September 23, 1985 |
Autumn arrived with a shiver and a coat of snow in the northern Rockies and Plains today as a fast-moving storm skated southward from Canada, while the East Coast braced for a tropical storm, a weather system fueled by heat. On the first full day of fall, Colorado's higher mountains made the transition from summer with a new accumulation of six inches of snow. Colorado's Trail Ridge Road, the highest continuous paved road in North America, was closed during the weekend by four-foot snowdrifts.
October 12, 1985 |
A rain-swollen Kansas river rose four feet in one hour, forcing 100 residents to flee their homes Friday, while heavy thunderstorms across New Mexico washed out bridges, closed roads and took the life of one woman. Officials at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado closed the 11,000-foot-high Trail Ridge Road for the winter after snowplows failed to bust seven-foot drifts. The Whitewater River in Augusta, Kan., fed by up to five inches of rain, was more than 30 feet deep and rising.
October 7, 2003 |
Remember gorp, the funky trail mix of the '80s? It went the way of hair bands when PowerBars hit the market, but today's outward-bound will find bona fide sustenance at GORP.com (Great Outdoor Recreation Pages). The home page kicks things off with editorial essays, travel deals and Web links -- all geared to experiencing the world outdoors. Seasonal and regional offerings make the site relevant locally. Click on "Close to Home" for day trips and current activities nearest you.
August 15, 2002 |
Firefighters were working to control a wildfire near an upscale suburban neighborhood Wednesday but lost a single-engine airplane delivering retardant when it veered off a runway. Authorities suspected a passing Union Pacific train sparked the wildfire, which forced the evacuation of approximately 90 homes about 10 miles west of Denver. Residents were allowed to return late Wednesday evening. The airplane, carrying fire retardant for the U.S.
July 13, 2012 |
Los Angeles Times photographer Mark Boster created a remarkable photographic record of Yosemite National Park in four seasons. His photos are spectacular -- and he shares some details on how he got those pictures. Now here's a chance to learn from the pros how to capture the wonders of California's signature park. Canon and the American Park Network are sponsoring free photography workshops three times a day to take you around Yosemite and get you snapping. The deal: The Photography in the Parks program includes free photo and video workshops at 9 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and sunset (around 8 to 8:30 p.m.)
August 24, 2012 |
The National Park Service , the agency that overseas 397 national parks, battlefields, monuments, historic sites, seashores and even scenic byways, turns 96 on Saturday. Some parks are older than that -- Yellowstone, the nation's oldest park, was created in 1872 -- and some are much younger. Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve , for example, is little known even though it stretches 8.4 million acres in Alaska's Brooks Range. It became a national park and preserve in 1980.
March 17, 1996
Campers can now reserve sites up to five months in advance--compared to the previous limit of 56 days--at 12 of the country's most popular national parks, including five in California. The participating parks in the state include Yosemite, Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Sequoia-Kings Canyon and Whiskeytown. The others are Acadia National Park, Me.; Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland and Virginia; Cape Hatteras National Seashore, N.C.; Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tenn.