Touring National Parks Popular RV Activity

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A popular activity for snowbirds and other RVers is to tour national parks. And why not? We’ve all familiar with the spectacular beauty of Yellowstone, Yosemite, Zion, Arches, Glacier, Smokey Mountains, and Grand Canyon national parks. National Parks are one of America’s greatest national resources: places where nature, history, geology, art, culture, wildlife, and much […]

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Discover Your Parks During National Park Week

What makes Lake Powell so memorable is the contrast between the deep clear blue waters and the surrounding landscape—stark red sandstone rocks. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

As the National Park Service celebrates 100 years of protecting and preserving the nation’s parks and monuments, all Americans are encouraged to get out and #FindYourPark during National Park Week, April 16 through 24. All National Park Service entrance fees will be waived for the week so choose a park, near or far, and discover what […]

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2015 National Park Service Visitation Tops 307 Million

Stretching outward, an army of saguaro cacti waved at me with their massive prickly arms. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The National Park Service recently certified 2015 national park visitation at more than 307 million. It also released its popular Top 10 list of the most visited national park sites. “The popularity of national parks is well known, but last year’s numbers really are extraordinary,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “As the […]

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National Park Service Celebrates 100 Years

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It’s time to celebrate! The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016. In honor of this amazing year, we have launched an on-going series on America’s National Parks Centennial, dedicated to the enjoyment and beauty of America’s national parks. The Act of March 1, 1872 established Yellowstone National Park as a public park. Following the establishment of […]

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National Park Service Announce 2016 Centennial Challenge Projects

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The National Park Service (NPS) announced nearly $48 million of Centennial Challenge projects to help parks across the country improve visitor services and support outreach to new audiences. The projects, many of which tackle deferred maintenance, come as the NPS kicks off its second century of service. Congress provided $15 million for the projects which […]

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Celebrate National Parks Centennial With Unforgettable Experiences

In addition to desert flora and fauna, the western part of Joshua Tree National Park includes some of the most interesting geologic displays found in California's deserts. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

As an RVer who has explored national parks across America, it’s easy to agree with author Wallace Stegner, who called these treasures the best idea America has ever had. In honor of this year’s 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, here’s my list of unforgettable experiences in these natural and historical gems. 1.  Explore […]

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Joshua Tree National Park Sets Attendance Milestone & Braces For Strong El Niño

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For the first time in its 74-year history, Joshua Tree National Park topped the 2-million visitor mark, reaching the milestone Monday, December 28, 2015. Joshua trees have been described as ugly, but we have always found them fascinating. The odd-shaped stick figures offer an opportunity for your imagination to run the gamut in trying to […]

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