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  • 12 Facts About Great Basin National Park | National Park Foundation
    glacier a large mass of boulders cemented together by ice is visible from the Glacier Trail and the Summit Trail A single remnant of the true ice glaciers that formed the park 10 000 years ago resides in Lehman Cirque just above the Lehman rock glacier 4 Low humidity and minimal light pollution give Great Basin National Park some of the darkest night skies in the United States making it an amazing place for stargazing The annual Great Basin Astronomy Festival held over several days and nights in September includes stargazing presentations night sky photography workshops and telescope observing each night 5 Great Basin National Park has been inhabited for a very long time from the fur trappers of the 19th century all the way back to the group that archeologists call the Paleo Indians who inhabited the area more than 12 000 years ago 6 The Bonneville cutthroat trout is the only trout species native to Great Basin National Park although others including the brook brown and rainbow trout have been introduced in some areas The Bonneville cutthroat trout is found only in the Great Basin region where it lives in cold high elevation streams 7 The park s famous Lehman Caves began forming around 550 million years ago At that time the landscape was covered by a warm shallow ocean and the limestone that makes up a large part of that landscape was formed by the shells of dead sea creatures accumulating on the ocean floor 8 The Lehman Caves were discovered by a miner and rancher from Ohio named Absalom Lehman who settled in the area in the 1860s He likely discovered the caves about 15 years later and was known to bring stalactites as gifts to his family back east 9 At least 10 species of bats call Great Basin home including Townshend s big eared bat This species has a wingspan of about 11 inches and is easily identified by its extremely long flexible ears All of the bat species here feed on insects 10 The premier driving route through Great Basin National Park is known as Scenic Drive and it s a fitting name Starting in the town of Baker Nevada Scenic Drive ascends 4 000 feet and passes through ecosystems so diverse that the terrain variation during the 12 mile trip is the equivalent of a Nevada to Yukon road trip 11 The sagebrush grasslands you pass through on your way up Scenic Drive offer some of the best bird watching opportunities in the region Pick up a checklist as you enter the park and see which of the 136 known native bird species you can spot 12 The Fremont People inhabited the area that now makes up Great Basin National Park from about 1000 to 1300 A D They left behind rock art and paintings that you can view to this day in Upper Pictograph Cave A Fremont village has been excavated and can be seen at Baker Archaeological Site A visit

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  • Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks | National Park Foundation
    volume standing tall at 52 508 cubic feet with a ground circumference of 102 6 feet Accessible via Wolverton Road off the Generals Highway it s about a ½ mile stroll to the tree The General Grant Tree Trail will lead you to the second largest Giant Sequoia and the centerpiece of Grant Grove President Calvin Coolidge designated the tree as the Nation s Christmas Tree in 1926 not to be confused with the National Christmas Tree which resides on the opposite coast at President s Park Crescent Meadow To experience the beauty of Crescent Meadow you ll start the leisurely 2 hour 1 8 mile walk at the Crescent Meadow loop As you make your way along the trail you ll experience what John Muir called the gem of the Sierra Nevada This loop will give you the opportunity to experience the Sierra pine woodlands the Giant Forest Tharp s log and a sea of feathery ferns As an added bonus if you happen to be visiting during the summer the loop rewards visitors with a glorious display of wildflowers Moro Rock For the adventurous souls Moro Rock offers challenging and exhilarating climbing opportunities but for the rest of us we can experience the magnificent views of the Great Western Divide by ascending the 400 step staircase to the summit Begin at the Moro Rock Parking lot and prepare for a 40 minute 6 mile round trip trek to reap your reward Crystal Cave Explore Sequoia s underground world as you journey through the magnificent chambers and remarkable formations of Crystal Cave Tours are offered from May to November by the Sequoia Natural History Association and vary in duration from 50 minutes to six hours and cost You ll need to get your ticket before heading to the cave so be sure to stop at the Foothills Visitor Center one mile north of the Ash Mountain Entrance on the Generals Highway or the Lodgepole Visitor Center 21 miles on the Generals Highway from the Ash Mountain Entrance Mount Whitney If you want to gaze upon the tallest mountain in the lower 48 you have an easy option and a challenging option The easier option allows you to see Mt Whitney by driving to the Interagency Visitor Center on Highway 395 The challenging option allows you to see the Sierra Nevada from the summit of the mountain and involves a 10 7 mile hike from Whitney Portal There are other trails to the mountain s peak but they require longer excursions be sure to do your research to find a suitable option for your physical abilities Summiting this popular trail necessitates a backcountry permit technical climbing gear a must have depending on the time of year and is sometimes accompanied by a spell of altitude sickness Falls Depending on how much time you have to explore the parks offer up several beautiful if not downright impressive waterfalls for park visitors to enjoy in Kings Canyon Just off of Highway 180

