NPCA's Park Advocate » tips http://parkadvocate.org News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Fri, 27 Mar 2015 19:10:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 It’s Waterfall Season! 10 Places to Celebrate http://parkadvocate.org/its-waterfall-season-10-places-to-celebrate/ http://parkadvocate.org/its-waterfall-season-10-places-to-celebrate/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 04:08:37 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7871 As temperatures warm, a season’s worth of snow will melt into rushing cascades of water. Early spring is generally the best time to see waterfalls, before summer’s heat dries up the flow (though there are a couple of exceptions below). These ten picture-perfect parks are great bets to experience a natural rush. Click the photos […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/its-waterfall-season-10-places-to-celebrate/feed/ 6 The 10 Least-Visited Places in the Park System http://parkadvocate.org/the-10-least-visited-places-in-the-park-system/ http://parkadvocate.org/the-10-least-visited-places-in-the-park-system/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:16:05 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7926 The Park Service recently released its visitation statistics for 2014. Some of the most popular parks, such as Great Smoky Mountains and Golden Gate, drew record numbers of visitors. But what about the underappreciated places where only a handful of adventurers go each year? Take a peek at these 10 under-the-radar national gems. Parks are […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/the-10-least-visited-places-in-the-park-system/feed/ 0 Dreaming of Spring? 9 Great Spots to See Wildflowers http://parkadvocate.org/get-ready-for-spring-9-great-spots-to-see-wildflowers/ http://parkadvocate.org/get-ready-for-spring-9-great-spots-to-see-wildflowers/#comments Mon, 02 Feb 2015 21:27:31 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7774 Soon, national parks in some of the warmest regions of the country will begin blooming with a new season’s worth of wildflowers. What better way to shake off the winter doldrums—or charm your Valentine—than with the promise of a front-row seat at a national park to watch the landscape come alive with color? Click the […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/get-ready-for-spring-9-great-spots-to-see-wildflowers/feed/ 7 Plan a Desert Getaway to Zion National Park http://parkadvocate.org/plan-a-desert-getaway-to-zion-national-park/ http://parkadvocate.org/plan-a-desert-getaway-to-zion-national-park/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 14:08:13 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7742 This story is part of NPCA’s biweekly Desert Getaway series. Read more stories in the series for tips on visiting other desert parks. One of the most widely visited national parks in the Southwest, Zion is famous for its colorful sandstone rock formations with high cliffs and narrow canyons carved into shape by the power […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/plan-a-desert-getaway-to-zion-national-park/feed/ 0 7 Tips for Winter Hiking—Plus 6 of NPCA’s Favorite Cold-Weather Trails http://parkadvocate.org/7-tips-for-winter-hiking-plus-6-of-npcas-favorite-cold-weather-trails/ http://parkadvocate.org/7-tips-for-winter-hiking-plus-6-of-npcas-favorite-cold-weather-trails/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 13:27:58 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7671 Though the cold weather and dark days of winter may discourage time outdoors, hiking during these months can be a fantastic and memorable experience. Crowds disappear, silence reigns, and landscapes take on a glittery and frost-covered splendor. Here are a few practical tips to help ensure a positive hiking experience for you and your loved […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/7-tips-for-winter-hiking-plus-6-of-npcas-favorite-cold-weather-trails/feed/ 0 Plan a Desert Getaway to Grand Canyon National Park http://parkadvocate.org/plan-a-desert-getaway-to-grand-canyon-national-park/ http://parkadvocate.org/plan-a-desert-getaway-to-grand-canyon-national-park/#comments Tue, 06 Jan 2015 15:00:49 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7650 This story is part of NPCA’s biweekly Desert Getaway series. Read more stories in the series for tips on visiting other desert parks. America’s Southwest is full of amazing canyons, but none perhaps as famous or as widely visited as the Grand Canyon. This world-famous landmark is actually the youngest of the canyons in the […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/plan-a-desert-getaway-to-grand-canyon-national-park/feed/ 0 Plan Ahead for 2015: 10 Parks for Your Bucket List http://parkadvocate.org/plan-ahead-for-2015-10-parks-for-your-bucket-list/ http://parkadvocate.org/plan-ahead-for-2015-10-parks-for-your-bucket-list/#comments Mon, 05 Jan 2015 15:02:44 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7618 National parks are the stuff of bucket lists—who doesn’t dream of spending time in the country’s most celebrated places like Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, or the Everglades? As you’re thinking about where to explore this year, NPCA has ten less-visited places to add to your wish list. Where are you headed in 2015? Each month, […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/plan-ahead-for-2015-10-parks-for-your-bucket-list/feed/ 2 8 Perfect Parks for a Holiday Adventure http://parkadvocate.org/8-perfect-parks-for-a-holiday-adventure/ http://parkadvocate.org/8-perfect-parks-for-a-holiday-adventure/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:28:36 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7506 Try something new with your holiday routine—by checking out some old and cherished traditions from around the country. These fun celebrations offer great incentives to get out and enjoy the season in a national park. Note: Modest fees apply for many of these events. Each month, NPCA puts together a slideshow exploring our National Park […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/8-perfect-parks-for-a-holiday-adventure/feed/ 0 Plan a Desert Getaway to Glen Canyon http://parkadvocate.org/plan-a-desert-getaway-to-glen-canyon/ http://parkadvocate.org/plan-a-desert-getaway-to-glen-canyon/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:54:18 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7512 This story is part of NPCA’s biweekly Desert Getaway series. Read more stories in the series for tips on visiting other desert parks. Water may be rare in the desert, but it is also one of the most powerful forces affecting the landscape—sculpting natural bridges, shaping arches, and carving canyons. Glen Canyon National Recreation Area […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/plan-a-desert-getaway-to-glen-canyon/feed/ 0 Plan a Desert Getaway to Natural Bridges http://parkadvocate.org/plan-a-desert-getaway-to-natural-bridges/ http://parkadvocate.org/plan-a-desert-getaway-to-natural-bridges/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:56:27 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7487 This story is part of NPCA’s biweekly Desert Getaway series. Read more stories in the series for tips on visiting other desert parks. As parks go, Natural Bridges has some serious bragging rights: It’s Utah’s first national park site, the first International Dark-Sky Park in the world, and one of the very darkest places for […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/plan-a-desert-getaway-to-natural-bridges/feed/ 0