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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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Balcony House

A post-sunset photograph as the last light reflects on Balcony House in Mesa Verde National Park. This is one of the amazing cliff dwellings of the ancestral Puebloan people in the SW corner of Colorado. The circular hole in front is a ceremonial Kiva pit. It was a fun tour requiring some climbing and narrow tunnels.

The fall color was mostly over, so I decided that I had time to visit this park…sure glad I did!

Author:Judd Patterson

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South Valley Park – Coyote Song Trail – Littleton, Colorado

South Valley Park offers several trail routes and is perfect for an early morning or sunset hike. Red Rock juts from the earth creating unusual form ations. A perfect place to wind down a day with your family and an excellent and easy hike if you hav…

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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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Sunset at Appalachian Trail

If the boy and girl walk off into the sunset hand-in-hand in the last scene, it adds 10 million to the box office.
"George Lucas"

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mountain bike in downhill race in forest ski trail
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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

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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

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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

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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

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8 Trails with Views of Mount Saint Helens

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Mesa Verde National Park Cliff Palace 2 2006 09 12

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Mesa Verde National Park is unique in that it is not one to conserve nature but rather human work and it was the first national park that preserved the works of humans. This awe-inspiring national park is not one to be missed. Take a trip and discover some of the culture told in these cliff dwellings.

Traveler’s Checklist: Mesa Verde National Park | National Parks

Situated on the Colorado Plateau in southwestern Colorado, Mesa Verde offers a wonderful opportunity to experience a unique cultural and physical landscape. Mesa Verde National Park, which was established in 1906 as the first national …

Publish Date: 05/17/2010 1:55

http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2010/05/travelers-checklist-mesa-verde-national-park5845

Mesa Verde National Park – New 2010 Visitor Experiences<br>in Mesa

Mesa Verde National Park joins with its partner, the nonprofit Mesa Verde Institute to provide visitors with new opportunities and experiences in the park this season. These three new hikes include a day-long hike to Spring House, …

Publish Date: 04/23/2010 15:41

http://www.nps.gov/meve/parknews/10_02_veops_2010.htm

Mesa Verde National Park – UNESCO World Heritage Centre

Some 600 ‘cliff dwellings’ have been recorded within Mesa Verde National Park, including the famous multi-storey ones such as Cliff Palace, Balcony House, and Square Tower House, built of sandstone and mud mortar, and an additional 4100 …

Publish Date: 04/23/2009 9:44

http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/27

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