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Come celebrate National Park Week!! Check out the amazing opportunities through April 24, 2011.

National Park Week | Cold Splinters

Yes, it started on Friday, April 16th, but it goes until April 24th, so don’t miss your chance to get out to your favorite national park this week FOR FREE.

Publish Date: 04/18/2011 7:36

http://www.coldsplinters.com/2011/04/national-park-week-2/

Celebrate National Park Week April 16-24 | Gear Diary

This just in from the National Park Foundation: Top 10 ways to celebrate National Park Week 2011. Our national parks are our treasures and should not be missed. The handful I have visited over the years (some repeatedly) cannot be …

Publish Date: 04/18/2011 9:45

http://www.geardiary.com/2011/04/18/celebrate-national-park-week-april-16-24/

National Park Week 2011

National Park Week, April 16-24, 2011, is an annual week for celebration and recognition of our National Parks. First proclaimed in 1991 by President George.

Publish Date: 04/10/2011 3:01

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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

http://gca-blog.blogspot.com/2011/04/so-you-say-youve-never-seen-grand.html

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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Wilson's Creek National Battlefield - Pic 2

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Experience Wilson Creek National Battlefield as never before. On September 18, join others for a Moonlight Tour highlighting events surrounding the Battle of Wilson’s Creek. Make sure to buy your ticket, $5/person, early as this is a huge event that sells out early. Visit here for more information on this amazing opportunity.

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Dune Climb in the Winter, Sleeping Bear Dunes ...
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“Fierce winter storms and shifting shoals gave birth to the “Graveyard of the Atlantic,” where thousands of ships have foundered since record-keeping began in the 16th century.

Driven aground by hurricane-force winds and towering seas, the passengers and crews on these ships often had no recourse but to hope for someone to come to their aid. And come they did. Beginning late in the 18th century rescuers began patrolling the East Coast in search of such wrecks.

A measure of organization came to the live-saving crews in 1785 when a British doctor who had moved to Boston, Massachusetts, was able to form the Massachusetts Humane Society. Not to be confused with an animal rights group, the society was modeled after the British Royal Humane Society, a life-saving service.” Read more.

Learn more about the U.S. Life-saving Service on October 9 at Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes National Lakeshore. Here is their website. Enjoy!

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Harpers Ferry and water gap from Jefferson Rock

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Take some time and head over to Harpers Ferry and take a summer tour which runs through October. There are many to choose from. Check out this website for more information on the tours.

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“How do you make a fee-free day to a national park even better? By allowing visitors to not only volunteer, but also earn another fee-free coupon. If you think this sounds like a great idea, then come out to volunteer on September 25, National Public Lands Day!

National Public Lands Day is a fee-free day at national parks, allowing visitors to explore the parks, take advantage of recreational activities, and learn about the cultural and natural history of America at no or little cost. Additionally, visitors can also take part in providing essential volunteer services to maintain and improve these cherished lands.

National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest one-day volunteer event for public lands. Around the country, more than 170,000 people are expected to volunteer to build trails, clear trash, plant trees, and restore historic sites. By utilizing the fee-free day, visitors can begin their day by volunteering with a park ranger or other lands manager and then spend the afternoon enjoying the wonders of their public lands.” Read more.

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Sunset at the farm at Capitol Reef
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A truly unique experience at a National Park is… picking fruit? Yes, you can pick fruit at Capitol Reef National Park. Read these two articles on detailed information on how to pick your own fruit here. P.S. It is peach season and up next is pears.

Plan To Visit Capitol Reef National Park During Harvesttime

Those are some of the tasty treasures that await you at Capitol Reef National Park, and they’re yours for the pickin’. There also are some almond and walnut trees in historic Fruita, a settlement dating to 1880 when Mormon missionaries …

Publish Date: 04/16/2010 0:02

http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2010/04/plan-visit-capitol-reef-national-park-during-harvesttime5647

Pick Peaches in Capitol Reef National Park | Bryce Canyon | NileGuide

Fruit harvest is in full swing at Capitol Reef National Park. Home of the Park system’s oldest and largest fruit orchards, the delicious crops are available to the public for picking throughout the season. What’s in season right now? …

Publish Date: 08/23/2010 18:28

http://www.nileguide.com/destination/blog/bryce-canyon-national-park/2010/08/24/pick-peaches-in-capitol-reef-national-park/

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Mammoth Lakes is known for its great winter sports but come summer don’t expect all the festivities to end. There are plenty of things to do here during the summer ranging from hiking to mountain biking. They have an array of mountain biking trails including some recently opened trails. So check out these articles and have a great time!

