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 hiker overlooks Williwaw Lakes in Chugach State Park, near Anchorage, Alaska, in summer.

21 Best Hikes Across the West

Check out these hikes in state parks and other public lands instead of crowded national parks.
Kayaks on the shore of Lake Crescent in Washington's Olympic National Park.

5 Destinations to Escape Summer’s Heat and Smoke

Connect with nature in these cool idylls that are relatively safe from wildfires.
A father and son put together their camping tent.

8 Best Campgrounds for Kids in the West

Play hard and sleep soundly at these inviting spots.
A hiker stands at an overlook in Sedona, Arizona.

7 Essential Tips to Hike Safely This Summer

Prevent sunburns, dehydration, and heat illnesses while hiking.
pair of Monterey pines tower above China Cove at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve near Carmel, California

Best State Parks in the Western U.S.

Not just the prettiest. Not just the most popular. The best state parks in the West.
A parent helps their child apply bug spray to prevent ticks before a hike.

Essential Tips to Prevent Ticks and Lyme Disease

Follow these simple strategies to keep ticks at bay, plus what to do if you find one.
Hikers overlook Chiricahua National Monument in Arizona on a partly cloudy day.

Explore Chiricahua National Monument, Arizona

See rhyolite rock spires and soaring hoodoos.
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.