Staff Picks: National Parks

Gear:30 Staff Picks: Yellowstone National ParkYellowstone National Park

Visit Yellowstone and experience the world’s first national park. Marvel at a volcano’s hidden power rising up in colorful hot springs, mudpots, and geysers. Explore mountains, forests, and lakes to watch wildlife and witness the drama of the natural world unfold. Discover the history that led to the conservation of our national treasures “for the benefit and enjoyment of the people.”

“Yellowstone will always hold special meaning to me. When I was young my family would take me there every fall to see the wildlife and the changing colors. It’s a tradition that I now get to continue with my wife. This October we plan to do some backpacking there to one of my favorite spots, Dunanda Falls. The diverse landscape and untamed majesty of Yellowstone’s wilderness will never cease to capture my imagination. That’s why it’s my favorite National Park.” -Matt

Gear:30 Staff Picks: Zion National ParkZion National Park

Follow the paths where ancient native people and pioneers walked. Gaze up at massive sandstone cliffs of cream, pink, and red that soar into a brilliant blue sky. Experience wilderness in a narrow slot canyon. Zion’s unique array of plants and animals will enchant you as you absorb the rich history of the past and enjoy the excitement of present day adventures.

“My favorite National Park is Zion National Park. I have been visiting Zion since I was just a kid and now it has become a go-to spot for a quick getaway. I’ve had the opportunity to hike Subway Canyon, Angles Landing; and recently my wife and I celebrated our first year anniversary by hiking up to Observation Point which allows you to look out over the entire park. There is always a special feeling in Zion and I can’t wait for the next chance for my wife and I to venture down there.” -Trevor

Gear:30 Staff Picks: Arches National ParkArches National Park

Visit Arches and discover a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures unlike any other in the world. The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. This red rock wonderland will amaze you with its formations, refresh you with its trails, and inspire you with its sunsets.

“I have lived in Utah all of my life and so naturally one of my favorite National Parks is Arches, located by the city of Moab. Despite living in Utah all of my life I never had the opportunity to go to Moab until about three and a half years ago. And I have to say Arches is one of the most famed and publicized parks for a reason.  The scale and majesty of the rock formations found at Arches is one that will take your breath away. I highly recommend you take the hike through Devils Garden and the Delicate Arch. Both, I feel, are adequate in giving their viewer a new experience that will not be easily forgotten!” -Joe

Gear:30 Staff Picks: Capital Reef National ParkCapitol Reef National Park

Located in south-central Utah in the heart of red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park is a hidden treasure filled with cliffs, canyons, domes and bridges in the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic monocline (a wrinkle on the earth) extending almost 100 miles.

 “One of my favorite parks is somewhat of a lesser known park, Capital Reef. It may be smaller in comparison to some of the other parks, but it still holds a lot of beauty; and for me, a lot of memories. Growing up, my family would visit Capitol Reef and I loved those trips. We would camp at one of the RV sites with the red cliffs as our backdrop.

The rock formations are really incredible and with all of the hikes, drives, bike trails, and climbs; there are so many different ways to view this beautiful canyon. You can even trailer horses in to experience this park on horseback. Don’t forget to star gaze before you leave…those night skies are perfect for it.” -Michelle

Gear:30 Staff Picks: Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park

Come and experience Glacier’s pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains, and spectacular lakes. With over 700 miles of trails, Glacier is a hiker’s paradise for adventurous visitors seeking wilderness and solitude. Relive the days of old through historic chalets, lodges, transportation, and stories of Native Americans. Explore Glacier National Park and discover what awaits you.

“Glacier National park is my favorite of all because it perfectly represents my view of natural paradise. Its lakes excellently carve through its mountains just as the glaciers carved its mountains. A great experience, always.” -Garrett