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I have seen quite a bit of confusion about how many national parks there are in America, and what distinguishes them from other public lands, including other units managed by the National Park Service. In this piece, I seek to clarify and explain why the 59 national parks are in a category apart: http://qtl.us/2zeylBF
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Guadalupe Mountains became a national park on this day in 1966. Happy anniversary! This is Pine Spring Canyon, one of six images and locations described in the Guadalupe Mountains chapter of Treasured Lands (http://TreasuredLandsBook.com). As explained in the book, the park is a great fall color destination which is unknown to most.
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Saguaro became a national park on this day in 1994. Happy anniversary! This is a view from the Tanque Verde Ridge Trail, one of seven images and locations described in the Saguaro National Park chapter of http://TreasuredLandsBook.com, a winner of six national book awards.
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View from Tookers Island, Isle Royale National Park, Michigan.

Tookers Island is a very small island, however, it has two camping shelters from which you can catch sunsets and sunrises with a few steps. The small size allows easily photography in each direction over water, with neighboring islands adding interest to the compositions. This makes Tookers Island maybe the most scenic place to camp in the entire Isle Royale National Park. More: http://qtl.us/2yTfdsC
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Cuyahoga Valley, Ohio became a national park on this day in 2000. Happy anniversary!

This is Brandywine Creek, one of seven images and locations described from the Cuyahoga Valley chapter of http://TreasuredLandsBook.com.
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Sunrise over Moskey Basin, Isle Royale National Park, Michigan.

Isle Royale is a roadless national park more than forty miles long, and exploring it in depth on foot requires backpacking or long hiking days, which contributes to its reputation as an involved place to visit. A little known alternative way to explore the park is by water, which allows you to make short work of destinations that are quite far to hike to like this one. More: http://qtl.us/2yTfdsC
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Isle Royale is famous for its population of wolves and moose. With just two left, you'd expect the former to be elusive, but even though there are more than 1,500 moose, there are not that easy to spot. On my third trip to Isle Royale, I was elated to be able to at least photograph one.
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Isle Royale National Park, Michigan.

I reveled in the tranquility of the evening at Rock Harbor, and the pastel hues expressed the peacefulness better than a brilliant sunset would have.
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Redwood became a national park today in 1968. Happy anniversary! This is the Lady Bird Johnson grove, one of eight images and locations described from the Redwood National Park chapter of http://TreasuredLandsBook.com, winner of six national book awards.
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Yosemite became a National Park on this day in 1890. Happy anniversary! This is Upper Yosemite Fall from Fern Ledge, one of 15 images of Yosemite National Park included in Treasured Lands (http://TreasuredLandsBook.com). That location is an exception in that I don't describe it in the book due to hazards, but you'll find it on my blog

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