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June 4, 2018 Angels Landing, Zion National Park.

The 20 Best National Park Dayhikes

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By Michael Lanza

America’s most stunning landscapes are protected within our 59 national parks, and some of the finest corners of our national heritage can be reached on dayhikes. Many can be done by kids and novice hikers. I’ve spent a few decades exploring most major U.S. national parks, making numerous trips to Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Glacier, Grand Teton, Zion (lead photo, above), and others. From the thousands of very scenic miles I’ve hiked over the years, I’ve assembled here a list of the best dayhikes you can walk in our parks. Start ticking them off this year. Continue reading →

October 27, 2015 The brink of Lower Yellowstone Falls, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, Yellowstone National Park.

One Photo, One Story: Lower Yellowstone Falls, Yellowstone National Park

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By Michael Lanza

On a bluebird autumn morning, I followed the North Rim Trail along the top of crumbling cliffs of golden rock dropping nearly a thousand feet into the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, in Yellowstone National Park. I turned onto the Brink of Lower Falls Trail and marched 600 feet downhill in a half-mile, through too many switchbacks to count, to a platform erected right at the spot where the Yellowstone River launches itself violently over 308-foot Lower Yellowstone Falls. With spray from the waterfall raining lightly on me and the sunlight slashing through the mist forming a rainbow below, I got this photo looking over the lip of the falls and down the canyon. Continue reading →

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