Backcountry permit applications for the Grand Canyon open up on the first of the month 3 months before. You have to print out the application, fill it out with all possible itineraries, fax it to the backcountry office and wait to get your permit or denial letter in the mail. Getting the permit (to camp […]
Even though it’s not the deepest, widest, or longest canyon in the world, the canyon in northwest Arizona is the one Grand Canyon. And for good reason. Seeing the Grand Canyon in the way we did during the first leg of our trip is a bit indescribable. But, as you might have guessed, we’re going […]
There are several giant cliches I could say about Grand Canyon National Park, and one of those is that pictures and videos hardly do it justice. But we have a video for you all anyway. There is so much to do at the Grand Canyon, and so many people doing it. Wanting to find a […]
The Great American Road Trip is a longstanding summer tradition. Many would say the advent of the road trip began when Route 66 opened up the wonders of the west to the common traveler – beginning in 1926 and hitting its heyday during the ‘50s. One of the many stops that fascinated the travelers of […]
Of the three National Parks we have visited thus far on our year-long trip to see all 59, Petrified Forest initially had the most prominent feeling of a “drive-by” attraction. However, after scratching quite a bit beneath the surface, it is clear that Petrified Forest is a park for all visitors — regardless of length of visit. […]
When Cole and I first thought out this trip we’re on a year and a half ago, we soon realized we wanted to seek out companies and brands who supported the National Parks and the great outdoors. We sent dozens of emails to these such companies, large and small, all over the country. Amidst the flurry […]
We are not National Parks experts. We may try to make it look like we are (when we spew off a bunch of stats about the NPS, and we pretend to be good at planning our trips), but we didn’t start this journey much further ahead than any average traveler. So we had no idea […]
Mesa Verde was one of the coolest surprises of our trip so far. We didn’t go into this huge trip with much more knowledge about the National Parks than the next guy, or than any of you for that matter. So Mesa Verde wasn’t high on our radar as far as National Parks excitement. But little did […]
We found Great Sand Dunes National Park is obviously, but very appropriately named. The size of the tallest dunes in North America and the vastness of the 30 square mile dunefield definitely steal the show. However, during our visit, we learned of so many eccentricities of Great Sand Dunes that really fascinated us and made […]
Cole and I intended two main things for this year-long trip: (1) to have big adventure (2) without breaking the bank. If every trip goes as smoothly as our first stop at the Great Sand Dunes near Alamosa, Colorado, we will be just fine. We hiked, sand sledded, climbed dunes, souvenir shopped, had a nice […]
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.