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Trail Of The Cedars: Glacier National Park’s Rainforest

Trail Description: The Trail of the Cedars, one of two wheelchair accessible trails in Glacier, is a loop hike that begins and ends on the Going-To-The-Sun Road, located 5.5 miles east of the Lake McDonald Lodge. Since this is an extremely popular hike, parking can be a problem during peak travel season. Obviously you can start from either side, but most people begin their hike on the eastern portion of the loop. This side of the loop travels along a raised boardwalk, and passes though a forest of ancient western hemlocks and red cedars. Being situated on the eastern edge of the maritime climate of the Pacific Northwest, the Lake McDonald Valley also marks the extreme eastern limits for western hemlocks and red cedars. The ...

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Canyonlands National Park: A Natural Wonderland

Canyonlands National Park is a U.S. National Park located in southeastern Utah near the town of Moab. It preserves a colorful landscape eroded into countless canyons, mesas, and buttes by the Colorado River, the Green River, and their respective tributaries. Legislation creating the park was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on September 12, 1964. The park is divided into four districts: the Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze, and the rivers themselves. While these areas share a primitive desert atmosphere, each retains its own character. Two large river canyons are carved into the Colorado Plateau by the Colorado River and Green River.[4] Author Edward Abbey, a frequent visitor, described the Canyonlands as “the most weird, wonderful, magical place on earth—there is ...

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Capitol Reef National Park: Nature’s Playground

Capitol Reef National Park is a United States National Park, in south-central Utah. It is 100 miles (160 km) long but fairly narrow. The park, established in 1971, preserves 241,904 acres (377.98 sq mi; 97,895.08 ha; 978.95 km2) and is open all year, although May through September are the most popular months. Called “Wayne Wonderland” in the 1920s by local boosters Ephraim P. Pectol and Joseph S. Hickman, Capitol Reef National Park protects colorful canyons, ridges, buttes, and monoliths. About 75 mi (121 km) of the long up-thrust called the Waterpocket Fold, a rugged spine extending from Thousand Lake Mountain to Lake Powell, is preserved within the park. “Capitol Reef” is the name of an especially rugged and spectacular segment of the Waterpocket Fold near the Fremont River. The area was named ...

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Zion National Park: What To See

Zion National Park is located in the Southwestern United States, near Springdale, Utah. A prominent feature of the 229-square-mile (590 km2) park is Zion Canyon, which is 15 miles (24 km) long and up to half a mile (800 m) deep, cut through the reddish and tan-colored Navajo Sandstone by the North Fork of the Virgin River. The lowest elevation is 3,666 ft (1,117 m) at Coalpits Wash and the highest elevation is 8,726 ft (2,660 m) at Horse Ranch Mountain. Located at the junction of the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin, and Mojave Desert regions, the park’s unique geography and variety of life zones allow for unusual plant and animal diversity. Numerous plant species as well as 289 species of birds, 75 mammals (including 19 ...

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Arches National Park: Nature’s Finest Architecture

Arches National Park is a US National Park in eastern Utah. The park is located on the Colorado River 4 miles (6 km) north of Moab, Utah. It is known for containing over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, including the world-famous Delicate Arch, in addition to a variety of unique geological resources and formations. The park is located just outside of Moab, Utah, and is 76,679 acres (119.811 sq mi; 31,031 ha; 310.31 km2) in area. Its highest elevation is 5,653 feet (1,723 m) at Elephant Butte, and its lowest elevation is 4,085 feet (1,245 m) at the visitor center. Forty-three arches are known to have collapsed since 1977. The park receives 10 inches (250 mm) of rain a year on average. Administered by the National ...

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Glacier National Park – Montana’s Natural Wonder

Glacier National Park – located in Alberta, Canada and Montana, and established more than a century ago, covers more square-footage than Rhode Island and Washington DC together – is a most glamorous and adventurous park to stay for, what would need to be, an entire vacation! While established independently in May of 1910, it was also established as Waterton-Glacier National Peace Park 22 years later. A Peace Park, Glacier National cooperates with wildlife management, scientific research, some visitor services, holding the same status as a neighboring park, Waterton Lakes National Park. Park officials and conservation groups are working with the U.S. Forest Service, the Canadian government, the Blackfeet Tribe, and private companies to try to protect critical habitats. Within some 1600 square miles of land, ...

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Acadia National Park: Breathtaking Maine Coastline

Acadia National Park – also known as L’Isle des Monts Déserts (the island of barren deserts) – is just over 47 acres of scenic landscaping, good eating, and activities for all ages. Just three years shy of being 100 years young, this nature-getaway is spread lushly across the vast Mount Desert Island in Maine, and overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. It is the perfect place for wanderlusts, hikers, sightseers, fishers, and basically everyone else, too! Families, nature enthusiasts, and solo travelers alike find their niches here at Acadia National Park. When Should You Visit? Well, Acadia National Park is open all year-round! There is not a bad time to go. However, if you want to be able to take a short visit to the Main Visitor ...

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