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 visit to Alcatraz island was long anticipated as I've been checking off parts of the GGNRA that I've already visited during my childhood living in the city and now as a student studying at San Francisco State University. A short ferry ride gives your …

I recently visited for the first time the Rancho Corral de Tierra protected area, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, located just south of the Devils Slide tunnel that runs along the coast on Highway 1 just south of San Francisco. The prot…

Growing up in New York City, I developed an early appreciation for the local park, Forest Park, in Queens. Famed landscape architect and Central Park creator Frederick Olmsted designed Forest Park's main drive on the eastern side of the park. It was ther…

On our way to Pinnacles, Robert, Ryan and I were faced with the obstacle of a flat tire. Ryan pulled through with his mechanic skills, changed the tire, and we hardly thought twice about continuing on our venture. We got to Pinnacles a while later and ou…

As an avid park lover, I felt I must pay homage to the “Father of the National Parks,” John Muir. I visited what was once his home and property in Martinez, CA, consisting of 9 acres of beautiful, green hills and fruit trees. It was in this house where…

On the day I took this picture, I brought a friend to visit the Grand Canyon for the first time. Rather than take him only to the touristy bits of the park, I took him to my favorite rock. It's a scramble down from the Desertview Tower, and then a bit of…

I promised myself I would share this amazing and inspiring story with the world about how we have both a privilege and duty associated with our national parks. Each one of us who has visited a national park and spent some time in one has felt the benefit…

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My park story began with a need to see something new. My girlfriend and I thought it would be wonderful if we could see a place we have never visited before, and seeing as I have never had the opportunity to see the Redwoods we thought it would be proper…

I visited China Beach in San Francisco for the first time this spring. I went after a long hike through Land’s End, and thought I would end the day watching the sunset at China Beach. The view was spectacular, something I had never seen before. I felt…

My trip to Pinnacles was the first time in a long time I seized the opportunity to be out in nature, and I'm glad I had the chance. We spent the better part of our day on the main hiking trail up to the crest. We followed the trail at times, and occasion…

I ventured out to the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. The weather was still showing its beauty as my friends and I stepped on the beach of this little marina. We got to enjoy the sand between our toes, surrounded by families and others p…

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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Outdoor adventures have always been a top priority in my life and with each new destination and exploration my soul grows that much closer to mother nature. I am currently an undergraduate at San Francisco State University studying Environmental Studies …

NPCA's ParkScapes trip to Death Valley gave me the opportunity to experience this otherworldly place up close. I think that's the right word for it -- these are the mesquite sand dunes that served as locations on the planet Tatooine in the first Star War…

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The Maritime Nat'l Historic Park of San Francisco is a relaxing, quiet spot just blocks away from the bustle and noise of Fisherman's Wharf. Here I saw residents and tourists relaxing in the sun, either catching rays on the grass or wading in the histori…

I went to the Ocean beach fire pits during one night with a few friends who were having a fire jam. This was the first time that I have been to the pits. It was a clear warm night, unusual for San Francisco, and many other people were enjoying the pits.…

As I poked through a redwood ravine known as Samuel P. Taylor State, crossed the San Andreas Fault in Golden Gate National Recreation area and headed up the mountain for my first visit to Pt. Reyes, I realized just how lucky I was to be in a place that v…

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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I've had so many friends who have come to Yosemite tell me how amazing this place is. I decided that it's finally time that I go see it for myself. The long drive there was totally worth it. The way up itself was beautiful; the smell of pine trees and fr…

My visit to Fort Funston Growing up in San Francisco Fort Funston has loomed over the city my whole life. So when I say I’ve never actually been in the park means it I've taken it for granted. Everyone in my family has walked our dog in the park and I…

The San Francisco skyline is like a cacophony of natural/modern landforms that descend into a glimmering bay straddled by the silhouetted Golden Gate. Right in the middle of the bay is “the rock.” A little smudge of land so spotted in history it deserved…

On a sunny Sunday afternoon, my husband and I drove to visit Fort Point, which is a beautiful site. It was my very first time there, even though I moved to California almost 12 years ago. Throughout the years, I heard so many stories about Fort Point but…

I’ve lived in San Francisco for 4 years and never once went to the Presidio. Much of that is because I’m a student and between school, work and sleep I barely have enough time to get down a packet of Ramen never mind take an afternoon off to go to the p…

My venture on the Cataract trail in Mount Tamalpais, also known as Mount Tam, with my roommate was one for the books. We have been bickering lately and feeling disconnected, so our day trip on the trail was the perfect cure. The trail loop is about 7-8 …

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