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Utah State Parks Offer Snow, Sand and Sun

December 9, 2009, 9:14 am
Utah's 2009-2010 winter sports season is underway and all indicators suggest it will be a good one. Many of our ski resorts were able to open ahead of schedule. A big storm is working its way across Utah right now, dumping heavy snow at our resorts. Skiing conditions are great, ...

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100 Days in Glacier National Park

December 7, 2009, 8:30 am
Glacier Park Magazine editor Chris Peterson undertook a project to take photos of Montana's Glacier National Park over 100 consecutive days, starting on May 1, 2009, for a traveling photo show in 2010 to commemorate Glacier's Centennial.  Boston.com's photo blog, "The Big Picture," has posted some of the highlights. The ...

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Three Stunning National Park Images in Today's 'Big Picture'

November 23, 2009, 11:31 am
Today's Big Picture photo essay on Boston.com features images from National Geographic's International Photography Contest. Here at OhRanger.com we're glad to see that three of the 25 featured photos were taken in our national parks! One features Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park, one features Wild Goose Island ...

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What is the water level and temp up the Narrows in Zion this time of year?
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Zion Narrows Canyon is certainly one of the most impressive and worth-the-wait adventures in the national park system.  You'll experience hanging gardens, towering ponderosa, mystic waterfalls and moss covered boulders (among other surprises) on route to a beautiful mountain slot canyon that is more beautiful than any images can do justice!

After September the water is typically too cold to go in.  Last week, the park's official temperature reading was 46° F.  However, some visitors do go in with "Dry Suits" all year long.  Hiking in from the lower trail-head you won't need a permit to access the Narrows, but you will from the upper entrance.

Good luck, and enjoy the adventure (whether wet or not)!

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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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Vote now for your favorite Canon Photography in the Parks entry

November 12, 2009, 11:52 am
The Canon Photography in the Parks finalists are in and you, too, can be a winner simply by voting for your favorite image. More than 20,000 photographers submitted their most impressive images to compete in this year’s contest. Our judges, Explorers of Light Darrell Gulin and George Lepp and ...

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I was just the GSM in NC and was wondering what causes the 'smoke' coming up from the trees? I was given two different answers. Please help!
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The 'smoke' is all from rain evaporating from the trees.  Some parts of the smokies get a yearly rainfall of up to 85 inches, which qualifies as a temperate rainforest.  If you would like to know more about the Smokies climate, go to the NPS natural features and ecosystems page for Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Let's call these men honorary residents of Haywood County

October 12, 2009, 8:37 am
Haywood County was never home to either Horace Kephart or George Masa. Their names are not written in the annals of our county, but both men left large footprints as they journeyed through our past.Horace Kephart was a writer and George Masa a photographer. Each had come to the ...

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Stop and smell the thermals at Lassen Volcanic National Park

October 12, 2009, 7:56 am
At about 9,000 feet, the persistently steep trail up Brokeoff Mountain levels off at the edge of an abyss. To the northeast, framed between jagged cliffs, sits hulking Lassen Peak, a dozing volcano more than 1,000 feet higher, still mostly bare of trees and cloaked in gray dust from ...

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Photographer captures enduring beauty of Great Plains

October 12, 2009, 7:40 am
Glancing at the images in "Great Plains: America's Lingering Wild" by Michael Forsberg produces "wow" moments.Spend more time with the 260-page volume and it becomes clear "Great Plains" is more than just pretty pictures -- it's journalism."I'm not going to sit here and tell you what to think," he ...

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