As the source for custom private journeys into America’s most sacred, wild and magnificent lands, we have personally inspected and selected best-in-class accommodations in and near each park.

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The national park idea has been nurtured by each succeeding generation of Americans. Today, across our land, the National Park System represents America at its best. Each park contributes to a deeper understanding of the history of the United States and our way of life…
George B. Hartzog, Jr., NPS Director, 1964-1972

Grand Canyon National Park

A powerful and inspiring landscape, the Grand Canyon overwhelms our senses through its immense size; 277 river miles (446km) long, up to 18 miles (29km) wide, and a mile (1.6km) deep.

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Petrified Forest National Park

Visit the Petrified Forest National Park and you’ll swear that if you just focus your energy intensely enough, if you just have faith, you can lift one of the logs—lift it over to a campfire, strike a match, get warm. This is what the mind does with the unfamiliar: try to contain it in the known categories. But, this wood isn’t wood. It’s stone. America’s National Parks explains the process of converting wood into stone this way: “Floods and lava flows originally uprooted the trees, washing them down from the surrounding highlands and burying them in silt and volcanic ash. Water seeped through the wood and replaced decaying organic material, cell by cell, with multi-colored silica, ultimately leaving behind remarkable rock replicates of long-eroded logs.”

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Saguaro National Park

Like an elaborate cartoon-scape, the saguaro cactus of Arizona’s Sonoran Desert stand tall and still, just waiting for the Road Runner to speed through, Wile E. Coyote in hot pursuit. To visit Saguaro National Park is to realize that cartoons derive from reality. There really are road runners and coyotes here, although neither one is usually carrying dynamite or jumping off cliffs. Saguaro National Park is a lot less flashy than cartoons, and a lot more alive. The park is just right outside Tucson, and is one of the few national parks located so close to a large city. Saguaro is a park in two sections: the smaller section to the west of Tucson, and the larger part to the east. Between the two sections, the park holds 1.6 million giant saguaro cacti, many of them between 125-150 years old. The saguaro grow as high as 40 feet tall, and can weight up to 4,000 pounds.

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Yosemite National Park

Not just a great valley, but a shrine to human foresight, strength of granite, power of glaciers, the persistence of life, and the tranquility of the High Sierra. Yosemite National Park, one of the first wilderness parks in the United States, is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and much more.

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Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

This landscape testifies to nature’s size, beauty, and diversity – huge mountains, rugged foothills, deep canyons, vast caverns, and the world’s largest trees! These two parks lie side by side in the southern Sierra Nevada, east of the San Joaquin Valley. Visitor activities vary by season and elevation (1,300′ to 14,494′).

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Joshua Tree National Park

Viewed from the road, this desert park only hints at its vitality. Closer examination reveals a fascinating variety of plants and animals that make their home in this land shaped by strong winds, unpredictable torrents of rain, and climatic extremes. Dark night skies, a rich cultural history, and surreal geologic features add to the attraction of this place. Come see for yourself!

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley is a landscape of superlatives. The highest, the largest, the lowest. Death Valley is the largest national park in the continental United States. For all it’s heat, and despite its name, there is still a lot of life here.

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Redwood National Park

Most people know Redwood as home to the tallest trees on Earth. But the parks also protect vast prairies, oak woodlands, wild riverways, and nearly 40 miles of pristine coastline, all supporting a rich mosaic of wildlife diversity and cultural traditions. Together, the National Park Service and California State Parks manage these lands for the inspiration, enjoyment, and education of all people.

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Lassen Volcanic National Park

Before Lassen Peak last erupted, in 1915, it was thought to be dormant. It’s now thought to be dormant again. The mountain, which is part of the southern end of the North Cascades, and the landscape over which the mountain presides, now form Lassen Volcanic National Park, a place that is a combination of typical northern California landscape and ruinous volcanic-aftermath landscape. Some of the park is still geologically active, with boiling water, hot streams, fumaroles, sulfur vents, and steam holes. Blue lakes contrast with golden flakes of iron pyrite; wildflowers grow near cinder crags.

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Channel Islands National Park

Close to the California mainland, yet worlds apart, Channel Islands National Park encompasses five remarkable islands (Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, San Miguel, and Santa Barbara) and their ocean environment, preserving and protecting a wealth of natural and cultural resources. Isolation over thousands of years has created unique animals, plants, and archeological resources found nowhere else on Earth and helped preserve a place where visitors can experience coastal southern California as it once was.

