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100 Classic Hikes Utah: National Parks And Monuments, National Wilderness And Recreation Areas, State Parks, Uintas, Wasatch

Utah is one of the largest outdoor playgrounds in the world, with incredible canyon country, lofty mountains, deep forests, and high desert all waiting to be explored. So it's no surprise that Julie Trevelyan took all of this immense landscape into account when she set out to write a hiking guide to the Beehive State.
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UPDATED: Great Smoky Mountains National Park Wildfires Sweep Over Gatlinburg, Kill Three

At least three people were killed by fires that swept more than 15,000 acres in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and neighboring Gatlinburg, Tennessee, where more than 100 buildings, including a 16-story hotel in the colorful resort town, were damaged or destroyed. Crews worked into the night Tuesday to continue to assess damage in the park, though the historic LeConte Lodge was said to have survived the conflagration without damage.
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President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama To Light National Christmas Tree

President Barack Obama, and First Lady Michelle Obama will help wrap the National Park Service centennial celebrations when they officially light the National Christmas Tree in President's Park on Thursday during the 2016 National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. Olympic Gold Medalist swimmer Simone Manuel is also set to make a special appearance with First Lady Michelle Obama.
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New Exhibits For Kids Open As Winter Settles In At Lassen Volcanic National Park

Recent storms have brought wintry conditions to Lassen Volcanic National Park in northern California, closing the park road to through traffic but opening activities for snow enthusiasts. And as of last month, the park has two new interactive exhibits for kids to enjoy after a day of sledding.
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UPDATED: Forest Fire Leads To Closure Of Newfound Gap And Other Roads In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A wildfire burning not far from the roof of Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Monday led to closure of the Newfound Gap Road, Cherokee Orchard Road, and Elkmont Road due to the fire crossing the road and thick smoke creating "almost white-out conditions," while a second fire close to the western edge of the park led to a voluntary evacuation of a Gatlinburg, Tennessee, neighborhood.
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Bat Survey Underscores Threats To Species Across National Park System

A new, first-of-its-kind study shows the National Park Service is home to a whopping 53 unique species of bats, which is good news at a time when bats face tremendous threats. For the past decade, park staff and researchers have witnessed unprecedented declines in bat populations, spurring the need for a comprehensive review of bat species and habitats.
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