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Explore: Bandelier National Monument

Painted Cave, backcountry of Bandelier Nationa...
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“The canyons and cliff dwellings of Bandelier National Monument are telling a story, and this time it’s through the voices and artwork of the American Indian tribes whose ancestors inhabited this sliver of northern New Mexico.

After nearly a decade of careful consultation with neighboring pueblos and a year of construction, the monument unveiled its $4 million renovated visitors’ center, museum and high-definition documentary with the help of pueblo dancers and artists in a celebration Wednesday.

The renovation was done with the hope that visitors will better understand the wilds of Bandelier and the pueblo people’s enduring connection to the place, said Rod Torrez, the monument’s chief of interpretation.

“There really are few places where you have such a strong integrated viewpoint from the local tribes in an exhibit,” he said. “A lot of places just hang on to what they’ve had, and they might refresh their cases and things, but they’ve never gone that extra step. Here, I can walk through this museum and feel confident that what I’m looking at is something that’s accurate and true to the heart of the people who are around here.”

Nestled among pine trees and canyons made of welded volcanic tuff just south of Los Alamos, Bandelier was inhabited more than 10,000 years ago, back in the days of nomadic hunters. More permanent settlements began to pop up nearly 1,000 years ago, the remnants of which line the floor of Frijoles Canyon and are carved into its walls.” Read more.

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Visit: Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park
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Capitol Reef National Park gets its name from the white sandstone domes that look like capitol buildings. These beautiful domes are only one of many beautiful formations. Look through these articles for some information and pictures of this park.

Hiking Capitol Reef National Park: Navajo Knobs Trail |

Capitol Reef National Park is nestled comfortably in the Middle of Nowhere, south central Utah. For hikers and campers seeking a true desert experience, this location couldn’t be more perfect. As with all the National Parks, …

Publish Date: 06/07/2010 6:54

http://www.utahoutside.com/2010/06/surfing-the-reef-part-i-navajo-knobs-trail/

The 58 National Parks in the USA: Canyonlands and Capitol Reef

Capitol Reef National Park is situated in south-central Utah and the nearest city is Torrey. The park preserves 979 km² and is open all year long, although May through September are the most popular months because of the favorable …

Publish Date: 08/15/2010 16:17

http://www.tourismontheedge.com/best-of/the-58-national-parks-in-the-usa-canyonlands-and-capitol-reef.html

Red Rocks At Last — Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, United States

Capitol Reef is one of the many National Parks in central Utah. Although it is a little remote, it is well worth the effort. Tonight we are staying in Torrey, Utah which is just outside the park entrance. It is a great little town for …

Publish Date: 07/19/2010 21:22

http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/leonardgrill/4/1279555085/tpod.html

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Quote of the Day

Nature's Umbrella

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“All things are artificial, for nature is the art of God.” -Thomas Browne

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Camping Tips: Managing Waste

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One important aspect of camping is how to manage your waste produced.  Here are some great articles on how to manage and reduce your waste.

Managing Waste While Camping

When preparing for upcoming camping trips, it’s important to know how to properly manage waste produced while camping. Sometimes, it’s a matter of safety. … Home Outdoor & Recreation Backpacking, Hiking & Camping …

Publish Date: 04/08/2010 15:23

http://www.suite101.com/content/managing-waste-while-camping-a223163

Managing Your Large Family Trash Disposal Whether Camping, or at

Teach your children while they are young not to waste things like paper, and to make an effort to reduce their own personal trash amounts. You will be raising some very conscientious kids into some very responsible adults that may be …

Publish Date: 08/23/2010 8:10

http://blog.familytravelgear.com/?p=404

Eco-friendly Camping Tips | Ultimate Camping Guide

When washing yourself or dishes while camping, it is important that the water you are rinsing away is not harmful. Find soaps that are biodegradable so that they are less likely to contaminate streams or harm animals that may drink from them. … Bury any human and pet waste thoroughly, including toilet paper. Additionally, take care to avoid causing a wilderness fire. Create a contained fire pit with stones to help keep flames contained. Make sure your fire is completely …

Publish Date: 08/21/2010 9:50

http://www.turkrad2009.org/camping-sleeping-bags/eco-friendly-camping-tips

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Lake Photo of the Day

Pioneer Basin, John Muir Wilderness

Pioneer Basin in the John Muir Wilderness, one of my favorite places!

This was shot with a Canon Elan 7 loaded with Fuji Velvia 50 film, using a Canon 17-40mm lens, a 81B warming filter and a 2-stop hard GND filter (Galen Rowell/Singh-Ray). I was wearing Fruit of the Loom underwear at the time as well. It helps to be comfortable.

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Basic Camping Essentials

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We have covered many places, including National Parks, to go camping for the summer. However, if this will be your first time camping you may have questions on what to bring and even if you are a seasoned camper, it’s always nice to brush up on the camping essentials. Here are a few articles on the basics to take when going camping.

Camping Essentials You Need To Keep When You Are Going Camping

Usually, people experience burns, cuts and insect bites during camping. To have your primary first-aid within your reach is thus an essential need. In your kit, you should place adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, sterile gauze pads, …

Publish Date: 07/11/2010 8:38

http://www.hotmake.info/business-and-industry/small-business/camping-essentials-you-need-to-keep-when-you-are-going-camping/

Kit DesLauriers Answers Questions on Camping Essentials – Never

What are the basic essentials I would need for camping, as in equipment/devices? Kit: A tent, sleeping mattress pad and sleeping bag. From there it depends on if you are camping in your backyard or at a campground with your car right …

Publish Date: 07/05/2010 0:00

http://www.neverstopexploring.com/blog/2010/07/kit-deslauriers-answers-questions-on-camping-essentials.html

Camping Essentials You Must Keep When You Are Leaving For Camping

Usually, individuals face burns, cuts and insect bites during camping. To have your primary first-aid handy is therefore an essential requirement. In your kit, you should keep adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, sterile gauze pads, …

Publish Date: 07/15/2010 21:09

http://popularfunactivities.com/recreation-and-sports/camping-essentials-you-must-keep-when-you-are-leaving-for-camping

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NPNews: Yellowstone Does It Again, Record Visitors

Prismatic Steam in Yellowstone
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Excellent news: Yellowstone has set a new record with July being the busiest month it has ever seen with close to a million visitors. Let’s keep visiting our great national parks. Here is the full article with the great news.

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