Double O Arch, Arches National Park, Utah
Hey everybody! In case you haven’t heard, admission to all National Parks is free this weekend! That also includes National Monuments (like Tent Rocks), National Seashores (Assateague Island), and National Historic Places (Chaco Canyon).
Admission fees to individual parks often run $20 and up and an America the Beautiful year-long pass is $80. I’ve bought a pass every year since college and I always get my money’s worth. This weekend I’ll be checking off one of my never before seen places: Great Sand Dunes National Park in southern Colorado! Stay tuned for a post!
I hope you all get out and see more of the World this weekend! Enjoy!
Mary Caperton Morton is a freelance science and travel writer with degrees in biology and geology and a master’s in science writing. A regular contributor to EARTH magazine, where her favorite beat is the Travels in Geology column, she has also written for the anthologies Best Women's Travel Writing 2010 and Best Travel Writing 2011. Mary is currently based in western Colorado. When she’s not at the computer she can usually be found outside -- hiking, skiing, climbing mountains and taking photographs. Visit her website at www.marycapertonmorton.com.
Hubby and I will be headed there the second weekend in May, a first for us too. Enjoy.
I love that you got your feet into the photo, or someone’s feet. I’m going to see if I can get a photo from the same angle when I visit later this year. Enjoy the sand dunes. I visited last year and the snow-covered mountains in the background provided a great photo contrast to the red dunes.
Yep, those are mine. I have a whole series of these shoe shots. Adds a little personal touch, I think. 😉
I need to go there – beautiful!
Love Your Pics & Comments… You List a Catagory of “New Mexico.” I Know You Travel Arizona, but See No Catagory of Arizona Pics & Visit Comments… Would Love Such a Collection to View…
Never Heard of “Tent Rocks” Before, but Hope to Visit Soon… Thank You for Exposure.
Yeah, I spend winters in New Mexico so I have a lot of NM posts. Here are a few from AZ: AZ Road trip: https://theblondecoyote.com/2012/02/21/grand-canyon-birthday-trek-az-road-trip/. I have a bunch of posts from my Grand Canyon birthday trek: https://theblondecoyote.com/2012/03/09/grand-canyon-day-5-bright-angel-snowstorm/. Monsters of Navajoland: https://theblondecoyote.com/2011/11/30/the-monsters-of-navajoland/. (Not) Montezuma’s Castle: https://theblondecoyote.com/2012/03/22/not-montezumas-castle/. Route 66: https://theblondecoyote.com/2011/11/03/on-the-road-again-las-vegas/. Canyon de Chelly: https://theblondecoyote.com/2012/03/16/trespassing-in-canyon-de-chelly/. Writing on the Wall: Flagstaff: https://theblondecoyote.com/2012/02/23/writing-on-the-wall-flagstaff-az/ and Writing on the Wall: Navajoland: https://theblondecoyote.com/2012/03/13/writing-on-the-wall-navajoland/. Enjoy!
i love relaxing on the trail with you, happy feet have a heathy mind, thanks. MJ
My husband has always wanted to go west and see these places and your photo blog has him all worked up about it again! He is glad I am following your blog because he will be poring over your pictures and checking back regularly, I know.
That’s great! I love hearing my blog is tickling the travel itch. 🙂
Just a beautiful place. Wish I could be there. Alas, I missed the free parks weekend as I was hiking on the Appalachian Trail. Still fun though!
Awesome! I love and miss the AT. 🙂
Love this post! Wish I was near. Have fun.
You will absolutely love the Great Sand Dunes. One of my favorite places ever.
That’s what I call a nice week-end ! Thanks for sharing,