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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Smokies Road Status Now Available via Texts or Twitter

February 3, 2011, 1:40 pm
Great Smoky Mountains National Park visitors and local travelers may now sign up to receive status updates about the park’s most frequently used roads via text message or Twitter. In the past, travelers had to place phone calls to the park to determine the status of the roads, which ...

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Death by GPS in Desert

February 1, 2011, 7:38 am
National Park Service warns of dangers of releying on GPS devices in remote parks. Five harrowing days after becoming stuck on a remote backcountry road in Death Valley National Park in August 2009, Alicia Sanchez lay down next to her Jeep Cherokee and prepared to die. Then she heard a voice. "I ...

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WHAT ARE THE MOSQUITO SEASONS IN THE DIFFERENT PARKS IN ALASKA? HOW SEVERE ARE THEY? WHAT ARE THE BEST PRECAUTIONS?
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The regions North of the Yukon River, all the way to the Arctic, are the worst for mosquitos in general.  The worst time of year to go is in July, however you are likely to encounter them as soon temperatures remain above freezing for a couple of weeks.

You can bring repellant, but the stuff that repels the best is bad for your skin and clothes, and will contain a measured amount of deet.  Since I personally prefer to not to crop dust myself, you can purchase netting to go around your hat or head, and maintain long sleeves and pants throughout the day. 

If you still get bit, don't scratch! 

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gnhpowr
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Grace
Mariposa Grove will be closed on 24-26 Nov 2010?
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Hi Grace,

You're in for a treat.  Yosemite is in full swing (including Mariposa Grove) during Thanksgiving week.  In fact, it's a beautiful time to be there.  If you're in need of a place to stay, consider the Evergreen Lodge and see this link for their Thanksgiving activities.


Have fun!

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grniiis55
Nov.3....can a 45ft motorcoach go to Glacier Point?
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Yes, however the last mile of road is very narrow, and has two hairpin turns.  We drove a truck and 12ft trailer (24ft total length) and have to slow down to less than 5mph to make the turn.  Buses go up there all day long, but be patient with other vehicles who do not realize that they have to stop and wait for you to pass before they can use some of the turns.  If you are towing a smaller vehicle, I would advise you to use this when going on any excursions in the park.

Also, do not enter/exit the park via 140!!!  There are vehicle restrictions for personal vehicles over 40ft.  On that side of the park there was a rock slide several years ago, and a temporary bridge is in place.  Consider alternate routes into/out of the park. 

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When we goto YellowStone National Park next year, Can our dog ride in the car when we drive the loop??
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You may bring your dog to Yellowstone as long as you follow park regulations and take safety issues into consideration. Pets must be on a leash at all times and may never be left unattended.

Make sure you read ALL of Yellowstone's rules about pets before deciding to bring your dog to the park.

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pencetj
I know the NPS hires thru USAjobs but i was wondering is there a way to network with Rangers/parks to hear about jobs and get information.
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You've got a popular question! Check out the answers to this similar question for tips.

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Top 10 Hiking Safety Tips

October 7, 2010, 9:27 am
Stay safe on the trail! Follow our Top 10 Hiking Safety Tips to improve your adventure experience in our parks! 1. Always carry plenty of water and extra food. 2. Be prepared for a variety of weather conditions; dress in layers and bring rain gear. 3. Wear comfortable shoes or boots and ...

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Personal Watercraft Safety

October 7, 2010, 7:32 am
Stay safe while you're out on the water! Here are our Top 10 Tips for Personal Watercraft Safety: 1. Wear a personal flotation device (PFD) or life jacket when on board. 2. Learn to swim. The best way to stay safe in and around the water is to be comfortable and ...

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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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