From a memory to a movement

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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Silence in sandblown landscapes. Boulders and bold 'trees' ground our journeys. Sunrises and sunsets beautifully bracket desert days. Joshua Tree is my home, proudly proclaimed. Its defense is my duty: true labor of love.

I found walking through this moon like landscape to be fascinating. I purposely went early in the morning and late in the evening to enjoy the cooler temperatures and beautiful light. I want to come back and camp under the magnificent stars sometime.

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Hiking into the north fork of the Virgin River is one of the most spectacular treks of the park. The hike drops you down about 900 feet to the river bed and takes you back 4 miles to this fantastic cut out in the canyon, appropriately named The Subway..I…

This series of missions stretch along the east side of the Sandia Mountains, near Albuquerque, NM. A really interesting, and somewhat off the beaten path place to visit. Here was a blending of the old world with native Americans and the Spanish missionar…

I love our National Parks - we only have 59!! I have visited more than 30. Yosemite is my favorite - all year 'round.

Along with 20 other students at the Glacier Institute Invasive Species Student Symposium, I headed into Glacier National Park to conduct a weed-pull. After trekking through mud, we reached our spot, where we surveyed random portions of the plot of land …

My Grandmother and Grandfather took several trips to all of the Southwest national parks in the 40,'s, 50's and 60's. Over the years, I have loved going through their slides, sorted by park and seeing the National Parks in ways that are impossible today…

In 1965, my Dad became the Engineer/Winter Caretaker at Many Glacier. He started working there in April and the rest of the family moved up in June after my sister graduated from High School in Great Falls. We lived there until November 1969. In the sum…

National Parks have been a major part of my life since 1977. When I worked full-time I always took 2 week vacations and spent them at different national parks. Five years ago I revisited Yellowstone National Park and fell in love with it. I now go there …

I spent a full nine days in the Yosemite wilderness, where a couple of friends plus a 30-pound backpack constructed a life-changing experience. I was surprised by the simplicity of the ingredients for happiness. This recipe liberated me from all my world…

We took our sons and future daughters-in-law to Yellowstone and Grand Tetons in 2013. We spent eight days enjoying the views and wildlife. It was our fourth trip as a family and we wanted to share this experience with the girls. There is no better place …

My husband and I met while hiking in the Grand Canyon. We have visited so many parks together during our 13 year marriage. We have the good fortune of living near the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Me, my wife and our nine-year-old son set out on an epic road trip this summer to see our national parks!! Three weeks, just over six thousand miles, and 11 national parks!! From the bat flights at Carlsbad Caverns, amazing sunset at White Sands natl.m…

Back in 2009 we embarked on a national park road trip. In 34 days we visited 14 national parks. (Even took in some state parks along the way.) Since then, we have had a burning desire to repeat that trip only to make it longer. We were amazed every day a…

When I first arrived in Joshua Tree so many months ago, I was reeling from a bitter breakup and divorce, vitamin D deficient and chilled to the bone from 13+ years of living under the “gray ceiling” of the Pacific Northwest. I had been to Joshua Tree onc…

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We visited 10 parks during a 5 week car trip. Best value in the USA. We must keep our National Parks in good shape, so all can enjoy the wonderful sights and natural environment. Donate.

There we stand and stare, but our minds cannot even start to decipher what raw vision reveals. Huge slabs of granite protrude like fingers poking the sky through layers of snow so high in space, so high above the sagebrush and glacial kettle holes and la…

My oldest grandson and I visited Bryce and Zion this summer ...it was an amazing trip filled with new vistas around each curve ...he too became enraptured by the space, colors and form ...walking trails, seeking new forms and best watercolor Iight along…

Donna & Mike Take a Hike Seven years 59 Parks 295 Miles by foot, bike, canoe, horse and kayak 12 bear sightings 4 pairs of hiking boots 2 Prius cars and 1 hip replacement = One large item on our Bucket List accomplished.

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On a very snowy night camped above MacDonald Lake, we shiver in our sagging tent as winds snap aspen branches overhead, and we wonder just why we chose early June and not July to camp in Glacier National Park where early summer is nothing more than a lat…

When it's mid-July and the city heat rises to the upper nineties, it's time to get away to the mountains, to Rocky Mountain National Park. Whether you are going for only a day or on an overnight camping trip, the power of the mountains is cleansing. We a…

Most parks I’ve visited have been with family but in 1999, I enjoyed Grand Canyon National Park with three schoolmates from my grade school days. We arrived after dark & pitched tents by headlights & flashlights. Two of our group would never agree to …

Our first trip together included a stunning visit to Olympic National Park in 1993. Then I married the love of my life, we went on to have three kids and we've added 30 more national parks to our visited list! Just last week we explored Badlands, Wind C…

My story centers on the profound influence that a family vacation to Yosemite National Park had on me as a nine year old boy. That week-long visit set the stage for a 30 plus year career in Arizona park operations at the local, regional and state levels.…

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