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 boyfriend and I shared four days backpacking in Yosemite National Park and it really grounded me about what is important in life. We had no cell phones, iPads, laptops, television, or radio and I enjoyed every moment of peace. Nature is the best med…

I donned my first pair of hiking boots at 42 years old and headed solo to a hiking camp in Southern Utah. When they felt we were ready for more challenging trails they took us to Zion National Park. I returned home in love with the thrill of the challe…

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Four women of a certain age, once college room-mates, try to get together every few years. One summer we 'did' Montana, in our straw cowboy hats and smiles. I had never been to a National Park before and I savored every moment. The sights, the sounds, th…

Yellowstone, August 2014, with my 2 teenagers. Lamar Valley, on a cool, misty morning. Watching the Junction Butte wolf family from a distance, seeing the pups and adults interacting. This was the first time my children watched wolves in the wild. They …

In April of 2016, I retired, sold my home, and took off on a seven-month, 23,410-mile road trip through 33 states. Along the way, I explored 30 national parks, hiking and camping in most of them. It was the most exhilarating journey I have ever made! W…

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After my husband and I turned 50 we made a pact to see as many Florida parks as we could and it all started with the Everglades National Park. It is truly incredible the inspiration you get from nature. It started to get me into photography which now I a…

SPENT CHRISTMAS 2015 WITH FAMILY SNOWMOBILING....

My family and I visited Yellowstone in 2009 with another family. This picture shows the view we experienced the 1st morning we drove into the Park. We stopped at one of the 1st pulloffs we saw - and were greeted with this amazing vista.

With Alzheimer's in our family for 3 generations it is important to live life to it's fullest. In 2016 my daughter and I began to build memories together by visiting a different national park each year. So, in 2016 we went to Big Bend and Ft. Davis. Apri…

The Smoky's have always held a special place in my heart and that of my family's. As a girl whose Cherokee heritage discovered that her family had hidden in these mountains to escape certain death from the Trail of Tears reinforced the inescapable draw t…

In 2008, I sent a check of $450 to a gentleman in Denver whom I had never met. He was organizing a trip across Wyoming for other Brokeback Mountain loving individuals like himself. He said the money would cover my lodging and most of the meals planned on…

In June and July 2016, I travelled through Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Montana and Alaska (via Canada). On my travels, I visited Saguaro, Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Glacier (see photo), Wrangell-S…

This was my parents' first visit to a National Park in USA! We went to Yosemite National Park in the month of April 2017 from Santa Clara, CA. We rented a cabin to stay for a night! Yosemite National Park is one of the most beautiful national parks I hav…

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This is a painting I did in March 2017 in the park. Thomas Moran and others played a great part in forming the National park System with their magnificent paintings. Unfortunately the park superintendent at Zion Park has arbitrarily decided against artis…

I need to get into the mountains to renew myself - I am very lucky to live near RMNP. My family tries to get there every year and the older our kids get the more they appreciate the gem that it is. We need nature to feed our souls and help us find peace …

Gateway is the only National Park you can get to by subway! My wife and I often kayak and sail in the Jamaica Bay Unit. We count birds, tag horseshoe crabs and help restore eel grass marshes and oyster beds. Many of our photos end up including the Empire…

In 1992 we hiked the Grand Canyon from North Rim to South Rim and few years later South Kiabab. It was one of the most incredible adventures I had ever been on. It is an amazing place. I sat with bats flying around me as they left for the night, water…

We met both DUNN Brothers - Clay and Kinion to see the GRAND May 2016 YAVAPAI POINT

When I was a child my parents took me to Yellowstone National Park. While getting my degree at SUNY Plattsburgh, NY I took a national park course. I have been going back and forth from Florida and Bar Harbor, Maine. The summer months were always spent i…

My husband and I grew up in the Valley, so Shenandoah National Park has been our home-up-the-mountain for as long as we can remember. Drives along Skyline Drive with family in the fall are a tradition, along with day hikes with friends. A couple summers …

I think seeing the live lava lake last week at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park was the most epic natural experience of my long 64 years on this planet. We went for two sunsets in a row. And, I shared my binoculars with excited kids up there. The Rangers w…

This photo was taken last year during a trip to Cades Cove located inside the Smokies in Tennessee. What a great example of the wildlife we must protect. A black bear mother and her cub, one of three located on branches in the trees on a rainy day in May…

We visited most of the big Parks out West from our home in Arizona as the kids were growing up. Now our son and daughter-in-law live in Maryland and we visit the historical parks back East. We had such a great time at the beautiful Harper's Ferry Nati…

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We were in North Dakota, at a campsite, planning our first ever visit to Mt. Rushmore. The day started with cloudy skies and rain. As we drove up the mountain, we realized that we probably couldn’t see Rushmore ...we were right. It was totally concealed …

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