National parks, monuments, forests

Gaze up at Half Dome, and it’s obvious why Yosemite has national park status. Witness the wildflower bloom in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park during spring, and it may be less clear why California’s largest state park doesn’t. The United States’ parks and public lands fall under a number of designations. Most of us have probably … [Read more…]

Canadian national parks near US

The weather is still plenty warm, and the outdoors are calling. If you’re ready for a new wilderness destination, consider heading north. Rugged Canada is packed with stunning national parks, many of them easily accessible from the US by car or ferry. Depending on your destination, you could watch moose walk as if on stilts, … [Read more…]

Trump 4th funded by national parks

On July 4, the National Mall in Washington, DC, played host to one of the largest shows of military might that the capital has ever seen. Armored tanks, parked in front of the Lincoln Memorial, served as the backdrop for an Independence Day speech by President Donald Trump, which was punctuated by a number of … [Read more…]

The least-crowded US national parks

Each year, people from around the world flock to at least one of our nation’s 61 national parks in search of serenity and adventure. What they often find instead are hoards of selfie-stick-bearing tourists, all struggling to catch a glimpse of a moose or the erupting Old Faithful geyser. But there are other ways to … [Read more…]

How to get hiking permits

Backpacking season is here, and it’s time to start planning out your summer backcountry trips. US national parks are among the most beautiful places for backcountry hiking and camping — and also the most popular. To control crowds and properly prepare trekkers for the hazards of the wildlands, the National Park Service requires backcountry permits … [Read more…]