In 1901 there was an expedition to survey the unknown, unexplored 48-mile length of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. A 5-man crew set out in 2 wooden boats. On the first day one of the boats was smashed to pieces on the raging rapids that created by the Gunnison River dropping an incredible average […]
Like a few other parks in the National Park Service system, I had never heard of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park until diving into a little initial research. We bet a few of you have never heard of it either, so we hope you enjoy seeing a few of the sights from around […]
We learned quickly that Arches National Park isn’t too wild. Sure, the retirees who file out of giant tour buses at each overlook may have been party animals in their day, but still… The vibe of Arches is quite touristy. Pull-outs and overlooks are everywhere, 3-mile trails are deemed “strenuous,” and the entrance gate lines […]
Arches National Park is famous for having the largest concentration of natural rock arches of anywhere in the world with over 2,300. On the surface it is a pretty straightforward and comparatively small National Park. As Elizabeth will describe in her post on Friday, we were able to cover almost all of the advertised points of […]
Looking at the first leg of our trip, Canyonlands is one of the parks I would’ve said I had a pretty good handle on through my fair amount of research. Mainly I learned there are 3 distinct districts, the districts are divided by the converging Green and Colorado Rivers, it’s next door neighbors with Arches […]
A lot of our pre-trip dreaming and scheming, especially this Utah-rich first leg, revolved around the sights and experiences of Canyonlands National Park. We thought we knew a bit of what to expect, but our trip wasn’t exactly like we had planned. Read all about the unexpected Canyonlands in Monday’s post. For now, enjoy the views […]
All National Parks, by typical vacation standards, are cheap. But lately, we’ve been trying to find creative ways to enjoy the parks for even cheaper. When we researched and planned out our visit to Capitol Reef (one of the “Mighty Five” in southern Utah) we knew almost nothing about this place. It isn’t nearly as […]
Capitol Reef National Park is like all the other Utah parks smoothed into one: towering slot canyons like Zion, mind-bending rock formations like Bryce, spans of Natural arches and bridges like Arches and expansive overlooks like Canyonlands. Throw in the Historic Fruita district at the center of the park where you can tour an old […]
As we near the end of the first leg of our journey to all 59 National Parks, we’ve realized that all the parks in Utah and Arizona have one thing in common – water. It’s what turns the layers of rock dumped into this area into incredible unique formations. Nowhere have we found this more […]
Though our time at Bryce Canyon began with a bout of cold rain, things quickly turned around and we wrapped things up in typical Switchback Kids style. During our four-day tour of Bryce Canyon, we: Attended four ranger programs Drove to popular overlooks Hiked short trails through the hoodoos Explored 32 miles of backcountry trails […]
In August 2015 we left our jobs and our home to go on a tour of all 59 National Parks across the US during the NPS Centennial year. We spent a year immersing ourselves for about 5 days in each park as we tent camped, hiked, biked, backpacked, kayaked, and climbed our way through the challenge and adventure of our lifetime.
We are Cole and Elizabeth, twenty-something Missourians turned National Parks explorers - constantly seeking to find new adventure and ourselves. Follow our journey for pictures, videos, park tips, and stories - because after all, the Parks are for sharing.