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Historic Bouldering at Horsetooth Reservior

A northward view over Horsetooth Reservoir, CO. Photograph by Kacey HerlihyPerched in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Horsetooth Reservoir overlooks the Colorado town of Fort Collins, about an hour north of Denver. The reservoir, approximately 6.5 miles in length and a half-mile in width, was constructed in 1949 as part of the Colorado-Big Thompson Project.

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Can you rent kayaks at mt. rainier national pak
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Yes, you can rent kayaks to use at Mt. Rainier National Park. A nearby kayak rental shop is Cascade Canoe and Kayak Center. The address is 1060 Nishiwaki Lane Renton, Washington 98057. The link below shows the prices for rentals.

http://www.canoe-kayak.com/rentals

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Explore the Wonders of Joshua Tree

March 14, 2012, 1:17 pm
By: Heather Crowley Take the 10 out east of Los Angeles and trek out to the desert, home to Joshua Tree National Park. Last year, the park celebrated its 75th anniversary and it is still going strong. Driving through Morongo Valley and Yucca Valley, you will start to spot a ...

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I am quite interested in becoming a Park Ranger and was wondering what the marketability and annual pay of a Park Ranger is like.
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We often get questions about what it takes to become a National Park Ranger. Here are some tips from our partners at the Association of National Park Rangers. We hope you find them 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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Oh, Ranger! Guide to Great Outdoor Adventures

September 2, 2011, 7:57 am
American Park Network has partnered with Mountain Gear to bring you this Oh, Ranger! Trails Less Traveled guide, highlighting some great areas for you to participate in several outdoor activities, including hiking, camping, rock climbing and more. The United States has an incredible variety of natural habitats. Every year, breathtaking ...

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john crew...
Grand father mountain North Carolina. which trails use ladders and cabels
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The Grandfather Trail and the Daniel Boone Scout Trail at Grandfather Mountain State Park in North Carolina have ladders and cables. The Underwood Trail has one ladder. A full list of trails is available here.

More information about Walking and Hiking at Grandfather Mountain is available here.

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Where can you kayak in alligator river < where can we rent a Kayak at Alligator River? is there a good place to snorkel at cape Hatteras
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There is a boat launch is at the head of the Sandy Ridge Wildlife trail the launch is a small dirt ramp located near the bridge. More info here.

Check in at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore for the best places to snorkel. Call (252) 473-2111

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Dear Ranger Hello we are planning to visit Shenandoah National park October 10 - 15. We want to camp. Will a camp site hold two tents? We plan to climb Old rag, hike White oak canyon, Stony man trail . Last year I believe we camped at Big Mead
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Yes, it can hold two tents, as long as they're both not huge! There are four campgrounds in Shenandoah National Park: Mathews Arm (mile 22.1), Big Meadows (mile 51.2), Lewis Mountain (mile 57.5) and Loft Mountain (mile 79.5)

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