National Parks

Utah Wanted All the Tourists. Then It Got Them.

As red-rock meccas like Moab, Zion, and Arches become overrun with visitors, our writer wonders if Utah's celebrated Mighty Five ad campaign worked too well—and who gets to decide when a destination is "at capacity."

Mark Sundeen
Jan 29, 2020

The Ultimate Zion National Park Travel Guide

Of Utah's five national parks, Zion stands out for its geological wonders, a place where water and sand meet to form arguably the most dramatic landscape in the country. Here's our primer on how to see it all, from big hits like Zion Canyon and the Narrows to the gems many visitors overlook.

Shawnté Salabert
Dec 19, 2019

The Ultimate Death Valley National Park Travel Guide

This central California park is one of the hottest, driest, and lowest places in the country. It's also one of the most beautiful—a place where sculptural canyons, undulating sand dunes, abundant wildlife, and a luminous sky abound.

Shawnté Salabert
Nov 6, 2019

The Ultimate Yellowstone National Park Travel Guide

It isn't just the astounding geological wonders that give our country's first national park its allure, from 500 geysers that erupt up to 400 feet into the air to deep glacier-carved valleys and fossil forests. The vibrant megafauna and endless backcountry terrain make it one of the wildest areas in the country. And if you know where to go, you can avoid the crowds.

Frederick Reimers
Nov 4, 2019

The Ultimate Joshua Tree National Park Travel Guide

Those iconic bulbous boulders, lucid skies, and namesake trees are mere backdrops to a Californian desert playground filled with jaw-dropping vistas, dynamic hiking trails, and that famous grippy rock. Here's everything you need to know to explore it.

Shawnté Salabert
Oct 28, 2019

The Ultimate Great Smoky Mountains Travel Guide

Despite being one of the most popular destinations in the U.S., the Smokies make it easy to plan a last-minute trip and avoid crowds year-round. Here's our definitive guide on what to know before you go, how to make the most of all the park has to offer, and can't-miss experiences in every season.

Neil Norman
Oct 8, 2019

Calm Down About ATVs in Utah's National Parks

The NPS announced last week that it would begin allowing ATVs to drive on roads in Utah’s parks. The move is intended to bring NPS regulations in the state’s parks in line with state law.

Wes Siler
Oct 2, 2019