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Where do I enter the swimming portion of the Glen Canyon State Park?
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Swimming is a popular activity at Lake Powell, especially in the summer when water temperatures can surpass 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Please be aware that there are no life guards or designated swim beaches at Lake Powell or on the Colorado River. Swim at your own risk. Swimming is prohibited at all marinas and launch areas.
A list of swimming locations and directions is available here.
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Hawaiian Goose Nene, do they fly? Usually goose lives on both land and water but never seen them near ocean or fly around the park. Why?
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Although the nene is a strong and frequent flyer, its short wings, long legs and reduced webbing between its toes indicate that it often walks and seldom swims. Learn more about the Hawaiian state bird here.

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We have a pop-up camper and ask if any Yellowstone NP camping areas allow them to be used there in late May and early June.
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Fishing Bridge RV Park only allows hard side RVs and Campers, but as far as I know, the rest of the campgrounds around the park have no restrictions regarding softsided campers or tents. The contact number for campsite questions and reservations is 307-344-7311 if you want to double check.

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In the Spring, Indian Creek Campground allows only hard-sided units.  Check out http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/camping-in-yellowstone.htm for more information on camping in Yellowstone.  Enjoy your trip.

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I want to visit the south rim of the grand canyon. with the car is the road open these days? is there a lot of snow? thanks ms ELENI
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The South Rim of Grand Canyon is open every day of the year.  Personal vehicles are allowed at most times on the rim road with certain exceptions.  As of today, the weather and roads is fine and access is available everywhere except for Yaki Point.  On March 1st some things change, so for more information on the day/days you'd like to go, you should call the park information line at (928) 638-7888.

Here are some other links for current weather in the area:

http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/weather-condition.htm
http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?site=fgz&smap=1&textField1=36.04639&textField2=-112.15333

 

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We just returned from the South rim of the Grand Canyon.   The roads are well maintained and if you follow the Hermit Road from the Village where the Lodges are, you won't have any trouble at all.

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We just returned from the South rim of the Grand Canyon.   The roads are well maintained and if you follow the Hermit Road from the Village where the Lodges are, you won't have any trouble at all.

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Volcano Awareness Month

January 19, 2010, 11:29 am
January is Volcano awareness month in Hawai’i. This month, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, Hawai'i County Civil Defense and the University of Hawai'i at Hilo are hosting a number of events and activities designed to increase awareness of the volcanoes so many call home. During  the ...

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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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Can you help plan a trip for two seniors who can do moderate walking?
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There are several activities that you can enjoy during your visit to Yellowstone. If you like walking, think about taking some of the day hikes. You will also have the opportunity to tour the visitor centers. Because of the many activities available at Yellowstone, I would advise that you visit the park's website for additional information. Also when you arrive to the park, stop by the Visitor Center and they will be certainly help you out. Enjoy your trip and be sure to stop back to OhRanger.com and post your pictures and stories!
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How do you become a ranger?
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Your question is a popular one! For more about becoming a National Park ranger, check out this answer from our partners at the Association of National Park Rangers.

 For more about becoming at sate park ranger, check out this answer.

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This answer come to you from our partners at the Association of National Park Rangers. We hope you find it helpful:

The National Park Service (NPS) employs people in all kinds of job titles (20,000 year-round and another 7,000 - 10,000 during the summer) even though the general public often thinks that everyone that works for the NPS is a "park ranger."  Of these 30,000 employees, perhaps 7,000 are in positions that are titled park ranger.  I'll concentrate on those for now, but folks interested in maintenance jobs, or administrative jobs, or research and science related jobs should know that those jobs are there too.
 
Park ranger jobs are divided into 2 groups.  First, there are park rangers that primarily perform park interpretation.  These employees work in the park visitors' center, lead guided walks and talks, give off-site programs at local schools, establish and/or modify the park's website, write site-specific brochures and other materials, and design visitor center displays or movies, etc.  In short, this group of park rangers is the parks' primary link between the park resources and park visitors and neighbors.  By explaining the national significance of the individual park and the resources it preserves, interpretive park rangers hope to establish or strengthen visitors' understanding and support for parks, the environment, history, etc.
 
The second group of park rangers are those that primarily perform park protection.  These employees perform law enforcement, search and rescue, emergency medical services, fire management, etc.  They are more likely to be working outside, in all kinds of weather conditions, and they might be doing this in all kinds of modes of transportation, i.e. on foot, on horseback, in vehicles, in boats, on skis, in small planes, etc.  Like interpretive rangers, protection rangers have a great responsibility to be knowledgeable about the parks' resources and threats (from human behavior) to them.  While they have many friendly, informational contacts with visitors, they also have visitor contacts that are sometimes confrontational and can be stressful.
 
For either type of ranger job, a bachelor's degree from a 4-year college or university with a heavy emphasis in the natural sciences or U.S. history is generally required to be competitive.  Any public speaking experience one can gain is also very helpful.  First aid training is available in most communities and having some level of certification in first aid and CPR is helpful.  There is also free online training to anyone at the Eppley Institute for Parks & Public Lands at Indiana University. Such training helps one understand the NPS mission and culture and shows prospective hiring officials that you are truly interested in becoming an NPS employee.
 
Many folks that hope to be interpretive park rangers often start out working as park volunteers while they are in school or are in some other full-time career.  These opportunities are available at all NPS sites including Lake Mead National Recreation Area just outside Las Vegas.
 
For protection rangers there are a few additional requirements.  You must be at least 21 years old.  You also must be a graduate of one of the NPS-approved Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Academies.  A list of these schools and more information is available online. One can also pursue similar opportunities in your home community to gain experience that might make you more competitive.  Become an ambulance attendant in your community, become a volunteer firefighter with your local fire department or your state forestry department, or become a member of your local community search and rescue squad.
 
Finally, the Association of National Park Rangers (ANPR) is a membership organization open to anyone.  One does not have to be a park ranger or an NPS employee to become an ANPR member.  There are networking and informational opportunities within ANPR that can help one be competitive for NPS jobs, and it is important to understand that it is not just what you know, but also who you know that will help one get their foot in the door with the NPS.  ANPR also offers a publication for sale titled, "Live the Adventure: Join the National Park Service" that can be helpful in understanding the requirements for park ranger jobs.  

For more information about ANPR visit their website.

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What should I see on my trip to Yellowstone
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Why did they only put 4 presidants on Mount. Rushmore NP?

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Don't miss Mammoth Hot Springs, the geysers, especially Old Faithful, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and wildlife in the Lamar Valley!

Some great tips from other visitors are available here: http://www.ohranger.com/qa/15619/how-many-days-do-we-need-see-most-yellowstone-national-park

 If you're interested in seeing wolves at Yellowstone, get expert tips here: http://www.ohranger.com/yellowstone/oh-ranger#comment-151

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We will be at Bonanza Creek Campground near Challis, ID July 6-10. What are some good trails to hike and other activities to do nearby?
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If you enjoy scenic beauty, extended hikes, short day hikes, and the serenity of escaping from the crowds, then you'll love the area around Bonanza Creek Campground in Challis Salmon National Forest. The campground is located in the Yankee Fork Ranger District offers over 300 miles of trails to enjoy. There are trails that will take you into a mixture of rugged peaks, timbered slopes, narrow canyon bottoms and majestic lakes. The Yankee Fork District offers a vast variety of trails to satisfy the desires of all kinds of uses, motorcycles, four wheelers, horseback, bicyclers and hikers, whether they are a novice or experienced. You can find a lot more information about the area here: http://www.fs.fed.us/r4/sc/yankeefork/trails.shtml have a great trip!
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