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Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

  • If your guess for the date Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain National Park would close for the winter was October 17, please step forward to claim your prize!

    Wintry conditions that have been blowing snow across the two-lane road that climbs above 12,000 feet finally became too much for park crews to continue to battle, according to park officials.

  • Though it's surrounded by development, cross into Shenandoah National Park and you'll find a surprisingly large amount of acreage that is managed as wilderness and which appears much as it did 100, or even 200 years ago.

    This weekend you can celebrate that wild setting during the park's annual "Wilderness Weekend."

    Of the park's nearl

  • As summer gives way to fall, and fall to winter, we usually have more time to read, as there's less daylight outside.

    A book that recently fell into my hands, courtesy of my wife, is Richard Bartlett's Great Surveys of the American West.

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

  • Mid-winter conditions with heavy snows and strong, gusting winds, and a few missteps, forced two Virginia men to hunker down in the backcountry of Glacier National Park and wait out the storm with hopes rangers would find them.

    Neal Peckens and Jasen Hister, both 32, only planned to spend a couple nights in the b

  • Snowfall already has been recorded in Utah's high country, and for Cedar Breaks National Monument that means the end of the busy travel season and time to prepare for the quieter winter season.

    "We are winterizing the park's utility systems and buildings, which will be closed for visitor use until next spring," said Superintendent Paul Roelandt.