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What a beautiful world we live in! Spring is in the air and May is a fantastic month for moving! Moving is FLYing! This year we will be enjoying all of the National Parks as we take our Virtual Walking Tour! Don’t forget, every 15 minutes equals 1 mile! Check often and record your minutes. Moving is such a wonderful way to to lift your spirits, stay healthy and have more energy. Let’s make this month’s habit stick for the rest of the year!
15. Crater Lake National Park
This place is located in southern Oregon. It is the 5th oldest National Park in the US. The deepest lake in the United States is located here.
The park encompasses the caldera of Crater Lake, a remnant of a destroyed volcano, Mount Mazama, and the surrounding hills and forests. The lake is 1,943 feet deep at its deepest pointwhich makes it the second deepest lake in North America and the ninth deepest in the world. The lake’s water commonly has a striking blue hue, and the lake is re-filled entirely from direct precipitation in the form of snow and rain. Snow typically accumulates in the park to depths of 10 to 15 feet by early spring.
14. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
This place is located in western Colorado. For a brief period this park was on the main line of a transcontinental railroad system. There are rafting opportunities here but only for expert kayakers.
The park contains 12 miles (19 km) of the 48-mile (77 km) long canyon of the Gunnison river. The Gunnison River drops an average of 34 feet per mile through the entire canyon, making the 5th steepest mountain descents in North America. The Gunnison River is primarily responsible for carving the canyon. The main attraction of the park is the scenic drive along U S highway 50 and Colorado highway 92 as well as the south rim
The Black Canyon is a center for rock climbing, in a style known as traditional climbing. Most of the climbs are difficult and are only done by advanced climbers.
13. Biscayne National Park
This place is located in southern Florida. 95% of this park is water. It marks the southernmost extent of the Atlantic barrier islands.
The park preserves Biscayne Bay and its offshore barrier reefs, some of the top scuba diving and snorkeling areas in the United States. The offshore portion of the park includes the northernmost region of the Florida Reef, one of the largest coral reefs in the world. Biscayne National Park protects four distinct ecosystems: the shoreline mangrove swamp, the shallow waters of Biscayne Bay, the coral limestone keys and the offshore Florida Reef. Sixteen endangered species including the Schaus’ swallowtail butterfly, smalltooth sawfish, manatees, and green and hawksbill sea turtles may be observed in the park.
12. Big Bend National Park
This park is located in the state of Texas. Part of the Rio Grande is included in this place. It shares parts of itself with Mexico.
Big Bend has national significance as the largest protected area of Chihuahuan Desert topography and ecology in the United States. It is larger than the state of Rhode Island.
For more than 1,000 miles The Rio Grande/Río Bravo forms the international boundary between Mexico and the United States, and Big Bend National Park administers approximately 244 miles along that boundary. In 2012, the park was named as an “International Dark Sky Park” by the International Dark-Sky Association, which recognized the park as one of only ten places on the planet certified for dark sky stargazing.
11. Conagree National Park
This place is located in South Carolina. The Congaree River flows through the park. The park preserves a significant part of the Middle Atlantic coastal forests ecoregion. Congaree National Park preserves the largest tract of old growth bottomland hardwood forest left in the United States.
The lush trees growing in this floodplain forest are some of the tallest in the Eastern U.S., forming one of the highest temperate deciduous forest canopies remaining in the world.
About 57 percent (15,000 acres) of the park is designated wilderness area. It is a designated Wilderness Area, an International Biosphere Reserve, a Globally Important Bird Area and a National Natural Landmark. In 2008, South Carolina Educational Television (SCETV) produced a documentary on the history of the Congaree National Park.
10. Channel Islands National Park
This place is located off the coast of California. It was designated a U.S. National Monument on April 26, 1938, and a National Biosphere Reserve in 1976. Park headquarters and the Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center are located in the city of Ventura.
Channel Islands National Park is a United States national park that consists of five of the eight Channel Islands off the coast of the U.S. state of California, in the Pacific Ocean. The Nature Conservancy owns and manages 76% of Santa Cruz Island, the largest island in the park. It was promoted to a National Park on March 5, 1980. The park consists of 249,354 acres, half of which are under the ocean. The Channel Islands National Park is renowned for its large number of complex, beautiful Sea Caves.
9. Carlsbad National Cavern
This is a United States National Park in the Guadalupe Mountains in southeastern New Mexico. The park has two entries on the National Register of Historic Places: The Caverns Historic District and the Rattlesnake Springs Historic District. This place sits in a bed of limestone above a layer of groundwater; below the groundwater are petroleum reserves.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park is open every day of the year except Christmas Day
Approximately two thirds of the park has been set aside as a wilderness area, helping to ensure no future changes will be made to the habitat. Carlsbad Cavern includes a large cave chamber, the Big Room, a natural limestone chamber which is almost 4,000 feet long, 625 feet wide, and 255 feet high at the highest point. In 1932 the National Park opened up a large visitor center building that contained two elevators that would take visitors to the caverns below. The new center included a cafeteria, waiting room, museum and first aid area. Carlsbad Caverns sees an average of 407,211 visitors every year.
