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Your minivan is one big pic-a-nic basket, say Yosemite's black bears

October 19, 2009, 9:29 am
This just in: Bears (at least, Yosemite National Park's black bears) view your minivan as one big, delicious pic-a-nic basket. A new report in the Journal of Mammalogy has the details of data collected on bear-related vehicle break-ins -- more than 900 of them -- between 2001 and 2007 ...

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Plan curtails snowmobile numbers in Yellowstone

October 19, 2009, 8:30 am
The National Park Service has approved a plan to restrict snowmobile numbers in Yellowstone National Park to less than half of last winter's limit. The park on Thursday announced daily limits that will allow up to 318 snowmobiles and up to 78 snowcoaches per day in the park for the next two winter seasons. The ...

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Man injured in ultralight-plane crash at Zion National Park

October 19, 2009, 8:14 am
An ultralight-plane crash sent a man to the hospital with broken bones after he spent the night in Zion National Park Saturday night. The ultralight craft he was flying with his son crashed around 6:15 p.m., said park ranger Therese Picard. Neither their names nor hometowns were released. The father, who is in his 60s, ...

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Pilot tried to save Denali wolf biologist after plane crash in Alaska park

October 19, 2009, 8:12 am
 As wildlife advocates mourned the plane-crash death of Gordon Haber, the biologist who spent 40 years documenting the lives and societies of Denali's wolves, his pilot was recovering Friday in a burn center in Seattle after hiking 20 miles back to civilization.Details of the crash and rescue operation in ...

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Trick-or-Treating: Healthy Snacks & Helpful Gear

October 16, 2009, 12:18 pm
Even though I’m a full-fledged adult (chronologically), Halloween still ranks number one on my list of top holidays. Its appeal remains strong for the same reasons that it did when I was a kid; when else do you get to go out after dark on a school night, dress ...

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Park to close Cades Cave Loop Road for rebuilding next year

October 13, 2009, 11:12 am
The 11-mile Cades Cove Loop Road will be closed nearly three months next year for reconstruction, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park announced today. The popular scenic route will be closed to all traffic from March 1-May 21.The project is weather sensitive so the work could be affected by the amount of rainfall ...

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Winter descends on Yellowstone

October 12, 2009, 8:44 am
CODY, Wyo. (AP) - Winter has descended on Yellowstone National Park in full force, blanketing the region that includes northwestern Wyoming, southern Montana and eastern Idaho with snow. Managers of America's first national park say late-season visitors should expect winter weather and driving conditions, including temporary road closures and delays. That goes for the next few ...

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Natanhala river grorge excursion reveiws
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A great review of the rafting sections of the Nantahala River Gorge in Nantahala National Forest is available here.If you're interested in specific guides or outfitters, check out this AAA review. You can also download rafting and outdoor adventure guides on the official National Forest website.
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Olympic National Park to close Hurricane Ridge's Sunrise snowplay area for good

October 7, 2009, 8:45 am
A popular tubing and sliding area for older children and adults at Hurricane Ridge is too dangerous to be opened this winter season, park officials said.But Olympic National Park managers are interested in hearing suggestions for alternative sites to the Sunrise Family Snowplay Area at a public workshop Oct. ...

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Are quads allowed in yellowstone, If not can you suggest a means to get off the main roads and really get some site seeing done?
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Off-road vehicles are prohibited in Yellowstone and most national parks. In spite of these restrictions, it is easy to get off-the-beaten track into the backcountry. My favorite is on foot… you'll quickly escape the crowds of the frontcountry a mere one or two miles off the loop road. The hike to Slough Creek in Tower country has breathtaking landscapes, lots of opportunities to see wildlife and great flyfishing. For more hikes, check out

 If you are eager to cover more ground and want to spend an extended period in the backcountry, consider taking a guided stock trip. Guided stock trips into the backcountry (on horse or llama) may be arranged with one of the stock outfitters licensed to operate in Yellowstone (see http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/stockbusn.htm).

You may also bring private stock into the park. PLease note that overnight stock use is not permitted prior to July 1, due to range readiness and/or wet trail conditions. Horses are not allowed in frontcountry campgrounds, but are permitted in certain backcountry campsites.

For information on planning a backcountry trip with stock please see the online Backcountry trip planner (available at http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/backcountrytripplanner.htm) or call the Backcountry Office at (307) 344-2160.

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