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This group is for anyone who enjoys our national parks and wants to share their experiences with others. 

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  • Dave from Maine
    Dave from Maine :
    Tue at 4:38 PMThis is sort of a tangent but I'm hoping someone can help. I have a National Park disability pass that offers a camping discount at National parks. Some states also honor it at their parks. Does California offer a discount with this pass or would I nee...  more
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    • Dave from Maine
      John & Diana Tue at 7:38 PM Florida, Louisiana, Arkansas and Maryland are the only states that give the pass discount.
      California..!?!!!??..are you kidding? 
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    • Dave from Maine
      Author Toni Mariani Tue at 7:39 PM Just show up and present it, then cry if they act crazy. My mom said crying works for her.
      Hugs
    • Dave from Maine
      Bill & Cynthia Tue at 7:53 PM They should give you a discount
    • Dave from Maine
      Dave from Maine Tue at 8:33 PM Thanks all.  They have their own discount card but it takes 8 weeks to get.  I was just hoping there was reciprocity.  I didn't check on it soon enough and wanted to use it in a couple of weeks.  I'll try calling again and see if I can...  more
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      • Dave from Maine
        Curt & Isabel Wed at 9:09 AM Do you have the "America the Beautiful" pass?
    • Dave from Maine
      Steve & Diane Wed at 6:34 AM One is state, the other is fed.
  • Wayne and Donna
    Wayne and Donna :
    Tue at 2:52 PMWe are still looking into our possible Utah trip in late September. On the way home, we will be driving past the Petrified National Forest. Other sites have said to allow 2 or so hours for the north (Painted Desert) end, 3-4 hours for the south (the logs)...  more
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    • Wayne and Donna
      Dawg House Tue at 4:40 PM Yes!!! Now I don't know about 4 hours but at least 2 hours. We were much more taken with the Painted Desert then the Petrified Forest but I would still make the time for that too, just maybe less. The Painted Desert seems to change with every bend and ...  more
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      • Wayne and Donna
        Wayne and Donna Tue at 6:46 PM Thanks. Guess we’ll try to work Painted Desert in. I appreciate your comment about Meteor Crater. We’re already planning a stop there.
    • Wayne and Donna
      LarandSus Tue at 7:02 PM Yes!
    • Wayne and Donna
      NicnPat Thu at 8:07 PM Was there 3 days ago, we drove through and enjoyed the park, it was worth it
  • Pat and Alan Young
    Pat and Alan Young:
    April 14We explored Padre Island National Seashore today. It's stark but beautiful in it's own way. Birding was good. Added several to our life list.
    • Bruce & Linda (Omnibus) and 5 others like this.
    • Pat and Alan Young
      Blodn1 Tue at 11:19 AM And boondocking there is beautiful.
    • Pat and Alan Young
      Author Toni Mariani Tue at 12:44 PM Where is it? Thanks.
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      • Pat and Alan Young
        Jersey-Exit 41 Tue at 3:36 PM Padre Island is in Southern Texas and it's along the Gulf Coast.  You can park right on the beach and watch the sun rise from your bedroom window.  There is off beach parking that has water and a dump site.  You can dump, fill up and go bac...  more
    • Pat and Alan Young
      Author Toni Mariani Tue at 4:14 PM As a child, we traveled through Texas to Mexico, but of course, all is forgotten.
      Back we go now that we are old.
      Ce la vie! (?)
  • TeamFoxy
    TeamFoxy:
    April 14We will be traveling on the Natchez Track Parkway in a few weeks. Anyone have any suggestions of things to look for and do along the way? From there we are headed to the Blue Ridge Parkway, which we try to travel every summer. Last summer we stayed at the...  more
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    • TeamFoxy
      Tom & Phyllis April 14 We did that run last year. Our favorites included Tupelo, MS (Elvis s Birthplace). Along the Trace are several pull offs that say Old Trace.. great parking... we had no issues... you walk a couple hundred feet and you’re standing on very Historic Ground.....  more
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        Bird April 14 I enjoyed this post.  I've always wanted to do this drive myself so this was chock full of info.  Thanks so much.  I actually did a book review on Hiking Trails for my blog and The Natchez Trace was one of the chapters.    https:/...  more
      • TeamFoxy
        TeamFoxy Mon at 8:25 AM Thank you very much for the detailed reply! We are looking forward to using your information.
