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 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 …

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…

After some nights with snow and wind gusts I woke up in Shenandoah National Park for a magnificent sunrise along Skyline Drive. The sky colored deep red and in the valley some low hanging clouds made this a perfect sunrise. This year i'm visiting all 59 …

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…

A Bald Eagle way overhead. This was back in the 1980's when the Bald Eagle was still a pretty unusual bird to see in the wild. We were hiking up near the Wynoochie River when we spotted this lonely baldy soaring on the air currents high above us! The Oly…

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.

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.

This is a photo of me climbing the ladder up to Spruce Tree House at Mesa Verde N.P. in May 1978. From 1977 to 1982, my late husband and I lived and travelled in our camper van, visiting most of our National Parks. As he was dying from cancer at age 50, …

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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…

My story is all about what brought me to this web site this evening and ended up with me buying a subscription to the National Parks Conservation Association, the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument. My wife and I will soon be visiting …

Just came back from a solo 2 week tour of the National and State Parks. Before leaving on this trip, I purchased the "Senior Pass" card for $10.00! This saved me a ton of money...Entry fees into the Parks (State Parks allowed interagency passes - Nationa…

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 am a 20-year-old whose childhood included many trips to Yosemite. I live in San Diego so it's at least 400 miles away from us. If they chage the admission price I won't be able to afford to go nor will my future kids. This is very messed up.

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 …

This is our photo of our Silver Shadow Teardrop Camper in Arizona as we traveled the perimeter of the USA National Parks, returning through the parks of the Canada Rockies. We have been enjoying the gifts of our parks in our annual camping trip in Acadi…

I had the best day of my life at Crater Lake National Park. The massive amount of snow led to the closure of the Rim Drive. We decided to bike the road. 10ft high snow piles lined the pavement. It was so quiet, the air so clean. We brushed our hands…

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Nature, in general, acts as a filter that removes excess and simplifies life into three core elements: traveling, replenishing the body with water and nutrients, and resting. The stress of day-to-day living, the monotony of a routine, the pressure to com…

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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…

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.

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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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…

I support the fee increase. Many of the folks who are inundating this park are leaving garbage along the trails. The great numbers make the trails unsafe. Perhaps if the entrance fee was higher, they would look up from their phones to see the magnificenc…

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…

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…

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