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Explore: Bandelier National Monument

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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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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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Camping Tips: Camping in Hot Weather

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Summer is still here and with that comes the heat. The heat shouldn’t deter you from enjoying camping though. Here are some tips for camping in the heat. So read, camp, and enjoy!

Tips For Camping In The Heat « Sleeping In Tents

Camp at higher elevation, say about 10000 feet is good. That is where I am going in a couple of days. Patric Herring. June 8th, 2010. Great tips for everyone to remember, regardless of how experienced you are in backpacking and camping! …

Publish Date: 06/08/2010 7:42

http://www.sleepingintents.com/2010/06/08/tips-for-camping-in-the-heat/

5 Tips for Desert Camping

If you heed only one tip from this list, make it this one: dehydration is probably the biggest danger in the desert. You’ll drink far more water in the dry heat of the desert than you would in a more humid climate. …

Publish Date: 06/30/2010 10:33

http://matadorsports.com/5-tips-for-desert-camping

What You Should Know About Hot Weather Camping

As we reach record high temperatures across the US it’s probably a good time to review some of the tips for hot weather camping. Here are some tips to beat the heat that I have learned from my 25+ years camping with the Boy Scouts. …

Publish Date: 07/27/2010 0:45

http://shoutinggorilla.com/pop-und-politik/?p=21304

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National Park News: Fee Free Weekend August 14-15

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Here is another opportunity to visit the National Parks for free on August 14 and 15. Take this opportunity to visit some of the national parks which usually have a cost and enjoy hiking, biking, backpacking and even going to the beach. Here is an article with more information on this event.

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Free August 14-15 Mammoth Cave National Park

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Beat the heat and escape to Mammoth Cave National Park on August 14 and 15. Free self-guided tours are being offered for these days only, so be sure to take advantage of this great offer to enjoy nature while cooling off. Click here for more details on this event.

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Camp and Explore: Biscayne National Park

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Situated amidst the glitz and glamour lies Biscayne National Park. A national park for water enthusiasts, this park boasts everything from camping, boating, swimming to fishing. So take a break from amusement parks and enjoy the natural Biscayne National Park.

Camping Everglades | The Ace Travel Guide

Biscayne National Park: Biscayne National Park is one of the top underwater dive sites in the United States and is a popular attraction for those taking flights to Miami, Florida. Biscayne has been established primarily for its natural …

Publish Date: 07/29/2010 15:30

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Creating an Urban Gateway to Biscayne National Park on Virginia

Heralded for its rare combination of terrestial and undersea life, Biscayne National Park’s 173000 acres stretch out serenely between the shallow waters of
Tucked among the glitzier, busier attractions in Florida is Biscayne National Park. A national park for water lovers, there is everything from camping, boating, fishing to snorkeling. So take a break from the amusement parks and enjoy Biscayne National Park.

Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, punctuated only by a string of small …

Publish Date: 04/26/2010 0:47

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Be Sure To Visit Some National Parks During Your Florida Vacation

Biscayne National Park welcomes 500000 visitors every year. The visitors enjoy fishing, cruising, picnicking, camping and snorkeling in this park, whose large area is 95% water. Because the park is composed of water you really need a …

Publish Date: 07/21/2010 7:28

http://www.all-inclusive-family-resorts.com/orlando/be-sure-to-visit-some-national-parks-during-your-florida-vacation/

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A “Cool” Alternative: Mammoth Cave National Park

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This summer has been a really hot one and the thought of exploring National Parks that involve the heat such as Grand Canyon or the Badlands can make one sweat. If you want a cooler option, try Mammoth Canyon National Park. Here are some articles on this national park in Kentucky.

Mammoth Cave National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

Official site: includes calendar; tours, events and activities; history and nature of the park; governance and volunteer support.

Publish Date: 08/24/2006 17:00

http://www.nps.gov/maca/

Mammoth Cave National Park – UNESCO World Heritage Centre

Mammoth Cave National Park, located in the state of Kentucky, has the world’s largest network of natural caves and underground passageways, which are characteristic examples of limestone formations. The park and its underground network …

Publish Date: 09/13/2006 17:00

http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/150

Cool Caves in North America

This incredible, peerless national park in the fine state of Kentucky contains one of the best known caves on the planet. Mammoth is the longest subterranean system in recorded history and holds two major distinctions as both a UNESCO …

Publish Date: 07/13/2010 11:27

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