“There is nothing so American as our national parks,” said President Franklin D Roosevelt. And this week we celebrate these American treasures. According to the National Park Service “National Park Week is a time to explore amazing places, discover stories of history and culture, help out, and find your park!” We’re guessing most of you have already found Rocky to be your park, or hopefully just one of your parks. And there are so many ways to appreciate them. Hiking their trails, nose pressed against the car window (as long as you’re not driving) or just cozied up reading and imagining. Here are some ideas on how to celebrate:
With a Spring Hike
Maybe the best way to celebrate National Park Week in Rocky is with a spring hike. And the park won’t be offended if it’s just a little belated, as long as you get out there! Check out our blog on the four best spring hikes to get an idea of what trails may be best. Or just get out there and hike your favorite – be sure to know what to pack and things to expect with our spring hiking guide.
With some Learning
- Inspiration & History - If you can’t make it to bask in the bliss of Rocky Mountain National Park in person, you can at least do some reading and learning! Isabella Bird was an early explorer, and her writings were some of the earliest, and most inspiring, documentations of the exploration of Rocky Mountain National Park and the Estes Park area. Read about seven reasons she should be your new role model, including being an outdoor badass by summiting Longs Peak in a dress, among other feats.
- The Meanings of "Park" - Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Allenspark, Stanley Park, Bond Park, the dog park! There are so many parks around here! Naturally, some confusion arrises. First, Estes Park is not "the Park". Learn all about the many meanings of the word “park" here, so you can keep it all straight.
- Respecting the Land - No matter when you explore Rocky, or any national park, or any outdoor haven really, be sure to know how to take care of the lands. That includes leaving no trace.
Happy National Park Week! No matter how, or when, you celebrate, be sure to take in an extra second to be grateful for this wonderful, All-American idea.