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.

A trail through Muir Woods National Monument.

These 7 National Parks and Monuments Require Reservations This Summer

Plan your trip in advance for a hassle-free experience at these popular parks in the West.
RV parked at a campsite in Devils Garden Campground, Arches National Park, Moab, Utah.

7 Best Spots to Camp This Winter in the West

Find quiet respite and mild conditions at these campgrounds.
Frozen Emerald Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park.

7 Best National Parks to Visit in Winter

Bundle up and venture out for a frosty view of the United States’ treasures.
Red and pink rocks glow in Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada.

8 Best State Parks to Visit in Winter

Enjoy nature with plenty of elbow room.
Snow in the mountains above the cabins at Kartchner Caverns State Park Campground in Benson, Arizona.

8 Best Arizona Campgrounds For Winter

Enjoy quiet camping at these spots.
A camper sits on a sleeping pad and sleeping bag on frozen ground while drinking a coffee.

Beginner’s Guide to Winter Camping

Serene campgrounds await.
Three cross-country skiers on a trail at Lone Mountain Ranch in Big Sky Montana.

Best Beginner Cross-Country Skiing Spots in the West

Head out to these Nordic skiing hot spots, ideal for first-timers and beginner skiers.
Empty Mica View Trail in Saguaro National Park.

8 Accessible Hiking Trails and Vistas

Enjoy these accessible nature spots, from the lowest desert oasis to the peaks of mountains.
Crescent Trail Rides takes horseback riders onto the beach at Tolowa Dunes State Park in Northern California.

What to do in and around California’s Tolowa Dunes State Park

Winter offers surprising outdoor activities, from horseback riding to exploring Indigenous culture.
Snow-covered rocks in Yosemite Valley.

Why You Should Visit Yosemite in Winter 

Plus what to do in the park during the off-season.
Hatcher Pass scenic drive in Talkeetna Mountains, Alaska in fall.

9 Hikes to See Fall Color in the West

Walk amongst the golden leaves.
A couple hike to North Window in Arches National Park, Moab, Utah.

Complete Guide to Arches National Park

In this wonderland of rainbow-shaped rock formations, easily accessible adventures abound.
Two hikers walk through the creek in Coconino National Forest, Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness, West Fork Oak Creek Canyon.

Best Places to Enjoy Fall Color in Arizona

Bask in the season with a day trip or hike.
A group of rafters on the South Fork of the American River in California.

5 Western Whitewater Rafting Trips to Take in the Fall

Paddle some of the best runs this season. Here are 5 whitewater rafting trips you'll love!
Sunset at Watchman peak along the Virgin river in Zion National Park, Utah

Visiting Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks in Fall

Without the summer crowds and heat, southern Utah’s iconic national parks come to life.