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kyguy01
When was the most active sink-hole forming period in the Mammouth Cave area.
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samwalsh
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As you approach the vincinity of Mammoth Cave, several clues suggest the existence of caves. Road cuts along highways have vertical exposures of layered grayish rock, often broken into irregular blocks at the top where erosion has widened vertical cracks across layers. Between the layers you may see the tiny openings in the limestone that are the first stage in the formation of a cave.

The landscape along the highway also has special characteristics. You will not see surface streams. Instead, you will see myriads of crater-like depressions called "sinkholes." These sinkholes are places where run-off may quickly enter the limestone aquifer. Cave drains carry the dissolved limestone away, and the surface soil settles, creating the bowl-shaped depression. If the sinkholes drains become plugged with soil, then the water cannot drain underground and a pond forms. Occasionally the drain becomes unplugged and a pond as large as several acres will disappear overnight.

This kind of landscape is calledkarst topography. It is found along and to the southeast of Interstate 65 near Mammoth Cave National Park and referred to as the Sinkhole plain. At its southeast edge, surface streams sink underground joining the drainage of thousands of sinkholes. Continuing northwest they become the underground rivers of Mammoth Cave.

Driving northwest from Cave City or Park City, you start to climb a line of bluffs rising some 300 feet above the sinkhole plain. These bluffs are the Chester Escarpment—the border between the unprotected limestone of the Sinkhole Plain and the Mammoth Cave Plateau.


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carolyn s...
Visiting the park May 7-9, Drive from SLC, want to make most of trip, but know some roads are closed. also would like to see Cody, WY
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ynphiker
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Early May can be a iffy time for roads. According to the NPS site, "weather permitting" roads from Canyon Village to Fishing Bridge and out the East Entrance should be open to vehicles. The West Entrance should also be open at that time since it's slated to re-open around April 15th. The South Entrance doesn't open until May 13th. Also, Dunraven Pass, the road that links Tower Junction with Canyon Village doesn't open up until later in the season. Great places to hit up in the park include:

  • Old Faithful
  • Norris Geyser Basin
  • Elk Park
  • Mammoth Hot Springs
  • Gardiner, MT (North Entrance Town)
  • Fossil Tree
  • Lamar Valley
  • Cooke City, MT (Just outside the NE Entrance. Some great food!
  • Upper and Lower Falls
  • Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
  • Hayden Valley
  • Yellowstone Lake
  • and Cody, WY

If you were coming later in the season, I'd suggest Dunraven Pass (in the park) or the Beartooth Highway (just NE of the park, starting past Cooke City). Some excellent views on both of them. 

I hope this helps!

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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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Ask_Larso...
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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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Grand Canyon's Human History

November 7, 2010, 5:35 pm
Although John Wesley Powell first gave the Grand Canyon its name, Grand Canyon National Park has actually been inhabited for over 4,000 years! One of the best ways to explore the park is through the eyes of those who first called it home. Ancient Roots The first known occupants of Grand ...

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mizzo2u
What info can you give me about the remains of a cabin/structure near the inlet stream on Trout Lake, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone NP?
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NmKDesign...
Are there any caves open to the public near Kalispell Montana?
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samwalsh
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I have been unable to locate any caves that are open to the public near Kalispell.  There are a couple of caves in Glacier, but they are not open to the public.  They're in remote places and  one has an endangered bat living in it, which is why they keep it closed.  

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Bridget Explores Wupatki National Monument

Bridget visits Wupatki National Monument near the Grand Canyon and explores the ruins.

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CGPalmer
Is it legal to hike up Havasu Canyon from Supai?
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jagibbons
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To hike in Havasu, you must have reservations with the Havasupai Tribe.

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CGPalmer
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I know one needs a reservation to hike, I am asking about hiking upstream from Supai to upper Havasu and Cataract canyon? The main trail in comes from Haulipai Hilltop, meeting Havasu Canyon just near Supai the Indian Village.

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Supai village, located within Havasu Canyon, a large tributary on the south side of the Colorado River, is not accessible by road. The Havasupai Tribe administers the land, which lies outside the boundary and jurisdiction of Grand Canyon National Park.

The trail to Supai begins at Hualapai Hilltop, 191 miles/308 km from Grand Canyon Village or 66 miles/106 km from Peach Springs, Arizona. Peach Springs has the nearest services – gas, food, and water. No services are available at Hualapai Hilltop.

More information Supai and Havasu Canyon is available on nps.gov.

 
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CGPalmer
Now I am wondering if anyone has ever hiked all the way down Cataract Creek from source to the Colorado or at least the Havasu Canyon?
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larry miz...
What is best drive to approach Mt Rushmore, offering distant view of the monument, departing from the town of Hot Springs, SD?
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Ask_Larso...
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You must absolutely follow highway 87 (Needles Highway) to Mt. Rushmore.  Out of Hot Springs, drive about 11.5 miles North on 385 , until you get to 87 North.  It will be easy to follow from here to Rushmore.

This road is one of my favorites that I have driven in South Dakota.  It winds through the mountains on narrow roads, but driving slowly and stopping often, you will be able to stop at multiple lookouts and see the monument from afar.  There are also tunnels through sheer rock faces, and all together a fantastic drive!

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