Who are the National Park Travelers?

A list of the folks who have created profiles on the website. If you'd like to add yourself to this list, create an account, and after you've logged in, you can edit your biography.

  • During a long career with the National Park Service, Ms. Anzelmo served stints as chief of public affairs for Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks, was the communications chief for the entire National Park Service out of its Washington, D.C., office, and finally was superintendent of Colorado National Monument.

    Following the leadership she showed during the 1988 Yellowstone fires, Ms. Anzelmo became a nationally acknowledged expert in crisis communications and subsequently was dispatched to some of the country’s most complex wild land fire situations and other national emergencies.

    In May 2010 she was assigned to the Unified Area Command for the National Park Service in response to the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Ms. Anzelmo is the recipient of numerous awards including two of the Department of the Interior’s highest honors, the Superior Service and Meritorious Service awards, and has been honored in Congressional Record and White House commendatory documents.

    In recognition for the backbone she displayed in declining to approve a professional bike race through Colorado National Monument, the National Parks Conservation Association awarded Ms. Anzelmo the Stephen T. Mather Award for her commitment to preserving the integrity and open access of the park for all visitors.

  • I spent the summer working as an intern with the Student Conservation Association in Glacier National Park.

  • CPR instructor for the American Heart Association. Teaching CPR classes in Tampa as well as Miami.

  • I grew up in Nebraska, but have lived in Missouri and Colorado and am now back in Nebraska. I love and support the National Park System. Plan most vacations around seeing one or more Parks. My favorites include; Yellowstone, Glacier, Zion, Rocky Mountain and Bryce. I work in the RV business selling Travel Trailers, Fifth Wheels and Motor Homes and enjoy discussing Parks with my customers.

  • Backcountry.com began in 1996 with two guys and a stack of avalanche beacons in an apartment in Park City, Utah. Our roots were humble, but our vision was clear: to sell the best outdoor gear there is, and to be the best at doing it. We’ve grown since then, but our vision is still 20/20.

    We're the place for those who are as intense about their gear as they are about their summit push, project send, or big-mountain line. Selection, service, expertise, and experience are our four middle names.

    Our buyers seek and find the best gear for weekend warriors with masochistic tendencies or year-round mountaineering guides. We give you access to the primo picks from top outdoor brands like The North Face and Black Diamond, as well as some hard-to-find brands, like Norrona and Stoic, that you can only buy on Backcountry.com. If you’re full-on obsessed with backpacking, camping, skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing, kayaking, trail running, or mountaineering, our premium gear selection is going to do nothing but fuel the fever.

    Our customer service team, the gearheads, are on call 24/7 to help you find what you’re looking for, and our no-questions-asked return policy makes it easy to change your mind or find the right size. Providing an amazing customer experience is our priority. We mean that.

    The Backcountry experience doesn’t end with a delivery at your doorstep. We want you to tell us about your gear and how you’re using it. You’re the experts and we want your opinions, and so do the rest of our customers. Our on-site Community is a place to share your reviews, questions, answers, and personal photos. The more you share, the more
    information other customers have to help them pick what’s right for them — and that’s just a win-win for everybody.

  • NOC

    Since 1972, Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) has shared the outdoors with millions of guests on white water river rafting trips, with all varieties of kayak and canoe instruction, on mountain bikes and around the world with our adventure travel trips.

    Located in western North Carolina near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NOC is within easy driving distance of Atlanta, Charlotte and Knoxville. Our world-class staff leads white water rafting trips on seven of the Southeast's best rivers, including the Chattooga River, Cheoah River, French Broad River, Nantahala River, Nolichucky River, Ocoee River, and Pigeon River. Learn to whitewater paddle from the pros in our renowned canoe and kayak Paddling School. We also offer adventure-learning programs for groups of all types, ropes course climbing, flat water lake kayaking and hiking.

  • In 2012, my husband and I completed our goal of visiting all 58 of the National Parks. When we embarked on this little adventure, it was just something to do while I was travelling the country for business. We had documented our visits to all the states, so we were looking for another reason to do something more fun than hanging out at the hotel bar :-). But no more lists for a while. We're excited to return to many of them, having learned that 1) we could spend a lifetime playing in our national parks, and 2) where there are national parks, there are often other really cool things to do!

    I'm excited to find this organization and look forward to gathering "intel" from other seasoned national park travellers. We are so fortunate to have had the opportunities to visit these amazing places.

  • I'm a sophomore student at West Virginia University currently pursuing a degree from the Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism. My family and I have taken multiple roadtrips to many of America's National Parks since I was very young, which has definitiely contributed to my love for outdoor adventure.

    This past summer, I took an outdoor leadership course in New Zealand that completely changed my life. Some of our activities included backpacking, ice climbing and cultural education, all having impacted my outlook on life for the better. I believe that some of the most beautiful places in the entire world exist within America's National Parks and can provide experiences and emotion that are truly indescribable.

