Road Biking

Lester

Lester was born in Southern California in the early 60’s in what started out as a rural area. He watched the exponential grow all around him thought the 60’s and 70’s. In fact one of his fond early childhood memories was playing in a corn field across from his house that later became the high school he graduated from. Lester loved camping and the mountains from an early age so when the time came for college Lester moved some 700 miles north and attended Humboldt State University. He graduated with a B.S. in Natural Resources, Planning and Interpretation in 1984.

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Bob Dispenza has been with Allen County Parks since 2001, first as Director of Environmental Education, then as Park and Education Manager at Metea County Park.

Bob is a life member of the National Association for Interpretation (NAI), and is certified as an Interpretive Trainer and Interpretive Guide.  He has earned the NAI Region 4 Distinguished Service Award in 1997, the R

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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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Which national parks have the best biking trails?
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There are lots of great places that you can go biking in national parks. Your decision on where to go will be impacted by geography, season and the type of biking you have in mind. OhRanger.com has a feature that lets you quickly find a nearby park that offers bicycling opportuniites, as well as an array of other fun things to do outdoors.  You'll find the feature on our new home page. Just enter your city/state or zip, how far you're willing to travel and then select "bicycling" from the "Things To Do" menu.  You'll find an array of choices for virtually anywhere in the country.  Once you decide on a location, you can ask more specific questions here, or use the site's contact information to call the park or concessionaire to get information to help plan your trip.   

If you're in New England, Acadia is a great bet for the miles of scenic bike paths that run along the old, crushed rock, carriage roads build by John D. Rockefeller. (Knobby tires are best!) You can also take your road bike out on the park's 27-mile Park Loop Road and, if you're in the mood for a workout, ride up to the top of Cadillac Mountain for a great panoramic view. It's the highest point on the eastern coast of the United States! 

If you're looking for an adventurous mountain bike ride out west, Canyonlands is home to the spectacular 100-mile White Rim Trail and has road bike options as well.  The list of great rides is endless: Shenandoah, Grand Tetons, Rocky Mountain, Glen Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone and many more all have fantastic scenery. Also, you may be interested to learn more about the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), which has been working to enhance mountain biking access in national parks and is a good source of information about mountain biking.  

Please come back and share your experiences by answering questions on OhRanger.com.  Have a fun ride!  

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Yosemite National Park is a very good place to ride your bike most of the year.  It would be a great place to ride your bike if bike lanes were provided on Northside Drive from Yosemite Lodge down to the Pohono Bridge and then back into the valley along Southside Drive.
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I am planing a motorcycle trip to the western us nat parks this May. I will b there for appox30, 45 days Is this a good time of year to ride
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May in the west can be unpredictable. For instance, in Yellowstone, Teton & Glacier there will still be several feet of snow in many areas. It can snow & be below freezing for most of May in the Wyoming-Montana region. So, if you were to start in the Southwest & work your way north, you should have a lovely trip!
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It's always a great time to go tour the national parks on motorcycle, the important questions to address are which parks and what is your starting point. On my first trip from New York City to Yosemite and back, I left in June and was greeted by rainstorms and a wide swing of temperature extremes. On the day I planned to ride into Yellowstone, I had to stop because there was snow on the pass and the road was closed.  I searched almost a dozen stores before finding one that could sell me an extra layer to wear under my protective shell, as they all said it was summer and they no longer sold fleece or other jackets. (I ended up with a compressible, lightweight down jacket, which I had multiple occasions to break out.) As you well know, it gets cold awfully quickly when you consider the wind chill factor, one of the realities of cold weather riding. If you start in a warm climate and take a southern route, you should be just fine. No matter when you ride, be aware of the need to carry extra layers, as it's always best to be prepared. I've made snowballs in the afternoon on the top of a mountain pass after having ridden through the hot desert all morning long, in July! I recommend a good pair of water-proof gloves (or covers) for any extended trip, along with weather-proof, padded riding gear.  If you let everyone in the OhRanger.com community know what parks you're considering and where you'll be starting, perhaps we can make some specific recommendations for places to see. For example, if you were consider to focus on Utah, you could create a great tour by riding the "Grand Circle." The desert parks of Southern California and Nevada are also fantastic in May. 

I look forward to hearing about your adventures and hope that OhRanger.com will help you with your plans. Check out our new feature that allows you to find the activities you like near to any place you choose in America. Safe travels!

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Can we ride bikes in the parks?
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Yes, bike riding is allowed within the park. If you are interested there is also a Badlands bike tour coming up in September. Check it out. Enjoy you trip and be sure to stop back at OhRanger.com and let us know how it went.
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Are concealed weapons with a permit allowed in the smoky mountains
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As of now, firearms are not allowed in national parks.

Although a new law permitting concealed loaded firearms at national parks was passed in May, it will not take effect until February. The Interior Department will continue to enforce current restrictions until then.

Under the current regulation, firearms are generally prohibited in national parks, but citizens may transport unloaded and dismantled or cased firearms and carry firearms while participating in approved hunting programs and under certain other circumstances, according to a Department of Interior spokesperson.

Please remember that firearms regulations may vary by park. Check with the National Park Service or the park you plan to visit before your trip for most up-to-date information.

For more information, see the NPS Great Smoky Laws & Policies website.



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We are going to be camping in Many Glacier & in Lizaard Creek in G. Tetons in a couple of weeks. Where are some really cool places to swim?
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At Glacier National Park, a great place to take a dip (if you can handle the cold) is Iceberg Lake! The trail to the lake leaves from the campground in the Many Glacier section of the park.

For Wyoming and Grand Teton swimming holes, check out our answer to a question asked by another user earlier this summer.

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How many miles around Olympic National Park driving on Rt.101?
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Route 101 circles Olympic National Park for about 200 miles. Enjoy your trip!
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