Reader Participation Day: Which Park has the Most Scenic Picnic Area?
Picnicking is a popular activity in parks across the country, and there are plenty of great spots to enjoy a meal with a view. Which picnic area gets your vote for the most scenic in the National Park System?
I'll be the first to admit that "scenic" is mighty subjective, and it's also hard to compare sites in different kinds of terrain. The views in desert areas, for example, are obviously quite different from those in a mountains park, on a seashore or lakeshore, or an inland meadow. Since that's the case, feel free to suggest sites in different settings.
Finally, it's possible to have an impromptu picnic almost anywhere, so let's limit the suggestions to "official" picnic areas in a National Park Service site, which we'll define as a spot with a permanently installed picnic table.
You're welcome to include a photo if you have one, but try to keep them under 500kb in size.
I'll start the discussion with a candidate for a desert location from Saguaro National Park, the Ez-Kim-in-Zin Picnic Area. It's located in the park's Tucson Mountain District on the west side of Tucson, and reached via the unpaved Golden Gate Road. In addition to great views of the mountains and signature Saguaro and other desert fauna, the site has some classic stone picnic shelters from the CCC era.
So, what are your choices for the best BYOL ("Bring Your Own Lunch") alfresco dining spots in a park?