Posts Tagged National Parks
Monday’s destination was Great Sand Dunes National Park, one of the few remaining National Parks on our target list. We had another perfectly clear day and an easy, three-hour drive from Colorado Springs to the Park.
We spent all morning and part of the afternoon in the South section of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The terrain was a bit more interesting than the North section and we say countless bison –some very up-close–, wild horses, and prairie dogs.
We spend the morning visiting the North unit of TRNP. It was OK, but not as interesting or as colorful as the South Dakota Badlands. And we saw very few animals.
We arrived in Medora in early afternoon, with enough time for a short visit stop the Theodore Roosevelt National Park South Unit Visitor Center to get our bearings. In addition to countless prairie dogs, we also saw some lovely wild horses.
Many of our friends and family are aware of our quest to visit as many of the U.S. National Parks as we can. We only added four to our list last year but we’re almost half way. Here are the parks we’ve been to so far:
- Arches National Park, Moab UT
- Badlands National Park, Interior SD
- Bryce Canyon National Park, Bryce Canyon UT
- Canyonlands National Park, Moab UT
- Capitol Reef National Park, Torrey UT
- Channel Islands National Park, Ventura CA
- Crater Lake National Park, Crater Lake OR
- Death Valley National Park, Death Valley CA
- Glacier National Park, West Glacier MT
- Grand Canyon National Park, Grand Canyon AZ
- Grand Teton National Park, Moose WY
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg TN
- Haleakala National Park, Makawao HI
- Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Volcanoes NP HI
- Joshua Tree National Park, Twentynine Palms CA
- Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mineral CA
- Mammoth Cave National Park, Mammoth Cave KY
- Mesa Verde National Park, Mesa Verde CO
- Mount Rainier National Park, Longmire WA
- Olympic National Park, Port Angeles WA
- Petrified Forest National Park, Petrified Forest NP AZ
- Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park CO
- Saguaro National Park, Tucson AZ
- Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park, Three Rivers CA
- Wind Cave National Park, Hot Springs SD
- Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone NP WY
- Yosemite National Park, El Portal CA
- Zion National Park, Springdale UT
Trisha’s sister, Lisa, accompanied us on our trek to southern Oregon where we visited Crater Lake, making number 24 of 60 on our list of National Parks we hope to visit. It was a perfect day with temperature around 80 degrees, a slight breeze and beautiful blue skies.