Category Archives: National Parks

National Parks Traveler

Since August 2005 National Parks Traveler has been the Internet’s only site dedicated to covering America’s National Park System and the National Park Service on a daily basis.

The Traveler is not a static site built around park statistics and trail descriptions and is not strictly a travelogue. Rather, it offers readers a unique multimedia blend of news, feature content, debate, and discussion all tied to America’s national parks.

https://www.nationalparkstraveler.org/



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Rocky Mountain National Park (Colorado) Backpacking – Grand Lake CDT Loop – September 2016



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Yosemite National Park in 4K | Backpacking, Hiking, and Camping at North Dome/Upper Falls



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Hayduke Trail – Wikipedia

The Hayduke Trail is an 812 mile long distance backpacking route across southern Utah and northern Arizona.[1] It “begins” in Arches National Park near Moab, Utah before heading through the Needles district of Canyonlands National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, the Grand Canyon National Park and ending in Zion National Park.[1]

This highly strenuous wilderness route is exclusively on public land and travels ridge lines, drainages, existing foot and game trails, dirt roads, and rivers. The highest point is Mount Ellen (Utah) in the Henry Mountains (UT) at 11,419 feet above sea level to a low in the Grand Canyon of near 2000 feet.[1]

The Hayduke Trail was named after George Washington Hayduke, a character from Edward Abbey‘s ‘The Monkey Wrench Gang.[2] It was created by Mike Coronella and Joe Mitchell, both of Utah, as the combination of several treks including a 94-day expedition in 1998 and a 101-day journey in 2000. “The Hayduke Trail: a Guide to the Backcountry Hiking Trail on the Colorado Plateau” was published by the University of Utah Press in 2005.[3]

Source: Hayduke Trail – Wikipedia



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Yosemite National Park (National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map)

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• Waterproof • Tear-Resistant • Topographic Map

Explore the majesty of Yosemite National Park with National Geographic’s Trails Illustrated map. Loaded with helpful information on camping, hiking, lodging, transportation, regulations, and safety, this map is an invaluable tool for casual park visitors and avid adventurers alike. Expertly researched and created in partnership with local land management agencies, the map features key areas of interest including Stanislaus National Forest, Emigrant Wilderness, Carson Iceberg Wilderness, Toiyabe National Forest, Hoover Wilderness, Inyo National Forest, Yosemite Wilderness, Sierra National Forest, and Ansel Adams Wilderness. Detail of the popular Tuolumne Meadows and Yosemite Valley are provided in inset maps.

With almost 800 miles of mapped trails, the Yosemite National Park map can guide you off the beaten path and back again. The clearly marked trails include mileages between intersections. The map base includes contour lines and elevations for summits, passes and major lakes. Some of the many recreation features include: campgrounds, trailheads, tram tours, ski areas, river access, scenic overlooks, scenic byways, and interpretive trails.

Every Trails Illustrated map is printed on “Backcountry Tough” waterproof, tear-resistant paper. A full UTM grid is printed on the map to aid with GPS navigation.

Other features found on this map include: Ansel Adams Wilderness, Bridalveil Fall, Cathedral Range, El Capitan, Emigrant Wilderness, Excelsior Mountain, Hoover Wilderness, Illilouette Falls, Inyo National Forest, Lake Eleanor, Lower Yosemite Fall, Matterhorn Peak, Mount Dana, Mount Lyell, Mount Ritter, Nevada Fall, Ribbon Fall, Ritter Range, Sierra National Forest, Silver Strand Falls, Stanislaus National Forest, Tioga Pass, Toiyabe National Forest, Upper Yosemite Falls, Vernal Fall, Yosemite National Park, Yosemite Valley.

  • Map Scale = 1:80,000 & 1:40,000
  • Sheet Size = 37.75″ x 25.5″
  • Folded Size = 4.25″ x 9.25″

 



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Lonely Planet Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks (Travel Guide)

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Lonely Planet Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Go fishing in Yosemite Valley; canoeing and kayaking in Mammoth Lakes, or horseback riding in King’s Canyon; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks and begin your journey now!

Inside the Lonely Planet Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks Travel Guide:

  • User-friendly highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips – hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices, emergency information, park seasonality, hiking trail junctions, viewpoints, landscapes, elevations, distances, difficulty levels, and durations
  • Honest reviews for all budgets – eating, sleeping, camping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, summer and winter activities, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Contextual insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience – history, geology, wildlife, conservation
  • Over 42 full-color trail and park maps and full-color images throughout
  • Useful features – Travel with Children, Clothing and Equipment, and Day and Overnight Hikes
  • Covers Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, King’s Canyon Point, Badger Pass, Wawona, Tuolumne Meadows, Hetch Hetchy, Sierra National Forest and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, our most comprehensive guide to these parks, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less traveled.

  • Looking to visit more national parks? Check out USA’s National Parks, a new full-color guide that covers all 59 of the USA’s national parks.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet.

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world’s leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveler community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travelers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

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Wilderness Permits – Yosemite National Park

Wilderness Permits

Free wilderness permits are required year-round for any overnight stay in the Yosemite Wilderness. Permits are not required for day hikes (except if hiking to Half Dome). (If your backpacking itinerary reasonably includes Half Dome and you want to include Half Dome on your trip, be sure to request Half Dome permits on your wilderness permit application. This year, there is a $8/person charge.)

Wilderness permits are only issued to a limited number people for each trailhead in order to provide outstanding opportunities for solitude, as required by the Wilderness Act. Since many trails are very popular, reservations are recommended ($5 per confirmed reservation plus $5 per person). Of each daily quota for a trailhead, 60 percent can be reserved ahead of time while the remaining 40 percent is available on a first-come, first-served basis no earlier than 11 am the day before your hike begins as long as permits are available.

 

If your starting trailhead is outside Yosemite National Park, get your permit from the land agency that manages that trailhead. Common examples:

 

Still have questions? You can call us at 209/372-0826 (Monday-Friday, 9 am to noon and 1 pm to 4:30 pm). This phone line is only staffed with wilderness rangers during summer. For wilderness permit reservations, call 209/372-0740.

Wilderness Permits – Yosemite National Park.



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Oh, Ranger! | Your Guide to the Parks

We’ve been America’s leading publisher of visitor guides for national parks for more than two decades, reaching visitors during their planning stages at home and again while they’re on the road exploring America.

We are pleased to offer you the same quality service online at OhRanger.com.

Source: Oh, Ranger! | Your Guide to the Parks



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Mount Rainier National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

Ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. An active volcano, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S.A., spawning six major rivers. Subalpine wildflower meadows ring the icy volcano while ancient forest cloaks Mount Rainier’s lower slopes. Wildlife abounds in the park’s ecosystems. A lifetime of discovery awaits.

Mailing Address:

55210 238th Avenue East
Ashford, WA 98304

Phone:

(360) 569-2211

Source: Mount Rainier National Park (U.S. National Park Service)



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