  • As a young child my Dad would take us camping at parks for vacations. My first memory was of Petit Jean State Park in Arkansas. Mostly we camped at Great Smokey Mountains National Park. When I decided to go to college (after getting married and having a child) I felt called to the outdoors for a career. I graduated from the University of South Alabama with a BS in Leisure Service with a concentration in Outdoor Recreation Resource Management. While in college I did a summer with NPS at Fort Frederica NM in Georgia and later did a 6 months temp assignment there. Needing to feed my family and not being able to do the temp work necessary back then (early 1980's) to get into a full-time job, I turned to the state parks and landed in Virginia State Parks. That was 29 years ago and I'm near the end of that career.

    I have travelled with my beautiful wife and our five sons to national parks all across the country. I have my favorites but I fell in love with Yosemite the first time I visited. However, Glacier NP in Montana also has me wanting to spend more time there.

    I am a strong advacate for the National Parks and belong to several organizations who lobby on behalf of the parks. My retirement plans (not far away now) include seasonal work in the parks out west, doing a little writing, and sharing my love for the beauty bestowed on us by the Creator that this nation had the forsight to protect and set aside for future generations. Maybe I'll see you in a visitor center out there one day!

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    We produce and sell a wide range of national park commemorative items, from quarters honoring specific national parks and jewelry to speciality items such as money clips and even cufflinks.

  • I grew up in Philadelphia, and on the weekends my favorite thing to do was travel north to the Pocono Mountains. My parents, also outdoors enthusiasts, would bring my siblings and I up to the Mountains every chance they got, thus sparking and nurturing my love for nature and parks. This love carried through my adolescence, and straight on to college where I attended West Virginia University in the ‘Wild and Wonderful.’ During my college years, I jumped on the opportunities my school provided to camp and explore in Western Pennsylvania, Northern West Virginia, Colorado and Utah. I don’t know how many of you have traveled to Utah, but I’d hope that everyone gets the chance to, because once I came home from that trip I thought, boy, I’m hooked!

  • Haley Hepburn is an intern at National Parks Traveler. She lives in Boone, North Carolina, where she is a senior at Appalachian State University. Haley is studying English, business, and communication and hopes to one day work in publishing. After graduation she intends to teach English abroad and has a special interest in national parks in other countries.

  • Army Soldier with 26+ years, wife and 3 daughters that still lusts for the days of wandering our national park system. I intend to retire from Active Duty and volunteer my retired days working in the national park system.

  • For the past 10 years I have traveled across the country, most by vehicle, in my spare time to explore the wonders of the United States' Parks. I have found that being amongst the trees, hills, prairies, mountains, fauna, and flora of all parks on the county, state and national level, is where I feel healed. My bucket list dream is to visit all 58 National Parks and as many units as possible. I enjoy sharing my adventures along the way through my blog Brendaleefree.com. My daytime job provides me ample opportunity to explore all of Pennsylvania's gems.

    Parks & Units Explored:

    Grand Canyon National Park

    Yosemite National Park

    Assateague Island National Seashore

    Appalachian National Scenic Trail (small portions)

    Glacier National Park

    Theodore Roosevelt National Park

    Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

    Flight 93 National Memorial

    Gettysburg National Military Park

    Independence National Historic Park

    Johnstown Flood National Memorial

    Badlands National Park

    Mount Rushmore National Memorial

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Shenandoah National Park

    Lincoln Memorial

    National Mall

    Washington Monument

    Yellowstone National Park

    Soon to Come: Cuyahoga National Park, Saguaro National Park, Acadia National Park

  • Jacqueline Vaughn is a native of San Diego, and attended UC Santa Barbara and Boston University, where she was awarded a Bachelor's Degree in Education. Her master's degree is from San Jose State University, and her Ph.D. is from the University of California, Berkeley. She is Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Northern Arizona University, and conducting research on philanthropy and the national parks, with a focus on friends groups and cooperating associations. She and her husband live in Sedona, Arizona.

  • New Member. 73 years old male. BS and MS in Physics. "Visited* all 58 of the 58 National Parks. Visited 86 nations, on a quest to get to 100. Visited the "Seven wonders of the World".

    * I have clearly set foot on 57. For Gates of the Arctic NP I flew in a small plane at low elevation across the park to Anaktuvuk Pass, From there I hiked out of town to get into the park boundaries per the map I was using. Per the current google map I was inside the boundary.

    Kobuk Valley was the hardest one to get to. Took a mail plane to Kiana, and hired a fishing guide to take me up river in his boat. We went to the middle of the park and hiked to the park's main feature, the giant inland sand dunes.

  • During my summer as a conservation intern with the Student Conservation Association, I worked at Cape Cod National Seashore to protect nesting piping plovers.

