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What's New in the West: July 2015

Visit Oahu's new national monument, feed a rhino by hand at the Oregon Zoo, or get a backcountry permit for Yellowstone National Park. 

  • Oahu’s new national monument, the Honouliuli internment and POW camp, held as many as 4,000 people captive during World War II.
  • Woodrow Wilson dedicated Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park, less than two hours from Denver, in 1915. Anniversary events take place through September.
  • Visiting Washington’s lovely San Juan Islands? Reserve vehicle space aboard the Anacortes/San Juan Islands Ferry using the Save a Spot reservation system. Book at (888) 808-7977 or
  • The Oregon Zoo in southwest Portland now allows you to feed a hippo or a rhino by hand. A longtime zoo employee leads this and other encounter tours.
  • At the Anchorage Museum, the new SparkLab encourages invention with historical artifacts and hands-on activities such as testing electric circuits and creating a flying gyroscope.
  • Explore Ketchikan by electric-assist bicycle and on foot with Ketchikan Kayak Company’s new e-bike and hike tour. $99.
  • Lone Mountain Ranch in Big Sky, Mont., celebrates 100 years with deals and events all summer long.
  • The latest edition of Best Easy Day Hikes: Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness highlights the lake-strewn mountain landscapes of central Montana (above). $14.95.
  • Enjoy Yellowstone National Park (and perhaps even its bison) with the new backcountry permit, $3 per person per night, for those 9 and up. You can also buy an annual pass for $25.


This article was first published in July 2015. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.