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The pipevine caterpillar undergoes quite the transformation into this blue beauty! Pipevine swallowtail butterflies are a common sight in the park during this season.

Do you have a favorite butterfly?

Photos by: Allison Bate
Image descriptions: A black and orange pipevine swallowtail caterpillar on a green leaf; a blue and black pipevine swallowtail butterfly sunning itself on the morning dew-covered grass.
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The pipevine caterpillar undergoes quite the transformation into this blue beauty! Pipevine swallowtail butterflies are a common sight in the park during this season. 
Do you have a favorite butterfly?
Photos by: Allison Bate
Image descriptions: A black and orange pipevine swallowtail caterpillar on a green leaf; a blue and black pipevine swallowtail butterfly sunning itself on the morning dew-covered grass.Image attachment

 

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Angie Harris

8 minutes ago

While Grand Teton National Park is home to a variety of species, reptiles make up a small fraction of the population. Since reptiles are cold-blooded and can't maintain a constant body temperature, the colder climate of Grand Teton limits which reptiles call the area home.

Three species of snake, including this Wandering Garter Snake (Thamnophis elegans vagrans), make their home in Grand Teton. The valley garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis fitchi) and the rubber boa (Charina bottae) can also be found, but are less common. No venomous snakes are native to Grand Teton.

#mygrandteton #findyourpark #mygtnp

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While Grand Teton National Park is home to a variety of species, reptiles make up a small fraction of the population. Since reptiles are cold-blooded and cant maintain a constant body temperature, the colder climate of Grand Teton limits which reptiles call the area home.
Three species of snake, including this Wandering Garter Snake (Thamnophis elegans vagrans), make their home in Grand Teton. The valley garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis fitchi) and the rubber boa (Charina bottae) can also be found, but are less common. No venomous snakes are native to Grand Teton.
#mygrandteton #findyourpark #mygtnp
NPS Photo/J. Bonney

 

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What about the lawyers then? :-)

Seen quite a few on the trail around Jenny Lake 😬

1 hour ago

It's a beautiful day for a hike into Grand Canyon—or so it may seem! During the summer, temperatures in the canyon can rise up to and over 115 degrees in the shade. And that's if there is shade—many trails into the canyon are open and exposed to the sun, with very limited access to shade or water.

So: Don't be fooled! Be prepared for the elements, don't hike between 10am and 4pm if possible, and review our Summer Hiking guide for even more practical advice: www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/hike-smart.htm
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Its a beautiful day for a hike into Grand Canyon—or so it may seem! During the summer, temperatures in the canyon can rise up to and over 115 degrees in the shade. And thats if there is shade—many trails into the canyon are open and exposed to the sun, with very limited access to shade or water. 
So: Dont be fooled! Be prepared for the elements, dont hike between 10am and 4pm if possible, and review our Summer Hiking guide for even more practical advice: https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/hike-smart.htm

 

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Andrew Bradley!

2 hours ago

Like the sounding of a horn announcing the arrival of royalty, the blossoming of the Sego Lily, Calochortus nuttalli, has signaled that flower season on the Paunsaugunt plateau is in full swing.

A walk along the rim trail will take you past a variety of delicate, perennial flowers. As pretty as they may appear we ask that you do not remove or take these ephemeral treasures, and leave them so that future visitors can enjoy this special gift. (km)
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Like the sounding of a horn announcing the arrival of royalty, the blossoming of the Sego Lily, Calochortus nuttalli, has signaled that flower season on the Paunsaugunt plateau is in full swing.
A walk along the rim trail will take you past a variety of delicate, perennial flowers. As pretty as they may appear we ask that you do not remove or take these ephemeral treasures, and leave them so that future visitors can enjoy this special gift. (km)

 

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I’d love to know who you are. Your writing is beautiful.

