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Badlands National Park

South Dakota, USA May - September Active
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Badlands National Park's eroded buttes and spires cast amazing shades of red and yellow across the South Dakota prairie. In addition to scenery, it has some of the world’s richest mammal fossil beds.
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Base Town:
Rapid City, SD; Wall, SD; Pine Ridge, SD
Closest Airport:
Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP)
When to Go:
May - September
Closest Airport:
Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP)
Activity Level:
Active
Park Highlights:
Wildlife Scenic Drives Bird-Watching Horseback Riding Hiking Biking Stunning Vistas Canyons Show all
Base Town:
Rapid City, SD; Wall, SD; Pine Ridge, SD
Closest Airport:
Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP)
When to Go:
May - September
Activity Level:
Active

Big Bend National Park

Texas, USA January - May; September - December Moderate
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In a remote location, with the Rio Grande River along its southern border, Big Bend's limitless skies and ample space are two of its strongest selling points.
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Base Town:
Marathon, TX; Terlingua, TX
Closest Airport:
Midland International Air and Space Port (MAF)
When to Go:
January - May; September - December
Closest Airport:
Midland International Air and Space Port (MAF)
Activity Level:
Moderate
Park Highlights:
Wildlife Scenic Drives Wild flowers Bird-Watching Boating Hiking Rafting Kayaking Stunning Vistas Desert Mountains Canyons Show all
Base Town:
Marathon, TX; Terlingua, TX
Closest Airport:
Midland International Air and Space Port (MAF)
When to Go:
January - May; September - December
Activity Level:
Moderate

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Colorado, USA April - October Active
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This steep and narrow river gorge in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park has sheer cliffs and a drop twice as high as the Empire State Building.
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Base Town:
Montrose, CO; Crawford, CO
Closest Airport:
Durango-La Plata County Airport (DRO); Denver International Airport (DEN)
When to Go:
April - October
Closest Airport:
Durango-La Plata County Airport (DRO); Denver International Airport (DEN)
Activity Level:
Active
Park Highlights:
Geological Formations Scenic Drives Bird-Watching Fishing Horseback Riding Winter Sports Hiking Rafting Climbing Stunning Vistas Mountains Canyons Show all
Base Town:
Montrose, CO; Crawford, CO
Closest Airport:
Durango-La Plata County Airport (DRO); Denver International Airport (DEN)
When to Go:
April - October
Activity Level:
Active

Bryce Canyon National Park

Utah, USA May - October Moderate
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Exploring the hoodoos (spectacular columns of rock) at this park is like wandering through a giant maze. Bryce is within a few hours of Utah's other national parks and near Kodachrome Basin State Park and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
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Base Town:
Panguitch, UT; Escalante, UT; Cedar City, UT
Closest Airport:
Cedar City Regional Airport (CDC); McCarran International Airport (LAS)
When to Go:
May - October
Closest Airport:
Cedar City Regional Airport (CDC); McCarran International Airport (LAS)
Activity Level:
Moderate
Park Highlights:
Geological Formations Scenic Drives Archaeological Sites Bird-Watching Horseback Riding Winter Sports History Hiking Family Stunning Vistas Day Trip Canyons Show all
Base Town:
Panguitch, UT; Escalante, UT; Cedar City, UT
Closest Airport:
Cedar City Regional Airport (CDC); McCarran International Airport (LAS)
When to Go:
May - October
Activity Level:
Moderate

Canyonlands National Park

Utah, USA March - October Moderate
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Biking on White Rim Road, white-water rafting in Cataract Canyon—plus spires, pinnacles, cliffs, and mesas as far as the eye can see are the top reasons to go.
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Base Town:
Moab, UT; Monticello, UT
Closest Airport:
Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT); Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)
When to Go:
March - October
Closest Airport:
Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT); Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)
Activity Level:
Moderate
Park Highlights:
Geological Formations Scenic Drives Wild flowers Archaeological Sites Bird-Watching Boating History Hiking Rafting Biking Climbing Stunning Vistas Day Trip Canyons Show all
Base Town:
Moab, UT; Monticello, UT
Closest Airport:
Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT); Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)
When to Go:
March - October
Activity Level:
Moderate

Channel Islands National Park

California, USA January - December Moderate
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These five islands are home to 145 species of terrestrial plants and animals found nowhere else on Earth. You’re bound to see wildlife such as dolphins, sea lions, island foxes, and pelicans, and can kayak, dive, and go whale-watching.
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Base Town:
Oxnard, CA; Ventura, CA; Santa Barbara, CA
Closest Airport:
Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA); Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
When to Go:
January - December
Closest Airport:
Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA); Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Activity Level:
Moderate
Park Highlights:
Wildlife Bird-Watching Boating Beach Hiking Kayaking Family Swimming Day Trip Coastal Canyons Show all
Base Town:
Oxnard, CA; Ventura, CA; Santa Barbara, CA
Closest Airport:
Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA); Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
When to Go:
January - December
Activity Level:
Moderate

