You finally have that road trip, weekend getaway, or day trip planned. The great outdoors awaits — but to truly experience nature’s beauty, try getting off the beaten path. We’re thankful that most parks and forests make it easy to visit their main attractions, mountain views, waterfalls, cool rock formations, unique trees, geysers, and more — usually with a short walk from parking areas. But hike just a half mile further and a whole new perspective emerges. If you can hike even further, all the better. It will open your heart, your mind, allowing you to enjoy, contemplate, and connect with nature. It will change you.
Never hiked before? Not sure of your fitness ability? Or hiking with kids or seniors? We suggest starting on a trail with little or no elevation (under 300-foot) gain, along a riverside, or even a paved walking path. Most park and forest websites describe their trails — and note length and elevation or ask friends for recommendations. We know there are a lot of solo hikers out there, but we suggest always hiking with a buddy. Or join a guided hiking group. And remember, there is no pressure to finish a hike. Feel free to stop, enjoy your picnic and soak in the views before getting to the “end”. Turn around at any time that feels comfortable for you.
Start with slip resistant running shoes, sneakers, or hiking shoes. They don’t have to be expensive, just comfortable. If you’re not steady on your feet, or need to stop often, you may want to consider hiking poles to lean on. Then, just a backpack and reusable water bottle.
CALIFORNIA: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Wildflowers, cacti, desert shrubs and wildlife
CALIFORNIA: Pinnacles National Park
Scrubby brush chaparral and cool rock formations
COLORADO: Red Rocks Amphitheater and Park
Other-worldly red sandstone ledges
FLORIDA: Anne Kolb Nature Center
Oh yes, boardwalks and observation towers count
It’s hard to believe that the holiday season is almost here!
Inspire adventure and make it easy for your loved ones to get outdoors with an America the Beautiful Pass. Or treat yourself.
America the Beautiful National Park Annual Passes are the perfect gift for outdoor lovers, hikers, and budding adventurers, offering 1-year unlimited access to over 2,000 parks managed by the National Park Service (NPS), USDA Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and the Bureau of Reclamation (USBR).
No name is associated with the pass when we ship. The owner signs the back when they receive it, and the pass can have 2 owners. That means it is valid for the two people who sign the back. Each of those 2 people can use it for everyone in one car — whether the other person is there or not. (note you do not have to designate a 2nd owner, it is just an option).
We can ship it to you — or directly to the recipient. We’re happy to include a FREE card with your personal greeting. Simply use our “SEND AS GIFT” button to type your message.
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We’re beyond thrilled to be part of your outdoor adventures. Our very best wishes from our family to yours for a happy and safe holiday season.