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  • Long Weekend: Seattle and Olympic National Park | National Park Foundation
    and driving about 3 5 hours to spend your first day at Hurricane Ridge just outside Port Angeles WA Hurricane Ridge features several hiking trails just off of the visitor center parking lot that give you breathtaking views of the snow covered Olympic mountains with 7 980 foot Mount Olympus off in the distance If you re feeling adventurous the short but steep High Ridge Trail takes you along a mountain ridge to a gorgeous overlook called Sunrise Point On a clear day you can see across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Canada The Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center has interpretive exhibits and a regular schedule of ranger programs as well as a snack bar for a quick meal and a great gift shop with souvenirs perfect for the entire family You can spend the night at any of the hotels motels or B Bs in Port Angeles and enjoy dinner in a beautiful setting near the water There are several cute restaurants and shops to check out in the early evening but be sure to check their hours before you go as many places close pretty early This is the perfect opportunity to try some salmon Day 3 Lake Crescent the Hoh River Trail and Ruby Beach Be up early on your second day as there are a lot of miles to cover but you will see some beautiful places along the way Leave Port Angeles via US 101W for a roughly 30 minute drive to Lake Crescent Drive along this glacial lake until you reach Lake Crescent Road where you can find the Storm King Ranger Station and a small parking area with bathrooms and access to a few trails Here you can walk through the woods along the lakeshore and admire the stunningly blue clear water And if you have time be sure to stop in at the Lake Crescent Lodge for a late breakfast Next you will make your way through the city of Forks watch out for vampires to the Hoh Rainforest Enjoy the rare beauty of this temperate rainforest by exploring the Hall of Mosses trail a 8 mile loop that brings you deep into the heart of the lush green forest For a more significant hike you can explore the Hoh River Trail which has several options including a 17 4 mile journey to Glacier Meadows with great views of Mount Olympus Note that there is no food available for purchase in this part of the park so when you pass the Hard Rain Café with its sign that says it s the last food available before the park pay attention This is a quirky fun stop with great burgers and souvenirs Finally for your last stop of the day head back out to US101 W for about another hour to find Olympic s rugged and beautiful Pacific beaches The 65 miles of natural coastline in Olympic National Park ranging from the iconic Ruby Beach with its rocky coast and tide pools

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  • 9 Reasons to Visit Guadalupe Mountains National Park | National Park Foundation
    80 miles of interconnected trails allow you to set your own course Camping In addition to 10 primitive backcountry campsites for backpackers Guadalupe Mountains National Park offers family campsites for tents and RVs at Dog Canyon and Pine Springs Both campgrounds have picnic tables restroom facilities and drinking water in a sheltered setting alongside the Guadalupe Mountains Take heed that hookups are not available Horseback riding There s nothing in the world to make you feel more like a pioneer than riding a horse through the canyons and mountains of West Texas Horses are not available to rent in the park but visitors who bring their own have many miles of equestrian trails to explore Corrals and horse camping are also available Birding and wildlife photography Each of the park s distinct ecosystems from riparian forest to desert grassland hosts a unique bird population including migratory species and year round residents Photographers looking to capture the famous roadrunner or the calliope hummingbird may have to act fast but there are few places where you ll get better shots Stargazing Bring your telescope One of the most surprising aspects of wilderness camping is the night sky Guadalupe National Park has less light pollution than almost anywhere in the country and more than 11 000 stars of the Milky Way are visible from the dark desert floor PLACES TO GO Frijole Ranch One of the best starting points in the park for bird watchers the Frijole Ranch also marks the beginning of the Smith Trail and includes a museum that details the history of Guadalupe Mountains from the days of Native Americans and early ranchers to the present McKittrick Canyon The winding streams rich forest and rare plant and animal life tucked between the 2 000 foot limestone walls of McKittrick Canyon are worth a look at any time of year but striking fall foliage makes autumn a particularly scenic time to visit Salt Basin Dunes The 2 000 arid acres of shifting desert sands that make up the Salt Basin Dunes represent the most desolate landscape in Guadalupe National Park but there s no denying their beauty The Salt Basin Dunes are also a popular area for hiking but be sure to talk to a park ranger about safety precautions before you stroll off into the dunes Guadalupe Peak Standing 8 751 feet above sea level and more than 3 000 feet above the desert floor Guadalupe Peak is the highest point in Texas For some the mountain appears striking enough when viewed from afar For others the best view is from the top and it s a challenging 8 5 mile out and back hike to the summit From camping out under the stars and climbing rugged mountains to horseback riding in the footsteps of Texas early settlers Guadalupe Mountains National Park is one of the most exciting outdoor destinations in the Southwest Photo credits Heather Weinberg Diana Philpot via Share the Experience Sand Basin Dunes by NPS Buehler Support

