Are there any pieces of music that remind you of a national park – or a park experience? Some compositions, such as Grofe's Grand Canyon Suite, have clear connections to a park. Others, such as "Rocky Mountain High," might bring to mind a specific park - or a whole state with lots of great parks. How about you? Do you have any favorite songs that you associate with national parks?
Reader Participation Day
Reader Participation Day: Should The National Park Service Ban Solo Hikers In Grizzly Bear Territory?
Does the National Park Service have to rethink its rules when it comes to backcountry travel in known grizzly bear habitat? That question grows in importance in the wake of last week's fatal mauling of a backpacker in Denali National Park.
When your family sits down to choose a vacation destination, what possibilities arise to compete with a national park vacation?
Whether you're a "windshield tourist" who rarely leaves the pavement or a serious backcountry hiker, you'll find plenty of high-tech aids to navigation. GPS units, apps for smart phones and other electronic devices offer a growing number of alternatives to traditional paper maps. Which type maps do you prefer - paper or virtual?
We leave footprints and take lots of pictures when we visit national parks, but we also spend a good deal of time in park gift shops looking for souvenirs. With that understood, tell us what your most-treasured national park souvenir is.
We're just entering the peak of the summer vacation season, but 2012 has already set some unwelcome records, including destructive wildfires and all-time high temperatures in many states. Will you alter your summer vacation plans based this year's heat and fires? If so, what changes will you make?
Fee-free days at national parks are a big money loser for the National Park Service. And they're scheduled at occasionally odd times of the year. Should these days be continued, or done away with?
Reader Participation Day: How Should The Next President Of The United States Help The National Parks?
Come November, we get to choose the next president of the United States. President Obama might get a second term, or Mitt Romney might get his first. Whoever wins, how best do you think the next president of these United States can best help the National Park System?
If you could visit only one state to tour its national parks, which state would it be? Would you head to Utah with its five "national parks," to California with its eight "national parks" and handful of other designated park units, or choose Maine with its one national park (Acadia), a stretch of Appalachian National Scenic Trail, and lone international historic site?