Priceless places, priceless memories

The national parks represent the best of America — our rich natural, historical and cultural heritage. But without proper funding, our parks are in peril.

What’s at stake? Priceless memories — and the memories we haven’t yet made.

Let’s remind our leaders why parks matter. Share your park story now or remind yourself to share it later.

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I have been backpacking for about three or four years now and I love the mountains. I first fell in love with the mountains when i went on my first hike. I love the excitement when you reach places nobody in their right minds would want to reach. (John M…

The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science has been holding our Regional meeting in Jackson Hole for 52 years. A very great benefit has been a day trip to the Tetons. This picture represents a lunch break from our bike ride.

My great grandfather, Wayne Westfall, was one of the first nine rangers for Yosemite National Park! In the photo he is the fourth from the left. My great grandmother, Agnes Westfall, was a paymaster at the park as well. My grandma was raised by them in Y…

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My family and I visited a few NPs when I was young and I continued doing so on my own as an adult. I met a man who also loved our NPs and we made it a quest to visit as many as possible. After he died, I continued to visit and revisit many of our favor…

I am so impressed with the Elwha dam removal and the collaboration between the Park and the tribes. The dedication by the Park for conservation and restoring tribal rights is the right thing to do. I like the opportunity the project has to teach youth ab…

I grew up in Michigan and have a rich memory of the national parks there. Sleeping Bear, Pictured Rocks... these and many others. I'm an Eagle Scout and owe much to the resources the parks provided. I live in Florida now and still love the Nat…

We were traveling North from El Paso, TX. White Sands was only an hour out of our way to East. It was WELL worth the trip out there. Only $3 per person to enter (pass is good for SIX days) and we had full access to free tours, picnic and board walk areas…

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I am a first generation undergraduate at San Francisco State University studying recreation, parks, and tourism. My passion for parks and open spaces has its roots planted in my childhood, where my family has spent quality time together playing and eatin…

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On my first visit to Point Reyes National Seashore, I decided to plan a solo hike to Wildcat. As I reached my destination, exhausted and anxious to set up camp, a still small voiced impressed upon me saying I should drop what I’m doing and continue onwar…

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When 5 Elk calves came running out of the high grass at the Oconaluftee Visitor center and circled the herd in a full gallop, I was hooked. The Park had reintroduced Elk to the Park in 2001, and now the herd that has come to Oconaluftee numbers 25. On…

I had the opportunity to spend July 4th, 2014 in Denali National Park with my husband and our two children. It was the least typical Fourth of July I have ever had. No fireworks. No parade. Just the unbelievable vastness and beauty of the wilderness. Thi…

After our marriage, we went to a trip to Utah and Arizona. Initially, we thought all the National Parks would be the same. Bryce was the 1st National Park we visited together. We totally loved it and learned how hoodoos are formed, how acid rain is effec…

The Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park is one of the most breath-taking experiences you will ever treat yourself to. My sister, a 17-year missionary in Guatemala, is making a trip to stay with us in our condo at Massanutten VA, and the Intern…

My son with autism faced up to a challenging 10-mile hike in Shenandoah that stimulated a reflective moment on his part. http://bit.ly/1LA6oD1

My wife and I spent our 20th anniversary at Grand Canyon. 3 nights on each rim including 3 nights in a cabin directly on North Rim. The drive from Phoenix up to North Rim was spectacular. Mule ride with Ron Clayton's must do!! I am going back in 2015 to…

We were disappointed to not ride the Red Bus through the "Road To The Sun." However we had a great time with our tour group.

Our (my husband Ernie and I) story is one of delightful serendipity. We had a little extra daylight time our first afternoon in the park, after having visited Hurricane Ridge, and the Ranger had suggested we visit the Elwha River Dams restoration projec…

We're there every year since 1998 for as long as we can stay. It truly is the crown of the continent. What joy and happiness we've found there with family and friends, exploring new trails and old favorites each time. We think the shuttle is wonderful, r…

When I was 16 years old (in 1955) I traveled with my family through Yellowstone, Yosemite, Bryce, and Zion. It was one of the highlights of my life! 60 years later I remember all the amazing sights, sounds, scents, and overwhelming beauty as if it was …

I love the State of Colorado and what makes it so special is the National Park Land. I have been camping, hiking and fishing since my parents started taking me as a young child. I love it when I see the National Park sign in Colorado. I have taken my son…

In July 1998 I was planning a trip to Wyoming for a horseback riding vacation and decided to add a week touring the area around Moab, Utah. Of course this included Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. This picture wasn’t taken in either Arches or Can…

"The Mountains are Calling and I must Go." I had never heard of this quote by John Muir, before my latest trip to Virginia and her Blue Ridge Mountains. But I had felt it within me for ages. How long have I scoured the electronic ether for images of the …

I was 5 years old and had what I now know as a spiritual experience when my parents drove into Yosemite Valley through the Wawona Tunnel to start a family vacation. The waterfalls, the cliffs, Half Dome--all combined to overwhelm me with awe. This was in…

I haven't been to the Grand Canyon since I was 5 years old. Needless to say, I don't remember too much of it. However, when my girlfriend and her parents took a trip this November for her birthday, I made some amazing memories this time! This picture was…

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