I don’t know about you guys, but this is a pretty exciting day, and even more exciting weekend ahead! Today marks the NPS’s (National Parks Service’s) 100 YEAR BIRTHDAY! What an amazing job they have done in protecting the places we all love most.
A Little History Lesson
On August 25th 1916 President Woodrow signed The Act of March 1, 1872 which created the National Parks Service. This act started with Yellowstone National Park when congress established it as a “public park or pleasuring-ground for the benefit and enjoyment of the people” and placed it “under exclusive control of the Secretary of the Interior.” This movement sparked one of the most important environmental movements to date. The national park movement began and today more than 100 NATIONS contain 1,200 national parks or alike preserved areas. Once the National Parks Service was established on this very day 100 years ago, the department was made responsible for protecting and preserving 35 national parks and monuments.
Why Do We Need NPS?
I mean… In my opinion people can be pretty careless, especially when it comes to our land and environment. The NPS helps to preserve some of the most stunning, fragile, sometimes dangerous and amazing places in the world! Without them there could be a potential chance of these parks getting destroyed by carelessness. Littering, fires, development and more are all being avoided by having the National Parks Service there to keep these lovely places preserved for our enjoyment. They help keep the parks clean and the people safe.
So in honor of the National Parks Service’s 100th Birthday, starting today August 25th – August 28th at all the National Parks there will be a FEE FREE ENTRANCE. So get out there and enjoy this beautiful land!
“The National Park Service turns 100 years old in 2016 and we want everyone to join the party! On 16 days in ’16, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone.” – https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks.htm
Have you ever wondered what it’s like hiking in Bryce? What to expect? What the trails and the traffic is like? Well this video of Bryce does an excellent job of showing you exactly what to expect when planning a hiking trip to Bryce Canyon.
Hiking in Bryce
The National Park Service has done an incredible job of developing Bryce Canyon’s hiking trails. That is one of the first things you’ll notice from this video. From well groomed trails to the stone staircases, you’re in good hands when you go hiking here.
Some come to Bryce and merely look over the edge and get some photos from the various lookouts. And then so often they claim they’ve now experienced Bryce. But for those who have gone off the beaten path and walked down into her depths know how much they miss out on.
Hiking in Bryce is truly a treasure. You’ll see things and experience the canyon in ways that just can’t be replicated from the top, from a picture, or even from someone else’s video of it. You just have to do it. You have to go down that trail and see for yourself all that there is to offer in this amazing park.
Hiking Trails in Bryce
There are so many trails to choose between that it’s hard to narrow it down. But safe to say that the most popular, and also one of our favorites is the Navajo Loop trail. This is the one showcases on this video with the switchbacks. This is also the trail that will take you to the bottom of the canyon.
Once there you’ll be able to look up at Bryce, look up at her Hoodoos and be inspired by what you see. So there you have it, that’s what it’s like to hike in Bryce.