Grand Canyon National Park

Arizona, USA March - November Active
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The Grand Canyon exalts and humbles the human spirit. You can view the spectacle from the South Rim, the North Rim, or hike or take a mule ride into the canyon for a richer experience. Rafting the Colorado River through the canyon can't be beat.
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Base Town:
Tusayan, AZ; Williams, AZ; Fredonia, AZ
Closest Airport:
North Las Vegas Airport (VGT); Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
When to Go:
March - November
Closest Airport:
North Las Vegas Airport (VGT); Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
Activity Level:
Active
Park Highlights:
Wildlife Geological Formations Scenic Drives Wild flowers Hiking Rafting Family Stunning Vistas Desert Canyons Show all
Base Town:
Tusayan, AZ; Williams, AZ; Fredonia, AZ
Closest Airport:
North Las Vegas Airport (VGT); Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
When to Go:
March - November
Activity Level:
Active

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Texas, USA March - October Active
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This remote park draws thousands of visitors every fall, when the hardwoods of McKittrick Canyon burst into flaming color. The park is home to the Guadalupe Peak, the highest point in the state.
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Base Town:
Whites City, NM; Carlsbad, NM
Closest Airport:
El Paso International Airport (ELP)
When to Go:
March - October
Closest Airport:
El Paso International Airport (ELP)
Activity Level:
Active
Park Highlights:
Wildlife Bird-Watching Hiking Climbing Leaf-Peeping Desert Mountains Forests Canyons Show all
Base Town:
Whites City, NM; Carlsbad, NM
Closest Airport:
El Paso International Airport (ELP)
When to Go:
March - October
Activity Level:
Active

Mesa Verde National Park

Colorado, USA April - October Moderate
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Located in the Four Corners region—the junction of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona—this park houses an amazing collection of Ancestral Puebloan dwellings, some carved directly into cliff faces, and ancient artifacts.
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Base Town:
Cortez, CO; Dolores, CO; Durango, CO
Closest Airport:
Durango-La Plata County Airport (DRO); Cortez Municipal Airport (CEZ)
When to Go:
April - October
Closest Airport:
Durango-La Plata County Airport (DRO); Cortez Municipal Airport (CEZ)
Activity Level:
Moderate
Park Highlights:
Wildlife Scenic Drives Archaeological Sites Bird-Watching History Hiking Family Stunning Vistas Desert Mountains Canyons Show all
Base Town:
Cortez, CO; Dolores, CO; Durango, CO
Closest Airport:
Durango-La Plata County Airport (DRO); Cortez Municipal Airport (CEZ)
When to Go:
April - October
Activity Level:
Moderate

North Cascades National Park

Washington, USA May - October Active
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Hiking on a real glacier is a memorable experience—especially if you add in marmots, golden eagles, and coyotes—and North Cascades is home to several hundred of them.
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Base Town:
Newhalem, WA
Closest Airport:
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
When to Go:
May - October
Closest Airport:
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
Activity Level:
Active
Park Highlights:
Wildlife Scenic Drives Wild flowers Bird-Watching Boating Horseback Riding Winter Sports History Hiking Rafting Biking Climbing Kayaking Stunning Vistas Day Trip Mountains Canyons Glaciers Lakes/Rivers Show all
Base Town:
Newhalem, WA
Closest Airport:
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
When to Go:
May - October
Activity Level:
Active

Petrified Forest National Park

Arizona, USA March - November Moderate
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This park is known for fallen and fossilized trees, which look like they are made of colorful stone.
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Base Town:
Holbrook, AZ
Closest Airport:
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX); Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ)
When to Go:
March - November
Closest Airport:
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX); Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ)
Activity Level:
Moderate
Park Highlights:
Wildlife Geological Formations Scenic Drives Wild flowers Archaeological Sites Bird-Watching History Hiking Stunning Vistas Desert Canyons Show all
Base Town:
Holbrook, AZ
Closest Airport:
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX); Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ)
When to Go:
March - November
Activity Level:
Moderate

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

North Dakota, USA May - October Moderate
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Theodore Roosevelt is known for chunks of badlands on the Little Missouri River and the 26th president’s beloved Elkhorn Ranch. This is one of the most isolated parks in the country.
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Base Town:
Medora, ND; Dickinson, ND
Closest Airport:
Bismarck Municipal Airport (BIS)
When to Go:
May - October
Closest Airport:
Bismarck Municipal Airport (BIS)
Activity Level:
Moderate
Park Highlights:
Wildlife Scenic Drives Fishing Horseback Riding History Hiking Stunning Vistas Canyons Show all
Base Town:
Medora, ND; Dickinson, ND
Closest Airport:
Bismarck Municipal Airport (BIS)
When to Go:
May - October
Activity Level:
Moderate

Zion National Park

Utah, USA March - November Moderate
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Sheer 2,000-foot cliffs and river-carved canyons are what Zion is all about, and hiking the Narrows and the Subway are on many an adventurer’s bucket-list. Zion is right next to hospitable Springdale, which is full of amenities and charm.
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Base Town:
Springdale, UT; St. George, UT
Closest Airport:
Saint George Municipal Airport (SGU); UT McCarran International Airport (LAS)
When to Go:
March - November
Closest Airport:
Saint George Municipal Airport (SGU); UT McCarran International Airport (LAS)
Activity Level:
Moderate
Park Highlights:
Wildlife Geological Formations Scenic Drives Bird-Watching Winter Sports Hiking Biking Climbing Waterfalls Family Swimming Stunning Vistas Canyons Lakes/Rivers Show all
Base Town:
Springdale, UT; St. George, UT
Closest Airport:
Saint George Municipal Airport (SGU); UT McCarran International Airport (LAS)
When to Go:
March - November
Activity Level:
Moderate
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