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Plowing for Diamonds in Arkansas

Plowing for Diamonds in Arkansas

November 20, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Crater of Diamonds State Park is the world’s only diamond-producing site open to the public. On average, two diamonds are found each day at the park. The state park’s policy is finder-keepers. What park visitors find is theirs to keep. Diamonds come in all colors of the rainbow. The colors found at the Crater of […]

Bear Attack Reported at Arizona Campground

Bear Attack Reported at Arizona Campground

June 1, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

An Arizona woman was injured this morning (May 1) when a bear ripped a hole in the tent where she, her husband, and their dog had been sleeping at Ponderosa Campground in Tonto National Forest, just off Highway 260 about 10 miles east of Payson. The attack occurred around 4:30 a.m. After tearing open the […]

Indulge Mom in Nature on Mothers’ Day

Indulge Mom in Nature on Mothers’ Day

May 8, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Mothers have been revered throughout history, from ancient pagan celebrations to church holidays to present-day Mother’s Day. Many countries throughout the world devote a day to honor their mothers. The tradition dates back to pagan celebrations in ancient Greece in honor of Rhea, the mother of the gods. In Rome, too, Cybele, a mother of […]

Steep Cliffs and Towering Spires: Dead Horse Point State Park

Steep Cliffs and Towering Spires: Dead Horse Point State Park

March 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Dead Horse Point State Park is perhaps Utah’s most spectacular state park. The park lies on the same broad mesa as The Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands National Park. Dead Horse Point is a peninsula of rock atop sheer sandstone cliffs about 6,000 feet above sea level. Two thousand feet below, the Colorado […]

37 diamonds found at the Crater in January

37 diamonds found at the Crater in January

February 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

January (2012) was a great start to the Crater of Diamonds 40th year as an Arkansas State Park, with more than 1,600 people visiting and 37 diamonds certified during the month. Visitation rose nearly 60% over totals from last January, and four additional diamonds were registered, according to news release. Arkansans residents registered 28 diamonds in January, […]

Mount Mitchell Drive Receives Scenic Byway Designation

Mount Mitchell Drive Receives Scenic Byway Designation

January 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The Mount Mitchell Scenic Drive is the latest route to receive an official “scenic byway” designation from the state of North Carolina. Recognized for its outstanding beauty and unique cultural features, this 52-mile drive begins atop 6,684-foot Mount Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi and traverses a national forest, state park, and National […]

Crater of Diamonds State Park Report Successful Year

Crater of Diamonds State Park Report Successful Year

January 22, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Looking back over the past 12 months, the year 2011 has been a successful one for park visitors who hunted for diamonds in the 37 ½-acre search area at Arkansas’s diamond site, the Crater of Diamonds State Park. According to Park Superintendent Justin Dorsey, over 500 diamonds were found by visitors last year. Of the […]

Join the Christmas Bird Count

Join the Christmas Bird Count

December 17, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

With their binoculars, scopes, and gazes turned to the skies, birdwatchers are often far easier to spot than the feathered friends they search for. Birds have a unique ability to inspire and delight us. They connect us with nature, with the passage of seasons, and with each other. Birding is one of the most popular […]

Tips for Choosing RV Parks/Campgrounds

Tips for Choosing RV Parks/Campgrounds

September 10, 2011 by · 3 Comments 

Choices for RV parks and campgrounds include luxurious RV resorts, activity-filled family destinations, 55+ parks, secluded natural settings, and basic parks conveniently located for an overnight stay. Prices also run the gamut. There is a variety of campgrounds, each offering different amenities and activities. These include private RV parks; casino camping; membership parks; national, state, […]

Bare Facts on Bears

Bare Facts on Bears

July 9, 2011 by · 8 Comments 

Grizzly Bear Kills Hiker in Yellowstone National Park A couple’s hike off South Rim Drive, south of Canyon Village and east of the park’s Grand Loop Road, Wednesday (July 6) morning, turned tragic when they surprised a grizzly bear sow and her cubs. Brian Matayoshi, 57, of Torrance, California, was hiking with his wife, Marylyn, […]

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