New Book! National Parks of the World in 500 Hikes

Next month, I’ll turn 40 and I cannot think of a better birthday present than my second book being born into this world! The World’s Best National Parks in 500 Walks, published by Simon and Schuster as part of the “500 Walks” series, is currently available for pre-order thru all major retailers!

Telescope Peak overlooking Badwater Basin in Death Valley, one of 500 hikes in 283 National Parks all over the world!

Millions of people visit national parks each year to explore the great outdoors, see wild animals in their natural habitats and revel in the spectacular grandeur of Mother Nature. Intrepid travelers could spend a lifetime visiting national parks and still only see a fraction of the planet’s highlights. The World’s Best National Parks in 500 Walks is the perfect inspirational resource for every explorer, from the armchair traveler to the veteran hiker, with full color photos and vivid descriptions of some of the world’s most beautiful hiking trails. 

Descending from Cloud’s Rest in Yosemite National Park

The book begins where national parks began: in North America, and then moves across the western hemisphere to Central and South America before skipping across the Atlantic Ocean to Europe and Africa, then Asia and Oceania.

Where lava meets the sea in Iceland’s
Snæfellsjökull National Park

The 500 hikes are spread out among 336 national parks. Some parks are represented by multiple hikes of varying intensities, ranging from short and sweet scenic strolls to half day hikes to multi-day backpacking trips into remote wilderness. Reasonably fit people can hike around two miles an hour but steep elevation gains and frequent photo breaks can slow the pace. Which hikes you choose in this book and how far you go will depend on your level of fitness and experience. 

Backpackers dodging bison in Yellowstone National Park

I started hiking in college, when I adopted a young, hyperactive border collie mix and realized that both of us greatly benefitted from daily walks. Over the next 15 years, those walks evolved into hikes, backpacking trips and mountaineering expeditions. I’ve hiked most of the North American trails in this book and a few of the international hikes as well. I average 25 trail miles a week or 100 miles a month. At this rate, I’ll walk enough miles to circle the Earth before I turn 40. 

On top of Mount Whitney, the highest point in the lower 48

Whether you’re looking for an easy stroll on a boardwalk to peer into the turquoise geothermal depths of Yellowstone’s Abyss Pool or to embark on a multi-day trek through prime grizzly bear habitat, The World’s Best National Parks in 500 Walks is sure to inspire you to lace up your hiking boots and see more of the world—and maybe even circle the globe—on your own two feet.

Click here to order signed copies of my first book, Aerial Geology. I’m hoping to offer signed copies of this one as well, but I do not yet have any inventory. I’ll post a link when I do! Cheers and thank you all for your years of support!

About theblondecoyote

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
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4 Responses to New Book! National Parks of the World in 500 Hikes

  1. AdventuresUnleashed! says:

    As much as I hate to wait, I’m going to wait to get an autographed copy! Looks amazing!

    • Thank you! I’m hoping to have some in stock in March to sell. Right now I only have one copy and I’m keeping it! 🙂 I’ll write a post when they’re available.

  2. Jim Noon says:

    I will be on the look out for your book at my local Barnes and Noble. Do you care if I post the title of your book and where they can purchase it at on my Airstream forum? I believe that the RV travelers would love it.

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