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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I am a 16 year old boy that grew up in the city his whole life. My parents are firm believers in the appreciation of nature, and I am exactly the same. I have traveled to almost all of the National Parks in the United States, from Death Valley all the wa…

During the summer of 2015, I had the opportunity to go on my very first backpacking trip in the backcountry of Yosemite. The very first day of the trip was probably one of the most memorable days because of just how physically taxing it was. I remember l…

I had visited five national parks before I visited Mammoth Cave, including the Grand Canyon, but it was at Mammoth Cave that I truly fell in love with national parks. You see, in none of my five previous park visits had I really understood that I was in…

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In circa 1962, when I was 14 years old, our family visited Glacier National Park for the first time. My parents, sister & I were temporarily living in Poulson, MT; which is near the Park. My Grandparents came for a visit & one day all 6 of us piled int…

The Badlands was my first park west of the Mississippi. I still get chills thinking about the grand scale and peacefulness of the area. It inspired my desire to go out and explore other parks around the country.

In May and June of 2016, my husband and I visited Mesa Verde, Arches, Canyonlands, and Glacier National Park and enjoyed the beauty and majesty of these parks. We have senior passes and try to use them as much as possible. This donation was inspired by…

This is a photo of one of the most beautiful natural wonders of the world. The Grand Canyon. It's our sacred duty as stewards of this planet to honor, cherish and nurture or world around us. We must live in harmony with nature and above all else, protect…

I have been very fortunate to visit dozens of our National Parks, but my favorite is Grand Teton. I am lucky because my family lives in Jackson Hole so I get to see this view often. This was taken December 2016 when we took a drive to spot wildlife. We…

The last week of August 2016, the busiest week of the year (?), I was the last member of the family to head back to various states from a family vacation in Colorado. Instead of heading east I went north to RMNP, which I had not visited since the '60s. …

I have just donated for the great courage and honesty of the Badlands Park Service. Great tweets! Let's hear it for scientific integrity!

My grandparents demonstrated for land to become NationalParks. I'm very glad they were looking to the future, for me, for my children, and for my grandchildren.

My husband and I have been to this Park several times and because of the time of year ( spring) we were never able to go up by Clingmans Dome. This spring we were finally able to drive up there. What a view!! It was very windy and cold but we just couldn…

The national parks have meant so much to me and my family. My wife and I have traveled to several of the parks including Yellowstone, Glacier, Grand Teton, Grand Canyon, Zion, Rocky Mountain and numerous times to Acadia, which is the national park close…

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Four of us hiked the 2 miles up to Lone Star Geyser. A predictable geyser in that it erupts about every 3 hours. A small log book is there for people to document eruptions and upon inspection it looked like we had just missed an eruption. So my friend…

I celebrated my 60th birthday hiking the spectacular trails of this park and seeing a glacier.

America's southwestern deserts are such special places. We love the Mojave Preserve's beautiful natural cactus gardens, rocky terrain, and panoramic vistas. Hard to believe such places still exist in southern California!

We have two beagles that we traveled with to Alaska. Because of their age and issues we could not leave them for any of the excursions in Denali when we were there. My husband suggested the dog sled demo. We took the bus out and thoroughly enjoyed mee…

This park needs lots of attention in the maintenance arena. I live I in this area and I want this park, along with every other in the United States, to be structurally sound and safe for the thousands that travel to visit each year

Growing up, every summer we would go camping several times a year. We would always camp at least once in Mount Rainier National Park, and often the Olympic National Park also. I loved the tall trees, and the smell of campfires. I loved hiking and observ…

The 100 Year Old Treasure A century has past, and the treasure has grown, Season after season, as the winds have blown. Through these years, the parks have spoken, The legacy of the treasure can never be broken. They welcome all, with an open door, Your…

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I have many park stories having grown up in Washington State. I've spent countless hours hiking mt. Rainier and mt. Saint Helen's, discovering caves, and enjoying nature. I love our parks and I hope that future generations get to enjoy and appreciate t…

This past year my partner and I traded in our 3 bedroom home and everything it for a million unforgettable experiences. We purchased an RV, some good food and a National Park Pass. Over the next few months we traveled from CT to the Badlands to Yellows…

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In 1965, as part of a summer visiting parks, we were at Arches, then only a National Monument, and Canyonlands which had been designated a Park the previous year. We camped and the first full day joined a ranger hike, walking at the rear with another ran…

I first visited the Badlands National Park over the summer when I was in 7th grade in 2012, and it was one of the most fun trips I've ever been on. The park was so awe-inspiring and full of freedom to explore and climb around, to an outdoorsy adventurous…

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