    • TeamFoxy
      Wolfepack4 April 14 Very nice informative post
    • TeamFoxy
      BuckeyeCruisers Mon at 7:55 PM Definitely stop at the Meriweather Lewis grave site. Worth the time, and quite enlightening.
    • TeamFoxy
      Wayne and Donna Tue at 2:50 PM We love the Natchez Trace. I would just say, if you are going to do the whole thing, plan for more stops on the south end (below Jackson MS) than the north end. North of Jackson, you either have to get off the Trace (like at Tupelo or at Tuscumbia AL), or...  more
    • TeamFoxy
      TeamFoxy Tue at 4:04 PM There is a good website on where along the trail to stop and do things.  https://www.scenictrace.com/attractiontype/hiking/
      We are planning on spending 3 days on the Trace and are greatful for all the input.
  • Toby & Kathy
    Toby & Kathy:
    April 14Wondering where to get my Veterans pass for the national parks. Can't seem to find the application on line. Any help would be appreciated
    • Toby & Kathy
      Linda Cook April 14 I think you may need the access pass.  https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm
    • Toby & Kathy
      Linda Cook April 14 Which the site says you can only get through the mail or in person at a federal recreation site
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      • Toby & Kathy
        Doc n Bre April 14 What you want is the access pass. It is for disabled whether you are military or ordinary person. Just use different forms for proof. They don’t make it easy to find. But I just recently did it online. Go to this link and click “add product to cart” on t...  more
      • Toby & Kathy
        Doc n Bre April 14 Should add that there is a link to upload copies of your paperwork. I snapped pics of mine with phone and one wasn’t clear. Recd an email back asking for a redo and sent it back by replying to the email. Worked. Took about 10 days to get and received conf...  more
      • Toby & Kathy
        Toby & Kathy April 14 None, that was my question.
    • Toby & Kathy
      Sandy & Carl April 14 Go to this web site and it will explain all the National Park pass options and where you can buy your pass. https://store.usgs.gov/
    • Toby & Kathy
      Kayo April 14 There is no documentation required for an Access Pass for any U.S. citizen, . All one need  to do is sign the form that they, in fact, have a disability
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      • Toby & Kathy
        Doc n Bre April 14 Maybe in person?, but to get it online you do in fact have to provide documentation. Just how it works.
    • Toby & Kathy
      Pat and Alan Young April 14 We mailed for ours. Although we live within ten minutes of Valley Forge NP, they could notissue the pass. The closest for us was Delaware!!! So we mailed it in. 
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  • Pat/Chuck Downs
    Pat/Chuck Downs :
    April 12About 3 yrs ago we saw Mt. Rushmore, CrazyHorse, Yellowstone, the Redwoods and Glazier NPS. I was most disappointed in glazier, the roads were closed the 1st week of sep. Not much to see.there. we also saw the Grand Tetons. We had 40' Bounder then. ...  more
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    • Pat/Chuck Downs
      John & Diana April 13 Glacier
    • Pat/Chuck Downs
      LarandSus April 13 Looks like this comment is intended as a response to the post below.
  • Curtis
    Curtis :
    April 12Anyone have some good info for these folks?
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    • Curtis
      Blodn1 April 13 PPS get a stamp book, and pick up all the park stamps. They're free, and are a nice reminder of your visit. Parkstamps.org is a club you can join. The members have extensive first-hand knowledge about the parks - all 418 units!
    • Curtis
      Retired Outdoors April 13 Dr. Perry, we visited all the major National Parks in Utah and some of the Utah State Parks (and several National and Navajo Parks on the way) a few years ago in our Honda Accord. We saw big rigs everywhere we went. None of the highways connecting the par...  more
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      • Curtis
        Wayne and Donna April 13 Thanks, Tim. Very helpful. We're looking at September for our trip, so hopefully the rockslide will be history by then. :) Still, that's the joy and the frustration of this life - so much to see and so little time to do it all. :)
    • Curtis
      Andy & Maureen T April 13 From past experience, there is major traffic in the areas. We read somewhere that the park will be requiring an appointment to go through the park entrance tunnels. They recommend parking outside the park and driving in with your toad / rental.
