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Little Known National Parks

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by teletimetx, Jan 26, 2021.

  1. BorderRadio

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    I'm a bit surprised people don't know what's in their own backyards. Well, ok not really :)

    I have no recommendations either, because, what's the old sayin around here....stay ....off...my lawn? Huh, feels weird to finally say it. Feels kinda good!
     
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    Big Bend NP has some absolutely breathtaking sights.

    I've actually considered buying land out there I like it so much.

    I also heard at some point it is one of the least visited parks, but I'm not sure I believe that as during the winter it is booked solid.
     
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    It really is a treasure. I go there annually to fish the streams in the park and I’m always Pleasantly surprised that I’m able to find plenty of solitude. Such a contrast to the crowded Colorado parks.
     
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    I worked at Casa Grande for NPS and have been an archaeologist in the SW and Great Basin for 35 years. We spend a lot of time in the backcountry and I have come to prefer that to crowds, traffic, and gift shops. NPS/FS/BLM signage is also wildly out of date regarding advances in research and it's a little annoying that it's stuck sometime in the 1980s.
     
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    Going to Big Bend in May is absolutely stunning when all the cactus are flowering.

    I also like Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. Done it several times as well as the escorted tour of Slaughter Canyon Cave nearby. Watching the bats leave at night is amazing.
     
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    Much thanks to Nick Rahall for his protection of the New and Gauley river gorges. Today's park, wouldn't happen without the help of so many, decades ago now.

    I'm kinda jealous that the New has earned full Park status while our little brainchild, Little River Canyon, is still at Preserve status, but it keeps the NE corner of Alabama almost as quiet as ever. But they're both super places for high end whitewater kayaking:

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    Over the past 5 summers the wife, kids, and I have hit pretty much every National Park and National Monument in the lower 48, and several in Alaska. They are ALL breathtaking, and many of the greatest memories of my life will be time spent in these amazing places.

    Last summer we spent several days on an old religious cult compound just outside of Wrangle St. Elias National Park in Alaska- the largest National Park (about 6 times the size of Yellowstone). It is in the middle of NOWHERE! If you ever get the chance, it is a must-visit!

    The term breathtaking is over-used, but it fits for this park.

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    Lived almost across the road from the 'turn in for it' for years...
     
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    Gram Parsons died at a hotel there.:(
     
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    Great basin natl park...Baker,Nevada.
     
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    Capitol Reef gets overlooked, as does Canyonlands. Arches, Bryce, and Zion get most of the attention, as the southern Utah parks go. Capitol Reef was my favorite of them all, but pretty much neck and neck with Zion. In hot and dry weather, Zion is the best. In wetter times, Canyonlands is. Arches is a huge bore, and Bryce is only OK, IMO. Canyonlands is cool.

    All that being said, my favorite part of southern Utah is the area roughly in between the towns of Boulder and Escalante, UT, on state highway 12, which contains the Calf Creek Recreation Area. Most unreal landscape I've ever seen. Looks like another planet...but with water and greenery.

    Both Big Bend parks (state and national) are gorgeous.
     
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    They burned his body at the Power Rocks...
     
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    I think Pinnacles is the closest NP. to my parents' place.

    What I hear though, from so many, is their complaint that CA 25 is disrupted - if you wanna pass through, you've got to leave the car behind.

    The secret, I thought, was arriving early enough to get in some hiking before the heat got too intense.
     
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    where we spent Y2K's eve and the days surrounding. Great place.

    Here we all are, giving away our secrets.
     
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    Ah the ancient ones, been to it four times, but live in the state. Still waiting for them to fix the road, 50 years later, same road:cry:
     
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    New River was awesome. We took a detour on a road trip to go see the bridge and on the way back decided to take the "scenic route" along the river to Charleston because Google said it would take the same amount of time. WRONG. But it was still great, it had rained recently and there were roadside waterfalls everywhere. This one also featured about a dozen butterflies frolicking. Peaceful scene. Charleston also offered the best ice cream at Ellen's downtown.

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    I loved the Utah landscape but agree with EsquireOK that Arches is nothing-happening. If you're in that area, go to the Needles Overlook! I would post a picture but it would do no justice and nothing can really prepare you for it.
     
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    I will never tire of Arches. Except for the crowds, of course. But to me it’s part of the main early 20th century national park and monument movement. Every bit as classic as Devil’s Tower, Monument Valley, Zion’s, Yellowstone, etc... So it also scratches my western history itch. Some people have a generational connection to, say, Disneyland. For me it’s places like Arches.

    But I’m so with you there with Escalante/GSC and surrounding area. Canyonlands, too. Calf Creek area is awesome. Got lost in a canyon close to there in 2000. Barely found our way back to the car at nightfall. Just incredibly beautiful, rugged, and unforgiving country in rural Southern Utah.

    Gonna stop here before I start waxing political. I just love, LOVE, Utah National Parks and Monuments. They can take pry them from my cold, dead, uh, feet.
     
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    Yeah, the Black Mesa campsite is lack luster, not even really that near Black Mesa. But the Mesa hike is well worth it, if one is anywhere close to the area. Of course, there is not much reason to be close to that area. :lol:

    And yes, lots of better places, but this thread was about lesser know parks. So I'd say it fits that bill fine.

    And it is the Witchita Wildlife Refuge, another park I listed in the same thread. We lived in Lawton for a while and spent a lot of time out there.
     
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  20. Whatizitman

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    Dead Horse Point SP is right there, too. Lots to see all over Moab area. I’ll see if I can dig up pics from my last trip. Man, I’m dying for a big road trip. 2020 has been hell not being able to go anywhere.

    EDIT: Dead Horse Point.
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