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Week 39: Celebrate the 104th anniversary of the National Park Service by getting outside. 

Take a trip to one of the nation’s more than 400 national park units and skip the entry fee on Aug. 25 in celebration of the Park Service’s 104th anniversary. Not sure where to go? We love Joshua Tree National Park, Acadia National Park, Death Valley National Park and Sequoia National Park, but there are so many to choose from. Before you go, check out tips for how to #recreateresponsibly.  While you’re at the parks, pay special attention to leaving no trace and take a moment to appreciate the natural landscapes. Time outside is shown to help reduce stress and anxiety. Before you go, head over to REI’s Camping Project to find bookable campgrounds by location and discover activities to do in the parks, like hiking, trail-running and more.

Take part: Aug. 23–29, 2020

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I would just add:  Don't forget the National Monuments and similar areas!  While many NMs are relatively small in size and scope, often celebrating memorable history, this is not always the case

Consider Canyon de Chelly MN, one of my favorites, createdto preserve spectacular cliff dwellings and archaeological remains.   Quite extensive in area, it is also part of thee navajo Reservation, with permanent residents within thee canyon, growing crops and herding livestock.  This imparts to de Chelly an atmosphere unlike other parks = much more of a living, breathing landscape.

There are more than 400 different areas within the National Park system. Enjoy as many as you can.  They all have something to offer th visitor.

What is your favorite area?

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My rant continues....

There are many exceptional state parks as well.  Consider Custer State Park in the Black Hills of South Dakota, right next to Wind Cave NP.  it has exceptionally spectacular pinnacles (the Needles), far more interesting than anything on the surface of Wind Cave.

Not far away is Jewel Cave National Monument, which actually is bigger than Wind Cave - more miles of surveyed passage.  It is possible the two might be connected....What then??

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