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Is the Park Service continuing its case to re-rename Yosemite Park's historic landmarks?

The name change is going ahead, at least for now The Ahwahnee Hotel and other Yosemite National Park landmarks soon will be renamed amid a legal dispute between the government and the facilities' ...
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Can a van be used for sleeping in National Park campgrounds in the US?

The prohibition on sleeping in a car is to prevent people from parking in the parking lots or pull outs and sleeping there and in effect camping outside of designated camp sites. If you park at a ...
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If a national park trail with its campsites has been decommisioned, can I still hike and camp there?

I have phoned with the trail reservation office for Jasper National Park, and this is what they told me. The route has been decommisioned. This means that it is now considered wildland. Hiking and ...
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Is there National Park-equivalent protected nature in the United Kingdom?

Although I have not found IUCN Level II protected areas, there do exist areas with a higher level than national parks. So as regards are there at least areas with a protection level stricter than ...
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Optimal timing/routing for a year visiting US national parks?

In general, you want to be in the south during winter. Another problem is that parks are more dispersed in the east. One strategy might be to start in the northeast (which basically means Acadia) as ...
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Gunfire in US national parks

In your first example (a lost hiker firing shots into the air) at minimum a citation should be issued, firing into the air is a violation of basic gun safety; you don't know where that bullet is going ...
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Why does North Cascades National Park get so few visitors?

After doing some more research, I found out that North Cascades National Park is a subset of the North Cascades National Park Complex. The Complex consists of three units: North Cascades National ...
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What's the difference between a National Park and a National Monument in the United States?

The difference is mostly one of administrative/bureaucratic elements. Both are protected areas, the difference is in who creates and manages them. All National Parks are run by the National Park ...
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Is it safe to feed swans in the United Kingdom?

The "swans can break your arm" concept is rather lacking in evidence, though one once caused a kayaker to drown. They are a nuisance on the water, especially if you get between adults and their ...
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What kind of car do I need to reach most hiking trailheads near Boulder Colorado, Rocky Mountain NP

In my experience, most of the trailheads in the Boulder, RMNP area are accessible to little cars almost the whole time they are open. I'm not saying all are, but most. That said, you could easily go ...
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What kind of car do I need to reach most hiking trailheads near Boulder Colorado, Rocky Mountain NP

There are many trails and therefore many trailheads with a variety of road types leading to them. Most of the roads in Rocky Mountain National Park can be traveled by ordinary passenger cars, at ...
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Where are some accessible flat areas for handicapped birders in Acadia National Park in Maine, USA?

I am an avid birder in and around Acadia National Park. Acadia National Park is one of the most accessible national parks in the system when it comes to major locations and their accessibility. ...
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What's the policy and cost regarding picnic area in US regional parks?

I looked over the website you provided. It appears that these permits are for large events. It reads like the park might have large picnic pavilions. I would guess that the permit and fee would be to ...
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Drinking water in Dartmoor

I live by Dartmoor and walk there regularly (in fact I was up there earlier today). The moor carries a significant stock of sheep, cattle and ponies. I've heard of tests that found much of the water ...
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Camping 3000 miles from home: how best to get our gear to the campsite?

What makes the most sense in terms of effort, cost, etc? (1) Assuming you don't have small children: It is no more effort -- actually, it is easier -- to pick up your luggage at the carousel than to ...
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What are the easiest trekking routes in Sarek National Park in Sweden?

The easiest is to take the routes that many people take, because on those routes, social trails have formed and you may find help if you are in trouble. 5–7 days is too short. Although you can get ...
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What's the policy and cost regarding picnic area in US regional parks?

The vast majority of picnic sites are available on a first-come first-served basis. This is true across the many local, state, and federal agencies that provide picnic sites. These sites are for ...
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Where in the US can I find green mountains to hike like in Scotland, such as Dalveen Pass?

You're looking for balds. They are quite common in the southern Appalachians. The Roan Highlands along the border of Tennessee and North Carolina are particularly beautiful.
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What kind of mementos, if any, am I allowed to collect from State and National parks in small quantities?

In Rock Hound State Park near Deming, Luna County, South-Western New Mexico, USA, you are allowed to collect rocks. This is highly unusual. I read it in various sources. The state park website ...
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Is there a benefit for animals who return to the area of a deadly forest fire after the fire is out?

According to United States Forest Service, fire has a number of benefits for the wildlife including more nutrients in the ground, more open spaces, there are some plants that need fire to spread and ...
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Why does North Cascades National Park get so few visitors?

I've been to all three, and am not surprised by your statistics. While the North Cascades are certainly pretty and have their own appeal, there just isn't anything well known and iconic there. Mt ...
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Wild camping in the Brecon Beacons

Strictly speaking, it is illegal to camp without the landowner's permission. If you really want to be legal, the best way is to ask a farmer if you can stay in a field. In reality, as long as you are ...
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Overnight hiking in Italian Alps in late autumn?

In the Alps there is a dense network of huts mostly maintained by the local alpine clubs. There are also some private huts mostly owned by mountain guide associations. Most of the huts are closing ...
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Travelling to the Kruger National Park

Firstly, August is a good time to go to the Kruger park as it is winter and the day time temperature a bit more bearable than in mid summer (December). Also, winter is the dry season, so the ...
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Optimal timing/routing for a year visiting US national parks?

This answer assumes a year spent on the road, visiting one national park after the other. With an average visit of one week per park, or four parks per month. The camper (RV) being a self-contained; ...
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