family activities

Best Bet for Families Traveling the American West: Petrified Forest

Traveling with kids to the Grand Canyon and other classic stops in the American West can be an exercise in […]

“What’s in the Water?” More Than You Might Expect

For many of us, national parks provide the clean water necessary for that unforgettable fishing trip or that swimming hole […]

Lucas, Isabelle, and Craig Obey hug the largest spruce tree in the country.

5 Lessons, Countless Memories

My Family's 6-Week National Park Adventure

Two years ago, my family embarked on a marvelous six-week national park adventure to discover activities and locations that were […]

James King, Jr., with his mom. Photo courtesy of the author.

Tackling a Mountain with Mom

For ages, I’d been trying to convince my mom to get outside. As someone who loves being in nature, I […]

The Milky Way over Chimney Rock National Monument, Colorado (managed by the U.S. Forest Service). NPS photo by Jacob W. Frank.

Destination Darkness

The Increasingly Rare Starscapes of the Colorado Plateau National Parks

The Colorado Plateau stretches for 130,000 square miles across the Four Corners region of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. […]