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Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park was live.
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2 hours ago

Presenting Hālau Hula o Leinonalani under direction of Kumu Hula Debbie Ryder ❤️ ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Aloha, beautiful Keiki! 💚🌺

Beautiful..Aloha !❤

Beautiful performance 👍🏻💕🌺🌴🌈👏👏👏

Aloha

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Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park was live.
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2 hours ago

Kani ka pū (blowing the conch shell to open the festival) with Ka ʻOhana McDaniel

Aloha kakahiaka (good morning), we are LIVE from the 38th annual Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park cultural festival in Kahuku! Join us today, FREE, from. 10 am to 3 pm in the beautiful Kaʻū District!

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Here are the words to our ʻoli komo this morning: ʻOli Komo Composed by Kepa Maly Eia mākou i mua kou olo, Nā hoa ʻāina imi i ka pono. E aʻo mai mākou i ka hana, E ola i ka ʻāina o Kahuku. E ola mākou a mau loa! Here we are before you, Friends of the land, seeking good. Teach us what is to be done, That the land of Kahuku will have life. Let us all have life!

Greetings from Arizona! Wish we were there with you!

Hello from Atlanta!

Hello from Florida!

Hello from Tennessee!!!

I was there and had a great time two years ago...thanks for sharing which brings back some great memories!

Hailing from Whittier,ca

good to see you again Kapono

Hello from Connecticut!

Hello from Arizona!

Hello from Connecticut

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3 hours ago

Do you get this excited when you're getting ready for work?

Our dogs play a huge role in keeping Denali National Park such a beautiful place. Since motorized vehicles are not allowed in the park's original 2 million acres, the dogs are responsible for any back country transportation and hauling during winter. In the summer they serve as ambassadors for the park and put on daily demonstrations at 10am, 2pm, and 4pm. Come meet the park's canine rangers! -NH

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Do you get this excited when youre getting ready for work? 
Our dogs play a huge role in keeping Denali National Park such a beautiful place. Since motorized vehicles are not allowed in the parks original 2 million acres, the dogs are responsible for any back country transportation and hauling during winter. In the summer they serve as ambassadors for the park and put on daily demonstrations at 10am, 2pm, and 4pm. Come meet the parks canine rangers!  -NH
Photo By: Jennifer Alexander

 

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I love everything about Denali, but I think the dogs are my favorite part!

Aw my Lucky on the far side of the picture eager to pull!!!

They've got the best job!!

Do you have any Bernese Mtn Dogs working?

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3 hours ago

Fill in the Blank...
I feel the magic of the Rocky Mountains when _________________.

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I feel the magic of the Rocky Mountains when _________________.
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I first catch a glimpse of the purple mountain majesties above the fruited plain!

I feel the magic of the Rocky Mountains when I smell the pines.

I come over that rise into Estes and the vista just opens up. Same thing when traveling west on I-70 from Denver. It takes my breath away every time.

Most favorite place on earth for me!! Would love one more visit but don’t think I’ll make it!!! Thank you for all the visit’s I had the pleasure to enjoy them over 40 years of visits!!!

I go up into the mountains and enjoy their beauty, listen to the woods and view the wild life.

I look at your gorgeous pictures..... hope to go there one day......

Take a deep breath and feel that wonderful clear clean Rocky Mountain air! I feel so close to God when I’m there.

when we have first sighting and approach from our flatland home, and every moment thereafter.

I am there. Such an interesting and beautiful part of this world. I thank God for letting me visit this creation.

I will! 🙋🏻‍♀️ When I finally get to go in September for my beautiful niece’s wedding 👰🏼!! She’s a gorgeous woman and will be as beautiful as the scenery. 💕💕

When I hike ip and gaze at the spectacular view.

...I’m admiring the view from the Gem Lake privy.

We hike the mountains. Just to stand and soak in the beauty of nature around us. It has become our Happy Place. The peace and quiet around us.

When I am there. We recently move to Arizona and we are working are way back to Colorado, our forever home. ❤️

From the first moment we arrive, see the beauty, open the car doors and smell and feel that sweet, cool air.

When I breathe that great dry, crisp air! Coming from Louisiana, that first sight of them makes me smile and sigh!

