Reader Participation Day

Reader Participation Day: What Role Should Horses Have In The National Parks

Horses have a long, long history in America. They came to the New World with the Spaniards, and have carried riders ever since. In many national parks horses are icons, seen as both honorable steeds that carry mounted rangers and as work horses that carry both visitors and gear. But they also have impacts on the landscape, and there have been calls to ban them from the parks. But should they be banned?

Reader Participation Day: What Needs Fixing In The National Parks?

What maintenance needs have you seen in your travels about the National Park System? Let's build a list on what needs fixing out there.

Reader Participation Day: What Deviations From National Park Standards Have You Seen?

Elk Bugle Corp VIP in GRSM
Readers Participation Day. The National Park Service has many standards in its interactions with visitors. Have you seen deviations from them? Do they bother you?

Reader Participation Day: How Would You Design A National Park?

If you were given a blank piece of paper, and asked to design a national park, what would you consider to be indispensable?

Reader Participation Day: How Do You Decide Where To Go In The National Park System?

It's winter, the days for much of the country are more conducive to sitting inside than heading outdoors. So you're spending some time planning your summer vacation in the National Park System. How do you decide where to go?

Reader Participation Day: What Is The Most Overrated Unit Of The National Park System?

Is there an overrated unit of the National Park System, one that doesn't quite meet your criteria for being among the properties carrying the tag of national park?

Reader Participation Day: Which National Park System Unit Do You Want To Visit, But Probably Won't?

Which unit of the National Park System would you most like to see...but fear you won't for one reason or another (most likely distance and/or cost)?

Reader Participation Day: Which Is Your Favorite Winter Event/Activity In The National Park System?

Visit Mesa Verde National Park in December and you can experience cliff dwellings by the soft glow of luminarias. Head to Yosemite National Park later in the month and you can feast at The Ahwahnee. But what other winter events are there that interest you?

Reader Participation Day: Has The Reopening Of Parks Revived Your Fall Travel Plans?

Among the many casualties of the recent government shutdown were cancelled plans for visits to National Park Service areas. Now that parks have reopened, do you have plans for a trip that you'd put on hold due to the shutdown? If so, what are your park destinations"

Reader Participation Day: How Will The Temporary Opening Of Several Parks Impact The Shutdown?

Many feel the national parks are being used by both parties as "political pawns" during the government shutdown. If that's the case, is the temporary reopening of several major parks likely to shorten or lengthen the shutdown?

Reader Participation Day: Do You Use A Smartphone App To The National Parks?

Last week we wondered how many folks were using their smartphones as cameras in the national parks. Let's stay with the smartphone theme this week: Do you have a national park app on your phone, and do you use it?

Reader Participation Day: Has Your Cell Phone Replaced Your "Real Camera" For Taking Photos?

The equipment we use to capture photos of our park visits has changed dramatically over the years, and although they aren't likely to replace a "real camera" for serious photographers, the ability of cell phones to capture quality images has made them increasingly popular with many people. Has your phone replaced your camera for your photos, in parks and elsewhere?

Reader Participation Day: What Was Your Best, And Worst, Experience In The National Parks This Summer?

With the bulk of the summer national park vacations having been taken, we want to know what was the best experience you had in the parks, as well as the worst.

Reader Participation Day: What Impacts On The National Parks Have You Noticed From The Budget Sequestration?

In your travels through the National Park System this summer, have you noticed any impacts from the budget sequestration? If so, how did they impact your visit?

Reader Participation Day: Which Road Would You Choose, Going-To-The-Sun, Or Trail Ridge?

There are many incredible drives in the National Park System, but two of the best, at least in the western half of the country, are Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park and Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park. Which is your favorite, and why?

Reader Participation Day: Where's The Best View From A Dining Room In A National Park?

There are restaurants in and near national parks that serve up some mighty fine food, but not all of them offer an outstanding view to go with your meal. What are your choices for the restaurant with the best view in or near a national park?

Reader Participation Day: Which Historic Person Would You Take Hiking In The National Parks?

Which historic person would you take on a hike in a national park?

Reader Participation Day: What Tops Your National Park Bucket List?

If costs and scheduling didn't get in the way, what would be the national park trip that would top your bucket list? Want to float the Colorado through Grand Canyon National Park, or climb Mount McKinley in Denali?

Reader Participation Day: How Would You Promote The National Park System?

How would you market and promote the national parks to build not just overall visitation, but visitation that reflects the country's diversity and various age groups?

Reader Participation Day: Do Dogs And National Parks Mix?

Are dogs a good fit with national parks?

Reader Participation Day: Rate National Park Lodgings

Travel season is here in some parts of the country, and quickly approaching in others. With that in mind, which lodges within the national parks would you gladly return to, and which will you never set foot in again?

Reader Participation Day: Will Expanded Wi-Fi Enhance The National Park Experience?

Will expanded wireless service for cellphones and the Internet enhance your national park experience, or will it clutter it with a technological Disneyification of the parks, one that will detract from, not add to, the national park experience?

Reader Participation Day: Where Is The Best Sunset In The National Park System?

Flat Mountain Arm sunset, Yellowstone National Park, copyright Kurt Repanshek.
So many parks, so many sunsets to revel in. In your travels across the National Park System, where did you come upon the most beautiful sunset of all?

Reader Participation Day: Do You Have Any Park-Related New Year's Resolutions?

We've flipped the calendar pages to another year, and for some people, that means it's time for some New Year's resolutions. Does your list include any items that stir up the travel juices and generates a little bit of excitement in terms of plans—or at least wishes—connected with national parks?

Reader Participation Day: What Would Be Your Park Destination Of Choice For The Holidays?

If you could ask Santa for the chance to spend part of the upcoming holiday season in any national park service area, where would you go—and what would you do?

Reader Participation Day: Which Is Your Favorite Winter's Day Hike In the Parks?

If you are in reach of a unit of the National Park System in the coming months of winter, which hike is a must-do in your opinion?

Reader Participation Day: What Are You Thankful For This Year In Terms Of National Parks?

Our national Thanksgiving holiday has taken on a host of meanings, including gatherings with family and friends, favorite dining delights and Black Friday shopping, but for many of us, it's also still a time to pause at least briefly and count our blessings. In that spirit, is there something connected with our national parks that you're thankful for this year?

Reader Participation Day: Which Movie That Incorporates A National Park Setting Is Your Favorite?

National parks have served as backdrops for countless movies. Death Valley National Park played a role in Star Wars, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, of course, was prominently featured in North by Northwest, and Thelma & Louise drove through parts of Canyonlands National Park. Which movie, with a national park in a cameo role, is your favorite?

Reader Participation Day: Which Is Your Favorite Civil War Park Unit?

Which of the Civil War battlefields preserved by the National Park Service appeals to you most, and why?

Reader Participation Day: How Would You Construct The Perfect National Park Guide?

What do you think should be contained in the perfect national park guidebook?
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