Over the last few years of glorious adventures, we’ve visited a lot of public lands. While there are (only?) 59 National Parks, there are 417 parks areas including national monuments, preserves and seashores. That doesn’t include land under the Bureau of Land Management or land managed by the Army Corps of Engineers or state parks.
We’re fans of all of it. We don’t really care who manages it.
But this month was the U.S. National Parks system’s 101st birthday. You can read about the history of the National Parks, or check out Ken Burns’ truly fantastic documentary on the subject (but maybe save it for the winter when you’re not as inclined to be outside).
Throughout our adventures on federal public lands we’ve seen some breathtaking things. At least twice I’ve been so overwhelmed by it that I’ve literally cried.
Here are some of our favorite photos of the things we’ve seen. And happy 101st Birthday, NPS — your lands look a lot older, and that’s totally a compliment.