I see the beautiful pictures - they bring back so many good memories!

I look at the San Juans every day, and know God created them. Love the Rocky Mountains. Born and raised in them.

I see the pure joy and excitement in my kids eyes!

I get tears in my eyes when, after a day of driving across the plains, I see what looks like clouds on the horizon... the front range. After 45 years you'd think my reaction would change. Nope.

When I get going-to-elevation approval of my cardiologist to go up there from FoCo for the day! I haven't been since last year. My friend took me and we had a lovely time driving around and slowly circling Sprague Lake, then lunch with a view at the Trailhead. Once my surgery is done, I'll envision becoming the hearty hiker once more and heading to all my favorite trails again!

I’m in the park looking at them! Mountains are my happy place!

I'm heading west out of Lakewood on I-70 ascending and see the bridge crossing the highway near Evergreen and the Snow Capped Mountains rise UP instantly, before your eyes just beyond! A Majestic site. You instantly know the views are going to become More amazing the rest of the climb ?

My soul and the mountains become one!

When we arrive in the mountains, hike the mountains, enjoy the quiet of the mountains, the sky that is bluer than anywhere else I've ever been..... be still my heart❤ The mountains are my happy place!!

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Grand Canyon National Park

4 hours ago

Join us at the Watchtower Saturday and Sunday, July 13 and 14, from 9:00 am-4:00 pm for a chance to meet Hopi artists Curtis and Gregory Naseyowma. Curtis will be demonstrating the art of kachina carving and his brother, Gregory, will show how he creates his beautiful Hopi overlay jewelry.Join us at the Watchtower Saturday and Sunday, July 13 and 14, from 9:00 am-4:00 pm for a chance to meet Hopi artists Curtis and Gregory Naseyowma. Curtis will be demonstrating the art of kachina carving and his brother, Gregory, will show how he creates his beautiful Hopi overlay jewelry. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Keith Lefevre Lyn Vilardi LeFevre my uncle's

5 hours ago

The snow may be gone in the valley, but it's still hanging on to the higher elevation trails. The trail up to Paintbrush Divide from the Paintbrush Canyon side is entirely snow covered. Although these photos were taken on June 30th, rangers have reported the trail conditions have changed very little since then.

If you are hoping to hike in one of the upper elevation areas of the park, be sure to stop in at the Jenny Lake Ranger Station or visitor centers to get updates on current conditions. Ice axe and crampons may be recommended for steeper slopes that are snow-covered.

Photos: 1) looking up at Paintbrush Divide from Paintbrush Canyon. 2) a hiker uses an ice axe while crossing a steep snow field. Photos taken by the Jenny Lake Rangers.
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The snow may be gone in the valley, but its still hanging on to the higher elevation trails. The trail up to Paintbrush Divide from the Paintbrush Canyon side is entirely snow covered. Although these photos were taken on June 30th, rangers have reported the trail conditions have changed very little since then. 
If you are hoping to hike in one of the upper elevation areas of the park, be sure to stop in at the Jenny Lake Ranger Station or visitor centers to get updates on current conditions. Ice axe and crampons may be recommended for steeper slopes that are snow-covered.
Photos: 1) looking up at Paintbrush Divide from Paintbrush Canyon. 2) a hiker uses an ice axe while crossing a steep snow field. Photos taken by the Jenny Lake Rangers.Image attachment

 

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Grand Teton National Park, thanks for the info. Any update on Hurricane Pass?

Brian one month....

Sure makes good water

Dennis!! Where are you guys planning to climb?

Christine Davey Boggs Alicia Grace This is where I hiked when I went to Wyoming in late July 2007. There wasn't any snow like this.

Barb Kemper

I live in "it's 93°F but feels like 106°F" Florida. O, for a lovely roll about in that snow!

