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.

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Four generations - my grandmother, mother, daughter, and I - visited Joshua Tree National Park in the spring. There were yuccas, joshua trees, and wildflowers in bloom. With a 3 year old and an 81 year old, we weren't as mobile as some of the astounding …

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As housing and development and energy exploration continues to grow in the United States, the importance of preserving untouched spaces has become of paramount importance. And because the views and clear skies are important to the national park experienc…

We went to Yellowstone for the first time in 1989. There was so much blackness and blank spaces from the 1988 fire. We were shocked to see all the damage and wondered if it would ever look again like the beautiful pictures we had admired for so many year…

This is a photo of my daughters overlooking Yellowstone Lake. We had just finished lunch at the Yellowstone Lake Hotel. It was very peaceful to stand there and just look at the waters of the lake.

After graduating high school, my circumstances allowed me to travel cross-country from New Jersey to the West Coast several times. I would spend several months out West with my camping gear in the car, a map next to me, and go from national park to natio…

The views are a key feature of Joshua Tree National Park. From Keys View, you can see the Mexican border a hundred miles away on a clear day. But on days when air pollution blows in from the Port of Los Angeles, the inland empire and car-centric suburbs,…

As my father and I hiked down the trail into the canyon, I recall feeling like a visitor to a very sacred place, almost as if I were an intruder into this land steeped with tradition, and unchanged by time. The sun brought out the deep red hues of the sh…

When I was a kid, my father took me and my sibs camping in Yosemite in the early 60's. All day and night we heard people yelling: "Elmer", "Elsie, Gilbert!" repeatedly. Being newbies to the park, we had no idea what was going on. My Dad,OBM, told us…

As volunteers in amazing Mt Rainier Park for over 10 years now, we are very aware of the backlog of needed work not funded by the government. Joining the National Parks Conservation Association we hope will be a way for us to further help the park we lov…

I love our National Parks! Last summer we visited Joshua Tree, Bryce Canyon, Zion Canyon, Grand Teton, and Yellowstone as a family. We frequently visit our only local National Monument: Cabrillo. But for the past 6 or 7 summers, I have also participat…

Our family has been going to Acadia National Park since the mid 70's. One of our favorite hikes is to Balance Rock, now we take the hike with our extended family. This is a special place for our family!

It was late evening in mid-May as we pulled in to the visitor's center where the thermometer read 106 degrees, but as the hot winds blew across the desert floor, the invitation to explore further could be felt. My father, my greatest hiking partner was a…

September 11, 2014: Early morning after early snow at Many Glacier Hotel, Glacier National Park, Montana. Unbelievably Magical Morning! (With friends from United Kingdom & Montana).

This was my first visit to Arches, and certainly will not be the last. This particular photo was taken at a point where an old mobile home sat many years ago, inhabited by a seasonal park ranger who was a bit of a recluse, but spoke to millions. An envir…

I loved being in Yosemite. I was camping in a tent with my friend while her parents stayed in the camper. One night I heard what sounded like a bear nearby. That kept me awake for awhile! It was 90 degrees there, so I went tubing down the Merced River. …

In 2015 my son and I visited Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park. This trip had been in our hearts for 4 years. We immediately fell in love with the Southwest, especially Zion. What a truly special place. We hiked most of the trails in …

On a recent visit to Point Reyes National Seashore with my family, we walked down to the Point Reyes lighthouse. It was a crisp winter day, but perfectly clear. The hike down was fairly easy and felt invigorating. While I had seen photographs of the ligh…

As someone who spent years working in Historic Preservation, it's important to me to teach my daughter why that preservation matters--even if she's too young to understand yet. The NPS Centennial, and a recent viewing of the IMAX National Parks Adven…

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After unusually early snowfall in September 2014 and a night at Many Glacier Hotel, I hiked in this stunning scenery with a friend from the UK, whilst two friends from Montana did a road tour. It was beyond stunning.....blue skies....snow...clear, clean…

We are a roadschooling family who have been travelling the USA, living in our RV, for two years. Our boys have earned Junior Ranger badges at over 100 National Parks and Monuments, with a goal to earn them all. The one pictured is Great Sand Dunes in Col…

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This is the sunrise from Cadillac Mountain at Acadia National Park. Anyone who sees the sun rise from here is the first one to see the sun rise on the east coast. I was fortunate to get up early and see the sun rise, above the clouds, on Cadillac Mountai…

Went to this park for one of my last family vacations with my parents before I graduated college. It was so foggy we couldn't see anything, but we had the times of our lives. Dad and I went on a 3 mile hike up to a summit and mom and I went looking for t…

We were on vacation at our daughter’s home in San Francisco in the late 1990’s. She suggested going to a national park. I had wanted to see the largest tree in the world, therefore, we drove to the Sequoia National Park. As Anne, Al and I walked the p…

I thought I would never see anything as awe-inspiring as the ocean, that is, until I peered over the edge of the Grand Canyon. This visit was made even more special because it was with my father who passed away unexpectedly less than 5 years later. He wa…

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