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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

  • Joshua Tree National Park is one of the 9 national parks in California. It is a land of intriguing rock formations and the park’s memorable namesake, the Joshua tree. On the National Park Service (NPS) website, Jane Rodgers describes these unique plants as “spiky trees straight out of a Dr.

  • Can you believe that another year has drawn to a close and it is 2019 already? For the people and pets behind Pawsitively Intrepid, 2018 was a year full of big change and lots of outdoor adventures. We moved from La Crosse, WI to the Twin Cities of Minnesota, bought

  • In a perfect world, our dogs would accompany us on every adventure off leash, wild, and free. For a variety of reasons, this is not always practical or safe. Many trails have leash regulations and many dogs have incomplete training resulting in a variably reliable recall. These situations often make

  • It’s Christmas time! Snow has covered the grass and the houses are lit with hundreds of bright lights. It is a time to gather with friends and family. And at almost every holiday party one item will appear: Christmas cookies. Here at Pawsitively Intrepid we aim to include our four-legged

  • As the official site states, Death Valley is the hottest, driest, and lowest national park. How hot you ask? The highest recorded air temperature was at Furnace Creek on July 10, 1913. It was 134°F. While that was the hottest, summer temperatures can routinely top 120°F. And how dry? Average

  • To the east, west and south, Nevada is surrounded by states with numerous national parks. There are five in Utah, nine in California, and three in Arizona. So, since you should already visit the region for these other amazing national parks, there is no excuse not to travel to Great

  • 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.