Why parks matter

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.

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My husband and I have had the pleasure of visiting a majority of the US National Parks over the years. What an amazing place, each and every one of them. We currently reside in E TN and owned a house in Gatlinburg. We sold the house before the wildfire a…

I grew up in a very poor family and we didn't take vacations. At age 15, my first real vacation was to the parks in New Mexico and Arizona. From then on I was hooked on the National Parks. When my husband and I retired and moved to Arkansas we wanted …

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My husband and I have been volunteers for 3 years with one year being in Grand Teton. The parks are precious resources for us all to enjoy. My grandparents took my parents to the parks and we have continued this amazing experience with our family. Protec…

Great Sand Dunes in Colorado took my breath away both figuratively and literally (we live near the Texas coast). The dunes are a true wonder with their tan soaring peaks in contrast to the surrounding jagged mountains. I love this place. It's unlike anyp…

Our trip to Rocky Mountain National Park, a trip our family will never forget: the beautiful snow capped peaks in early June, the snow filled trails, the roads carved through 12-foot snow banks, the thick snowy tundra, the clear mountain air, cold mounta…

Since this was my first time at a national park, I wasn't ready for the vastness of this magnificent place. I was overwhelmed and pleasantly excited to view such a visual treasure. My brother and I took my 90 year-old Dad there because he wanted to see t…

Morning Ride By Tonya McQuade, July 19, 2017 As I climbed on to the saddle, I felt my heart flutter With eager anticipation. A morning ride on horseback Through the Grand Tetons Was definitely something I had been looking forward to, And now, on this b…

My wife and I celebrated our anniversary by driving toward Olympic National Park. Our only plan was to go to places we’d never been to before. What a weekend! And what an amazing national park. We started at the Elwha River and the former Upper Elwha Da…

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My family decided to go on vacation together for the first time in a long time, and in the end we decided to go to Glacier National Park. My parents had gone many years ago and wanted me to have a chance to experience the Park, as they feared the glacier…

Loved big parks when we first arrived to the US. Our stepfather, Royal R. Coryell had gorgeous photos of Redwoods and took us to many national parks.

On top of (half) the world! This group of misfit city slickers trusted me to cheerlead them up one of the most demanding and incredible hikes in all of the National Parks, Half Dome, in a single day's effort. It was grueling, rewarding, inspiring, and no…

In 2016 I was awarded an artist residency at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area. I painted on location for two weeks at the park. I was hosted by wonderful staff and rangers. The landscape was unlike any I had painted before at other National Park …

As a summer intern in Washington D.C. working with NPCA, I got several opportunities to drive down to Shenandoah and experience my first eastern park (I'm a native West Coast-er) in many different ways. I drove along Skyline Drive with other NPCA interns…

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A beautiful drive from Las Vegas to Zion. Just a day trip so we did not have to time to hike. But the drive through the park was breathtakingly beautiful.

Of all the places I have ever been, Big Bend is where I feel most at home. Being there fills my heart with joy and my soul with peace. Hot as it is, I wish I was there right now.

I have been fortunate to have visited several of our National Parks. All are fantastic, enjoyable and very educational and a must for all to visit. We need to preserve these national treasures, they cannot be replaced.The last park my wife and I were abl…

It all began with an arduous backpacking trip through Yellowstone when I was 18. I thought I my heart would burst from exhaustion! We were eaten alive by mozzies and had to stay in our tent for almost an entire day, due to torrential rains and hail. Then…

I was on a photo trip and she was coming out of the brush with two young and took this. This photo ended up winning the grand prize in wildlife category 2017 national parks media. I think the main reason I love this shot is because it shows more of …

No story -- just to say what is left of our unspoiled national parks and wilderness areas must stay absolutely protected. Should they be spoiled there will be no replacement.

It was a breathtaking day seeing the most majestic gentle giants. We will never forget the beauty of the park and the friendliness of the rangers.

Spent a couple of days visiting the beauty of this glacial gorge landscape and the Elwha Dam removal site. I am all for protecting our Wild Salmon -- however, I must emphasize that ALL our National Parks be protected. Let's not forget those who spent th…

Acadia National Park was the first park I ever visited. I saw trails that were carved for horse and buggies. I saw amazing views of the mountains and sea. I visited Everglades National Park and was amazed at how diverse things were. I visited Yosemite …

We have made a commitment to take our granddaughters to all 417 of the the National Park Units (as of the Jan 2017 list) during their middle school years. We are into year 2 and we are over 200! This week we traveled to Maine to explore one of the newe…

I met her while on my week-long backpacking trip in Wrangell St. Elias National Park. It wasn't something that was planned or on the itinerary, for that matter. As the bush plane dropped us off on the Bremner Mines landing strip, my group decided on maki…

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