More Great Outdoor National Parks Part 1
The National Park Service is the most comprehensive source of information about the opportunities for outdoor adventures in our public natural lands. Some of the most popular National Parks have already experienced such high traffic that there are lines of people waiting to the entrances. Accordingly, NPS has highlighted some alternative, lesser-known, but equally spectacular National Parks for you to consider.
Devils Postpile National Monument, California – Located approximately 90 minutes from Yosemite, this Park includes the 101-foot high Rainbow Falls, hiking, fishing, biking and horseback riding.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado – The steep cliffs in the narrow canyon are considered to be a challenge for expert hikers but it also features short hikes and scenic drives, as well as fishing in the Gunnison River.
Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, Alaska - Available only by air taxi from various locations this Park offers sightseeing by boat because it is so remote and does not have any developed trails. It is a popular destination for sport fishing.
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Tennessee - About 2 hours away from Great Smoky Mountains National Park, this Park encompasses parts of Tennessee, Kentucky and Virgina, along miles of scenic trails, wildlife and caves.
Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado – The tallest sand dunes in North America (that’s right! – Sand – in Colorado!) are located here among mountains, wetlands, forest and tundra. One of the most popular activities here is sand sledding.
We will continue to scout for and post destinations that are as interesting and fun as their more crowded counterparts. These are more likely to be located beyond cell tower reception so you might want to consider another form of communication. Browse our list of Parks, consider their characteristics, check back for more suggestions and …
Remember the Great Outdoors!