National Parks

Go Climb a Rock in Joshua Tree National Park


Rock climbing is not a sport most people associate with children, but have you ever met a kid who did not enjoy scrambling to the top of a boulder or cliff to take in the view or simply feel great about being up so high?  Joshua Tree National Park in southern California is a fantastic place for your kids to get a real desert high.

A classic Joshua Tree
one of the best rocks for climbers
a family portrait on a natural bridge
coming down from a 100 foot route
our daughter, working her way up the wall
family portrait after conquering the boulder maze
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Zion National Park


Zion National Park in Utah is one of the most popular destinations in the southwestern US, and with good reason.  The beauty of the high desert with its red rocks, sheer canyon walls, towering sandstone formations, and the tranquil Virgin River leaves visitors stunned.  Plan to spend at least one week here, but if you can spare two weeks you will enjoy your visit even more.

Hiking to Angels Landing
along the Observation Point trail
at the summit of Angels Landing
ravens in a tree at the Temple of Sinawava formation
all suited up for a day hiking The Narrows
The Narrows
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Yellowstone National Park


The world's first national park, Yellowstone, offers families all the rugged beauty of the American West in a setting that will captivate young and old alike.  Geysers, hot springs, abundant wildlife, and a diverse landscape all come together for a vacation your kids will talk about for years to come.  With all the park has to offer, you will want to spend a full week here!  We stayed for ten days and did not run out of great things to do.

Minerva Terrace, Mammoth Hot Springs
the boardwalk at Mammoth Hot Springs
geyser basin
enjoying the drama of an Old Faithful eruption
interactive exhibits at the Visitor Education Center
the next predicted eruption will take place...
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Badlands, South Dakota


I wasn’t prepared for just how incredibly gorgeous it was! I almost think it was cooler than the Grand Canyon (don’t hate me!). We entered the park at the Pinnacles Entrance and headed West on Sage Creek Rim Rd to visit the Prairie Dog Town. It was dirt road the whole way there, so even though it was a short distance, it took awhile to get there. We saw a few prairie dogs popping up out of their holes (apparently they come out more in the evening).

girl running in the open fields at the Badlands
mom and daughter looking out at the Badlands
family trip to the Badlands in South Dakota
guy on a cliff visiting the Badlands National Park
family having a picnic lunch in the Badlands
kids climbing on rocks
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The Grand Canyon: a Grand Experience for the Family


The Grand Canyon is one of those places everyone should see in their lifetime.  When we first visited, our children were too young to hike to the bottom so we planned a return trip this spring with a two-night stay at the Bright Angel Campground at the bottom of the canyon. While the distance may seem overwhelming to a family, we found that good planning and allowing plenty of time made for an experience our kids will never forget. 

the Bright Angel trailhead
along the trail to the bottom
about halfway down and everyone is still having fun!
lunch at our campsite in Bright Angel
photographing plants along the river
a view from the Colorado River, at the canyon floor
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