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We invite you to come along on a great American road trip, as Glia and Kate set off to visit the 46 National Parks in the 48 contiguous United States.

Our National Parks adventure will start in April 2017 as we head south from Minnesota to Arkansas. As we visit each park, we will be documenting our journey with photos and blog posts. The first stage of our adventure will be a 3-month trip in our RV to visit all of the parks west of Minnesota. The plan is to then break up the eastern parks into smaller road trips, as we hope to do some backpacking together in several of these parks.

National Parks are not always the most dog-friendly travel destinations. In fact, if you know about National Park pet regulations, you may be wondering what we are going to do about Channel Islands National Park and Isle Royale National Park. Both of these parks are islands and have protected ecosystems that don’t allow dogs. Our solution: we will get as close as we can, take a picture, and then find nearby hiking trails to explore.

You may have also noted that technically, there are 47 National Parks in the 48 contiguous United States. However, we are not including Dry Tortugas National Park in our list. Technically, this park is in Florida. But, since it requires a private boat to get a non-service dog to the entrance of this island park, it can’t really be considered contiguous.

Blog posts will appear in order of the journey as they are completed. We may not have great internet service throughout this adventure, so please forgive us if posts are a little spotty. Follow us on social media for the most up to date information.

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Recent Posts

  • Zion National Park is a mecca of weeping rocks and rivers, of narrow canyons and razor edged trails. This stunning national park is located in the southwest corner of Utah. Approach from the east and you will follow the Virgin River as mountainous terrain rises on either side of you.

  • Bryce Canyon National Park is home to the largest collection hoodoos on earth. If you aren’t familiar with them, a hoodoo is an irregular column of rock. As you can see in the picture below, these red rock columns extend almost as far as the eye can see from certain

  • Finding the perfect backpacking set-up for your dog can be a challenge. There are many options available, but it can still be hard to find the perfect fit. This is where Groundbird Gear comes in. Groundbird Gear is a small company with a big passion for creating a great backpack

  • Capitol Reef National Park is a hidden oasis in south central Utah. Amidst all of the red rock are fruit orchards originally planted by Mormon settlers in the 1800s. Before them archaic hunters and gatherers lived in this region along the Fremont River for hundreds, if not thousands, of years.

  • The leaves outside my window are starting to change. They slowly morph from green to gold and then drift down to the ground. The air is finally crisp and I am comfortable in hats and gloves outside. The apple orchards are open and the pumpkin patches are full of the

  • If you enjoy rock formations and canyons, then you need to visit Canyonlands National Park. This impressive national park is split by the Colorado River and its tributaries. These 4 distinct regions are Island in the Sky, The Needles, The Maze, and the rivers themselves. Each district is worthy of

  • Next to the many wonderful national parks in Colorado, is another state with an abundance of federally maintained outdoor spaces: Utah. Utah contains 5 of the 46 national parks on our contiguous United States road trip. This post is dedicated to Arches National Park, but stay tuned for our summaries

  • On the western side of Colorado, is one of the lesser known national parks: Black Canyon of the Gunnison. With just over a mere 200,000 annual visitors, the crowds are smaller here.  The drive to it’s entrance feels remote. Especially compared to it’s nearby better known cousins – such as

  • From northern British Columbia all the way down to New Mexico, the Rocky Mountains form a stunning natural barrier. With snow-capped peaks rising up to just over 14,400 feet, this mountain chain contains the tallest mountains in Central North America. These majestic mountains contain lakes and rivers that supply water

  • The Incomplete Planning In July of 2018, after spending 3 months in an RV, I was itching to strap my gear to my back and head deeper into wilderness. Fortunately for me, I had a family event to attend in Eagle River, Wisconsin. Eagle River is only a hop, skip,