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Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

  • Happy Valley -- the one in Saguaro National Park, not Penn State -- is somewhat of an anomaly when you think of the desert Southwest. While there are cacti to be found in the vegetation that surrounds the Happy Valley campsite, there also are some nice coniferous trees that lend a more northerly feel to the setting.

  • Quiet is a resource, and Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve has plenty of it. In fact, acoustic monitoring reveals that this remarkable park has one of the quietest soundscapes in the entire country.

Friday, November 21st, 2008

  • Geologic reports that point to an inherent instability of the Glacier Point cliff face have led Yosemite National Park officials to permanently close roughly one-third of Curry Village to overnight accommodations.

  • Northern California’s

  • One of the classic national park experiences is a Colorado River float trip through the Grand Canyon. As one group discovered, however, memorable moments on such trips aren't limited to running the rapids, and some surprising adventures can also occur when you tie up for the night.