Awesome

Melissa Nelson

Beautiful

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5 hours ago

Studying geology is often like showing up to the scene of the crime millions of years after the fact—but you would be amazed at what you can still learn. Join a park ranger every day at 2pm or 3:30pm at the Yavapai Geology Museum (Or 10:30am at the Grand Canyon Lodge Veranda on the North Rim) to learn more about how stunning rock formations like these were formed, and how the canyon itself came to be.

For more information about park ranger programs at Grand Canyon this summer, visit: www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/ranger-program.htm - BM
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Studying geology is often like showing up to the scene of the crime millions of years after the fact—but you would be amazed at what you can still learn. Join a park ranger every day at 2pm or 3:30pm at the Yavapai Geology Museum (Or 10:30am at the Grand Canyon Lodge Veranda on the North Rim) to learn more about how stunning rock formations like these were formed, and how the canyon itself came to be. 
For more information about park ranger programs at Grand Canyon this summer, visit: https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/ranger-program.htm - BM

 

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Love the analogy! CSI Grand Canyon! If Karl Karlstrom is a Grand Canyon ‘detective’, then as a geochemist I must be a ‘pathologist’!

We will be there in two weeks but won’t have a car. Is there a way to get there from the Maswick Lodge? I would LOVE to attend this!!

Cutting grass is a blessing in disguise... be thankful for your lawnmower as well as the grass

This is for you Norman

Nice ✨

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5 hours ago

On Friday, July 5th, at 8:20 pm, a 7.1 M earthquake impacted Devils Hole. The waves created (seiche) by the earthquake caused the water to raise and drop at least 10-15 ft. There were not any stranded pupfish found Saturday morning. The fish seem to be in good condition with spawning behavior occurring. 15-20 fish (10-25 mm) were observed on the shelf on Saturday morning. Program staff as well as cooperating agencies visited the site to conduct several "recovery" actions. (NPS Video/Hoerner/AD version www.nps.gov/deva/learn/photosmultimedia/videos.htm Description: views above and below ground of the pool of water and shallow shelf as the earthquake shaking impacts the area, including water level droping and rising rapidly and water turbidity) ... See MoreSee Less

 

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So breathtaking...nice that reportedly there were no casualties. Those little fishes clinging to life in an already extreme environment, the underwater camera showing a devastating event. I saw many of them during our January visit to Ash Meadows Refuge, all of them in the ponds, they can't be seen in Devil's Hole from the distance.

I'm just here for that amazing barn owl.

Great news! Hoping this will help their numbers.

Wow! That is incredible. Thank you.

Thanks for sharing

Great footage!

Thanks for posting. It makes me realize the impact on living other than human.

So there was a tsunami...very small, but definitely a tsunami in that pool of water.

Impressive video. Glad the pup fish are OK.

I visited devils hole and other pupfish sites years ago. Hope they are okay. Such a precarious existence m and not many left!

Amazing!

Amazing.

So cool! Has USGS compared the exact timing of spikes in Devils Hole or any other nearby wells with the first recording of the quake? Curious if groundwater started shifting beforehand...

Sieche technically in geologic terms. Glad they're ok.

Ian Keith WE HAVE BEEN HERE!!! I was thinking how it would impact the pupperfish!

Is there a small breeding group of backup pupfish that are kept in a separate location in case anything disastrous happens to the main population? Not keeping your eggs in one basket literally. 🐟

I forever will be impacted of this footage.

Karly that's just freaky that any earthquake affects it, good thing the fishies are ok! :)

That was intense holy Scheisse! Nice capture and that owl is welcome to hang out with me anytime 😁

<screaming pupfish noises>

Brandon The pupfish got a good shake! 😳

Carol Patterson this is crazy!

How does that compare to the earthquake result from several years back where the epicentre was down Mexico way?

Wow.

