Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park was our twenty-fourth park, on our journey to see all fifty-nine national parks. Prior to arrival, we had heard very little about this park, so we were excited to see what we would find. We were extremely impressed, to say the least, and the park’s quietness only added to our overall fantastic experience.
Mesa Verde National Park was the twenty-third US national park we visited. Unlike the other fifty-eight national parks, Mesa Verde is not known for its natural scenery, but rather for its historic value. In this park, there are over six hundred, well-preserved cliff dwellings, once inhabited by thousands of Puebloan people over eight hundred years ago. Their design and architectural
On our journey to see all fifty-nine US national parks, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve was our twenty-second park. It was also our first of the four Colorado national parks that we have been so looking forward to seeing AND our very first stop in Colorado. Needless to say, this stop had some big shoes to fill, and
While in Southeastern New Mexico to visit Carlsbad Caverns National Park, we also visited nearby Guadalupe Mountains National Park. This is one of two national parks in Texas and is a fairly unique mountainous, desert park. (See our post on Carlsbad Caverns for more details about where we stayed and such). These two national parks are only about thirty minutes
Carlsbad Caverns was our twentieth national park on our journey to see all fifty-nine. We visited with our good friend Abigail, who was particularly excited because she is obsessed with caves. There are three US national parks whose main feature is a large cave, the other two being Mammoth Cave in Kentucky and Wind Cave in South Dakota. Carlsbad Caverns
Our visit to Death Valley National Park began with a scenic drive up CA-127 through expansive, sweeping California desert scenery. We then connected with CA-190 near the border of Nevada to head west into the park towards Furnace Creek, one of the park’s main areas of population. We arrived at Sunset Campground sometime late morning, which was basically a spacious
Joshua Tree was the first national park that we visited on our trip to see all 59. We spent a month on the BLM lands directly outside the southern entrance of the park (read about this here). This location was beautiful and serene on its own, but it was also a perfect launching point for expeditions into the park. It