Tips & tricks you can use on your national park trip. Easy to follow, concise, and practical. Don’t know what to do once you arrive at your national park? Don’t worry, this book will guide you through the steps to having a successful and safe adventure.
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Did you ever want to visit a National Park or National Monument, but just didn’t know where to start?
Are you currently planning a trip to a National Park, but don’t know what to do once there? How do you register for a campsite? How do you find free camping?
In this book, I lay out for you the steps you will need to make your visit a success. I leave out the fluff and bluster, and leave the most important, practical information you will actually use.
Table of Contents
Research Ahead of Time
Determine Calvary Size
Lodging & Dining
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So, what do I know about National Parks, anyway?
Over a year ago, I accepted a job at Big Bend National Park for a position in maintenance and retail at Chisos Mountain Lodge. I was in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Big Bend NP is located in Southwest Texas. Getting there was a trip in itself, and I took two weeks on the road to get there.
On the way to Big Bend, I camped in Hot Springs National Park, stormed through endless logger roads of Mark Twain National Forest and camped one night; enjoyed the Ozark NSR, Buffalo NR, Cane River Creole NHP; stormed through the Big Thicket National Res; backcountry hiked and camped in the wilderness of Pedernales Falls State Park during a thunderstorm, and marveled at the Lyndon B. Johnson NHP and the Historic Landmark town of Fredericksburg. I thought that was a road trip, but it proved to be a small test run for what was to come.
Once I headed for Sedona and entered Big Bend Country, I knew I had entered a different world. Far from the upper Mid-West of grass and pine trees. I was in the land of rolling desert, rumbling with severe thunderstorms miles afar and prickly desert plant life abound.
Fast forward 4 months to the moment I was leaving Big Bend National Park, a month long road trip began. The lessons I learned during my employment at Big Bend NP and my travels to 155 other national parks, monuments, forests, historic sites, and wildlife refuges, I lay out for you in this book. My work in helping hundreds of visitors find their way will now help you in your journey.
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