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Top 10 Winter Activities in our National Parks

February 9, 2010, 12:06 pm
While the spring and summer are both great times to visit your favorite national park, why not try taking advantage of all of the winter activities the park has to offer? The crowds are gone and the lots are empty, and you’ll find the perfect spot for peace, quiet ...

Don't forget Badger Pass

December 15, 2009, 7:57 am
As you begin making plans to get up into the Sierra this winter, don't forget about Badger Pass, the small but stellar ski area in Yosemite National Park. They've gotten a decent dump, according to reports from the park, and plan to open for the season this Friday, Dec. 18. I ...


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Interpretive Specialist for the Sierra District of California State Parks based year round in the Lake Tahoe basin. Have worked in the Sierra Parks in collection management and interpretation since 1988. November of 2009 awarded National Association for Interpretation Master Front Line Interpreter Award.
Utah State Parks Offer Snow, Sand and Sun

December 9, 2009, 9:14 am
Utah's 2009-2010 winter sports season is underway and all indicators suggest it will be a good one. Many of our ski resorts were able to open ahead of schedule. A big storm is working its way across Utah right now, dumping heavy snow at our resorts. Skiing conditions are great, ...

Yosemite National Park Announces Badger Pass Ski Shuttle from Oakhurst

December 8, 2009, 7:36 am
A new shuttle bus service for skiers between the Sierra foothills town of Oakhurst and the Badger Pass Ski Area in Yosemite National Park is scheduled to begin along highway 41 on Saturday, December 19. Residents and visitors to the Oakhurst area will be able to board the weekend ...

Wyoming's Sleeping Giant Set To Re-open Nov. 27

November 23, 2009, 11:09 am
Local Cody, Wyoming, skiers and riders are once again eager for slopes to open. Small ski areas in Wyoming have been closing down in recent years, but Sleeping Giant outside Cody is re-opening this winter - its first season since its closure five years ago. The nonprofit Yellowstone Recreations Foundation negotiated with the Forest ...

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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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Winter schedule set for Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park

November 6, 2009, 7:22 am
Hurricane Ridge, high in the mountains above Port Angeles, Wash., will be open Friday through Sunday this winter, plus school holidays, for winter recreation.Here are the details about the Hurricane Ridge winter season.Hurricane Ridge RoadBarring heavy snows or winter storms, the Hurricane Ridge Road is scheduledto be open 9 a.m. to ...

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