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Posts for National Parks Category

Black Hills National Forest

In the western South Dakota and northeastern Wyoming, there stands a forest covering over a 1.2 million acres of hills and mountain lands. Rugged rock…

Jewel Cave National Monument

Nestled within the Black Hills of South Dakota, hides a place of wonders deep within the dark bowels of the earth. Brilliant colored rocks and…

Minuteman Missile National Historic Park

Sometimes while traveling you find the side trips are just as amazing as the destination you had in mind. We decided to visit the Minuteman…

Devils Tower National Monument

Bear Lodge. Bear's Tipi. Tree Rock, Grey Butte. Aloft on a Rock. Bear's House. Bear's Lair. Home of the Bears. Mythic-owl Mountain. Ghost Mountian. Over…

Glacier National Park: Lake McDonald Valley

Many visitors to Glacier National Park use the Lake McDonald Valley as a hub of activity on the west side. Massive glaciers filled the area…

Mount Rushmore

On the whole, Mount Rushmore feels like some mix between a roadside tourist attraction and a national monument. Likely that is because it was first…

Glacier: Logan Pass

The bright afternoon sun shining over a glossy green field dotted with colorful wildflowers. Turning my head upward, I gape at dozens of craggy mountain…

Glacier National Park: Many Glacier

Many Glacier in Glacier National Park, feels like the Swiss alps. Extensive mountains, live glaciers, and crystal lakes provide a striking backdrop to any hike,…

Glacier National Park: Two Medicine

I regret not staying somewhere on the east side of Glacier National Park. Yes, there are a lot more a amenities on the west side,…

Glacier National Park: North Fork

I wanted seclusion. Guides and rangers told me that the uncrowded areas of the North Fork in Glacier National Park would be my best bet.…

Glacier: Going-To-The-Sun Road

Have you ever seen the 1980 film, The Shining? In the opening credits, we see the Torrance family car traveling northward along a lake and…

Little Bighorn Battlefield

On our way through Southern Montana, we decided to spend a day checking out the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. Like many of the historical…

Avalanche Lake in Glacier National Park

When one visits Glacier National Park one must always hike to a glacier-fed alpine lake. For our first full day at the park, I set…

Yellowstone Lake

When Hitch and I set out to take a tour of Yellowstone Lake, we invited our friend, Luis, from Seattle. We drove 20 miles south…

Canyon District in Yellowstone National Park

"Yellowstone" originated from a term used by Minnetaree Tribe to describe Yellowstone River: "Mi tse a-da-zi," which literally translates to "Rock Yellow River." French Tappers…

Yellowstone: Roosevelt-Tower Area

On our driving tour of the Grand Loop, we decided to take a late morning brunch at Roosevelt Lodge upon reaching the Eastern half of…

Yellowstone: Norris Geyser Basin

Norris Geyser Basin first came to my attention when my newsfeed presented me with an article about a man who fell into a hot spring…

Yellowstone: Upper Geyser Basin

When I think Yellowstone I instantly think of Old Faithful, but the park is much more than just the one geyser. Earth harbors only about…

Yellowstone: Mammoth Hot Springs

Fissures, Faults & Water Angry steam billows upward in white plumes from bubbling rusty orange puddles swirled in limestone white, while an acrid rotten-egg smell of…

First Day at Yellowstone

We decided to stay at Yellowstone National Park for a full month. It is America's first national park and covers more than 2 million acres. Chances…

Caves of Craters of the Moon

Craters of the Moon National Monument has a lot of caves: over 400 documented with the discovery of more caves each year. The most common…

Easy Hikes of Craters of the Moon

Long ago, a huge serpent miles in length, lay where the channel of the Snake River is now. Though the serpent was never known to…

5 Deadliest National Parks

Back in the summer of 2016, I remember reading an article about an Oregonian 23-year-old man who went over 225 yards off the boardwalk trail,…

10 Amazing National Park Units and the Presidents Who Created Them

Just after my visit to Minidoka National Historic Site, I came back to our Airstream and read a flurry of Facebook and Twitter posts on…

Minidoka National Historic Site

When President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized Executive Order 9066, it seized the freedom of over 110,000 people. Two-thirds were American citizens and half of the…

City of Rocks National Reserve

Officially named as City of Rocks National Reserve, I recently discovered this place after doing a quick search for national parks in Idaho. The 1840s…

