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.

  • In 1995 my wife and I had had enough of being city-bound corporate slaves and decided a big change was in order. We sold our nice home in the 'burbs, bought a little travel trailer, and set off to explore as many of America's spectacular natural places as we could get to in 6 months, or so. 18 months later, we had been to the Arctic Circle, Guatemala, and a whole bunch of places in between, including virtually all of the western National Parks. It was pure bliss.

    A few months into that adventure, one thing became very apparent. There were a lot of people out there in NPS-land making a real mess of their summer vacations. Many of them were trying to "see it all" in a week or two, and we found ourselves constantly counseling stressed-out moms and dads, desparate to make the most of their precious time together. Most of them hadn't done their homework (they were too busy working!) and were spending all their time driving from one Park to the next.

    From that experience, Tracks & Trails was born. (We had to do *something*. We were broke!) Today, our staff of 10 NPS-junkies carefully coordinates hundreds of National Park vacations each year. Customers start by choosing from one of the itineraries outlined on our website, which range from 3 nights to 3 weeks. Then they work with their Trip Consultant to fine-tune their vacation, adding raft trips, horseback rides, and other optional activities, if they want to. For getting around, we’ve found that a “hotel room on wheels” is just the ticket for easing city folks into the outdoors. An RV allows families to enjoy many of the same idyllic places as tent campers, only in much greater comfort. It also allows them to cover ground more easily by avoiding the time-consuming ritual of setting up and tearing down all that gear.

    Their fat Adventure Kit travel binder contains a comprehensive set of personalized documentation to insure that everything goes as smoothly as possible. They fly or drive to their gateway city (Denver, Vegas, SFO…), pickup their home on wheels, open up the Adventure Kit, and hit the road.

    We are thrilled to be exposing the next generation of American voters and taxpayers to the wonders of our National Parks.

    www.Tracks-Trails.com

  • For over 10 years Joan has worked for the Alaska office of the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) on park protection issues for national parks in Alaska. Previously Joan has worked as a seasonal ranger for the Park Service in Denali and Sequoia and for the Forest Service in the Chugach and Tongass National Forests.

  • Hello folks..............Ted here
    I live about 20 miles from Yosemite and have visited the park many over the last 60 years.
    No matter how many times I visit, every time I go through the tunnel and get hit in the face with
    the view of the valley, Half Dome, The Captain, the falls and all the rest it takes my breath away.
    I have created a website about the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Yosemite and would like to
    share it with others. Please visit me at http://www.campingsierra.com

  • I am a disabled veteran who enjoys the outdoors and travel in our National "Treasures" Parks. My parents called them our National Treasures when we were growing up. My parents taught me a greater appreciation by our camping often in National or State Parks. I am moving to Alaska in a couple of months and I am actually seeing most of the rest of the parks that I have not been to.
    I am going to the following, White Sands, Grand Canyon, Lake Meade, Zion, Arches, Crater of the Moon, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, then Banff and Jasper in Canada.

  • I am currently the President of the City of Casselberry's Friends of the Park, which is an all volunteer organization for the small City of Casselberry in Florida. Our small parks stand in stark contrast to the monumental expanse of the major National Parks, but they rival all the world’s parks in the simple beauty of creating a space that enlightens if but only for a moment and leaves us changed if but only slightly from that moment past...

    =D

    I have visited a vast majority of the Neolithic sites of Ireland and the British isles, which is an easy task if you live in England as I did in my youth. Of all of these Neolithic sites, I would add Stonehenge at the Summer Solstice and Newgrange at the Winter Solstice as my favorites.

    I am now slowly getting around to the U.S. National Parks in this part of my life.

  • Randy Johnson is Travel Editor for National Parks Traveler. He's a widely published photojournalist with many awards from the Society of American Travel Writers and North American Travel Journalists Association (he's a member of each). Until 2009, he was the longtime editor of Hemispheres, the inflight magazine of United Airlines, named “World’s Best Airline Magazine” in 2006.

    He's the author of a handful of books including the bestselling Falcon Guides Hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway, Best Easy Day Hikes Blue Ridge Parkway, Hiking North Carolina and Southern Snow: The Winter Guide to Dixie. His new book is Best Easy Day Hikes Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Visit Randy at www.randyjohnsonbooks.com and check out his videos of the southern Appalachians, including the Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smoky Mountains at http://www.youtube.com/user/randyjohnsonbooks.

    Randy's experience in parks includes proposing and implementing an innovative trail fee-based backcountry management program that preserved hiker access to Grandfather Mountain in NC (www.grandfather.com). The program helped Grandfather Mountain become the world’s only privately-owned, United Nations-designated Biosphere Reserve and a state park in 2009. During the completion of the final "missing link" of the Blue Ridge Parkway around Grandfather Mountain, Randy helped mesh the mountain’s private trails and Park Service paths into the spectacular hiking network in place today. He lives in the North Carolina mountains near Boone, not far from the Parkway, where he writes widely for magazine newspapers, and websites.

  • A seasonal park ranger, employed at various times at: Big Bend, Cape Hatteras, Great Basin, Wind Cave and Yellowstone

  • I read all the VC members. Wow!!!! I don't have a long list of anything like you all do. I just like to road trip. And most of my road trips take me to a National Park. I love State Parks as well. A few years ago my brother and I, while coming back from Portland, Oregon to our home in Ohio. Of course we took a road trip. Scenic Trip, Route 2 all across the US. While in the UP, we visitied Painted Rock, which is where I bought my first passport. Needless to say, I've pretty much filled that one up, because I just recently purchased the "new and improved" passport. All I have to say is WOW!!!!! I've photographed all of my trips, which means I have hundreds of photos from all over. My ultimate goal. Driving the Alkan Highway to Alaska and visiting Denali NP. I'm glad I stumbled across this site. I love it, so just....keep up the good work. I'll be seeing ya!!!!!

