If you’re an outdoors enthusiast, then you definitely want to keep reading this article to learn about a play ground for all who love camping, fishing, hiking and nature in general. Located in beautiful Montezuma County, Colorado, Mancos is nestled right in the middle of some extraordinary mountains where visitors have access to fishing, camping, mountain biking and hiking.
About halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, Fresno offers the best of both worlds: a fun downtown with shopping and dining, but opportunities for plenty of outdoorsy pursuits as well — all in that pleasant and mild California climate. Here are just a handful of the must-see stops that you’ll want to add to your itinerary.
Custer State Park, located in the Black Hills of southwestern South Dakota, is a state park rival to many of our national parks in terms of history, scenic beauty, and opportunities for recreation of many kinds. Amid the clear mountain waters and towering granite peaks, you can find solace for body, mind and spirit. Named for George Armstrong Custer, the 71,000-acre state park also offers great scenic drives.
There’s no place like Mammoth Lakes! Located in sunny California, Mammoth Lakes is actually nothing quite like the California you have in mind. Here, you won’t find any palm trees or beaches. Instead, you’ll be in the midst of an awe-inspiring, year-round outdoor adventureland. When we’re talking about the picturesque mountains, the name “Mammoth” can speak for itself just to give you a hint of the size of the mountains you’ll find here.
There is no question the National Park System truly is one of America’s greatest gems. And, with 2016 being the 100th birthday of the system, the parks were able to see increased growth.
While most people know the big parks like the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and the Great Smoky Mountains, there are dozens of incredible parks that most people don’t visit because they don’t know about them or they are very remote.
To see wonderful scenery, sample a slice of Appalachian Mountain life, and enjoy a slower pace, nothing can beat driving the Blue Ridge Parkway. Opened in June of 1936, the Blue Ridge Parkway covers 469 miles of the Blue Ridge Mountain portion of the Appalachian Mountains. It is designated an All-American Road as well as a National Parkway, and is visited more often each year than any of our National Park units.
As a result of the creation of the Glen Canyon Dam in 1966, the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area now preserves a wonderfully scenic 1.2-plus million acres of mostly desert landscape for your enjoyment. Lake Powell and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area are located on the border of Utah and Arizona.
When it comes to our national parks, it’s not all about trees and plants — there are lots of spots where you can catch a glimpse of all sorts of animals at any time of the year. Here are our top picks for places to see fauna along with the flora.
Isle Royal National Park certainly lives up to its name. Tucked away on the Michigan side of the US-Canadian border, it is comprised of the largest island in Lake Superior, Isle Royale, and some 400 surrounding islands.
What really sets Isle Royale National Park apart is its beauty. As a relatively small park compared to so many in the National Park System, it certainly holds its own in both beauty and splendor. If you have a chance to visit Isle Royale, you’re going to be in for a treat.
Let’s take a look at some of the more unique features.