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.

Let’s remind our leaders why parks matter. Share your park story now or remind yourself to share it later.

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First I would like to say, why go on a cruise when there is so much to see in this Country. My son and I back in 1993 took a road trip where we went to the Grand Canyon, the Petrified Forest, Mount Rushmore, Rocky Mountain National Park, The Badlands. …

Visited this park while I was on detachment to El Centro with the United States Navy. We all had a great time seeing all the ludicrously large trees and the beautiful views of the surrounding countryside!

I have no story to tell. I can't remember the last time I was at national park. All I know is that if we lose them then we lose a piece of our heritage, our American DNA.

Antietam is one of the most beautiful parks I have been to. The history here is amazing. I learn something new every time I come here. If you have not been here, take a moment a stop in. From Salute to Independence Concert to the Memorial Illumination,…

I was a young man away from home on my own traveling across the country for the first time. I had heard of Yosemite and that it's a site to see and so made a point of going a bit out of my way to see it during my travels. The road that I was on approache…

Visiting all 59 National Parks is not easy, but it was well worth the effort to complete my list with American Samoa. It is the only park below the Equator and one of the least frequently visited (3000-4000 visits/year, most only a few hours by cruise sh…

I was given the opportunity to recruit in Yellowstone for the resort I work with and had the privilege of bringing my parents on my recruiting trip with me. I had never been to a National Park with my parents as a child but since growing up and moving ou…

Much fun with Carolyn.

This is the most recent national park property I have visited. I have been going to National Parks all my life, but I have really stepped it up over the last 8 years after being invited to hike the High Sierra Camp loop in Yosemite. I now have 2 Nationa…

Sometimes, living in the city gets claustrophobic - there's people everywhere and everyone is always in a rush to get to something vitally important. Those of us in D.C. are lucky. When the city becomes too much, we have over 2,000 acres of parkland to e…

My name is Mike and I am a medically retired combat veteran living in the Pacific Northwest. Riding my Harley and spending time on the Mountain are two things that help me reconnect and recenter. It was here I got the idea to ride to 22 national parks in…

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My experience with the National Parks spans nearly 70 years, from family vacations in the 1940’s and 50’s—starting with Mammoth Cave and eventually ranging through Rocky to Yellowstone to Mesa Verde. Later, as a biologist, I’ve done research in Canyonlan…

The beauty of our national parks never ceases to amaze me. What started as a small side trip to Rocky Mountain NP in 2010 has evolved into an annual pilgrimage to the wilderness. This shot in Bryce was from a sunrise in 2015. Thankful for the wisdom of s…

This was National Park #20 of our all 59 yearlong tour and the first park we had to fly to! My wife and I spent four days exploring the island paradise of Virgin Islands National Park on the island of St. John. We hiked the mountainous trails to sugar …

Working Together Works! My wife and I go to the Great Smoky Mountains several times a year. It is totally awesome. If you are in the Tennessee area and in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, don't miss an opportunity to travel over the mountain to North Carol…

Bittersweet are my memories of this day. As we get ready to embark on a beautiful trek into the scenic beauty of Arizona for a night under the stars, my uncle snapped this picture of me at the trailhead. This was a trip my Dad and I had planned for quite…

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We made our first trip to see the Giant Sequoias last May. I'm 58 years old and it was an awe-inspiring event for me. My wife and I were so in love we returned 6 months later, and now have made reservations to stay in a cabin in Grants Grove next April, …

Jonathan and I took a moment in January to enjoy the view from atop Fort Jefferson at Dry Tortugas National Park off of Key West, Florida. As a specialist in fearing heights, I had to be coaxed to this point by another traveler .... the great thing about…

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It was April on the south rim of the Grand Canyon. I woke up early to find a blanket of snow covering everything, so I walked in darkness to take in the sunrise and the unfolding of a truly spectacular sight. The Canyon’s pinnacles, ledges, cracks and…

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I can't describe with words the beauty of mother nature.

“If England had won the war, I’d be speaking like Benny Hill instead of like Ricky Ricardo,” Ranger Jose L. Gonzalez says while leading the San Cristobal tunnel tour in San Juan National Historic Site, Puerto Rico. Ranger Gonzalez walks us up and down se…

Our high school started an Environmental Club this year and we recently spent a weekend at the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center in CVNP. It was a beautiful and unseasonably warm weekend in December. Forty students were able to explore the t…

First time to visit the Bryce Canyon National Park. Hiked the Hat Shop Trail from Bryce Point. Absolutely stunning view, it was mind blowing. Longest trail I had ever done unknowingly, about 8mi total out and back. An infamous trail, never saw a fellow h…

The very first time I saw the Grand Tetons, I cried. It was just so beautiful. The rest of the trip through the Tetons and into Yellowstone was breath taking. I have never seen such beautiful country. The day we sadly left, it was sunrise over the Te…

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