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Respecting Wildlife

Respecting Wildlife

Traveling to National Parks is fun and exciting for kids of all ages, including us "big" kids. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the beauty and the nature that we stop thinking about what is "right" for the wildlife that lives in these gorgeous destinations… Respecting Wildlife

Bryce Canyon National Park

Fairyland Loop Trail

Bryce Canyon National Park is in the southwestern corner of Utah, near Zion and Cedar Breaks. Most of the park is above 8000 feet elevation, so the air is clear and the views long. Bryce Canyon is famous for its odd, fanciful geologic formations known as hoodoos and the myriad of color… Fairyland Loop Trail

Lesser Known Parks

Lesser Known Parks

Here we are compiling a list of the lesser known parks from the National Parks Service, Forest Service to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) or even state parks… Lesser Known Parks

Leaf Peepers

Leaf Peepers

For leaf peepers, however, fall is the best time to witness a vast array of colors as the leaves begin to change. Fall foliage road trips are the best way to take in nature's colorful display. Refer to our regional guide on the best places for leaf peepers to cruise around this fall… Fall Foliage Road Trips for Leaf Peepers

Hawaii Volcanoes Surface Lava

Hawaii Volcanoes Surface Lava

Before I first visited the Big Island of Hawaii, volcanoes weren't really the first thing that came to mind when I thought of the Hawaiian Islands. My mind was filled with more of the traditional images of white sandy beaches and drinks with little umbrellas. But after getting the chance to explore the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park… Viewing Surface Lava

First Arches

First Arches

What was it that got my young minds attention? It was Cryptobiotic Soil. That's right, dirt! What kid doesn't like dirt? This soil was like nothing I had ever heard of… First Experience at Arches

Summer Journey

Summer Journey

Yellowstone had so much to offer my new found interests in geology. It also sparked my new interest and love for wildlife. When I was little I grew up with the idea that chipmunks and squirrels were a nuisance. Now, I look out my window and thank them for being there and entertaining me while I am not on a parks adventure… Summer Journey

Jenny Lake photo credit Jeff Doran Jenny Lake photo credit Jeff Doran

Restoration of Jenny Lake Trails Continues in 2015

The Spring 1939 issue of Grand Teton Nature Notes pronounced that “By far the most popular trail in the park is the lower portion of the Cascade Canyon Trail which leaves Jenny Lake and climbs above Hidden Falls.” More than 75 years later that statement still holds true. As a result of overuse through the years the park, in conjunction with the Grand Teton National Park Foundation, launched a multi-year project in the spring of 2014 to improve the area surrounding Jenny Lake. Restoration of Jenny Lake Trails

Mailing Postcards

Mailing Postcards

This past summer, I saw that sky from those old 1980's postcards surrounding Glacier National Park in Montana. It was a blue, as pristine as the waters of the glacier fed lakes and rivers running through the Montana wilderness… Mailing Postcards

Memorable Moment

Memorable Moment

Every time I travel to a National Park, I have a memorable moment. So how does one answer the question, "What was your most memorable moment in a National Park?" Memorable National Park Moment

10 Must See

10 Must See

Although you might have a few favorites, you can likely explain reasons why so many other parks are a "must see". So how do you pick? You could take our approach and hide whenever someone asks this question or you can take on this difficult task and do your best to pick 10… 10 Must See National Parks

Fees vs Annual Pass

Fees vs Annual Pass

Are you planning on taking a road trip this summer to some National Parks or other federal lands? The America the Beautiful Federal Lands Pass might be just what you need to help save a few pennies… Park Fees vs Purchasing Annual Pass

Sprinter Tour

Sprinter Tour

By Rob Wilson

It's raining when we depart in the early morning from Haines, AK after such a beautiful day the day before. Fortunately, the "airline" gives us permission to leave the… Sprinter Tour Glacier Bay National Park by Rob Wilson Glacier Bay National Park Guest Blog by Sprinter Tour

Chestnut Blight

Chestnut Blight

by Dan Williams

Man's activities have brought about profound changes in the forests of Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP.) Beginning around the turn of the 20th century, a series…. Chestnut Blight in Great Smoky Mountains by Dan Williams

Popular Parks

Popular Parks

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