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  • Best backcountry camping sites & backcountry camping gear guide | National Park Foundation
    battery operated phone charger Before you leave the trailhead make sure somebody back in civilization knows where you re headed and how long you ll be gone Packing your pack Bring everything you need and nothing you don t With the lightweight packs available nowadays you can usually squeeze all essential backcountry camping gear into a pack weighing 40 pounds or less Put the heaviest items in the center for balance and add lightweight items around them Place items you need to access frequently like food water and maps where you can get at them easily Clothing Layering is key as weather can change quickly and dramatically depending on your location and the time of year Consider packing the following Good hiking boots Synthetic hiking pants or shorts Long underwear Synthetic shirt Fleece or hoodie Light jacket Waterproof jacket and pants 1 pair of socks 2 days Beanie and light gloves Sandals that strap to your feet Shelter Sleeping bag down or synthetic Inflatable or closed cell foam pad 3 season tent Essentials First aid kit Headlamp Matches or lighter Duct tape and or repair kit Pocket knife Environmentally friendly toiletries Eating right How much food you bring depends on the length of your trip and how many people are going One hiker on an overnight excursion can probably get by on pre prepared food alone provided it s calorie dense and high in protein Granola bars trail mix beef jerky a few pieces of fruit and a chocolate bar or two are good things to bring for a short trip A large group on a weeklong trek is probably going to need to do some cooking and possibly prepare a menu in advance Dehydrated food will save a lot of space and weight In addition to the food itself you should bring Lightweight backpacking stove and fuel Compact pot set and utensils One cup bowl and spork for each person Sponge and soap Don t forget water Carry a minimum of 32 ounces of water with you at all times and keep a filter or other system handy so that you can purify water from springs and streams Testing your skills Get ready for your adventure by doing the following Condition your body and take a few hikes on local trails Set up your tent in the backyard Light your stove Practice using the water pump Break in those new hiking shoes by going on preparatory hikes Brush up on backcountry etiquette Learn how to dig a cathole You ll be glad you did later on Choosing your destination One of the best backcountry camping hiking trails in the nation might be right in your backyard National parks offer access to thousands of great trails and any of these would make a great backcountry trip for a beginner Hoh River Trail Olympic National Park Washington 17 5 miles Elam Loop Redwood National Park California 20 miles Big Meadows Rose River Loop Shenandoah National Park Virginia 14 miles North Country

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  • Happy Trails: Grand Canyon Rim-To-Rim Hike | National Park Foundation
    America Phantom Ranch where a cold beverage warm meal booked in advance and a cozy bed await Soak it all in because the real adventure still lies ahead Climbing out of the canyon along the Bright Angel Trail considered to be the park s premiere trail may be rewarding but it s no easy feat However ample shade seasonal water sources and views framed by massive cliffs make it a more pleasant even enjoyable experience for most hikers Many many switchbacks later when the journey is over you ll stand along the top of the South Rim knowing that you ve seen the Grand Canyon in all of its glory Work For It Everyone from small children to the elderly have successfully hiked into the Grand Canyon but even the most avid hikers and physically fit people need to take training seriously To put it into perspective many people compare the Grand Canyon s rim to rim hike with climbing Mt Whitney in California the Lower 48 s highest peak which is a 21 6 mile 6 000 foot undertaking In preparation for this demanding trek it s critical to work your heart knees and hips in the months prior to going Even if you re in the best shape of your life whatever work you put into targeted training will make your experience that much more enjoyable and safe Gearing Up Training isn t the only thing you need to keep in mind for a successful rim to rim hike Bringing the right gear is also critical To lighten the load many hikers opt to hire a mule service to transport their gear to the bottom of the canyon and back out again for a fee only available from the South Rim But either way you ll need to carry a well thought out daypack including a variety of clothing and essentials for temperatures that can swing dramatically At the very least you ll want a good pair of sneakers or light weight hiking boots a hat sunscreen and lip protection sunglasses with UV protection a hydration system or several water bottles a first aid kit and plenty of snacks with a mix of salt protein and carbs Plan Your Trip If you re serious about hiking the Grand Canyon rim to rim you ll want to start planning more than a year in advance especially if you plan on staying at Phantom Ranch Reservations for Phantom Ranch which is operated by Xanterra open up 13 months in advance and are best attained by calling 888 29 PARKS If you prefer to camp backcountry permits for camping at Bright Angel Campground near Phantom Ranch and the other campsites below the rim Cottonwood along the North Kaibab Trail or Indian Garden along the Bright Angel Trail become available on the first of the month four months prior to your start month And don t forget this is a one way hike Unless you want to do it all over again

