To encourage visitors to experience America’s Great Outdoors, the National Park Service is waiving entrance fees to 392 national parks April 17-25.
Arizona has the most parks participating in the program from the Chiricahuas south of Tucson to Lake Mead near Nevada to the granddaddy of them all, the Grand Canyon. Here’s a list of all the parks participating by state. You’ll notice that nps.gov does a great job of highlighting each of their national parks. Filled with maps, photos and trip suggestions, this web site is a very useful tool for anyone who is serious about planning a trip to a park.
For this week, many of the parks will have concessioners providing food, transportation, lodging and more to add to your experience. All types of events are available to meet your interests. And it’s no coincidence that this event coincides with Earth Day, April 22, with volunteer projects like National Junior Ranger Day for kids. There’s a listing of all other types of volunteering activities to feed your soul and make you feel even closer to nature.
Both the Grand Canyon and Lake Mead National Recreational Area are offering coupons for shopping, dining, activities and tours. Look into a two night stay from Seven Crown Resorts at Lake Mohave Resort on Lake Mohave that includes a one day patio or ski boat rental. Here are more details.
What a fantastic way to share the stunning beauty of our national parks with friends and family. Here’s more information to help you explore and plan your trip.
Photos courtesy of flickr – Chiricahuas, Lake Mead
Based on previous blog entries, I’ve determined what I consider to be the “best of” in terms of places to see and activities to experience around the state. I’m open to your comments and suggestions and if you totally disagree with my choice, tell me why and give me your pick so that I can...
December 29th, 2009 | Heather Wright Schlichting | Read More | Comments: 1
Filed under: 2009, Arizona Sunsets, Best of Arizona, featuredarticle, Grand Canyon, Sedona
It wasn’t the cowboys or the cavalry that conquered the Wild West, but the locomotive. And there’s no better example, than in 1901 when the first steam train took passengers from Williams, Ariz., to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon on what we enjoy today, The Grand Canyon Railway.
December 15th, 2009 | Heather Wright Schlichting | Read More | Comments: 3
Filed under: Arizona, Grand Canyon, top-feature, train, Williams
I love Nevada. We have such unique and interesting things, aside from those you see on the Strip. We have a desert spring that was responsible for creating the Endangered Species Act that is so deep that three divers went down and never came up. We have the Extraterrestrial Highway, where Area 51...
September 2nd, 2009 | Lynn Goya | Read More | Comments: 2
Filed under: geologic history, geology, Grand Canyon, great unconformity, History & Information, Just a Bit Weird - Fun & Quirky Places, outdoors, rocks, Scenic & Short Trips, Sound Like a Local - Local "speak", Sports & Recreation, Tours, vegas
With temperatures 20 degrees cooler, Flagstaff is a welcome sight for us weary Phoenicians enduring our record-breaking heat wave. To enjoy even cooler temps and great views, a trip to the top of Snowbowl will please everyone in your brood.
Snowbowl is a sky resort located in the San Francisco Peaks,...
August 6th, 2009 | Heather Wright Schlichting | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Arizona, Flagstaff, Grand Canyon, mountains, San Francisco Peaks, scenic, Skyride
Vegas visitors often take advantage of their proximity to the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam to catch a quick helicopter or small plane tour over these and other local sights. Airplane tour highlights typically take in the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and do flyovers of the dam, the Strip and the...
March 28th, 2009 | Lynn Goya | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: airplane tours, Boulder City, Grand Canyon, helicopter tours, hoover dam, Lake Powell, las-vegas-tours, Monument Valley, Scenic & Short Trips, solar energy plant, Tours