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Published on April 22nd, 2013 | by Pat


It’s National Parks Week!

We’re right in the middle of National Park Week 2013, a week set aside for appreciation of one of the 20th Century’s greatest contributions to American life!  What began as a small nature preserve called Yellowstone National Park, established in 1872, the National Park Service has grown to accomodate over 400 locations around the country.

The National Park Service puts some figures to the fable:

  • 400 National Park sites
  • 84 million acres of breathtaking scenery make up our National Parks system
  • 17,000 miles of trails to be trekked
  • 43,000 miles of shoreline to be strolled
  • 27,000 historic and prehistoric sites to be discovered
  • 100 million museum items to be studied
  • 12,000 campsites to make your weekend getaway

There are lots of ways you can get involved, but I’d say the simplest is to pack up and visit one of our national parks this week. If you visit any day this week, Monday – Friday, admission is FREE!

And before you pack up, be sure to consult these excellent guides to our National Parks, by Wilderness Press.


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is happiest when he's on the move, whether by foot, pedal, or some other form of alternative transportation. Hiking, biking, camping, and rock climbing demand his outdoor attention at all times. Now, as editor and contributor to, they demand his indoor attention, as well.

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