Melissa Rivera

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6 hours ago

Today is the last day to choose your favorite park horse for the National I Love Horses Day "beauty" contest! If you haven't Commented or Liked your choice yet, do so before midnight your time on July 13. We will announce the winner on July 15, National I Love Horses Day! (hl) #parkhorses #horses #nationalIlovehorsesday #PetrifiedForest #parkchat ... See MoreSee Less

Today is the last day to choose your favorite park horse for the National I Love Horses Day beauty contest! If you havent Commented or Liked your choice yet, do so before midnight your time on July 13. We will announce the winner on July 15, National I Love Horses Day! (hl) #parkhorses #horses #nationalIlovehorsesday #PetrifiedForest #parkchat

 

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Sparkler

Hickory! Hickory! Hickory! <3

Daisy!

Hickory!

Hickory ❤️❤️😍❤️❤️

Hickory

Hickory

Hickory is #1

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7 hours ago

July has been unusually mild and wet so far, but the foggy weather has a way of making colors pop. Patches of scarlet paintbrush (Castilleja miniata) are blooming along roadsides in the Paradise area. Scarlet paintbrush can be bright red, but can range in color to orange or even yellow in rare cases! Peak bloom in the meadows is probably still a few weeks off, but a driving tour of the park is a good way to view wildflowers.

For updates on what’s blooming where check out www.nps.gov/mora/planyourvisit/wildflower-status.htm

NPS photo of scarlet paintbrush at Paradise, 7/11/19. ~kl
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July has been unusually mild and wet so far, but the foggy weather has a way of making colors pop. Patches of scarlet paintbrush (Castilleja miniata) are blooming along roadsides in the Paradise area. Scarlet paintbrush can be bright red, but can range in color to orange or even yellow in rare cases! Peak bloom in the meadows is probably still a few weeks off, but a driving tour of the park is a good way to view wildflowers. 
For updates on what’s blooming where check out https://www.nps.gov/mora/planyourvisit/wildflower-status.htm
NPS photo of scarlet paintbrush at Paradise, 7/11/19. ~kl

 

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Cara Noonan

Spectacular down Stevens Canyon Road

Beck Fenio

Beautiful paintbrush

So beautiful.

Uhhhh! Pretty!

Love this time of year in Mt Rainier Nat Park when all the wildflowers are in bloom!

This is Indian Paintbrush grown in the mountains

For you Auntie!

Yes! One of the most prolific springs I have ever seen!!

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9 hours ago

Spending multiple days in the Zion area and looking for activities beyond the park? Southwest Utah is home to a plethora of public land that can provide opportunity for recreation and adventure throughout the summer!

Bryce Canyon National Park and Cedar Breaks National Monument are both located within a few hours of Zion. Each offering unique scenery and opportunity for plant/wildlife viewing. These public lands are also an excellent way to escape the heat here in Zion, both parks are located at higher elevation and average lower temperatures throughout the summer!

Regardless of where you choose to visit remember to stay hydrated throughout your day by carrying (and drinking!) plenty of water on any hikes. Hydration is a day long activity, only drinking water at the beginning of the day will not keep you hydrated throughout.

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Spending multiple days in the Zion area and looking for activities beyond the park? Southwest Utah is home to a plethora of public land that can provide opportunity for recreation and adventure throughout the summer! 
Bryce Canyon National Park and Cedar Breaks National Monument are both located within a few hours of Zion. Each offering unique scenery and opportunity for plant/wildlife viewing. These public lands are also an excellent way to escape the heat here in Zion, both parks are located at higher elevation and average lower temperatures throughout the summer!
Regardless of where you choose to visit remember to stay hydrated throughout your day by carrying (and drinking!) plenty of water on any hikes. Hydration is a day long activity, only drinking water at the beginning of the day will not keep you hydrated throughout.
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North rim of the Grand Canyon is close too!

The drive up through Escalante over to Capital Reef NP via Hwy 12 the scenic byway is very nice. Great hiking.

The Coral Pink Sand Dunes are a good place to visit too.

Better take a jacket to Cedar Breaks. I've been 4 times and it's freezing!

North rim Grand Canyon

Love Bryce Canyon, but I have t been the cedar breaks yet. I live Arches too. Nice parks in Utah!

Just went last weekend. It's so Beautiful!

