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samuel
When are you planning on opening the Tioga pass in 2010 ?
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Yosemite National Park, California, Auto/Motorcycle, Safety, Touring
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Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park closes due to snow, usually from sometime in November through late May or early June. The road closure extends from the Tuolumne Grove, just east of Crane Flat, to Tioga Pass Entrance Station. (Highway 120, the continuation of the Tioga Road outside the park, is often closed in winter from Tioga Pass to five miles east of Lee Vining.)

The opening date varies from year to year but is usually in mid- to late May. To get a better idea, check out this list of Tioga Road opening and closing dates since 1980.

As your trip approaches, check the Tioga Road plowing update online. Updates begin April 15. Also, you can check the current status of all park roads online or by calling (209) 372-0200 (press 1 then 1) for the most up-to-date conditions.

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Things to Remember at Saint Edwards

Pets must be on leashes (no longer than eight feet) and under physical control at all times. Pets must be cleaned up after on all state park lands.   Motorcycles of all kinds and horses are prohibited on trails.   Please confine hiking and other activities to within park boundaries; private property abutts ...

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Frank
My wife and I would like to see Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, and Glacier all in a 10 day trip. Is this to much to try to cram into one trip?
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While all three parks are a lot to visit in ten days it can be done. Plan on at least one day of driving to get between Yellowstone and Glacier. To get the most out of your trip use the "Only a Day" link on ohranger.com for each park. These "Only a Day" links for Glacier, Yellowstone and Grand Tetons provide a quick highlight of some of the main features in the park that you won't want to miss. To get the most out of your stay try to stay in the park. If you plan ahead there's no reason these three parks can't be accommodated in one trip.  

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Big Island fire threat prompts park restrictions

January 29, 2010, 7:57 am
The National Park Service has requested and received additional funding to help their initial-attack firefighting operations on the Big Island. The Whiskeytown Fire Use Module with five firefighters arrived from northern California this week to assist on both sides of the island. "On behalf of the Big Island Wildfire Coordinating Group, ...

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Looking to visit Yellowstone late March, April. Have several guidebooks and maps from NPS and believe the road to OLD FAITHFUL might be closed then. Can anyone advise if this is open from either the North or South entrance?
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I live in Montana, I would check the local ranger district on snowpack reports for the season and see if road opening dates may be delayed. I am not sure if they adhere to a strict road opening date, but being government they probably do. The snowpack in our end of the state has been a bit low, not sure about the park down south. The south entry may get more winter action if I recall correctly. I entered from the north when I lived in Billings area and came thru red lodge. The ranger district should have better info if you look them up and make contact directly.

Just a quick note to all readers of this. I have seen it be 90 degrees in August and snow 7 feet that very night. It has happened to me so please all of you visiting, come prepared for all seasons, and don't pet the buffalo. To many people get smashed up against trees trying to get a picture. At least one or two people get killed each year doing this kind of thing, I am not kidding. Stay safe.

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Kristine
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The roads from the North Entrance and the West Entrance to Old Faithful are scheduled to open April 16, 2010.  The road from the South Entrance is scheduled to open May 14, 2010.  Road opening dates are weather dependant.  Check, http://www.nps.gov/yell for more information.

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janet tra...
We are coming to yellowstone june 12. best way to get a pass and avoid traffic from the southern entrance ? thanks janet
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The traffic between Grand Teton and Yellowstone is as unpredictable as the weather that time of year. While it'll likely be sunny, you may get the occasional snow shower. Similarly, you're just as likely to not encounter another car as you are to get in a bear or bison jam. Relax, slow down and enjoy the view.


In order to get to the south entrance, you'll need to first pass through Grand Teton National Park. The park entry fee allows you to spend a week in BOTH parks for $25. If you plan to visit multiple parks in the next month, consider investing in a America The Beautiful Federal Lands Pass, which offers unlimited visitation to all parks for you and your entire family (if you are in the same car) for $80. If you are a senior citizen, the you can purchase a senior pass for $10, which allows you to enter parks at no additional cost for the remainder of your life. All are great deals!

Have a safe trip and remember to slow down and enjoy the view. 

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banzy
Are there any special treatments for scorpion bites?
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Oooh, hopefully this is a HYPOTHETICAL question!  We'll do some digging to see what we can find and get back to you... In the meantime, please note that OhRanger.com does not have doctors on staff.  We trust the folks at WedMD (see link below) but if you have a specific concern you should consult your personal physician. 

SCORPION BITE TREATMENT:
http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/168230-overview

Remember, scorpion bites are usually avoidable!  If camping, or in any environment you have doubts about, don't put your fingers and toes where you can't see them.  Shake out shoes, gloves, sleeping bags and tents before entering!


 

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Hermit Cr...
Are there any Snakes in the Blue Ridge Mountains? I am planning a trip to camp and drive the Blue Ridge Mountains with my Kids.
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Ongoing surveys have found that 22 species of snakes call the area along the Blue Ridge Parkway home. Although visitors are usually most interested in the two species of poisonous snakes, Timber Rattlesnakes and Copperheads, both of these snakes are non-aggressive, avoiding contact with people, and are seldom seen by park visitors. Mainly active at night and in the twilight, these snakes spend the day in sheltered areas where they can avoid the daytime heat. If you encounter one of these two species remember that they are protected by federal law and should not be bothered, for your safety and theirs.

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8Ranger
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According to some internet sources summer 2009 was an "unusual" snake season. Meaning more active than normally. E.g.: http://swacgirl.blogspot.com/2009/06/unusual-snake-season-in-blue-ridge.html

But that was summertime, so if youre planning the trip now I wouldnt expect much activity. Btw, the blue ridge mountains are beautiful! As so many, I first didin't believe they were actually blue...but they are! :)

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ahidayat0...
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The Blue Ridge Parkway is a natural wonder! We drove down from Ohio to see the Smoky Mountains. We then headed toward Cold Mountain for a picture. The vistas are beautiful. The drive is quite pleasant. Do not try to rush through the area. The curves up and down the mountains will insist that you slow down and enjoy!

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kcbaxter5...
I would like to spend the summer in yosemite, are there any kind of restrictions on how long i can camp there?
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There is a 30-day camping limit within Yosemite National Park in a calendar year; however, May 1 - September 15, the camping limit in Yosemite is 14 days, and only seven of those days can be in Yosemite Valley or Wawona.

Find out more about Yosemite camping regulations here.

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Tim R.

Tim has been an interpreter for 15 years, coordinating environmental education in northeastern Massachusetts for the past 10 of them. Tim enjoys all sorts of outdoor adventures, discovering cultural stories, and sharing what makes places special.

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