  • I am, quite simply, a National Park System enthusiast and collector. I have visted over 200 of them so far. The parks dovetail quite nicely into two of my interests: American history and the natural world. Having no other qualifications than amateur studies and personal explorations of the NPS, I am posting essays of my observations, experiences, and insights in my own blog, www.americaincontext.com.

  • Santa Fean Jerry Rogers served in the Old Santa Fe Trail Building as the last regional director of the Southwest Region. He is a member of the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees, a group of more than 600 former employees concerned about the directions taken by today's NPS leadership.

  • I spent 35 years with the NPS, retiring in 1998. I started as a seasonal ranger at RMNP while in college. As a career employee I was at Crater Lake NP; Glen Canyon NRA; first Area Manager for Guadalupe Mtns. NP; seved as Supt of Capulin Mtn. NM, Glacier Bay NP & Preserve, and Curecanti NRA and Black Canyon NP. I was also Chief of Ranger Activities and Resource Mgmt. for the former Rocky Mtn. RO;and Asst. Supt. of RMNP. My wife, Jean, and I now live in the Denver area and get to the mountains often.

    Following NPS I worked for a company dealing with US Job Corps activites, managing the job placement specialists in CO and WY.

    I now work for the Southern Rockies Conservation Alliance and The Wilderness Society, helping educate wildland/urban interface communities in CO on the importance of Community Wildfire Protection Plans.

  • I am Director of the National Center on Accessibility at Indiana University. We work with the National Park Service Accessibility Management Program in assisting NPS in addressing issues related to physical and program accessibility for individuals with disabilities in the National Park system. We provide training, technical assistance and consultation. We also conduct research on issues of interest to the NPS.

  • While serving 33 years on the faculty of the University of South Carolina, I taught a national parks course, helped get Congaree National Park established, and worked as a volunteer in the park. Now retired as Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Geography, I want to continue visiting parks, thinking about parks, and writing about parks (at least occasionally) until I assume room temperature.

  • My favored life involves hiking and looking for elusive wildflowers in the Rockies. Spending nights in some small little cabin way back in the woods. And maybe writing about my journeys and experiences.

    I have worked for the National Park Service since 2008 at the Natural Resource Program Center (Fort Collins, CO, Water Rights Program), Mount Rainier National Park, Denali National Park and Preserve, and Rocky Mountain National Park. I love the mountains and want to see them protected.

  • I am a guide, a naturalist, specializing in brown bears. My husband Ken and I own and operate Emerald Air Service in Homer Alaska-we have spent every day, the past 15 years, from mid May through October sharing the bears of Katmai National Park and Preserve with about 1100 people per season. Bears are not only our vocation, they are our avocation. They give us our living - we in turn advocate for them - active in conservation issues and pro-actively working through the agencies both state and federal on issues involving bear conservation, viewing ethics and management.

  • Jim Stratton is the Alaska Regional Director for the National Parks Conservation Association, a position he has held since December 2002. Prior to joining NPCA, Jim spent eight years as the director of the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation for the Alaska Department of Natural Resources and 11 years as the Program & Finance Director for Alaska Conservation Foundation. He started his Alaska conservation career in 1981 as the Executive Director of the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council.

    He serves on the board of Training Resources for the Environmental Community (TREC), Great Land Trust, Denali Education Center, and is an advisor to the Brainerd Foundation.

    When not working or volunteering for conservation efforts, he produces and hosts the Arctic Cactus Hour, a weekly public radio program (music, not talk) on Anchorage’s KNBA. He also likes to fly fish, is into birding, and with his wife Colleen Burgh, travel to wild and exotic places, especially those that provide a stamp for his National Park Passport. Jim holds a degree in Recreation and Parks Management from the University of Oregon and an MBA from Alaska Pacific University.

    Credit for Jim's photo goes to Scott Kirkwood of the NPCA.

  • Patrick Cone is a photographer and writer based in Park City Utah. His work has been seen in Sunset, National Geographic, Smithsonian, The Wall Street Journal, and dozens of other editorial, corporate and advertising clients. He is the author/photographer of 3 children's science books, including Grand Canyon: Nature in Action. Cone has also worked as a pilot, helicopter navigator, geologist, and county commissioner. He currently is a staff photographer for an international outdoor sports corporation.

  • Avid Hiker

    Favorite Destinations: Yellowstone, Tetons, Glacier, Alaska

    Cruising in Hawaii and the Caribbean

  • My book "Blessed with Tourists: The Borderlands of Religion and Tourism in San Antonio" includes chapters on San Antonio Missions National Historical Park and how the National Park Service deals with the separation-of-church-and-state issue in their interpretations of religious sites. Currently I am writing a book on religion in Yellowstone National Park. For more information, view my web page at http://bremer.fastmail.fm/

  • I am a self employed information management consultant and bison rancher in Central Kansas. I am also an avid hiker/backpacker and love the national parks. I am very partial to Rocky Mountain National Park, particulary the west side, and am also a National Parks Pass holder.