It’s National Park Week!

They’re saying around here that “April is the new June” (as far as tourist influx). Which, no offense at all to any tourists, but is rather overwhelming. I am hoping it is just because it is National Parks week and people are taking full advantage. And it’s not too late to help celebrate either! April 16-24 is FREE admission to any of our more than 400 parks nationwide. It’s truly the perfect time to take advantage of these lands set aside for the enjoyment of the people.

Are you taking advantage this week??

We are also gearing up around here big time for the Centennial on August 25th. There are all sorts of events being planned, and we will be sharing posts on our Instagram especially as things ramp up this summer.

National Geographic Kids has some great books to help get kids (and families) excited about the Parks this year as we celebrate.

It's National Park Week!

All four of them are packed full of fun facts, activities and ways to get kids thinking about the Parks. I think National Geographic Kids does an especially exceptional job with covering our national parks and truly feel as though these are ones that every kid should see. Personally, sometimes we get stuck in our little “Yellowstone bubble” and forget to explore (and teach our kids) about all the other Parks around the country. We’ll be working on that this summer especially.

Also, over the course of the summer, we will be sharing our best tips for seeing Yellowstone. However, you can start by checking out these posts:


Win National Parks books to celebrate!

One of you will win a package of National Parks books to use this summer as you explore and travel, visiting some of the most beautiful lands in our country. Thanks to National Geographic Kids for this giveaway!

As usual, please use the Rafflecopter Widget below to enter to win. The winner will be emailed and announced on this post in the Rafflecopter Widget. Have questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact me at mountainmamatales(at)gmail(dot)com so I can help!  This giveaway is open to the U.S. only.

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25 thoughts on “It’s National Park Week!”

  1. Brandi (vanursemom)

    These books look fantastic! Thanks for sharing! We can’t wait to go back to the Smoky Mountain National Park this summer!

  2. Jennifer Mullaly

    Haven’t been to too many US parks but I loved the Grand Canyon. Would love to visit Yellowstone and Zion one day! Thanks for the chance to win!

  3. We spent time in Glacier National Park a couple summers ago, as well as a few places in Canada. It was amazing. It was also eye-opening to see how well our kids did being gone from home for so long and in the car for long stretches. We have quite a few places on our list now, but with a new addition to the family, we might have to wait till next summer. We’re going to try for Redwoods and Olympic National Parks this summer 🙂

  4. I would LOVE to win this for my niece and nephew, my sister and brother in law are definitely outdoor parents and have been doing such a stellar job of getting their kids outside as much as possible! They live over bear Bend now so it’s been exciting for me to explore the Deschutes national forest! Although, I’ve gotta say, nothing beats my adventures in Idaho 🙂

  5. My favorite so far has been Glacier! I’d love to take another rip out west next and hit Rocky Mountain and Grand Teton, but most likely the next one will be a little closer in the Eastern US.

  6. I worked at Zion years ago and I still miss it very, very much. I am looking forward to when my babies are a little older so we can start visiting more of the parks I’ve always wanted to see.

  7. Our son already has his national parks passport book and has been to three in his first year of life. We take a national park trip every year for our anniversary and bringing him last year to Wrangell St Elias made it even more special. It was my favorite so far!

  8. We’ll be homeschooling starting in the fall and our goal is to travel around to the national parks but right now we spend a lot of time in a state park, the Adirondacks! (but i loved my travels to Denali in college!)

  9. Hmmmm….that’s a GREAT question! I grew up very blessed and traveling to national parks on many many summers with my parents who were teachers and had the summers off! I am so thankful that they saved money in so many ways, to provide this opportunity for me and my sisters! Such great memories and good family bonding time! My favorite park is probably Acadia National Park and/or Glacier National Park as a kid. Now that I just took my kiddos to Smokey Mountain National Park that is bordering on a new favorite! I have never been to Yosemite and would love to travel there. Also, went to Denali but it was part of a cruise with my grandparents, so I would love to take my family there for camping and exploration! 🙂

  10. We bought a National Parks pass this year (which we usually don’t since we have a dog that always travels with us…but he’s getting old, so he’s happy to stay in the van while we explore!). So far this year my kiddos and I have visited Saguaro National Park, Montezuma Castle (a national monument technically), Organ Pipe Cactus (national monument), Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and Colorado National Monument for road schooling adventures. We are planning to visit the Craters of the Moon national monument in Idaho at the end of April, North Cascades National Park at the end of May, San Juan Island national historic park, and then Olympic National Park shortly after followed by Mount Raineer if the snow has melted off enough! We have a busy spring ahead and love love love to explore the National Parks in this great land. I have so many favorites its hard to settle on one, but during the winter, I love visiting Arches National park when the crowds are absent and the skies are incredibly blue. For a break from the snow, we love to visit Saguaro National park…seeing those magnificent saguaros never gets old! And in the fall, dear to my heart, is Acadia National Park. We went in the fall of 2014 for the first time and i was amazed at the raw beauty of the granite and all those eye popping leaf colors! The hikes were so great for my young kiddos who were 4 and 2 at the time. We hope to go back this fall. A huge surprise for us was finding the beautiful Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore park….we were shocked to find such a beautiful gem nestled in the midst of a bustling area of humanity…and the best part….we had the place to ourselves! : ) There are so many great places to visit, it’s hard to decide which to see next!!! Love the wandering life….

  11. My favorite is Grand Canyon National Park. I would like to visit Zion National Park soon
    Thank You for the chance

  12. Rebecca Daavettila

    I think I have to say either Zion or Glacier would be my favorites. I would love to go back to both as we went to Zion when our little one was only 3 months old. And my trip to Glacier was very short. Acadia is pretty high up there on my list of great places to visit as well! My husband and I brought our nieces there on April 16th and they had a blast at Sand Beach!

    1. Rebecca Daavettila

      This summer we are going to stick close to home but luckily we have Manistee National Forest nearby which has the best beach on Lake Michigan!

  13. We’re saving up to go back to Arches National Park with the kids. We also love Bryce Canyon and would love to go back there. And Mesa Verde… and… ah! So many. But definitely Arches first.

    1. We live by Shenandoah, but my favorite park is probably Grand Tetons. We’ll be going to Shenandoah all summer, but next year we hope to get to the Grand Canyon!

  14. My favorite is Olympic National Park because I live right next to it and love taking my kiddos for hikes/camping. I would love to visit Yellowstone next.I’ve always wanted to visit there!

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