US National Parks Travel Guide

Arches National Park

Explore YOUR Parks

The United States is fortunate to have an abundance of beautiful parks to visit such as National Parks. Putting it all together, there are over 390 sites that the National Park Service maintains. To top that off, there are hundreds of sites by the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and so much more! Whether you are on the west coast, the east coast, in the rockies or located in the midwest, there are more than enough opportunities to get outdoors and enjoy one of these magnificent parks. Finding a park is easy. You can find a park through our Park Locator pages by alphabet and find them on maps. Parks offer everything from wonderful hiking trails, photography and wildlife viewing opportunities, to stargazing or even boating. There is so much to do at any one of these parks and it's a fantastic way to spend time with the family. Great for all ages, educational and most of all, the serenity of parks makes for a very relaxing experience.

Bryce Canyon National Park


Coming Soon! We will be introducing a whole new area to all about destinations. These will be selected towns that are popular destinations for parks, hiking, mountain biking, climbing and more! Stay tuned as we introduce these towns this year. Destinations

Road Trip Planning

Looking to plan a scenic trip? Check out our Trip Planning to get some ideas to help you put together your own route. So pack your bags, load up the car and start exploring by taking a vacation to one of these amazing destinations! See the Road Trips

The Grand Circle

Mileage: Approximately 1187 miles. Points of Interest: Zion & Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef & Grand Canyon, Arches & Canyonlands National Federal Parks, Monument Valley Tribal Park. The Grand Circle

East Coast & Smokies

Mileage: Approximately 2100 miles. Points of Interest: From Great Smoky Mountains and Shenandoah to Cape Hatteras, this road trip has enough variation to keep any car traveler happy. East Coast & Smokies

Northern California

Mileage: Approximately 1300 miles. Points of Interest: Muir Woods & Lava Beds, Redwood & Crater Lake, Point Reyes National Seashore & Lassen Volcanic National Park. Northern California Road Trip

Yellowstone & Arches

Mileage: Approximately 1300 miles. Points of Interest: Yellowstone & Grand Teton NP's, Dinosaur & Timpanogos, Arches & Canyonlands. Yellowstone Arches


We will be introducing new content for major activities like hiking, backpacking, cycling, mountain biking, photography and wildlife viewing. Why topics like cycling and mountain biking? We have a soft spot for these two sports and in many areas in or around national parks, monuments, state parks, etc., cycling and mountain biking are some of the best ways to get to know the great outdoors. See popular activities.

National Parks History

Our National Treasures History

Our National Treasures On March 1, 1872, President Grant signed the bill into law, establishing the Yellowstone region as a public park and setting a major conservation precedent. The Nation had its first US National Park; an area of exceptional beauty was set aside for the enjoyment of generations to come, and a tradition of preserving similar areas was established. President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed Devils Tower the first national monument in 1906. There are over 390 spectacular park units to be explored across America so isn't it time to pack your bags and go on an adventure?

Outdoor Gear

Outdoor Gear

Shopping couldn't be easier on Being comfortable while visiting parks and exploring the great outdoors can often depend on the proper gear and clothing. Search our store for anything from fleece, hiking boots, shirts, pants, backpacks, water bottles and more. No matter who you are shopping for, we have something for every outdoor enthusiast. Outdoor Gear Store or Shop Gear.

Hotel Reservations

Finding a place to stay couldn't be easier. Find hotels located conveniently to your destination so you can plan your stay before you take your next trip. Remember, it is always wise to book in advance, lodges and hotels can fill up quickly in or near your favorite parks. Find Your Hotel.

Zion National Park

The Mighty 5

The Mighty 5 National Parks of Utah Canyonlands National Park, Arches National Park, Capitol Reef, Bryce and Zion National Parks. See The Mighty 5.

