Winter can come early to Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, thanks to its 8,000-foot elevation. And when it does come, it can create a greeting card image with dustings of snow on the cabins that are a short walk from the colorful amphitheater.
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There's little you can do when your opponent is fresh lava from an erupting volcano, as the folks at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park will readily acknowledge.
Work began Friday (Oct. 24, 2014) in the park on the emergency access route between the park and lower Puna on the historic Chain of Craters Road-Kalapana road alignment. Park staff removed the iconic "Road Closed" sign before the first bulldozer rolled onto the lava-covered roadway.