All National Park Trips

A Menu of All Stories About National Park Adventures at The Big Outside

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, Yellowstone National Park.

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, Yellowstone National Park.

Photo Gallery: Every National Park I’ve Visited

10 Tips For Getting a Hard-to-Get National Park Backcountry Permit

How to Get a Last-Minute, National Park Backcountry Permit

10 Favorite National Park Adventures With Kids

The 20 Best National Park Dayhikes

The 12 Best Uncrowded National Park Dayhikes

Photo Gallery: 10 Amazing National Park Adventures (And How To Pull Them Off)

5 Classic (Age-Appropriate) National Park Adventures for Families

My Top 10 Favorite Backpacking Trips

The 10 Best Backpacking Trips in the Southwest

 

The Narrows, Zion National Park.

The Narrows, Zion National Park.

My 25 Most Scenic Days of Hiking Ever

10 Really Cool Outdoor Adventures With Kids

Photo Gallery: 11 National Parks, One Year

The Demanding Dozen: My 12 Favorite Long Dayhikes

My 10 Rules of Adventure Travel

 

Acadia

Ask Me: What Are Your Favorite New England Hikes?

 

Arches

 

Skyline Arch in Arches National Park.

Skyline Arch in Arches National Park.

No Straight Lines: Backpacking and Hiking in Canyonlands and Arches National Parks

Ask Me: Where Should We Take a Family Hiking Trip in Early Spring?

Ask Me: What Should We Do on a Trip to Colorado, Yellowstone, and the Southwest?

 

Banff (Canada)

Ask Me: Where Should We Dayhike or Backpack in the Canadian Rockies?

 

Peek-a-Boo loop, Bryce Canyon National Park.

Peek-a-Boo loop, Bryce Canyon.

Bryce Canyon

Playing the Memory Game in Southern Utah’s Escalante, Capitol Reef, and Bryce Canyon

Photo Gallery: My Favorite Hike in Bryce Canyon

Best Dayhikes in the Southwest

Ask Me: Where Should We Take a Family Hiking Trip in Early Spring?

 

Canyonlands

No Straight Lines: Backpacking and Hiking in Canyonlands and Arches National Parks

Still Waters Run Deep: Tackling America’s Best Multi-Day Float Trip on the Green River

Best Dayhikes in the Southwest

Ask Me: Where Should We Take a Family Hiking Trip in Early Spring?

Ask Me: What Should We Do on a Trip to Colorado, Yellowstone, and the Southwest?

Ask Me: Looking For a 3- or 4-Day Backpacking Trip in Zion or the Southwest

 

Capitol Reef

The Most Beautiful Hike You’ve Never Heard Of: Crossing Utah’s Capitol Reef

Plunging Into Solitude: Dayhiking, Slot Canyoneering, and Backpacking in Capitol Reef

Ask Me: Where Should We Backpack in Capitol Reef?

 

Hiking off-trail near the Frying Pan Trail, Capitol Reef National Park.

Hiking off-trail near the Frying Pan Trail, Capitol Reef National Park.

Playing the Memory Game in Southern Utah’s Escalante, Capitol Reef, and Bryce Canyon

Best Dayhikes in the Southwest

Ask Me: Where Should We Take a Family Hiking Trip in Early Spring?

Ask Me: 7 Great, Uncrowded Places to Hike

Ask Me: Looking For a 3- or 4-Day Backpacking Trip in Zion or the Southwest

 

Death Valley

 

Surprise Canyon, Panamint Range, Death Valley National Park.

Surprise Canyon, Panamint Range, Death Valley National Park.

A Mind-Boggling Chunk of Lonely: Backpacking in Death Valley National Park

 

Everglades

 

White ibises at Tiger Key, Ten Thousand Islands, Everglades National Park.

White ibises at Tiger Key, Ten Thousand Islands, Everglades National Park.

Like No Other Place: Paddling the Everglades

 

Glacier

 

Mountain goats on the Gunsight Pass Trail near Lincoln Pass, Glacier National Park.