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Great Basin National Park

The bristlecone pines aren’t the only reason to spend some space and time at Great Basin. There are also the marble pills in the Lehman Caves, and the bats and other fragile life in the same caves; there are the high and rough mountains, one of which is the highest mountain that is entirely in Nevada; and the Great Basin itself, full of salty lakes. The Great Basin is a geological oddity because none of its water drains to an ocean. Instead, it evaporates, soaks into the ground, or joins the area’s salty lakes.

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Great Sand Dunes National Park

The tallest dunes in North America are the centerpiece in a diverse landscape of grasslands, wetlands, conifer and aspen forests, alpine lakes, and tundra. Experience this diversity through hiking, sand sledding, splashing in Medano Creek, wildlife watching, and more!

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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Schists, genisses, pegmatites: the exotic-sounding rock that forms Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Some of the formations that make up Black Canyon are among the oldest rocks on the planet, dating back more than 1.7 billion years.

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Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park is a mesa that rises several thousand feet from the valley below it. In 550 CE, the Ancient Pueblos moved to Mesa Verde, where they lived for more than 700 years. They lived in pit-houses, which later evolved into kivas, in small villages. Most often their subterranean houses were built on mesa tops, and sometimes they were built into the sides of cliffs. At one time, 100,000 people lived on Mesa Verde, along a road system that connected trade routes. It was only in the last 100 years that the Ancient Pueblos lived in the cliff dwellings for which the Mesa is now known. They lived in those cliff dwellings for a couple generations and then left fairly abruptly. No one knows where they went, or why.

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Rocky Mountain National Park

This living showcase of the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains, with elevations ranging from 8,000 feet in the wet, grassy valleys to 14,259 feet at the weather-ravaged top of Longs Peak, provides visitors with opportunities for countless breathtaking experiences and adventures.

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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.

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Rocky slopes and canyons, cactus, grass, thorny shrubs, and the occasional tree, who could guess at the hidden treasures deep underground? Beneath this rugged land are more than 117 known caves – all formed when sulfuric acid dissolved the surrounding limestone.

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Badlands National Park

People are drawn to the rugged beauty of the Badlands. These geologic deposits contain one of the world’s richest fossil beds. Ancient mammals such as the rhino, horse, and saber-toothed cat once roamed here. The park’s 244,000 acres protect an expanse of mixed-grass prairie where bison, bighorn sheep, deer, pronghorn, prairie dogs, and black-footed ferrets live today.

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Wind Cave National Park

One of the world’s longest and most complex caves and 28,295 acres of mixed-grass prairie, ponderosa pine forest, and associated wildlife are the main features of the park. The cave is well known for its outstanding display of boxwork, an unusual cave formation composed of thin calcite fins resembling honeycombs. The park’s mixed-grass prairie is one of the few remaining and is home to native wildlife such as bison, elk, pronghorn, mule deer, coyotes, and prairie dogs.

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Big Bend National Park

Sometimes considered “three parks in one,” Big Bend includes mountain, desert, and river environments. An hour’s drive can take you from the banks of the Rio Grande to a mountain basin nearly a mile high. Here, you can explore one of the last remaining wild corners of the United States, and experience unmatched sights, sounds, and solitude

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Zion National Park

Massive canyon walls ascend toward a brilliant blue sky. To experience Zion, you need to walk among the towering cliffs, or challenge your courage in a small narrow canyon. These unique sandstone cliffs range in color from cream, to pink, to red. They could be described as sand castles crowning desert canyons.

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Bryce Canyon National Park

What is Bryce Canyon? Words confound when no comparable exist. A cave without a ceiling? A forest of stone? Even ‘canyon’ is misleading since Bryce is carved by freeze-thaw cycles, not a river. Yet, ‘world’s largest pothole’ is neither adequate nor flattering. Tour this Website, and you’ll be enticed to visit Bryce in person. Once here, perhaps you’ll agree with those who say, ‘Bryce is a Bryce!’