  • Ruffin Prevost is founding editor of Yellowstone Gate, an independent, online news site offering community news and inside views about Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks and their gateway communities.

    He lives in Cody, Wyo. where he also works as the Wyoming reporter for Reuters America Wire. He has previously worked as managing editor of WyoFile, a statewide news service about Wyoming people, places and policy. From 2005-2010, he was the Wyoming reporter for the Billings Gazette. Contact him at or 307-213-9818.

  • Currently a graduate student at the University of Nebraska, I spent the summer of 2006 living, working, and playing in Yellowstone National Park, and left smitten and grateful for our national parks.

  • I'm the communications director for the International Mountain Bicycling Association, more commonly referred to as IMBA.

  • David Menzies is Director of Marketing and Public Relations at OBX Outfitters, a woman-owned casual apparel and activewear company sharing the pure joy that is the Outer Banks and especially the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. He is a PR professional and writer, sharing news and blogging about OBX at the Outer Banks Update, www.outerbanksupdate.com.

    He and his wife Stacy, President of OBX Outfitters, are dedicated to contributing to the economic and environmental strength of North Carolina, with clothing made right here in NC, USA. From Corolla down to Ocracoke, they support the communities in which they do business, donating time and a portion of our profits to local civic groups and nonprofits.

  • A critically-acclaimed historian of the national parks, Alfred Runte lives in Seattle. In April 2011, he was inducted into the College of Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame at Illinois State University (his master’s degree institution) “in recognition of exemplary achievement” as a teacher and public scholar. He also holds a B.A. from the State University of New York at Binghamton (now Binghamton University) and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

  • Lisa Lance is a writer and communications specialist living in the Baltimore area. www.lisalance.com

  • With more than 60 combined years of award-winning journalistic experience, much of it tied to public lands, national parks, wildlife, and the environment, Editor-in-Chief Kurt Repanshek and Travel Editor Randy Johnson have a long list of credits in such magazines as Audubon, Backpacker, Hemispheres, Smithsonian and Sunset, as well as a best-selling collection of park guidebooks to their credit.

    National Parks Traveler
    is not affiliated with the National Park Service. Our mission is clear: National Parks Traveler works to educate the general public about the National Park System, increase awareness and understanding of issues affecting the national parks and the National Park Service, and build a stronger advocacy for protection and sound stewardship of the parks.Since being launched in August 2005, National Parks Traveler has evolved into the Internet's top-ranked editorially independent site for news, commentary, and features revolving around the national parks and the National Park Service. With a robust and growing audience of more than 1.2 million readers a year, the Traveler is the only website that provides a steady, daily dose of fresh editorial content on the parks.

    The Traveler endorses and actively supports the National Park Service Organic Act of 1916 that mandated a high standard of protection for the parks, as well as the Redwoods Act of 1978 that reemphasized the Organic Act’s stewardship provisions and affirmed that they are to be applied on a system-wide basis.

    Traveler seeks to work in ways that are consistent with the National Park Service’s fundamental purpose for managing the parks, which is “to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations."

  • Steve Myers is the founder of the vision for the Great Plains National Scenic Trail. His experience with national praks dates to 1990 when he applied for a dishwashing job at Signal Mountain Lodge in Grand Teton national Park . . . and landed it! His love affair with national parks and hiking began there, and eventually led to the idea currently on the table: The Great Plains Trail!

  • Stacey Wittig is a freelance travel writer based in Flagstaff, Arizona. She'll give you the local's insider scoop on where to stay, eat and have fun at Grand Canyon National Park. Stacey's Grand Canyon adventures have led her down the Kaibab Trail to Phantom Ranch, across the North Rim on her mountain bike, and floating through layers of time on a whitewater river trip. "The Grand Canyon State is a remarkable place to call home," declares the wandering writer. She welcomes comments and questions at www.vagabondinglulu.com.

  • Robin, a lover of travel and adventure, has visited 16 National Parks in the last year. She is a rock climber, hiker, runner, and writer.

  • Ashley is an avid traveler of America's National Parks. Her favorites include Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Shenandoah National Park. She is committed to raising awareness of the importance National Parks have, focusing her writing endeavors on travel and recreation in the natural world. Ashley currently writes as the National Great Smoky Mountains National Park Examiner.

  • Miranda Altman works in the music education nonprofit sector. An avid hiker and outdoor enthusiast, she travels extensively throughout our country's national parks. She is currently working toward a lifelong goal of visiting and documenting each of the 58 National Parks in the United States. Miranda is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a dual degree in Geography and Communications.

  • I'm a professor emeritus of history at the University of Missouri-Columbia with a keen interest in environmental affairs. I've worked worked closely with the Aldo Leopold family and the Foundation for years, as well as with many other organizations, including Audubon.