      We ...  more
    • Curtis
      Steve & Diane April 13 In May, 2018, we visited all 5 Utah National Parks.  We stayed at Willowwind RVP in Hurricane, Riverside Ranch RVP in Hatch, Wonderland RVP in Torrey, and Spanish Trail RVP in Moab.  We took I-15 to Hwy 14 to to Hwy 89 to Hwy 62 to Hwy 24 to I-7...  more
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      • Curtis
        Retired Outdoors April 13 @Steve & Diane: I think it would OK to stay in Capital Reef. I don't remember any problems with the road. I saw Class C's in the Fruita Campground in the park. The site map shows sites up to 52 feet long and some of the 40-50 foot size were double wide. T...  more
      • Curtis
        Wayne and Donna April 13 @Steve & Diane: Thanks. Yes, we are not planning to even attempt to get our MH into the parks. We'll do as we did at Yellowstone a few years ago - park outside the park, and take the toad into the park. Although I will admit that during a few "bison jams"...  more
      • Curtis
        Steve & Diane April 14 RO:  We are spoiled.  We do not have a generator and we like FHU campsites.   
    • Curtis
      Retired Outdoors April 13 September should be perfect. We went the last week in August and 2 weeks in September, and the temps were great.
  • Cheryl and Tom
    Cheryl and Tom:
    April 6There are so many to choose from, but for the ones that I have visited I would say Grand Tetons. I love the valley and the meadows, Great place to see wildlife.
  • Bird
    Bird:
    April 5If you had to pick one National Park as your favorite, which would it be and why?
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    • Bird
      Andy & Maureen T April 7 We had a hard time making one decision on this. But both of us agree that it is Glacier NP.
    • Bird
      Krashqueen April 7 Yellowstone
    • Bird
      Ramon & Elisa Alanis April 8 Simple - Yellowstone/Grand Tetons. Variety of beautiful scenery, abundant wildlife and numerous places to hike
    • Bird
      chiefkazoo April 13 Not an easy question, we have been to about 40 of the National Parks and found nothing to dislike. We return to Capital Reef NP the most because its not a crowded as many others, it has a nice campgrounds (no hookups), great scenery, some 4-wheeling, and ...  more
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      • Bird
        Bird April 13 I'll have to take another look at this one - thanks!
    • Bird
      Author Toni Mariani Tue at 1:05 PM Mt. Rainer in Washington State. Snow and sand all in one day.
  • JustWandering
    JustWandering:
    April 5We are boondocking on BLM land just outside of Joshua Tree NP, south entrance. I'm looking forward to exploring the park. Any must see areas?
    • Andy & Maureen T and 4 others like this.
    • JustWandering
      BuckeyeCruisers April 5 Jumbo Rocks is pretty impressive. Make sure to stop and check out Cholla Garden. It’s really cool, especially if you like Cholla cactus
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      • JustWandering
        Bruce & Linda (Omnibus) April 5 We liked the whole park.  The oasis with the palm trees by the campground near the south entrance is worth seeing.  Jumbo rocks, for sure.  And the Joshua Trees, of course.
      • JustWandering
        JustWandering April 7 Thanks! I love the Cholla, just don't want to get too close, lol. 
    • JustWandering
      Bird April 5 I've always wanted to go there.  Please post some photos and let us know what you end up doing.
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    • JustWandering
      Barb & Al Packman April 5 Ask the rangers about Sanderson's rocks, they will give you directions. It is a hike but we'll worth it. Try to find all the sayings around the hill. It is not on the park map because I don't think they want a lot of people out there. It is really a great...  more
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      • JustWandering
        JustWandering April 7 That sounds cool! I'm going to ask about it when we go to the visitor's center. Thanks!
    • JustWandering
      The Mountains April 5 How about the Spring super bloom..still happening?
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      • JustWandering
        JustWandering April 7 I think it has ended now though some blooms still remain.
    • JustWandering
      RVillage with Ann April 6 There's an article on the RVillage Blog if you haven't seen it, great tips! https://blog.rvillage.com/rv-destination-joshua-tree/ :)
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