  That nature trail is further up the Going to the Sun Road than Lake McDonald Lodge, which is the furthest distance plowed until mid-June. 

There is little information about the St. Mary entrance and when it opens.  My suggestion would be to call Glacier's visitor services hotline to ask a park representative directly for that information.  Otherwise, I doubt you will be able to see Wild Goose Island during that time of year. 


While Glacier has a short season, I recommend postponing your trip for a few weeks so that you can visit Glacier in all of its early summer glory!  It is my favorite park, and the Going to the Sun Road is worth waiting for!

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Thank you for your reply, tho I think  I'll really have to simply be patient in order to get a good answer. I think I read that in as early as mid-April 2010 that GTTSR on the west side was open for cars all the way to Avalanche. That would mean that Trail of Cedars would probably be open by June 15-ish, no? ... While I am quite bummed about not being able to drive all of GTTSR during my visit, I can't really do much about it, and I doubt I'll be in northwest Montana anytime soon or ever again. ... I'm trying to fit this visit on the back end of a 2-week drive that includes SD, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton, and we planned it for the first two weeks of June in an attempt to beat the high-crowd season.

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Where are the best view points for sunrise and sunset photos along the south rim?
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My favorite for sunrise would have to be Desert View.  Most points near the Grand Canyon village have the sun in your face, whereas Desert View rests on a highspot looking down-canyon.  As for sunset, I like to head along the Hermit's Rest road and stop along the way, with my favorite being Hopi point.  If you look on a map, you will see that Hopi Point has one of the most panoramic views along the South Rim.

If you go out to Hopi point, you have to take a shuttle bus, and the bus route closes an hour after sunset. 

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Rangers usually work 40 hours a week with frequent overtime and 
weekend work in the summer when the use of the parks increases.  
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When is the usual fall color peak at the mill in Babcock State Park? I was unable to find out last visit and was too late, comin in from IL
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According to the West Virginia Department of Commerce, foliage in each area of the state reaches its peak at a different time because the state has such a variety of elevation – high peaks, low valleys and everything in between! Visitors can typically see great fall color somewhere in West Virginia from late September through the end of October.

Fall foliage reports will be posted each Thursday starting Sept. 30, on www.wvforestry.com and www.wvtourism.com/foliage. Tourism personnel will have the latest information on fall foliage, special events and attractions. For more info, call the state at (800) CALL-WVA or Babcock State Park directly at (304) 438-3004.

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