Mountain goats on the Gunsight Pass Trail near Lincoln Pass, Glacier National Park.

Descending the Food Chain: Backpacking Glacier National Park’s Northern Loop

Jagged Peaks, Mountain Lakes, and Wild Goats: A 3-Day Hike on Glacier’s Gunsight Pass Trail

5 Perfect (Big) Days in Glacier National Park (dayhikes)

Ask Me: What Hikes Do You Suggest For Three Days in Glacier National Park?

 

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Ask Me: If I Have One Day in Glacier National Park, What Hike Should I Take?

Ask Me: Looking For a Moderate, Three-Day Backpacking Trip in Glacier National Park

Ask Me: How Hard Are the Trails in Glacier National Park?

Ask Me: How to Grab a Hard-to-Get Permit For Backpacking Glacier’s Gunsight Pass Trail

Ask Me: Tips on Backpacking Glacier National Park and the John Muir Trail

Ask Me: Where’s Best For Backpacking Photos, Glacier, Tetons, Rocky Mountain, or Cascades?

 

Glacier Bay

 

Kayakers visiting the Lamplugh Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park.

Kayakers visiting the Lamplugh Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park.

Back to the Ice Age: Sea Kayaking Alaska’s Glacier Bay

 

 

Kris Wagner above Royal Arch Canyon in the Grand Canyon.

Kris Wagner backpacking the Royal Arch Loop in the Grand Canyon.

Grand Canyon

Not Quite Impassable: Backpacking the Grand Canyon’s Royal Arch Loop

A Matter of Perspective: A Father-Daughter Hike in the Grand Canyon

One Extraordinary Day: A 25-Mile Dayhike in the Grand Canyon

Dropping Into the Grand Canyon: A Four-Day Hike From Grandview Point to the South Kaibab Trail

A Grand Ambition, or April Fools? Dayhiking the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim

Best Dayhikes in the Southwest

Ask Me: Can You Recommend a Big Dayhike in the Grand Canyon?

 

My daughter, Alex, on Horseshoe Mesa in the Grand Canyon.

My daughter, Alex, on Horseshoe Mesa in the Grand Canyon.

Ask Me: Where Should Our Family Backpack in the Grand Canyon?

Ask Me: How’s November For Hiking in the Grand Canyon?

Ask Me: Which Dayhike or Two-Day Backpacking Trip Should Our Family Take in the Grand Canyon?

Ask Me: What Backpacking Trips Do You Suggest in the Grand Canyon and Southern Utah?

Ask Me: What Should We Do on a Trip to Colorado, Yellowstone, and the Southwest?

Ask Me: Tips For Hiking or Trail Running the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim

Ask Me: Hiking Grand Canyon Rim to River to Rim

 

Grand Teton

 

Teton Crest Trail, Death Canyon Shelf, Grand Teton National Park.

Teton Crest Trail, Death Canyon Shelf, Grand Teton National Park.

American Classic: The Teton Crest Trail

Walking Familiar Ground: Reliving Old Memories and Making New Ones on the Teton Crest Trail

8 Great Big Dayhikes in the Tetons

Rediscovering a Sense of Wonder: Backcountry Skiing the Tetons

 

South Fork Cascade Canyon, Grand Teton National Park.

South Fork Cascade Canyon, Grand Teton National Park.

Ask Me: Backpacking the Teton Crest Trail

Ask Me: Can You Suggest a Backpacking Trip in the Tetons That Won’t Be Hard to Get a Permit For?

Ask Me: What Are Your Favorite Backcountry Campsites on the Teton Crest Trail?

Ask Me: Tips For Backpacking the Teton Crest Trail

Ask Me: Advice on Backpacking in Grand Teton National Park

 

My son, Nate, in the North Fork Cascade Canyon, Grand Teton National Park.

My son, Nate, in the North Fork Cascade Canyon, Grand Teton National Park.

