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Spring is a great season to check out the infamous Grand Canyon. It is both breathtaking and daring. Here are some articles on how to camp and explore this great place.

So you say you've never seen the Grand Canyon

It’s surprising, really, the number of Americans who haven’t visited the Grand Canyon. There are those who have visited all manner of man-made fluffery in France and swear by the all-you-can-consume, all-inclusive resorts of Mexico, … Second, there are gorgeous, shady spots for camping (no hookups at the campgrounds inside the park, but there are places on the way, check here for details. Third, there are many options for getting exercise, including hiking and biking, …

Publish Date: 04/06/2011 17:52

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Hiking the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon National Park offers a variety of choices to experience the inside of the Canyon; guided tours, mule trips, river trips, hiking and camping. If you are interested in backpacking and camping on your own, you must acquire …

Publish Date: 07/14/2009 3:00

http://2backpackers.com/384/adventures/backpacking-the-grand-canyon

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“Who will gainsay that the parks contain the highest potentialities of national pride, national contentment, and national health? A visit inspires love of country; begets contentment; engenders pride of possession; contains the antidote for national restlessness…. He is a better citizen with a keener appreciation of the privilege of living here who has toured the national parks.” -Stephen T. Mather

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In a time when one hears lots of negative news from the country’s health issues to education problems, its refreshing to hear something positive:

“Yellowstone National Park had a record number of visitors in June.

The park had just under 700,000 visitors. That’s up nearly 8 percent from June, 2009, which also was a record.” Read More.

Let’s keep exploring the great outdoors!

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Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park is famous for it’s swimming holes. If you haven’t already experienced what was labeled as one of America’s best swimming holes, take a day to visit the recently reopened park.

Johnson’s ShutIns Makes Top Ten List | directoryofstlouis

Johnson’s ShutIns, a favorite St. Louis summer daytrip destination has made Travel+Leisure’s top ten list of America’s Best Swimming Holes.

Publish Date: 06/28/2010 5:08

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Gov. Nixon announces grand re-opening of Johnson’s ShutIns State

“Missouri is home to a world-class parks system, and Johnson’s ShutIns is certainly one of our crown jewels,” Gov. Nixon said. “I’m thrilled that the rebuilding process is coming to an end, and I look forward to joining Missouri …

Publish Date: 04/15/2010 11:45

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Johnson ShutIns

Johnson Shut Ins State Park is just a short drive from our house. We met Scott’s parents there for a three day camping trip in the BRAND NEW campground (the first week it was open!). The Shut Ins are a natural wonder–a geological …

Publish Date: 06/20/2010 20:08

http://bluebottledesigns.blogspot.com/2010/06/johnson-shut-ins.html

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Summer is the perfect time for hiking and swimming. Why not combine the two and visit Havasu Falls? Located in the Grand Canyon, it is the perfect combination of a hike and swim. Here is some information on Havasu Falls.

Hiking to Havasu Falls – Havasupai Indian Reservation | City-Guide.cc

Havasu Falls is located 1 ½ miles from Supai. Havasupai is arguably the most famous and most visited of all the falls, and is considered one of the most photographed waterfalls in the world. The falls consist of one main chute that …

Publish Date: 06/09/2010 23:18

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Top 9 Most Beautiful Waterfalls in the World

Havasu Falls is the second waterfall in the canyon. And It can be accessed from a trail on the right side (left side when heading upstream) of the main trail. The side trail leads across a small plateau and drops into the main pool. …

Publish Date: 06/25/2010 12:45

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Havasu Falls are a series of waterfalls located on the Havasupai Indian Reservation, and for which trip it is advisable to devote two days. The Arizona Territory has historically been inhabited by the Havasupai Indians, who have lived …

Publish Date: 03/07/2010 8:00

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Grant enables group to buy 279 acres near French Creek.

Publish Date: 06/02/2010 22:00

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Schafer State Park on historic register – South Sound – The

Schafer State Park is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Publish Date: 06/03/2010 0:05

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New York State Park Police Announce Major Initiative to Combat

The New York State Park Police in cooperation with the New York State Police, the Department of Motor Vehicles Division of Field Investigations (DFI), the Department of Transportation, the Saratoga County District Attorney and the City …

Publish Date: 06/02/2010 9:17

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A national treasure and threatened by global warming, Glacier National Park is still worth a visit. Here is some relevant news.

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Travelling around the world: Glacier National Park – The Ideal

The Glacier National owes its existence to the persistent efforts of George Bird Grinnell, co-founder of the Audubon Society and 19-century magazine publisher. He lobbied hard for a park to be developed in the St. Mary’s region of …

Publish Date: 05/27/2010 8:29

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At 100 Years Old, Glacier National Park Is Preserved, But Ever

“Had Congress not established the national park system, places like Glacier would have been sold to the highest bidder,” Bohlinger said, noting the area’s designation as a Forest Reserve 10 years before it became the 10th national park, …

Publish Date: 05/17/2010 6:42

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Things To Do In Glacier National Park Things To Do In Glacier

In 1932, Glacier National Park in Montana and Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta were formally joined to form Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, the worlds first. A Rotary International initiative, the designation …

Publish Date: 05/26/2010 3:05

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Here is an article on choosing a backpacking stove. It concentrates on different models according to the fuel that they burn. For instance, some burn white gas and others burn propane.

Carrying and using a backpacking stove in the wilderness is an environmentally wise choice. It is also much more convenient than having to search for wood to burn and lighting a fire after a long and tiring hike. Besides, to reduce the risk of forest fires, the United States and Canada have restricted the use of campfires in much of the backcountry.

Here’s the rest of the Stove Review Article.

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September 7 is only 13 days away. So, what’s so significant about September 7? Well, it’s Labor Day.

So what? Labor Day comes every year.

You see, this year it’s different. Labor Day, 2009, is the date shortly after which the state of California proposes to close about 100 of its state parks.

Many interest groups and philanthropic agencies are trying to raise the money to keep these parks open.

If you live in California, write your state legislative representative, and tell him or her that the state parks are vital to our well-being and must not be closed.

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Do you hike or camp with your kids? They need quality equipment also. Don’t skimp. Keep them safe and warm.

Here are some considerations for choosing a sleeping bag that will do just that.

1. Think about your child’s warmth and comfort while he or she is sleeping outdoors or in a tent.

2. Make sure you choose a high-quality bag that will perform in unpredictable outdoor weather.

3. Choose a bag, for quality and size, that will last several years until the child grows out of it.

4. If your kid will be carrying his or her bag in a backpack, consider carefully the weight. Sleeping bags typically make up a good deal of the weight carried on one’s back.

5. Consider a bag that has a draft collar and a hood to keep the little body warmer and prevent air from entering the bag.

6. Consider buying a bag that has a draft tube protecting the zipper from invading cold air.

7. Look for a sleeping bag that has no cords that your kid can get tangled up in while sleeping.

Camping and hiking with kids can be very rewarding. Providing good sleeping bags and other quality equipment is important to make the experience pleasurable and safe.

 

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