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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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A Primer On the North Cascades, Both the Region and the National Park

Too often we focus on a specific national park, and don't look too far beyond its borders at the lay of the surrounding land. But it's important to do that, because those landscapes are integral to the park itself. Well, here's a video that is a great primer on the North Cascades region in Washington state, and its namesake national park.
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Metate Room Restaurant at Mesa Verde National Park Recognized For its Excellence

I've long been impressed with the performance of the Metate Room Restaurant at Mesa Verde National Park, and now the American Culinary Federation Colorado Chefs Association has weighed in by honoring Executive Chef Brian Puett as one of six winners of the association's inaugural "Award of Culinary Excellence."
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Traveler's Gear Box: When You Need Good Footing, Consider YakTrax

Walking through many national parks in winter can be tricky. In Yellowstone National Park, for instance, the boardwalks through geyser basins can be snow-and-or-ice-covered, hiking trails in Grand Canyon National Park can be icy, and trails in countless other parks that experience snowy winters can be slippery. These are definitely instances when you need good footing.
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Updated: Federal Government Urged To Close Caves Inhabited by Bats on Public Lands to Stop Spread of White-Nose Syndrome

A conservation group is petitioning the federal government with a request that it close all caves and mines inhabited by bats on public lands in a bid to stop the spread of white-nosed syndrome among bats. At the same time, the Center for Biological Diversity wants the Eastern small-footed bat and the Northern long-eared bat to be listed as endangered species.
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Trees Killed By Pine Beetles Prompt Mount Rushmore National Memorial To Cancel July 4th Fireworks

Pine beetles have been in the news a lot in recent months. They've killed thousands of acres of pine forests in Colorado and Wyoming, forced removal of acres of hazardous trees in Rocky Mountain National Park, and now they're being blamed for cancellation of the annual Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
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Medals Stolen From San Juan National Historic Site 18 Years Ago Found Buried at the Park

From time to time there are cases of folks digging in remote areas of national parks, either for fossils, archaeological artifacts, or whatever. It's seldom that you hear of instances in which treasures were buried at a park site, but that's exactly what seems to have occurred nearly 18 years ago after a theft at San Juan National Historic Site.
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Salazar Wants to Protect Everglades National Park With Ban on Importing, Transporting Pythons, Other Constricting Snakes

Well, the intention is good, but Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's request that there be a ban on importing or transporting pythons and other constricting snakes might be coming just a bit too late to help Everglades National Park.
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