Canyonlands National Park: Island in the Sky

Raw and rugged is what best describes Canyonlands National Park. Some call it the Great American Outback, with its relatively unchanged landscape since Powell first…

Dark Skies in Utah

Not only do the desert southwest states offer incredible views of geology and nature during the day, they also offer stunning views of the heavens…

The Arches of Arches National Park

After the third visit to Arches National Park, I'm beginning to understand why it's such a popular park: many of the viewpoints are easily accessible…

Arches: Fiery Furnace

Within Arches National Park, remains a pocket of wilderness where there is no other destination than what you discover. The Fiery Furnace is a maze…

Arches: Park Avenue

2,000:  That's the official estimate number of natural arches found within Arches National Park. Arches may be the stars of this show, but they have…

6 Underrated National Parks to Visit

I watch as the line of cars extends nearly a mile beyond the park boundary and onto the highway itself. Traffic cones beam day-glow orange…

Capitol Reef: Scenic Drive & Capitol Gorge Trail

I love the raw beauty to Capital Reef National Park: the towering cliffs encasing a green oasis of Fruita valley, the mysterious canyons and distant…

Grand Staircase-Escalante: Devil’s Garden

Apparently, there are quite a few places in the world called "Devil's Garden" and the one we explored on this occasion was found in the…

Capitol Reef: Burr Trail Road & Notom-Bullfrog Road

To get to Burr Trail Road, we took Utah Scenic Byway 12 south for 38 miles toward the small town of Boulder from Torrey. SB-12…

Capitol Reef: Lower Cathedral Valley

The best way to visit Capitol Reef National Park is via long road trips on dusty dirt roads, some requiring 4 wheel drive and possibly…

Capitol Reef: Fruita & Fremont River Trail

Capitol Reef National Park feels like a secret. Hidden away in the remote back routes of Utah, and as evident by the low tourist population,…

Scenic Highway 12 and Escalante Petrified Forest State Park

Scenic Highway 12 Some of Utah's most gorgeous high desert scenery unravels along this all-American highway. The entirety of the road starts near Bryce Canyon…

Bryce Canyon: Mossy Cave and Fairyland Point

Mossy Cave Trail Hitch and I took Highway 12, a little less than 4 miles beyond the SR-63 turn-off. I found this hike exceedingly pleasant,…

Red Canyon, Dixie National Forest

Under the jurisdiction of Dixie National Forest is an excellent prelude to Bryce Canyon, if you are traveling eastbound on Highway 12.  When we were…

Bryce Canyon National Park: Highway 63 & Bristlecone Loop

Utah State Route 63 We drove southward from the Bryce Visitor's Center and took SR-63 all the way to Rainbow Point. It's a little over…

Bryce Canyon National Park: Queen’s Garden and Navajo Loop Combo

To absorb the true meaning of Bryce Canyon National Park, I felt that I had to descend into the canyon itself. There's a quote from…

Zion East: Driving Nirvana

Zion National Park Scenic Byway From Canyon Junction to Mount Carmel Junction on Utah Highway 9. The drive heads up and east, paralleling Pine Creek,…

Zion National Park: Northgate Peaks Trail

Northgate Peaks Trail Overlook on Kolob Terrace Kolob Terrace, also known as Kolob Plateau, is a less-visited section of Zion and is accessible via the…

Zion National Park: Weeping Rock & Timber Overlook Trail

The Weeping Rock, Zion National Park Main Canyon The verdant gardens of Weeping Rock are exquisitely beautiful. In the early morning and without another soul…

Zion National Park: Emerald Pools & Kayenta Trail

Hiking Zion's Emerald Pools The trail to Emerald Pools is a Zion National Park signature hike and a must for any first time visitor. It's…

Zion National Park: Riverwalk Trail

Zion National Park is pretty popular and received some 3.6 million visitors alone last year. Not as much as Grand Canyon's 5.2 million visitors, but…

Horseshoe Bend in Glen Canyon

I've seen Horseshoe Bend a few times in photographs on the National Geographic website, but when we got to Arizona I started seeing the image quite frequently…

Touring the Canyons of Lake Powell

As we drove up to Wahweap Bay, we both let out a long sigh-like "wow".  We beheld shimmering blue-green water and cresting rocks of white, red,…

Upper Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon lies in the great Navajo Nation wherein meanders down from the hills into lake Powell. Antelope Canyon has a few different bits and…