National parks closing for COVID-19

To combat the spread of coronavirus and encourage social distancing, many national parks are closing to the public or modifying their operations, including Yellowstone and Grand Teton. Although, thanks to their sizes, parks might seem somewhat safer than other public gathering places, they attract large numbers of visitors, which poses a health risk. View this … [Read more…]

The least-visited US national parks

The United States got its 62nd national park in late 2019 when White Sands got the designation in December. If you’re jonesing to go check it out, a road trip through New Mexico is pretty easy. But of the 61 other national parks, some aren’t quite so straightforward to get to. They may involve jetting … [Read more…]

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…]

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…]