Photo Gallery: 11 National Parks, One Year

Posted On December 29, 2015 at 11:07 am by / Comments Off on Photo Gallery: 11 National Parks, One Year

By Michael Lanza

Backpacking in the Grand Canyon, Glacier, Olympic, Rocky Mountain, North Cascades, and Mount Rainier (lead photo, above) national parks. Hiking to Yosemite’s waterfalls. Paddling the Everglades and sea kayaking Glacier Bay. Rock climbing in Joshua Tree, and cross-country skiing in Yellowstone. In one magical year, we took 11 national park adventures with our kids, sharing experiences that expanded their understanding of their world, times filled with joy and wonder.

I wrote about that year of family wilderness adventures in my book, Before They’re Gone—A Family’s Year-Long Quest to Explore America’s Most Endangered National Parks, which won a National Outdoor Book Award honorable mention. In it, I also explore how climate change is affecting each of these incomparable places in a singular and tragic way, virtually ensuring that they will all be radically changed in a generation—by the time my children are my age.

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The photo gallery below contains a photo from each park we visited. Click on the name of any park above to read my story at The Big Outside about it, where you will see more photos, trip-planning information, and often a video. Read an excerpt from my book.

And see menus of all of my stories about Family Adventures and National Parks trips at The Big Outside.


Upper Yosemite Falls Trail, Yosemite Valley.
Mangrove tunnel, East River, on the outskirts of Everglades National Park.
Gunsight Pass Trail, Glacier National Park.
Kayaking past the Lamplugh Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park.
Cross-country skiing the Rim Trail, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, Yellowstone National Park.
Tonto East Trail, Grand Canyon National Park.
Ryan Campground, Joshua Tree National Park.
Backpacking in Wild Basin, Rocky Mountain National Park.
Hannegan Pass Trail, North Cascades National Park.
Rope ladder, Southern Olympic coast, Olympic National Park.
Wonderland Trail, Mount Rainier National Park.

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