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  • PURSUITS: Kayaking In Yellowstone And Grand Teton | National Park Foundation
    PARK When to kayak June September When you explore the glacially fed lakes in Grand Teton National Park by kayak you ll find yourself in a solitary paradise Miles from roads or cars you can paddle around endless shorelines inlets and islands and spot moose bears and bald eagles from the safety of your boat Kayaks are permitted on Jackson Jenny Phelps Emma Matilda Two Ocean Taggart Bradley Bearpaw Leigh and String lakes Rent kayaks from Jenny Lake for a day trip or for a truly remote experience take an overnight trip As the only park concessioner with an overnight permit for Jackson Lake O A R S offers a one of a kind paddling experience in Grand Teton National Park Spend anywhere from one to four nights sleeping under Wyoming stars at the base of the Tetons in truly unique campsites As you reach the far side of the lake you ll stay on Grassy Island an idyllic camp with unprecedented solitude From there it s easy to explore the Teton backcountry take a dip in glacial waters after hiking to Leigh and Trapper lakes or follow a rarely used trail up Moran Creek for unbeatable views of Mount Moran Triple Glacier the Gros Ventre Mountain Range and Jackson Lake itself YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK When to kayak June September Yellowstone National Park also allows paddling on most of its lakes But it s Yellowstone Lake the largest high alpine lake in the country at an elevation of almost 8 000 feet that offers up a true backcountry experience where you can explore wild shoreline for hours without seeing a soul Paddling on Yellowstone Lake provides unique access to the West Thumb Geyser Basin where you can get up close and personal to an array of Yellowstone s famous hydrothermal features dormant for now Here you can paddle past caves dripping with boiling hot water and experience steam vents releasing streams of bubbles all around you Also not to be missed are Lakeshore and Twin Geysers which lie underwater making for an otherworldly kayak experience Go with an interpretive guide and they ll explain the origins of sites like Fishing Cone Geyser where early visitors used to catch cutthroat trout and cook them in the geyser PLAN YOUR TRIP Permits for private trips are available through the National Park Service but if you don t have the gear or the skills to lead your own kayaking trip in Grand Teton or Yellowstone National Parks excursions with an authorized national park concessioner like O A R S offer professional guides deluxe meals no freeze dried food as well as all the equipment you ll need like camp chairs tents and waterproof bags to transport your personal gear Need help planning your next national park adventure Filled with detailed maps travel tips and inside information on what not to miss NPF s Owner s Guide is your one stop resource to discover all of the over 400 national parks Download a FREE

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  • LANDSCAPES: Badlands | National Park Foundation
    they found was the vast American prairie rolling hills and open plains that were home to herds of bison and seemingly infinite colonies of prairie dogs Today most of this rich land is the breadbasket of the world But in Badlands National Park more than 60 000 acres of amber waves are preserved just as the settlers found them vast and free The Badlands got their name from the otherworldly gullies and ravines that characterize sections of the park Fossil beds found among those stark rocks and hills date back 35 million years But the gentler prairie lands hold a piece of natural history as well Biologists have chosen sites here to reintroduce one of the most endangered mammals on the planet the black footed ferret Learn more about this unique landscape at nps gov badl Need help planning your next national park adventure Filled with detailed maps travel tips and inside information on what not to miss NPF s Owner s Guide is your one stop resource to discover all of the over 400 national parks Download a FREE copy today Support Your Parks Help protect and preserve your more than 400 national parks Give 100 Give 50 Get the Free Owner s Guide Sign up for the latest park news and travel tips and get a free copy of the National Park Owner s Guide Sign Up Now Gear for Park Lovers NPF Est 1967 Washed Long Sleeve T Shirt 28 99 Buy Now See More Products National Park News 25 New Projects Getting More Kids Adults 140 000 4th Graders To Visit Public Lands Than President Obama And First Family To Light Natio Read More NPF Partners See All Partners Explore Explore Parks Find A Park National Park Week Find Your Park Expedition About Our Mission Our

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