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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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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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 had many park trips and enjoyed them all by my favorite parks trip of all was in May - June of 2001. It was just my Dad and I and lasted 11 days. We flew into Denver and visited Badlands, Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial. My Dad was 76 …

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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Spent the weekend with my son driving the drive. We each have roadsters, great place to drive them!

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…

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

Before the winter residents and tourists come during the more “comfortable” season, it is a great time to visit the Everglades National Park. Recently, I was fortunate to have my sister from Nashville visit me in Everglades City, and we were able to get …

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

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…

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…

We drove from Las Vegas up to a pass in late April rising to 4,000 feet, and from there we got our first glimpse of Death Valley, a narrow winding white valley with wrinkled, elephant-skinned mounds rising here and there--"hills like white elephants" as …

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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Zion is my favorite national park for many reasons, so I try to pay it forward when I go. I had just paid for 2 passes so the ranger could let someone deserving in for free, who couldn't afford it or seemed to need it. He was slightly dumbfounded and s…

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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.

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…

Summer of 2016, Olympic High Divide: In one of the few places left in the world undisturbed by humans, I made a starling realization of how few of my friends have really gone out and explored what nature truly is (away from the hottest tourist destinatio…

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…

Coming back from San Francisco on Friday November 4, 2016, we decided to take the small highway 25 to Hollister and then to Pinnacles National Park. When we arrived, our first impression was that it was a small park with just common mountains view and no…

We left a cold Massachusetts in February for a reprieve from winter down to South Florida and the Everglades. On our way to Flamingo Point where we would have a tasty lunch including the best ever key-lime pie, my wife and I were utterly amazed by such a…

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…

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. …

This is me 35 years ago, lol!! It was the most wonderful place & the most wonderful job I could have ever imagined.

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…

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