Ask Me: How Do We Make a Big Backpacking Trip (on the Teton Crest Trail) As Enjoyable As Possible?

Ask Me: Hiking Across Grand Teton National Park in a Day

Where’s Best For Backpacking Photos, Glacier, Tetons, Rocky Mountain, or Cascades?

Ask Me: 7 Great, Uncrowded Places to Hike

 

Great Sand Dunes

 

Great Sand Dunes National Park.

Great Sand Dunes National Park.

Exploring America’s Big Sandbox: Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes

 

Jasper (Canada)

Ask Me: Where Should We Dayhike or Backpack in the Canadian Rockies?

 

Joshua Tree

 

Hiking in the Wonderland of Rocks, Joshua Tree National Park.

Hiking in the Wonderland of Rocks, Joshua Tree National Park.

Facing the Biggest Challenge Inside: Friendship and Climbing Rocks at Joshua Tree National Park

In the Land of Dr. Seuss: Exploring Joshua Tree

 

Kings Canyon

 

Wanda Lake, John Muir Trail, Kings Canyon National Park.

Wanda Lake, John Muir Trail, Kings Canyon National Park.

Thru-Hiking the John Muir Trail in Seven Days: Amazing Experience, Or Certifiably Insane?

Ask Me: Questions From a 55-Year-Old Woman First Time Hiking the John Muir Trail

Ask Me: Tips on Backpacking Glacier National Park and the John Muir Trail

Ask Me: How Early in the Season Can I Hike the John Muir Trail?

 

Rockwall Pass Trail, Kootenay National Park.

Backpacking the Rockwall Trail, Kootenay National Park, Canada.

Kootenay (Canada)

Best of the Canadian Rockies: Backpacking Kootenay National Park’s Rockwall Trail

Ask Me: Where Should We Dayhike or Backpack in the Canadian Rockies?

 

Backpacking through Spray Park, Mount Rainier National Park.

Backpacking through Spray Park, Mount Rainier National Park.

Mesa Verde

Ask Me: What Should We Do on a Trip to Colorado, Yellowstone, and the Southwest?

 

Mount Rainier

Wildflowers, Waterfalls, and Giant Slugs at Mount Rainier

Completely Alone on Mount Rainier’s Northern Loop

Favorite Dayhikes at Mount Rainier National Park

Ask Me: Advice About North Cascades, Olympic, and Mount Rainier National Parks and Mount St. Helens

 

North Cascades

 

Sahale Arm, North Cascades National Park.

Sahale Arm, North Cascades National Park.

Exploring the “American Alps:” The North Cascades

Ask Me: Where Should We Backpack Around Sahale Glacier Camp in the North Cascades?

Ask Me: Where Should We Backpack With Kids in North Cascades National Park?

Ask Me: Advice About North Cascades, Olympic, and Mount Rainier National Parks and Mount St. Helens

Ask Me: What Are Your Top Picks For Long Backpacking Trips?

Where’s Best For Backpacking Photos, Glacier, Tetons, Rocky Mountain, or Cascades?

Ask Me: 7 Great, Uncrowded Places to Hike

 

Olympic

 

The view from Strawberry Point on the coast of Olympic National Park.

The view from Strawberry Point on the coast of Olympic National Park.

The Wildest Shore: Backpacking the Southern Olympic Coast

 

Rocky Mountain

 

Ouzel Lake in Wild Basin, Rocky Mountain National Park.

Ouzel Lake in Wild Basin, Rocky Mountain National Park.

The 5 Rules About Kids I Broke While Backpacking in Rocky Mountain National Park

Best Hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park and near Breckenridge

Ask Me: What Should We Do on a Trip to Colorado, Yellowstone, and the Southwest?

Ask Me: Where’s Best For Backpacking Photos, Glacier, Tetons, Rocky Mountain, or Cascades?

Ask Me: Should I Go Backpacking Solo (in Rocky Mountain National Park)?

 

Sequoia

 

Precipice Lake, Sequoia National Park.

Precipice Lake, Sequoia National Park.

