National Parks Week is an annual celebration of America's incredible network of natural treasures. It was created to raise awareness about the importance of preserving our environment and to encourage people to visit and enjoy these breathtaking landscapes.
This year, LuminAID is joining the celebration by featuring some of our amazing users and their unforgettable adventures with our lanterns in various national parks.
In this article, we'll be expanding on the parks highlighted our Instagram, sharing some cool facts, and inspiring you to plan your next adventure.
National Park 1: Pinnacles
We begin our adventure at Pinnacles National Park, established in 2013 by President Barack Obama. Located in central California, this park is popular for its astonishing rock formations, captivating caves, and diverse wildlife.
Pinnacles offers visitors the unique experience of exploring talus caves and hiking among towering volcanic spires. As you traverse the park's 30 miles of trails, keep an eye out for the endangered California condor, which calls this area home.
National Park 2: Joshua Tree
Our next stop is the enchanting Joshua Tree National Park, established in 1994. Nestled in Southern California, this park lies at the intersection of the Mojave and Colorado deserts, offering a striking variety of plant and animal life.
Famous for its namesake, the Joshua tree, the park covers nearly 800,000 acres and houses over 800 plant species. From stargazing to rock climbing, Joshua Tree has something for every outdoor enthusiast.
National Park 3: North Cascades
We now venture to the Pacific Northwest and the mesmerizing North Cascades National Park. Established in 1968, this park is renowned for its majestic mountain scenery, glaciers, and extensive hiking trails.
North Cascades is home to more than 300 glaciers, the most of any park in the contiguous United States. Within its pristine wilderness, you'll find grizzly bears, gray wolves, and over 200 bird species.
National Park 4: Death Valley
Our journey takes us to the extremes at Death Valley National Park, established in 1994. As the hottest, driest, and lowest national park in the United States, Death Valley features dramatic landscapes, including salt flats and sand dunes.
The park's diverse terrain is home to the elusive desert bighorn sheep and boasts the world's highest recorded temperature of 134°F.
National Park 5: Arches
Our final featured destination is the magnificent Arches National Park, established in 1971. Located in eastern Utah, this park is famous for its striking natural sandstone arches and other unique rock formations.
With over 2,000 documented arches, the park offers visitors an unforgettable landscape to explore, including the famous Delicate Arch and Landscape Arch.
Editor’s National Park Bucket List:
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park, known for its dramatic mountain range, crystal-clear lakes, and abundant wildlife, is a must-visit destination. Established in 1929, this park offers world-class hiking, fishing, and mountaineering opportunities, making it a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts.
Glacier National Park
Established in 1910, Glacier National Park is often referred to as the "Crown of the Continent." This breathtaking park, located in Montana, features over 700 miles of trails, pristine forests, alpine meadows, and more than 130 named lakes.
With receding glaciers as a stark reminder of climate change, visiting Glacier National Park provides a unique opportunity to witness the effects of global warming firsthand and underscores the importance of environmental conservation.
National Parks Week is an essential reminder of the natural beauty our planet has to offer and the importance of preserving these incredible landscapes for future generations. By exploring these national parks, you not only create lifelong memories but also contribute to the parks' preservation through your support and advocacy.
We encourage our LuminAID readers to continue their outdoor adventures and take steps to protect our environment, such as practicing Leave No Trace principles and supporting sustainable tourism.
We invite you to explore more of our outdoor articles for inspiration and tips on making the most of your national park visits. Together, we can make a difference and ensure that the natural wonders of our national parks are preserved for generations to come.
Happy National Parks Week, and let the adventures continue with LuminAID by your side!