7. Capitol Reef National Park
The area was named for a line of white domes and cliffs of Navajo Sandstone, each of which looks somewhat like the United States Capitol building. It is a United States National Park, in south-central Utah. The town nearest is Torrey, Utah, which lies eight miles west of the visitor’s center on Highway 24.
The park, established in 1971, preserves 241,904 acres and is open all year, although May through September are the most popular months. ”Capitol Reef” is the name of an especially rugged and spectacular segment of the Waterpocket Fold near the Fremont River. Capitol Reef encompasses the Waterpocket Fold, a warp in the earth’s crust that is 65 million years old. It was called “Wayne Wonderland” in the 1920s by local boosters Ephraim P. Pectol and Joseph S. Hickman. For several years, the photographer – J.E. Broaddus – traveled and lectured on “Wayne Wonderland”.
6. Canyonlands National Park
This is a U.S. National Park located in southeastern Utah near the town of Moab. Author Edward Abbey, a frequent visitor, described this place as “the most weird, wonderful, magical place on earth—there is nothing else like it anywhere. On average 440,039 people visited the park each year. The Colorado River and Green River combine within the park, dividing it into four distinct districts.
The park is divided into four districts: the Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze, and the rivers themselves. The Island in the Sky district, with its proximity to the Moab, Utah area, attracts the majority (59 percent) of park users. The Maze district is located west of the Colorado and Green rivers is the least accessible section of the park, and one of the most remote and inaccessible areas of the United States. Hikers, mountain bikers, backpackers, and four-wheelers all enjoy traveling the rugged, remote trails within the Park. Political compromise at the time of the park’s creation limited the protected area to an arbitrary portion of the Canyonlands basin. Conservationists hope to complete the park by bringing the boundaries up to the high sandstone rims that form the natural border of the Canyonlands landscape.
5. Bryce Canyon National Park
This national park lies within the Colorado Plateau geographic province of North America and straddles the southeastern edge of the Paunsagunt Plateau west of the Paunsagunt Fault. Rainbow Point, the highest part of the park at 9,105 feet is at the end of an 18-mile scenic drive. About 170 species of birds visit the park each year, including swifts and swallows. Asteroid 49272 was named after this national park.
The major feature of the park is Bryce Canyon, which despite its name, is not a canyon but a collection of giant natural amphitheaters along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. Bryce is distinctive due to geological structures called hoodoos, formed by frost weathering and stream erosion of the river and lake bed sedimentary rocks. The Bryce Canyon area was settled by Mormon pioneers in the 1850s and was named after Ebenezer Bryce, who homesteaded in the area in 1874. The USS Bryce Canyon was named for the park and served as a supply and repair ship in the U.S. Pacific Fleet from September 15, 1950, to June 30, 1981. The Utah Prairie Dog is a threatened species that was reintroduced to the park for conservation, and the largest protected population is found within the park’s boundaries.
This place is in southwest South Dakota. It includes sites from the 1890s Ghost Dances.
For 11,000 years, Native Americans have used this area for their hunting grounds.
Badlands National Park, in southwest South Dakota preserves 242,756 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles, and spires blended with the largest protected mixed grass prairie in the United States. It is the site of the reintroduction of the black-footed ferret, the most endangered land mammal in North America. The park administers the nearby Minuteman Missile National Historic Site.
3. Arches National Park
The park is located just outside of Moab, Utah, and is 76,679 acres in area. Forty-three arches have collapsed due to erosion since 1970. The park receives 10 inches of rain a year on average. Administered by the National Park Service, the area was originally created as a National Monument on April 12, 1929.
The national park lies atop an underground evaporite layer or salt bed, which is the main cause of the formation of the arches, spires, balanced rocks, sandstone fins, and eroded monoliths in the area. This place is a national park located in Utah. It is known for preserving over 200 natural sandstone arches. The world famous Delicate Arch is located here.
2. National Park of American Samoa
It is the only American national park south of the equator. This park includes coral reefs and rain forest and is popular for hiking, snorkeling, and scuba diving. It is distributed across 3 different islands. The primary purpose of the park is that of preservation of Samoa’s unique natural resources.
Of the park’s 9,000 acres 6,500 acres is land and 2,500 acres is water. The islands are mostly covered by tropical rainforest, including cloud forest on Tau and lowland ridge forest on Tutuila. Some of the largest living coral colonies (Porites) in the world are at Tau Island. The coral reefs are under significant threat due to rising ocean temperatures and carbon dioxide concentration, as well as sea level rise.
1. Acadia National Park, Maine
This place was originally created as Lafayette National Park in 1919. The area first was inhabited by the Wabanaki people. About 2 million people visit this place per year. It reserves much of Mount Desert Island, and associated smaller islands, off the Atlantic coast. It is the oldest National Park east of the Mississippi River, it was renamed Acadia in 1929. Beginning on October 17, 1947, 10,000 acres of Acadia National Park were burned in a fire that began along the Crooked Road several miles west of Hulls Cove.
In 2002, the National Park Service acquired the former naval base located in the Schoodic Peninsula District of Acadia National Park, and renovated it into the Schoodic Education and Research Center (SERC). The park includes mountains, an ocean shoreline, woodlands, and lakes.