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Dining At The Parks: Cinnamon & Chile Rubbed Pork Tenderloin At Mesa Verde National Park

From time to time we try to profile restaurants, and even chefs, in the national parks. Last fall, after we ran a feature on the chef at the Metate Room Restaurant in Mesa Verde National Park, some readers asked about recipes. Well, for all who want to try to master one of the entrees served up there, here's Chef Brian Puett's recipe for Cinnamon & Chile Rubbed Port Tenderloin.
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How to Manage Vehicles at Denali National Park? The Discussion is Underway

Denali National Park offers one of the premier wildlife viewing opportunities in the country, along with superb scenery, vast wilderness areas … and that famous mountain. Faced with growing visitation, the park is pondering how to manage vehicle access, and you're invited to participate in the discussion.
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When Is Conservation of Park Lands Prudent, and When is the Spending Wasteful?

While some House Republicans are denigrating a proposal to spend $50 million to create a national historic site in the Virgin Islands, one that would preserve a centuries-old plantation and critical natural resources, a GOP senator is asking for $75 million to be spent on land acquisition for the Blue Ridge Parkway.
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Were You One of the Almost 9.5 Million Who Visited Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2009?

Perhaps it was the sour economy that kept folks close to home on their vacations, or maybe it was the lure of Great Smoky Mountains National Park's 75th anniversary. Whatever the reason, Great Smoky saw nearly 9.5 million visitors in 2009, which is the greatest turnout in nearly a decade in the park.
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Moonlight Cross-Country Ski Outings Scheduled at Glacier National Park

When clear nights coincide with full moons in the Rockies, the snow-covered landscape can be so illuminated to make it possible to explore after sundown without need of a headlamp. In Glacier National Park, a ranger will help you explore parts of the park under a full moon on cross-country skis, a nice twist to the usual snowshoe hikes.
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Rocky Mountain National Park Marks 95th Birthday, Superintendent Invites You to The Park

It was almost a century ago that President Woodrow Wilson signed the enacting legislation that created Rocky Mountain National Park. With its 95th birthday now here, Rocky Mountain Superintendent Vaughn Baker is inviting you to visit the park and explore its beauty.
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National Park 2009 Visitation Soared to 285.4 Million

Whether it was the weak domestic economy that persuaded folks to vacation close to home, the strong Euro vs. the weak dollar, Ken Burns' take on the national parks, or simply people deciding they wanted to explore national parks, visitation to the National Park System in 2009 jumped to 285.4 million, an increase of more than 10 million over 2008 levels.
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Historic Film Footage of Bighorn Canyon Before the Dam to be Shared This Week

Ever wonder what lies beneath the water of those big man-made lakes in the West? Before the Yellowtail Dam was completed on the Bighorn River in Montana, an expedition took a last look at the river and canyon. A member of that group will share historic film footage and stories at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area on January 28.
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Lodging Sale in Yosemite National Park, Savings Up to 50 Percent Off

Yosemite National Park has been battered by winter, buried under feet of snow that felled trees and closed the park's iconic valley for a day last week. Well, the good news is this snowfall makes for an idyllic setting in the park, and you can experience it at a savings thanks to a lodging sale in the park.
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