On March 1, 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant signed the Yellowstone National Park Protection Act into law. The world’s first national park was born. Today, over 84 million acres of land in 392 national parks across the country are protected and ready for us to explore. Along with mountains, hills, prairies, waterways and forests, the National Park Service also manages certain historic buildings and monuments. The National Parks land is home to over 400 endangered species, since they protect the land from development it serves as a natural habitat.
Camping in the National Parks is a goal for many travel trailer owners, backpackers and outdoor adventurers. The stunning landscape, wildlife, star filled night skies and miles and miles of hiking trails draw over 331 million visitors every year. However, the prep that is involved can be daunting like boon docking, trailer length restrictions, bear proof food storage and how about not having cell reception?
Planning is Everything
When you plan your adventure to any of the National Park locations the most important piece of advice I can pass on to you is to visit the NP service website. Every park has a dedicated site with up-to-date road, weather and campground information. There are tools to help you plan, book and enjoy every moment you spend in the great outdoors.
One of the best places to start is here in the News & Events Section. This tab helps you know what National Parks are taking reservations, what the fees are, where restrictions are, if campfires are permitted, and so much more. I learned a lot from this section when we were camping in the Great Smoky Mountains last summer.
You can explore the diverse fore country camping and the rugged wilderness and backcountry camping through this link. The safety steps they have outlined for you are easy to understand and with quite a lot of helpful hints, you can follow this link to find out more.
From all the tools and rules you will need to follow with cooking in the NP, this link gives fantastic advice and helps you understand what it takes to prepare meals in the outdoors. Now what if you are camping with children? I know when I have camped in Yellowstone there were some very helpful rules I could share with my children; the link is here for you.
Enjoy every bit of our National Park System, help share your adventures here on Girl Camper website in the comments and in our Facebook Group. Going places, doing things.