National Parks, Monuments, BLM Sites, Forest Service, your local State Parks as well as other federal and local public lands are excellent places to go hiking. Hiking is a wonderful way to stay healthy and fit. Exploring parks on foot is one of the best ways to get to know your parks. The majority of visitors don’t usually explore past scenic viewpoints or short walks so going further and venturing into a park will always be a much more rewarding experience. The best experiences are typically day hikes so bring your backpack, food and water bottle and go explore your parks on foot! Hiking
Mountain Biking in parks is still fairly new and not all parks allow this form of activity yet. You should check ahead of time before you bring your bike along so you don’t end out disappointed. If you do visit a park that allows mountain biking, the National Park Service is asking riders to use extreme caution and to ride slowly. Many hikers are not expecting mountain bikes to be coming through! That being said, the great outdoors is where we naturally want to take our mountain bikes and parks offer the best scenery in the world for such an activity! Featured Mountain Biking
Parks offer some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities anyone could ask for. While some parks are home to more rare species or more elusive animals, some parks also can offer predictable viewing experiences like Yellowstone and Rocky Mountain National Parks. Depending on what type of wildlife you are hoping to see, mornings and evenings are typically the best times to view wildlife. Larger animals tend to be more commonly seen in mountainous parks while small critters can often be seen in much more varied parks. See more about wildlife viewing in parks. Featured Wildlife Viewing Destinations: Yellowstone, Rocky Mountain, Theodore Roosevelt, Everglades, Yosemite, Glacier.
For the more adventurous park visitors, climbing is a very popular activity in many parks. There are restrictions but as long as you abide by the rules by the National Park Service, climbing in parks are probably some of the most rewarding places to really dig your fingers in. Spectacular views, stunning scenery and a true feeling of the great outdoors perched up on one of the most famous rocks in the United States is an experience to treasure for a lifetime. So pack up your climbing harnesses and ascenders and plan your next climbing adventure in a park! Featured Climbing Destinations: Rocky Mountain, Zion, Yosemite, Joshua Tree.
There is no better way to get to know a park than by heading out into the backcountry and going backpacking. Getting away from the more heavily populated areas and surrounding yourself in the true wilderness of any park is the most rewarding experience and a true way of getting outdoors. The serenity and calm of the great outdoors is best experienced with a backpack on your back and a bivy under the big night sky. This is the ultimate way to enjoy any park that has backcountry areas and wilderness. Featured Backpacking Destinations: Rocky Mountain, North Cascades, Glacier, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Big Bend, Great Smoky Mountains.
Whether you are a professional photographer or just starting out with your new camera, you can't ask for better scenery or subjects of that of National Parks, Monuments, local State Parks and other Federal Parks. These protected places offer everything from majestic scenery to the very unique photography challenges. Sunrise and sunset are the best times to take advantage of much photography opportunities in parks but places like Yellowstone are a photographers playground and can get shocking images during any time of the day. Featured Destinations for Photography: Yellowstone, Arches, Bryce Canyon, Yosemite, Canyonlands, Petrified Forest.
While bike lanes are a rarity in parks and we hope this is something that will change over the years, cycling is an amazing way to get around parks. Caution should always be used but the rule in parks is to share the road. Pedaling your way through any park gives a completely different perspective. The fresh air, gorgeous scenery, you get an opportunity to be more one with the park. Every cyclist knows that riding in beautiful places offers something special. You can hear the birds, the wind through the leaves, and smell the freshness of the plants around you. This is a wonderful way to get to know any park. So next time you visit a park, don't just pack your luggage, pack your bike! Featured Cycling Destinations: Rocky Mountain, Black Canyon of Gunnison, Canyonlands, Arches, Bryce Canyon, Zion.