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Ready, set, summer. New ways to get lost inside America’s National Parks with the writers of Outside Magazine.
You know summer’s coming. You know you want to get out, maybe way out into the mountains and surf and splendor of the National Parks. The National Parks Service turns 100 this year. We’ve let a lot of maintenance go out in these beauties. And we've sometimes overwhelmed them. But they are still astounding beauties. This hour On Point: the pros from Outside Magazine tell us where to go, what to see, feel, smell, hear to get the most out of the National Parks now.
National Parks need a big shake-up — "The stakes are high, because the American West loses a football-field-size amount of land to development every 2.5 minutes, she noted. At the same time, scientists warn that the world is teetering on the edge of a great extinction of plants and animals. The issues are front and center in Yellowstone, where bears and wolves have returned in such high numbers that they have begun spilling out of the park boundaries, angering some local landowners. (Read about the issues confronting Yellowstone.)" (National Geographic)
Ride Huge Peaks in Rocky Mountain — There are few places more beautiful for cycling than Rocky Mountain National Park, with its high peaks and pristine forests. Several paved routes cut through the 415-square-mile swath of northern Colorado wilderness. The most famous—and most crowded—is Trail Ridge Road, but few riders realize there’s an even more spectacular route, Old Fall River Road, running parallel to it. (Outside Magazine)
Their Glory Is Available On-Demand — Thousands of people watch—but few are actually there. Instead, most witness the action via live-streaming webcam, one of several in Denali run by the National Park Service, which has launched cams throughout the park system in partnership with organizations such as media nonprofit Explore. The Brooks Falls cameras at Katmai National Park, which have transmitted images of bears hunting salmon since 2012, have attracted as many as 19,000 simultaneous viewers from as far away as Australia and Pakistan. (Outside Magazine)
This program aired on April 26, 2016.