Heavy Lifting: Backpacking Sequoia National Park

Thru-Hiking the John Muir Trail in Seven Days: Amazing Experience, Or Certifiably Insane?

Roof of the High Sierra: A Father-Son Climb of California’s Mount Whitney

Ask Me: Backpacking in Sequoia National Park

Ask Me: Questions From a 55-Year-Old Woman First Time Hiking the John Muir Trail

Ask Me: Is June Too Early For Hiking Mount Whitney and in Yosemite?

Ask Me: Tips on Backpacking Glacier National Park and the John Muir Trail

Ask Me: How Early in the Season Can I Hike the John Muir Trail?

 

Yellowstone

 

Grand Prismatic Geyser, Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park.

Grand Prismatic Geyser, Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park.

The Ultimate Family Tour of Yellowstone

Ask Me: The 10 Best Short Hikes in Yellowstone

Video: A Yellowstone Bison Jam

Ask Me: Which Multi-Day Wilderness Trip Should We Take in Yellowstone?

Cross-Country Skiing Yellowstone

The Best-Laid Plans: A Week-Long Ski Traverse in Yellowstone… and a Monster Snowstorm

Ask Me: What Should We Do on a Trip to Colorado, Yellowstone, and the Southwest?

 

Yoho (Canada)

Great Hike: Iceline Trail, Yoho National Park

Ask Me: Where Should We Dayhike or Backpack in the Canadian Rockies?

 

Yosemite

 

Half Dome, Liberty Cap, and Nevada Fall, from the John Muir Trail, Yosemite National Park.

Half Dome, Liberty Cap, and Nevada Fall, from the John Muir Trail, Yosemite.

Best of Yosemite, Part 1: Backpacking South of Tuolumne Meadows

Best of Yosemite, Part 2: Backpacking Remote Northern Yosemite

The 10 Best Dayhikes in Yosemite

The Magic of Hiking to Yosemite’s Waterfalls

 

Standing on The Visor on the summit of Half Dome in Yosemite.

Standing on The Visor on the summit of Half Dome in Yosemite.

Thru-Hiking the John Muir Trail in Seven Days: Amazing Experience, Or Certifiably Insane?

Ask Me: Where to Backpack First Time in Yosemite

Ask Me: Hiking Yosemite’s Half Dome

 

Hiking Clouds Rest, Yosemite National Park, California.

Hiking over Clouds Rest in Yosemite National Park.

Ask Me: Where Can I Hike in Yosemite in Late Fall?

Ask Me: Is June Too Early For Hiking Mount Whitney and in Yosemite?

Ask Me: Questions From a 55-Year-Old Woman First Time Hiking the John Muir Trail

Ask Me: Tips on Backpacking Glacier National Park and the John Muir Trail

Ask Me: What Are Your Top Picks For Long Backpacking Trips?

Ask Me: How Early in the Season Can I Hike the John Muir Trail?

 

Zion

 

Hiking The Subway, Zion National Park, Utah.

Hiking The Subway, Zion National Park, Utah.

One Incomparable Place: Hiking and Backpacking in Zion National Park

Luck of the Draw, Part 1: Hiking Zion’s Subway

Luck of the Draw, Part 2: Backpacking Zion’s Narrows

 

Day two backpacking Zion's Narrows.

Day two backpacking Zion’s Narrows.

Pilgrimage Across Zion: Traversing a Land of Otherworldly Scenery

Mid-Life Crisis: Hiking 50 Miles Across Zion in a Day

Ask Me: What’s Your Favorite Backpacking Trip in Zion National Park?

 

West Rim Trail, Zion National Park.

West Rim Trail, Zion National Park.

Best Dayhikes in the Southwest

Ask Me: What Backpacking Trips Do You Suggest in the Grand Canyon and Southern Utah?

Ask Me: Looking For a 3- or 4-Day Backpacking Trip in Zion or the Southwest

Ask Me: Where Should We Take a Family Hiking Trip in Early Spring?

 

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