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5 Favorite National Forest Destinations

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Gifford Pinchot National Forest | Washington Mount St. Helens | Gifford Pinchot National Forest | Washington | © Ray Shirley The Gifford Pinchot National Forest protects over 1.3 million acres in Washington State.  The area includes old growth forests, broad river valleys, and ancient volcanoes.  It was first preserved in 1897.  Originally, it was part of the Mount Rainier Forest Reserve. Unquestionably, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument is one of the highlights of the forest. On May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens violently erupted, forever changing the landscape.  Much of the destruction is still evident today.  In 1982, Congress...

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Arches National Park Certified as an International Dark Sky Park

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The National Park Service and the International Dark-Sky Association are pleased to announce Arches National Park as an International Dark Sky Park, a place recognized for its quality night skies and a commitment to protecting and sharing natural darkness.

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7 National Parks For The Best Fall Colors

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Denali National Park  (An extremely rare clear Autumn day in Denali National Park - Photo by eyeCatchLight Photography/SHUTTERSTOCK) Fall is a short-lived, yet vivid and stunning season in Denali National Park. Located in Alaska, in the center of an impressive 600 mile mountain range, this park has long, rough winters and a very short fall season, which typically begins mid-September, and ends early to late October. The fall colors of rusty burgundy, burnt orange, and caramel yellows are even more brilliant against the heavily snow capped mountains in the park. Moose, Grizzly Bears, Black Bears, Caribou, and Dall’s Sheep are very active...

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4 Reasons To Add Badlands National Park To Your Bucket List

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1. WILDLIFE ON THE OPEN PRAIRIE   The American Bison is a historic icon of the Great Plains and Badlands National Park. The park is one of the best places to see these magnificent animals in their natural and undisturbed habitat.  At Badlands, bison roam the 64,000 acre wilderness area in the western side of the North Unit. Along with the mighty bison the mixed grass prairie land of Badlands is home to many other animal species such as Bighorn Sheep, Deer and Pronghorn. Prairie Dogs are a common sight through the park and are a keystone species to the parks...

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10 Activities In Olympic National Park

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Kayak + Canoe - Olympic has some excellent places to kayak and canoe including 5 rivers with rapids ranging from Class I to Class V.  There are also 3 great lakes for a more tranquil canoeing or kayaking experience.  See Rain Forest Elk - In the rainforest valleys of Olympic National Park, you may glimpse the largest land mammal in the park––Roosevelt elk. Darker and larger than Rocky Mountain elk, a bull can weigh 1,000 pounds. Only males grow antlers, shedding them each spring before growing new ones in summer.  Hoh River - The 50-mile long wild Hoh River is born high on...

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