Make the most of your National Park visit

Tips for keeping your kids safe this camping season, jaMo Threads
Keep your kids safe during camping season
March 7, 2017

Make the most of your National Park visit

Yosemite National Park Sign, Make the most of your National Park visit, jaMo Threads, Adventure Head and Neck Gaiter, Inversion Gaiter, outside, adventure
South Window at Arches National Park, Making the Most of Your National Park Visit, jaMo Threads, Inversion Gaiter

Checking out the South Window at Arches National Park in Moab, Utah.

 

So you’ve decided to visit one our country’s 59 National Parks. Whether you are headed to the Everglades or the Utah desert, there are a few things you should do to make the most of your National Park visit.

Hit the Visitor Center

The Visitor Center provides a wealth of information to get your visit started off on the right foot. Not only can you grab a map and hit the restrooms, you can learn about the Park’s history, local wildlife, hiking and walking trails and amenities.

Check out a popular hiking trail

There is a reason why some of the trails in a National Park are the most popular. They take you to the most spectacular monuments and amazing views the Park has to offer. Check the map you picked up at the Visitor Center to ensure the hike is doable for all members of your group before you set out.

Chat with Park Rangers

Rangers know the park better than anyone. They can provide some of the best hiking and sightseeing recommendations, including those that may be off the beaten path. Check out the schedule for Ranger-led activities including the Junior Ranger program for kids (it’s free!), hikes and nature talks.

Making the Most of Your National Park Visit, jaMo Threads, Inversion Gaiter, Castle Geyser, Yellowstone National Park

Castle Geyser, one of many amazing features in the Upper Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park.

Stay at a National Park lodge

Some Parks, like Yellowstone are huge. Even if you stay just outside of the gates you may find yourself more than an hour from some of the best sites the Park has to offer. Staying at a National Park lodge allows you to have a late night or early start without the extra drive time. Make sure to book early because they tend to fill up quickly.

Leave the Park better than when you came

National Parks need to be protected so they can be enjoyed by generations to come. Don’t disturb the local habitat or bother the animals. And if you see trash pick it up.

For a complete list of National Parks by state, visit https://www.nps.gov/findapark/index.htm

 

 

 

Comments are closed.