SWEARING IN THE NEW JUNIOR RANGERS
Swearing in two new junior rangers at the Grand Canyon

SWEARING IN THE NEW JUNIOR RANGERS

“This is Grand Canyon National Park, not Jurassic park,” she says, holding up a plastic dinosaur. “This is the closest you’ll get to a dinosaur!” We’re about to go on a ranger -- led fossil hunt and there are thousands of fossils to be found, she tells the crowd that includes at least two dozen kids. But there are no dinosaur bones here -- these fossils are a lot older!

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AT THE GRAND CANYON
Hannah Ethan and Eileen at the Grand Caynon

AT THE GRAND CANYON

I look around and see all kinds of families -- from around the world here to experience what is widely considered one of the wonders of the world. It was set aside as a national monument by Theodore Roosevelt in 1908 and became a national park in 1919. It remains one of the most visited parks.

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ON THE TRAIN TO THE GRAND CANYON
Fun on the train to the Grand Canyon

ON THE TRAIN TO THE GRAND CANYON

Today, the train once again carries more than 200,000 passengers to the Canyon 60 miles and 2.5 hours from Williams. Some will return the same afternoon. My cousins -- -Jayme and Mike Sitzman and Ethan, 6, and Hannah,4, and I have decided to overnight at the canyon so we have more time to “explore,” as Ethan says.

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A WATER PARK FOR GROWN UPS
Aquadome's Lazy River

A WATER PARK FOR GROWN UPS

The kids seemed to love that you swim in a lazy river from indoor pools to the outside, jump out, run outside for two seconds and then jump into one of these huge heated pools on stilts -- with salt water, one with whirlpool and massage and blessedly warm. Inside kids and their parents are playing in the expansive pools under the waterfall and in the kids’ pool that is shaped like a Noah’s Ark

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Snowshoeing at Snowmass
The Treehouse Adventure Center at Snowmass

Snowshoeing at Snowmass

“The whole idea is to educate the public about the environment so they get out and love it and want to protect it,” he says. Kids as young as seven can join one of these gentle tours. “If you can walk you can do this tour,” Carter says, but he adds if you have younger kids you can call and arrange a special tour.

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