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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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 …

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…

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…

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…

The first time I went to a national park I was three years old. My family's trip to Zion and Bryce National Parks is the first family vacation I can remember. We hiked for miles with me on my dad's shoulders when my little feet couldn't carry me another …

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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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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…

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…

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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Here's me on one of the best days of my life. I decided I would drive 2,256 miles from Colorado to somewhere I'd never been but always imagined would be this beautiful. I arrived to Acadia National Park after 35 hours of driving in 7 days right as the su…

The first time I got to see a Pipevine Swallowtail--in fact both a male and female! Hiking just after a summer rainstorm in the Great Smoky Mountains! A priceless memory--to experience this gorgeous pair.

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.

My husband and I lived in Denver for a short time while we were dating. We hiked Rocky Mountain National Park frequently. It was the best summer of our lives before we were married. We retured to Rocky Mountain National Park to tie the knot, honeymoon…

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…

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…

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 …

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…

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…

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 …

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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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.

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.

I went on a solo journey about 22 years ago and drove alone from Phoenix to the Grand Canyon. Being a Floridian, I was blown away by the sheer magnitude of the vistas but also by the miles and miles of land with no one or no buildings. - I loved it! St…

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