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Grand Canyon National Park Announces 2024 Noncommercial River Trip Lottery Period

Today, Wednesday, February 1, 2023, the National Park Service will begin accepting applications for noncommercial river trip permits to raft the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park for specific launch dates within calendar year 2024. A total of 459 permits will be available for 12- to 25-day river trips. Eligible individuals may apply online …

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Joshua Tree National Park implements new backpacking permit system  

Backpackers can now obtain backpacking permits digitally at recreation.gov as of February 1, 2023, and the new system will be fully implemented on March 1, 2023. During the month of February as the system transitions, backpackers may continue to self-register at backcountry trailheads, and can book permits online for dates after March 1. After March 1, the self-registration, paper-based permits …

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Katherine Landing Fuel Dock on Lake Mohave Temporarily Closes for Modernization Project

As part of a modernization project for the fuel dock at Katherine Landing, dock-based fuel will not be available from now until March 31, 2023. Land-based fuel will be available at Katherine Landing starting this weekend. Working with the park’s concession, Katherine Landing at Lake Mohave Marina, this modernization will improve visitors’ experiences by replacing …

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Death Valley Dark Sky Festival

Death Valley offers some of the best stargazing in America. The International Dark-Sky Association has designated Death Valley National Park a Gold Tier Dark Sky Park, which is the highest rating of darkness. During our annual spring Dark Sky Festival, visitors are invited to come explore the night sky and the unique park landscapes which can help …

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Desert Wildflowers 2023

Will There be a Superbloom This Year? DesertUSA is predicting that we will have an excellent wildflower season this year.  Will it be a superbloom?  Time will tell.  Some of the best wildflower viewing areas have received a good amount of rain over the past few months.   We still have to see how the weather plays out in February.  If …

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Great Sand Dunes Begins Recruitment for 2023 Spring and Summer Internships

Great Sand Dunes is actively recruiting energetic, committed young adults for this year’s spring and summer internships. This year, the park is recruiting to fill positions for the park’s Conservation Internship Program and the Scientist in Parks internship. These internship opportunities are a great way for young adults from San Luis Valley communities to work …

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