Along with Capitol Reef NP in Torrey, Utah this is part of the most awe inspiring area in the US.

Snow Canyon state Park is just as special. No crowds

I was at both Zion and Bryce last month. Both are amazing and beautiful places to hike! ❤️

Also check out Best Friends Animal Society near Kanab. They have a great cafe too for lunch. 👍

Beautiful

Try the Ramparts at Cedar breaks! The switchbacks are tough but worth it!

Che luoghi meravigliosi!

Josh Bridge

Bryce Bryce Bryce Bryce Bryce Bryce Bryce

"Hoo Doo's and Fins" 👣👣

Crowds included?

Jason Weitzel

Eric Jason

Billy Treacy

Kim Hall Ashton have you seen this?

See it now before all the mines show up to ruin our children's legacy.

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It's a beautiful day for a hike into Grand Canyon—or so it may seem! During the summer, temperatures in the canyon can rise up to and over 115 degrees in the shade. So don't be fooled! Be prepared for the elements, and review our Summer Hiking guide: https://t.co/PLebJuMU21

When storm clouds roll over #GrandCanyon, your first instinct may be to stand still and watch the spectacle. Don't be fooled! Lightning is very dangerous on the rim, and no picture is worth life or limb. https://t.co/CK82kjhaxW -mq

Our Volunteer Program, partnering with @GreeningYouth, is searching for an outgoing and highly motivated person to help us plan, organize, and lead service-learning work with volunteer groups.

Apply for this paid internship and learn more: https://t.co/VhtEpDSVu5

The @Powell150 expedition has exited Lake Powell. #Paperpowell
enjoyed his time in @Glencanyonnps and visiting the Carl Hayden Visitor
Center and the @smithsonian Water/Ways exhibit. Onward down to
@GrandCanyonNPS!

Look for another round of isolated to scattered monsoon showers and thunderstorms today. The main threat from activity will be cloud-to-ground lightning and wind gusts to 45 mph. Please consider this if you plan on any hiking adventures today. #azwx

What happened here? This summer, learn #GrandCanyon Geology from a park ranger. (South Rim: 2 pm & 3:30 pm daily - Yavapai Geology Museum) (N. Rim: 10:30 am daily - Grand Canyon Lodge Veranda) https://t.co/FDcvGINN1j #SummerLearning #Geology #Arizona #RangerProgram -mq

I throw my arms up in the air sometimes…Saying ayeoh, I’m a saguaro.

Did you know the average saguaro ("sah-wah-ro" or "suh-wah-ro.") is about 30 ft tall? Arms usually begin to grow after it’s about 15 ft tall and around 75 years old.

Image: @SaguaroNPS

#FindYourPark 🌵

The TRAMP and The ROUGH RIDER, with Joe Wiegand as THEODORE ROOSEVELT, and Lee Stetson as JOHN MUIR - Performances July 16 and 17, 8:30 pm, McKee Amphitheater, South Rim - Free and open to the public https://t.co/TaARFd80qY GrandCanyon #Arizona #Flagstaff #NAU #Event -mq

Is it the weekend yet?
Pikas (Ochotona princeps) work hard during the summer to collect grasses and other vegetation that they store for winter food. Have you, too, been working hard this summer?
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NPS/Lynn Kittridge Photo -kl

The elk of Grand Canyon fear no man... but even they respect the "God of Hunters." In tonight's evening program, discover the canyon's most fearsome predator, and learn why it is both revered and feared throughout the Americas. Program begins at 8:30pm at McKee Amphitheater. - BM

Erosion-resistant Redwall Limestone stands as a bold rock layer throughout Grand Canyon. #Geology #GrandCanyon #Arizona #Friday -mq

Bruce Aiken will be sharing his story this month on July 26 for our Grand Canyon Lecture Series. Check out the full schedule on our website: https://t.co/6xJ39NTGYV @NAUClineLibrary #GoGrand

Scattered showers and storms will continue through the afternoon. #cowx

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