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Capitol Reef National Park

The Waterpocket Fold, a 100-mile long wrinkle in the earth’s crust known as a monocline, extends from nearby Thousand Lakes Mountain to the Colorado River (now Lake Powell). Capitol Reef National Park was established to protect this grand and colorful geologic feature, as well as the unique natural and cultural history found in the area.

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Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands preserves a colorful landscape eroded into countless canyons, mesas and buttes by the Colorado River and its tributaries. The rivers divide the park into four districts: the Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze and the rivers themselves. While these areas share a primitive desert atmosphere, each retains its own character and offers different opportunities for exploration.

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Arches National Park

Arches National Park preserves over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, like the world-famous Delicate Arch, as well as many other unusual rock formations. In some areas, the forces of nature have exposed millions of years of geologic history. The extraordinary features of the park create a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures that is unlike any other in the world.

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Olympic National Park

Here you will find Pacific Ocean beaches, rain forest valleys, glacier-capped peaks and a stunning variety of plants and animals. Roads provide access to the outer edges of the park, but the heart of Olympic is wilderness; a primeval sanctuary for humans and wild creatures alike.

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Mt. Rainier National Park

Learn about glaciers. Discover life in a rainforest. Hike the Wonderland Trail. Explore subalpine ecology. Watch clouds shroud the mountain and disappear. Visit a rustic historic building. Dream about climbing to the summit. Study geology. Experience a mountain meadow. Listen to a glacier crack. BE INSPIRED!

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North Cascades National Park

Jagged peaks, deep valleys, cascading waterfalls, and over 300 glaciers adorn the North Cascades National Park Complex. Three park units in this mountainous region are managed as one and include North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake, and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas. These complementary protected lands are united by a contiguous overlay of Stephen Mather Wilderness.

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Grand Teton National Park

Located in northwestern Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park preserves a spectacular landscape rich with majestic mountains, pristine lakes and extraordinary wildlife. The park’s world-renowned scenery attracts nearly four million visitors per year. Learn about the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway

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Yellowstone National Park

Established in 1872, Yellowstone National Park is America’s first national park. Located in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, it is home to a large variety of wildlife including grizzly bears, wolves, bison, and elk. Preserved within Yellowstone National Park are Old Faithful and a collection of the world’s most extraordinary geysers and hot springs, and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

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Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake was formed in the wake of massive volcanic explosions. The violent eruptions and ash created a beautiful scene, with 2,000 ft. mountains surrounding the deepest lake in the United States.

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Everglades National Park

Everglades is the first national park created to protect a threatened ecological system. The park is also a World Heritage site. These important designations, and the protections they include is helping but many populations of animals are dropping, and the park is shrinking. Despite this, Everglades remains a veritable paradise of plants and animals.

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Danali National Park

Alaska’s most well-known national park is a rolling expanse of beautiful forest and untouched nature. Absolutely gorgeous, snow-capped mountain peaks surround valleys of lush forest and flowers. With over 20 hours of daylight in summer, there is plenty of time to admire the exquisite views and epic expanse.

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Kenai Fjords National Park

Although it is the smallest national park in Alaska, Kenai Fjords is nonetheless a most impressive arctic wonderland. The park’s fjords were cut by massive glaciers, many still in the park (over three dozen). Located at the edge of the North Pacific Ocean, the park is dotted with jagged cliffs and peaceful coves.

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Glacier Bay National Park

Glacier Bay is accessible only by boat or plane. It is home to seven tidewater glaciers that calve. And when they do, the sound is called “White Thunder” by the Tlingit natives. Take a boat through time to the behemoth glaciers, while you look on the newly growing spruce forest on the south side of the bay.

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Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park is enormous. The largest of all US National parks, it is six times the size of Yellowstone and larger than the country of Switzerland! Along with Glacier Bay National Park and Canada’s Kluane National Park and Tatshenshini-Alsek Park, Wrangell-St. Elias is the centerpiece of the largest internationally protected area in the world (24 million acres).

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Pinnacles National Park

Our nation’s newest national park, Pinnacles National Park is located east of the Salinas Valley in Central California, about 5 miles east of Soledad and 80 miles southeast of San Jose. The park’s namesakes are the eroded leftovers of the western half of an extinct volcano that has moved 150 miles from its original location on the San Andreas Fault, embedded in a portion of the California Pacific Coast Ranges.

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