Turn Memorial Day Into a Weeklong Vacation

Looking forward to barbecues and RVing over Memorial Day weekend? Why not extend your stay for even more fun in the sun? Consider the following driving routes and destinations. Sequoia and Kings Canyon and Yosemite National Parks, California Every year 4 million people visit Yosemite National Park to marvel at its soaring granite walls. But […]

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Union Pacific Announces National Park Foundation Partnership

Union Pacific’s history with the national parks started with creating iconic western parks like Yellowstone, Zion, Grand Canyon, and Death Valley, when the railroad provided access to pristine landscapes that were otherwise virtually impossible to visit. Union Pacific recently announced a new commitment to help preserve America’s most unique and inspiring spaces with its multi-year, […]

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National Parks Are Major Job Creators

According to a new National Park Service report, visitor spending in communities near national parks in 2017 resulted in a $35.8 billion benefit to the nation’s economy—a nearly $1 billion increase from 2016—and supported 306,000 jobs. More than 330 million visitors in 2017 spent $18.2 billion in the communities near national parks. Of the 306,000 […]

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HanesBrands and National Park Foundation Launch New Apparel Collection

America’s national parks come in all shapes and sizes. And now, an exclusive new collection of apparel celebrating the magnificence of America’s natural, cultural, and historic treasures does too. To celebrate National Park Week, HanesBrands and the National Park Foundation (NPF) have launched the inaugural designs in a first-of-its-kind apparel collection, initially available online at […]

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Why the Zion (National Park) Shuttle Was Needed and Why It Is Inadequate Today

At the grand opening of the Zion National Park transportation system on May 26, 2000, the program noted that the park was going “back to the future.” “The congestion, noise, pollution, and associated resource damage suggested that we go ‘back to the future,’” the event’s program read. “Beginning today, we visit Zion Canyon by shuttle […]

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Most Visited National Parks in 2017

The National Park Service (NPS) announced 330,882,751 recreation visits in 2017—almost identical to the record-setting 330,971,689 recreation visits in 2016. While visitation numbers were steady, visitors actually spent more than 1.4 billion hours in the parks, a 1.4 percent (19 million hours) increase year-over-year at a park, monument, or site part of the national park […]

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Utah National Parks Set Recreation Visits Record in 2017

Four of Utah’s five national parks set new recreation visits records in 2017; since 2012, the state’s “Mighty Five” have seen a 66 percent increase in visitors. Zion drew 4.5 million visits and jumped from fifth place to third in 2016, leapfrogging California’s Yosemite and Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park. Bryce Canyon moved up to 12th […]

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