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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Today is the last stop of my two-week vacation. I visited Arches National Park, the Island in the Sky at Canyonland, the Needles at Canyonland, the Grand Canyon's South Rim, the Grand Canyon's North Rim, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon and lastly Rocky…

I explored the park way with my 87 year old grandfather.

My husband and I at Yosemite for the umpteenth time in our many years of camping at all the National Parks of the West. We never got tired of Yosemite and camping was heaven for us. Peace and quiet in the beautiful natural world was what we returned to…

Did you know there is a NP just a stones throw from Coney Island, NY? There is a place to camp with millions of New Yorkers just minutes away. We used the GPS coordinates from the web page and were still reluctant to believe we had reached our destinati…

Grinnell Glacier Trail was our first hike in Glacier in 1975 as part of our 40-day honeymoon camping in the national parks. We had never camped together yet the magnificence of our country outweighed any novice mistakes we made! Returning often to Glacie…

My family & I went on an 8 day camping road trip out west this summer. We saw Mount Rushmore, & hiked devils tower on the way out. Then, traveled through the mountains to get to Yellowstone where we tent camped for 3 nights. We then traveled to the Teton…

Fifty-two years ago, my family and I took a car trip from Wilmington, DE to Los Angeles and back again. Along the way, we stopped at numerous national parks, mostly in the southwest and west. That was the most fun and educational and beautiful trip of …

I spent a year in the 90's working in this park in the environmental education center and lived in the historic canal village of Everett (had a covered bridge as well). I considered becoming a park ranger and still wonder what it would have been like i…

I was privileged enough to work for the Forever Resorts Lodge in the Grand Canyon - North Rim for an entire year, including the winter. This is a view of the Canyon from the top of the North Rim during the winter. A view that not many get to experience…

Hiking different, unique mountains everyday in Acadia allows my family and me to see views and experience nature that we don't have at home in eastern Kansas.

I lived 2 miles outside Whitefish, Mt. Moving there in 87' I left in 99' for warmer climate. I raised two boys up there in the wilderness and met the love of my life up in those mountains. Life was hard but the reward you could measure. I hunted and …

I took my 9 year old step-son, on his first backpacking trip, to North Manitou Island. We had an amazing time, riding the ferry, hiking and playing on our private beach. He wants to go every year and I agree! It was really special to share something I ha…

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If I had not studied and got my master degree in U.S., I can hardly imagine travel to Caribbean and consider this area as a travel destination--and even twice! The first time I went to San Juan was last December, which was part of a Caribbean cruise. At …

My research group and I collected data on water quality from many sites along our backpacking route, including this outflow of Upper Cathedral Lake. Here, we stopped to observe the presence of macroinvertebrates in the water, and we found a whole world o…

I went to the Channel Islands National Park this June with my husband and our two teens. We went with Santa Barbara Adventures and they provided us with a terrific naturalist guide, camping gear, and kayaks. We visited a sea lion rookery and the young p…

It didn’t matter that we were lost, the scenery was so beautiful. My father stopped the car, and my sister and I got out to take pictures. It was a warm day, with a hint of a breeze. The scene in front of me looked like one of the puzzles my sister woul…

I went on a week camping trip with my best friend Taylor. We explored new terrain and became closer friends. When I got home to Florida and was looking through old photos, I noticed I went to some of the same spots with my family 15 years ago!! The heart…

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During my 25 years living in Alaska, Denali was a once a year family tradition visit. We always enjoyed watching the animals and we loved being able to share with our friends and family visitors in additional visits.

Zion National Park is my park! I love it here. I got this amazing opportunity to work here this summer and I have loved every second of it. This is a picture in Kolob over by the Northgate peaks. I challenge you all to find your own parks. Edward Abb…

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I spent most of my childhood growing up in the shadow of the Great Smoky Mountains. I have many fond memories of hiking and camping in the Smokies with my family. I was the kid begging my siblings to stop along the trail so I could rest. Hiking is hard w…

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I grew up in Livingston, MT, just 64 miles south of there. Yellowstone has always been one of my favorite places to visit, and still is. It never gets old, but I have, and it is difficult to go as often as I would like. My family, children, gr…

We love the parks especially Yellowstone and Teton. We go there at least once a year. Enjoy Jackson and Cody Wyoming. Now we have a larger motorhome and will enjoy the visits more

Hi! On this Fourth of July weekend, my park is the Minute Man Park. I went there and learned about the British leaving Boston to find the weapons that the Colonists were hiding. A man named Paul Revere rode very fast on his horse to warn the Colonists…

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