Mammoth Mountain Bike Park – An Overview of Summer Mountain Biking

What is the Mammoth Mountain bike park? Find out the details, how to get the best deal, and come explore one of the best places in the US to develop and challenge your mountain biking skills!

Publish Date: 07/06/2010 21:53

http://www.skianything.com/2010/07/mammoth-mountain-bike-park-an-overview-of-summer-mountain-biking-at-mammoth-mountain/

Mammoth Lakes Mountain Biking – June 20, 2010 – Amazing Sights

Mammoth Lakes is a fantastic place for a bike ride in the spring & summer! View pictures and see what it is like to ride the trails in Mammoth Lakes!

Publish Date: 06/20/2010 13:16

http://www.skianything.com/2010/06/mammoth-lakes-mountain-biking-%E2%80%93-june-20-2010-%E2%80%93-amazing-sights-beautiful-weather/

Mammoth Mountain & Mountain Lakes Biking At the Mammoth Bike Park

The Mammoth Mountain bike park at Mammoth Mountain in Mammoth Lakes is starting to open up more trails now that the slopes are closed for summer skiing. As of yesterday, July 5th, Mammoth Mountain bid farewell to the ski season, …

Publish Date: 07/06/2010 16:46

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Mammoth Lakes Biking At the Mammoth Mountain Bike Park – Awesome

Enjoy scenic views and an awesome adrenaline rush at the Mammoth Mountain bike park all summer! View photos and read the trail report for the Mammoth Mountain bike park now!

Publish Date: 07/06/2010 22:10

http://www.skianything.com/2010/07/mammoth-lakes-biking-at-the-mamoth-mountain-bike-park-awesome-ride-on-july-7-2010/

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Devil's Postpile National Monument, Reds Meado...
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If you happen to be in the Mammoth area, try a hike to Devils Postpile. The hike to this great columnar basalt formation is great for families and if you keep going, you’ll hit Rainbow Falls. Here are some articles on visiting Devils Postpile.

Hiking the Devil’s Postpile | Modern Hiker

An under 6-mile trail in Devil’s Postpile National Monument. This is spectacular Sierra scenery all around, with the Wild and Scenic San Joaquin River, several waterfalls, and the Postpile itself – an exquisite example of columnnar …

Publish Date: 06/08/2010 10:43

http://www.modernhiker.com/2010/06/08/hiking-the-devils-postpile/

Devils Postpile National Monument (California)

Established in 1911 by presidential proclamation, Devils Postpile National Monument protects and preserves the Devils Postpile formation, the 101-foot Rainbow Falls, and the pristine mountain scenery. The Devils Postpile formation is a …

Publish Date: 07/06/2010 9:09

http://newmexiken.com/2010/07/devils-postpile-national-monument-california/

The Devil Postpile National Monument (1952) by Richard J

Devils Postpile National Monument geology, map, and administration. Written by Richard J. Hartesveldt, 1952.

Publish Date: 05/06/2007 21:48

http://www.yosemite.ca.us/library/devil_postpile/

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Bristlecone pine in Great Basin National Park

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One of my favorite places to visit is Bristlecone Pine Forest. Hiking through the oldest living beings, you get a sense of wonder and awe as to how these trees manage to live in conditions that seem to defy life. Unfortunately, a few trees were burned during a fire a few years ago, which goes to show that even these ancient trees are not immortal.  So if you have a chance, take a day to explore Bristlecone Pine Forest for yourself and get a look at the oldest living tree, Methuselah.

The Bristelcone Pine Forests In Big Pine California – Absolutely

The Bristlecone Pine Forest in Big Pine, California is one of the most amazing sights you will ever see. When you visit you’ll be in the presence of what are likely to be the oldest living things on earth. While they are not anywhere …

Publish Date: 07/22/2010 14:42

http://www.skianything.com/2010/07/the-bristelcone-pine-forests-in-big-pine-california-absolutely-stunning-sights/

Olive Ike King: Methuselah Trail, Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

Turn left on the White Mountain Road, which is clearly signed to the Bristlecone Pine Forest. Follow this paved road 10 miles until you find the turn off and parking lot to the Schulman Grove Visitor Center. Park here. …

Publish Date: 06/15/2010 13:42

http://www.oliveikeking.com/2010/06/methuselah-trail-ancient-bristlecone.html

California Destination Guide: Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center Drive up to the 10000 foot level of the white mountains of in east central California and you will find the earth’s oldest living inhabitant “Methuselah”, at 4767 year old Bristlecone Pine. …

Publish Date: 02/22/2008 6:35

http://californiadaytrips.blogspot.com/2008/02/ancient-bristlecone-pine-forest.html

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