Nature and Wildlife

Nature & Wildlife

Ground SquirrelAre you interested in viewing wildlife during your next trip to the US National Parks? Are you planning a trip based primarily on wildlife viewing? Here a couple great ideas if wildlife viewing is top on your list for your next trip… Nature and Wildlife

Yellowstone National Park

Quick Facts

National Park System

The first National Park established, Yellowstone in 1872 Largest NP, Wrangell-St. Elias NP and Preserve, Alaska Smallest Site, The Thaddeus Kosciuszko N. Memorial Number of acres of NPS stewardship land, 79 Million Percent of the US in the National Park System, 3.6 Number of acres managed by the NPS, 84.6Million Largest NP in contiguous 48, Death Valley, 3.3M Acres 58 US National Federal Parks, 74 National Monuments Number of National Park System Units, 391 3,565 Miles of US National Scenic Trails 4 National Parkways managed by the NPS 12,250 Miles of Unpaved Trails

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park embraces a spectacular tract of mountain-and-valley scenery in the Sierra Nevada, which was set aside as a national park in 1890. The park harbors a grand collection of waterfalls, meadows, and forests that include groves of giant sequoias, the world's largest living things. Highlights of the park include Yosemite Valley, and its high cliffs and waterfalls; Wawona's history center and historic hotel; the Mariposa Grove, which contains hundreds of ancient giant sequoias; Glacier Point's (summer-fall) spectacular view of the Valley and the high country; Tuolumne Meadows (summer-fall), a large subalpine meadow surrounded by mountain peaks; and Hetch Hetchy, a reservoir in a valley considered a twin of Yosemite Valley. Learn more about Yosemite

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park is made up of two deserts, two large ecosystems primarily determined by elevation. This desert is immense and infinitely variable and yet also delicately fragile. The land here may seem to appear defeated and dead, but within its parched environment are intricate living systems, each fragment performing a slightly different function. Learn more about Joshua Tree

White Sands National Monument

White Sands National Monument

White Sands National Monument Here, great wave-like dunes of gypsum sand have engulfed 275 square miles of desert and have created the world's largest gypsum dune field. The brilliant white dunes are ever changing: growing, cresting, then slumping, but always advancing… Learn more about White Sands

Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

The Grand Canyon is more than a great chasm carved over millennia through the rocks of the Colorado Plateau. It is more than an awe-inspiring view. It is more than a pleasuring ground for those who explore the roads, hike the trails, or float the currents of the turbulent Colorado River. This canyon is a gift that transcends what we experience. Its beauty and size humble us. Its timelessness provokes a comparison to our short existence. In its vast spaces we may find solace from our hectic lives. Learn more about the Grand Canyon

Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park

Canyon lands is sliced into these three areas by the Green and Colorado rivers. Beautiful vistas and overlooks have kept park visitors in awe for many years. Canyon lands is still an untrammeled and quiet mass of canyons that often appeal to the more rugged of hikers, 4 wheel drivers and mountain bikers… Learn more about Canyonlands

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

Established on January 26, 1915, Rocky Mountain NP is a living showcase of the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains. With elevations ranging from 8,000 feet in the wet, grassy valleys to 14,259 feet at the weather-ravaged top of Longs Peak, a visitor to the park has opportunities for countless breathtaking experiences and adventures… Learn more about Rocky Mountain

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

Nestled in southern Colorado, North America's tallest dunes rise over 750 feet high against the rugged Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The wind-shaped dunes glow beneath the rugged backdrop of the mountains. This geologic wonderland, containing over 30 square miles of massive dunes, became a national monument in 1932. With the passage of the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve Act, resources now also include alpine lakes and tundra, six peaks over 13,000' in elevation, ancient spruce and pine forests, large stands of aspen and cottonwood, grasslands, and wetlands—all habitat for diverse wildlife and plant species. Learn more about Great Sand Dunes

Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park is a surprising land of scenic wonders and fascinating science. The park features one of the world's largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wood, the multi-hued badlands of the Chinle Formation known as the Painted Desert, historic structures, archeological sites, and displays of 225 million year old fossils. Petrified Forest National Park is one of the best examples of the Late Triassic (225 million years ago) in the world. Learn more about Petrified Forest