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Little Known National Parks

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  1. stormsedge

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    Many of the parks have accommodations if you book far enough in advance. We stayed overnight at Mesa Verde.
     
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    My wife and I drive out every year for spring break. Of course last year didn't happen and looking like this year won't either. Bummer.
     
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    Right. But national parks and monuments are not always about getting away from people. In any case, you have Casa Grande in your backyard. I have friends and family in PHX/Mesa that didn’t even know this existed before I visited and took them there. It’s absolutely incredible.

    https://www.nps.gov/cagr/index.htm
     
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    About any of em here in Oklahoma are probably not well known.

    I can recommend these.

    Black Mesa
    https://www.travelok.com/state-parks/black-mesa-state-park-nature-preserve

    Black Mesa is where we go for our dark sky site Star Parties.

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    Witchita Wildlife Refuge
    https://www.travelok.com/article_page/southwest-sojourn-road-trip-to-meers-and-wichita-mountains

    Chickasaw National Recreation Area
    https://www.travelok.com/listings/view.profile/id.1349


    I was really blown away by the William B Umstead park in Raleigh NC.

    https://www.ncparks.gov/william-b-umstead-state-park/home

    Lots of great trails in the park.

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    Obed National Wild & Scenic River Tennessee
    Put in Bay Lake Erie Ohio
     
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    We actually used the National Forests like crazy, for decades, not the Nat'l Parks. Why? My dogs are not allowed on hardly any of the trails in the Nat'l Parks.

    By 2019, my Daisy pup was ailing and couldn't walk far, and so we totally indulged ourselves with Yellowstone, Rocky Mountain, Olympia and Glacier and so on. 3 trips, that year.

    Why, walking out the door at The Cabin, within a little over a half mile we are well into some Nat'l Forest lands in North Carolina. Not wilderness, and not big enough to seek designation, but pretty wild and quiet. A perfect fit, for 2020 and so far this year.
     
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    New River Gorge National River here in WV just got upgraded to national park.

    https://www.nps.gov/neri/index.htm

    There are several NPs that are not unknown, but have fewer crowds due to being remote.

    Big Bend in TX is amazing. Canyonlands in Utah is fairly desolate, despite being next door to Moab, Arches, Natural Bridges. Bears Ears and Escalante are also empty, despite being in the news.

    I’ve been in or near all of those. But I’ve never been to Dry Tortugas. It’s one of the most remote in the US. It’s top of my bucket list.

    https://www.nps.gov/drto/index.htm
     
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    Another good one in NM is Abo ruins in the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, near Mountainair.
    They’re mission ruins that are somewhat preserved to the point where it’s possible to make out what it must’ve looked like at one time. There are also interpretive signs along the walk.
    https://www.nps.gov/sapu/learn/historyculture/abo.htm
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    I grew up in Oklahoma near the Chickasaw National Recreation area. Back in the 60s it was our nation's smallest National Park. Later on it's status as a National Park was removed.
     
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    I think it used to be Sulphur National Park, after the mineral springs there. Then the name changed to Chickasaw National Recreation Area some time later. I dunno about the National Park status. But the area is as nice as ever ... a casino there helps bring in folks and money.
     
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    Never been but I've seen and read some very moving though dismal documentaries.
     
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    Why yes it is! :cool:


    Our newest National Park... I really want to go visit it soon, I hear it is beautiful, and I love West Virginia, the one time I got to visit the state while on an epic motorcycle trip.
     
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    Yeah, this is a huge rectangular block of habitat, that's been "out of circulation" for generations. Not all trampled from decades of overuse. Large numbers of elk - drive at night only if you must on nearby roads.
     
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    Black Mesa is very cool. I was there more than a few times in my Oklahoma years. Chickasaw NR Area is beautiful, too.
     
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    For years, this was our approach. I recommend this book "Beyond The National Parks - a review of BLM lands" or some words to that effect. Redrock orange, plus sky blue on the cover - available used for five dollars or so.

    State Parks are often great for their available showers. Somehow, National Parks are not well populated with showers - lots of smelly tourists, all bunched together. No, thx.

    Also, look for Army Corps of Engineers reservoir/recreation sites. They have short seasons, but they almost always have showers.

    Ya'll are saying all these nice things about Black Mesa. It was OK; the birdwatching was good. But I would never destination camp/recreate here. Something like Guadalupe Mountains National Park is way cooler (and in summer, high elevation for comfortable camping is nice). Otherwise, keep going until you are well into the mountains of NM or CO. If I was choosing a nice place to camp and do stuff in OK, I'd suggest the Washita NWR area, near Lawton I think it is.
     
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