National Parks

Learn about the national parks of the Western U.S., including Yellowstone, Zion, Glacier, Yosemite, Sequoia, Arches, Grand Teton, Grand Canyon, and more. Discover hidden places away from the crowds, find the best time to go, and get the scoop on where to stay and eat.

the Toroweap Overlook at sunset on the north rim of Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.

Arizona Strip Road Trip Via U.S. Route 89A

The scenic Arizona Strip is packed with beauty, endangered wildlife, and territorial history.
Fall colors in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

Best National Parks to Visit in the Fall

Enjoy shoulder season in the West’s great outdoors, from sunset-hued landscapes to hidden geysers.
Autumn color in Zion National Park.

Seeing Utah's Glorious Fall Color by RV

Five Utah parks, four family members, one RV, and the infinite beauty of autumn.
a hiker in Jacob Hamblin Arch in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument's Coyote Gulch, picture

Experience Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Enormous, magnificent, and free of crowds, Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument is all yours.
Aerial view of Genoa, Nevada and Mormon Station State Park.

Explore in and Around Mormon Station State Historic Park

Revisit the Gold Rush era at the historic settlement in Genoa, Nevada.
An airstream trailer parked at an ocean-side campsite at Kirk Creek Campground along Highway 1 in Big Sur, California.

7 Best Campgrounds in the West for Fall

Book a site at one of these prime campsites.
See Lassen Peak's stunning reflection from the Manzanita Lake Trail.

Must-Visit Wild and Quiet National Parks

These seven treasures don't attract throngs of visitors—which only makes them better.
A ranger walks the Grove of the Titans trail boardwalk in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park

What’s New in Northern California’s Parks and Lands

From the just-opened Presidio Tunnel Tops to the reopening of Big Basin, see the latest.
A while raft on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon.

Rafting the Grand Canyon's Colorado River

Take an exhilarating ride through the Grand Canyon.
A man rows a raft in Nevills Rapid on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.

8 National Parks to Explore by Boat, Raft, or Kayak

Kayak Yellowstone Lake, raft through the Grand Canyon, surf in Redwood National Park, and more.
Coastline on a sunny day at Sue-meg State Park in Trinidad, California.

Things to do in California's Sue-meg State Park

Explore Yurok culture, sea stacks, and redwoods on the coast.
Tourists look at the Grand Prismatic Spring at Yellowstone’s Midway Geyser Basin.

Yellowstone After the Flood

Yellowstone has some recovery to do after the recent floods, but the park and surrounding towns are still welcoming visitors.
Wildflowers carpet the slopes beneath Mount Rainier.

10 Best Places to See Alpine Wildflowers in the West

Catch these summer delights before they’re gone.
A woman in a yellow jacket takes a picture of a fjord in Norway at sunrise or sunset

Camping Gear: Rent, Borrow, or Buy?

Get what you need for an epic trip without cluttering your home or spending a small fortune.
View toward the Olympic Mountains from Lime Kiln Lighthouse, San Juan Island, Washington.

10 National Monuments to Visit in the West

Instead of crowded national parks, head to these often overlooked but remarkable destinations instead.