It's so easy to do a windshield tour of Canyonlands National Park by driving up onto the Island in the Sky District and through the Needles District. But here are five reasons why you should do a little more exploring in the park that preserves a wondrous slice of Utah's canyon country.
Visiting the Parks
It turns out that scrambling out of a bouncing Zodiac and climbing 160 sodden, wooden stairs are the easiest challenges of the day. At the crest of the cliff, the trail stretches across the grassy, rolling hilltop of the southernmost inhabited island on the planet.
If you’re looking for some ideas and inspiration for 2014, here are my 10 favorite family adventures at The Big Outside (another list that will keep growing and evolving), as well as a bonus 11th trip that made this list last year but saw its spot usurped this year.
Another national park has added its camping reservations system to the recreation.gov portal. At Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska, this means you can go online to reserve campsites at Brooks Camp and other destinations in the park.
Winter might seem too cold to set outside to star gaze, but it's the perfect season at Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida, where special astronomy programs are on tap in the coming months.
They're barebones, rustic, Spartan -- choose your adjective -- but the sea-front cabins at Cape Lookout National Seashore are great basecamps if you like to surfcast or simply looking to spend some down time on a decidedly low key seashore.
Grand Canyon National Park is the main attraction in a new video, Grand Canyon In Depth, that explores the natural and human history of the landscape within the national park.
If you're planning to visit Hawaii in January, check out these "after dark" programs that will be offered at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.
Looking for some fun family activities during the holidays? Check out the lineup at Rocky Mountain National Park.
Golden Spike National Historic Site in Utah will be holding its annual Winter Steam Days on December 28, 29 and 30 this year.