From a memory to a movement

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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Beginning in the early 1970s, I became involved in efforts to set aside a part of the Brooks Range in Alaska as a new national park. I spent years exploring this wonderful wilderness by foot, dog team, floating and by light aircraft. I wanted to be a p…

In September of 1971 my then-husband and I, along with my brother, backpacked up the Elwah for a quick weekend trip. Sitting around the campfire, we joked about maybe we should string our backpacks high up between two trees, the way we did when backpac…

In June 2015 my wife and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary. After much discussion on where to go for this monumental occasion, we decided to celebrate in Shenandoah National Park. My wife first camped here and climbed Old Rag Mtn. while in colle…

To celebrate the 100 years, I just got done spending 21 days in Yellowstone on a biking/hiking adventure. Would your magazine be interested in a 3,125 word feature story?

In 2010 we took a trip from the East to Glacier and Bryce and Zion. One day while hiking at Glacier we just happened to see this mountain goat sitting nearby and took this photo (from the trail, I hasten to add).

This is my Mother's park story. Here she is at age 90 having just visited Petrified Forest NP. Mother loved all the national parks and believed they were treasures that all US citizens should see. She loved her National Park passport book and enjoyed …

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On a road trip in 2005 we were in Capitol Reef driving through one of the roads that follow one of the canyons that are a wash for heavy rains. There was quite a bit of traffic. We were in a convertible. We had a CD playing, when all of a sudden C&C Musi…

Ocotillo Sundown We stand in the desert staring at the Chisos Mountains reddening in silence, each little rocky crag and slit given emphasis with nearby prickly pears brilliantly lit, but perhaps the most striking thing proves to be the way the …

My wife and I started visiting National Parks in our 50's. We took an 8,500-mile motorcycle trip in 2010 and visited 9 parks including Arches, Zion, Redwood, Olympic, Denali, Kenai Fjords, Glacier, Yellowstone and Badlands. We have since visited 41 of th…

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Our bus tour of Denali National Park started out with beautiful scenery, sightings of caribou, moose & ptarmigan, but we never expected to have the sighting of a lifetime. Our bus driver received a call on his radio that up ahead in a riverbed there was…

We skip down to Tsegi Canyon through pine and fir lit in sunlight until we cross Laguna Creek and then up Keet Seel Canyon with its chocolate-brown stream that we cross and re-cross fifty times or more following the trail until we come to a bright white …

Miles Davis and the Grand Canyon NP. Strange? During the summers of 1967-68-69 I worked as a seasonal park ranger. During 1967 & 68 I was assigned to Desert View District with three other seasonals and a District Ranger. We only were officially on duty…

I worked at Fishing Bridge in Yellowstone in 1967 cleaning cabins, avoiding bears and moose. The interesting people, the astounding natural wonders and experiences still linger with me today. The night of the grizzlies happened that summer, Reagan came…

I've traveled extensively all my life, but one of my favorite trips was when - as a birthday present to myself - I took 10 days off and flew to Jackson Hole to explore Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. To this day, it's a highlight of my life.…

In 1993, I returned to Ohio after living in Colorado for 10 years – my Dad got cancer and 1300 miles was just too far away. I took the scenic route; driving for several months and thousands of miles – as far north as the Arctic Circle in Alaska and east …

I still remember when I fell in love with US History. It was April 8, 1957, at the Hamilton Redoubt at Yorktown. I know this because my dad numbered, indexed, and date stamped his slides. We were there for the Jamestown 350th. I remember scrambling up th…

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Our Nation's National Parks "make you act like a kid again"! They are wondrous places; complex and fragile. When they are gone, they are gone. And for those of us senior citizens, that is not as big of an issue as it will be for our grandchildren and …

In 2010, Alan and I returned to the Chapel of the Transfiguration. We were married there in 1970. A few days after this photo, we climbed the Grand Teton. We met in Glacier National Park in the summer of 1969. We have visited 38 other National Parks a…

Deep within the spruce and fir, I make my camp along the North Rim, but before I eat supper, I walk over to the nighttime edge of the Grand Canyon to peer three or four thousand feet down to see a tiny flickering campfire way below that lures me down ver…

Our family had the precious opportunity to visit all 48 lower United States over a 9 year period in a motor home when our children were young. These experiences left an indelible impression on all of us. Our first and longest trip (nearly 6 weeks) took…

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In May 2008 we went to Grand Teton National Park and stayed at the Signal Mountain Lodge. We were among the first of the season as it seemed like they were just getting the sheets out of storage for the beds. We decided to hike to the Signal Mountain ove…

Six months after our wedding, I was drafted into the Army. Shortly thereafter, in June 1967, I was sent to Vietnam. When I returned home one year later, my wife and I decided we needed to get away by ourselves to get "reacquainted." We went t…

A few years ago, I came face to face with the sublime in the Grand Canyon. I was on an 8-day rafting down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The river encircled the terra cotta colored walls like an emerald serpent. I spent time sitting in the “…

It was near the end of a busy day. My wife and young son and I decided to visit a mountaintop that had been recommended to us to see the view. On the way up the trail, we met some folks who told us it was too hazy to see anything. My wife and son retu…

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