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Old 14th July 2011, 05:16 PM
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Default National Parks: What's your favorite?

Scattered in all countries all over the world, you're bound to have a National Park near by or not far away.
From the worlds first National Park, Yellowstone, to Royal National Park in Australia, what's your favorite?
Many of these places are truly inspiring to get you back in touch with the "untouched" side of our world. Share your thoughts, pictures or anything National Parks related here.
I thought i would create this thread after watchin "The National Parks" Ken Burns series for the umpteenth time.
With all the Governmental problems we face, it's not hard to see the upside of things when venturing into a park.

This is very true & doesn't speak for only the parks here in America, but for all over the world.
Use them. Protect them!

Here's a peak at the series if you have never seen it. I don't recommend movies much, but this series is great! All shot in HD with great narrating & music. You can get this on Netflix, buy it, or heck your local library could even have a copy of it. You'd be surprised what you can learn from it.
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this looks pretty rad, will probably have to watch it
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I'm not a big fan of National Parks, because here in NSW you are so restricted in what you can and cannot do. Instead, state forrests are far better for actually enjoying the bush, but sadly more and more of these have been down graded to national parks, and those that remain access is becoming increasingly restricted. The bigoted greenies who think they are the only ones who love nature have influenced governments to bring all of this about. Of the National Parks, Blue Mountains is pretty good, while the Whiam Whiam State forest is pretty cool- but I love Watagans as well.
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My favourite, would have to be Abercrombie
I first went there in 2006 & have been hooked every since. I've been there at least once ever year since then & can't wait to go back there again

If I was to pic something a little closer to home, I would have to say that The Watagans or possibly Yengo.

And yes Rally, I fully understand where you are coming from re the greenies

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Upon further reflection, and having been to more state forests and national parks than I can remember, even being in a poor national park is better than being in the best city.
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even being in a poor national park is better than being in the best city.
Well said! I hear where you are coming from on the parks too. The national forest are just there & not patrolled by rangers constantly.
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Is it true that US park rangers are armed? If so, is that so they can be used to defend against wildlife, or as enforcement of park laws?
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Armed to busta' cap in someone's a**! Actually i'll check on that. Game Wardens are armed full time, as they have the authority to go onto properties without search warrants, so they tend to encounter more crazy people. I know Rangers can carry Rifles, but not sure about carrying small arms all the time. Good question.

Alrighty, just looked it up. Only certain park Rangers are armed depending upon what their position/job duty is. They are in fact a form of Federal Law Enforcement, so that about sums it up.
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I don't think I've been to one yet that I didn't like. But, Grand Tetons National Park in Wyoming is high on my "I'd like to go back there and just take it all in some more" list.. Canyonlands in Utah is great for exploring the terrain..

I've been to Bryce Canyon and Arches (both in Utah) also and thoroughly enjoyed them. Of course, the Grand Canyon is great, but it's a little too "look in the hole" for my tastes.. I like getting up a little closer than "hey, look down there at the river!"
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It is a bit confusing but our national parks are run by state governments, and here at least are unarmed as far as I know. With the exception of crocodiles in the northern tropics there are no dangerous animals which would warrant rangers carrying guns. Well, you wouldn't want to upset a tiger snake or similar I guess.

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Armed to busta' cap in someone's a**! Actually i'll check on that. Game Wardens are armed full time, as they have the authority to go onto properties without search warrants, so they tend to encounter more crazy people. I know Rangers can carry Rifles, but not sure about carrying small arms all the time. Good question.

Alrighty, just looked it up. Only certain park Rangers are armed depending upon what their position/job duty is. They are in fact a form of Federal Law Enforcement, so that about sums it up.
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