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    Name Those Formations: How Many High Points Can You ID in This Zion Skyline?

    fileZion National Park is sporting an eye-catching Facebook photo these days. After visiting the park last summer it got me wondering: Where was it shot? Do all those high points have a name? Sarah Stio, a Visual Information Assistant at Zion, tells me she clicked the pic in Springdale Town Park, about 3 miles west of Zion's south entrance:Sarah kindly provided an additional photo that identifies many of the prominent points on display. See how many you can pick out before clicking here to see the ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on July 19, 2012 3:33 PM & Tagged Bryce Canyon, facebook, national parks and zion | permalink | Comments

    Freebie Alert (plus Photo Albums): No Entrance Fees at National Parks on Saturday

    fileSee a park, save a buck. Saturday (Sept. 24) is National Public Lands Day, which offers you and me the opportunity to: 1. Chip in some volunteer work to enhance a public space near you. This blog presented some details for how to participate earlier this week. 2. Visit a park and just soak up the scenery. For free. Entrance fees at federal parks and landmarks are waived for the day. Where to go? This online guide from the National Park Service shows you what parks are near you.  Why bother? ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on September 22, 2011 11:02 PM & Tagged Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, National Public Lands Day, national parks, utah and zion | permalink | Comments

    Crossing Paths with Wildlife: What's Your Story?

    fileSo far this hiking season I've encountered deer (doesn't everybody?), bighorn sheep (very cool, but they took off before I could dig out my camera), foxes (ditto), a couple of indignant horny toads, wild turkeys (in Zion National Park, off all places) and, hoo-doggie, a rattler.  The rattlesnake (also seen in Zion) had no interest in my buddy and me during our meeting on an off-trail route, and after sounding off, it headed off in the opposite direction.  Interesting to see; happy that our ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on September 13, 2011 4:46 PM & Tagged national parks, rattlesnake, turkeys, wildlife and zion | permalink | Comments

    Photo Album: Bryce Canyon in a Day

    fileWhat would you do if you could spend just one day in Utah's Bryce Canyon National Park? My answer: Put my 2-tones to the figurative floorboard and hike as far and fast as possible. Below are some of the views I captured during an in-and-out visit last week en route to a backpacking trip to Zion National Park. Bryce definitely deserves more than a 1-day visit, but I made the most of the time that was available to me. Did I stand on any spot that you recall seeing? What's your favorite view in ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on September 9, 2011 3:54 PM & Tagged Bryce Canyon, Hiking, national parks, utah and zion | permalink | Comments

    Entrance Fees Waived at National Parks on Veteran's Day

    fileThe final freebie on the 2010 National Park Service calendar arrives Thursday. On Nov. 11, Veteran's Day, no entrance fees will be charged at more than 100 units of the National Park Service system that ordinarily collect such fees. The timing of this no-fee day (midweek in late autumn) may be less than ideal for many people, but we get the symbolism of the gesture and share in the desire to express appreciation to America's military personnel. Thanks to all of our servicemen and servicewomen ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on November 8, 2010 1:14 PM & Tagged Saguaro, death valley, entrance fees, joshua tree, national parks and zion | permalink | Comments

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