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Pros: fantastic hiking (e.g. Long Peak-Keyhole Route, which is more like a climb; Bear Lake), wildlife, the park is amazing any time of the year Cons: need to adjust to high altitude, be careful with the changing weather conditions The Rocky Pledge (source) “To preserve unimpaired for this and future generations the beauty, history, and wildness therein, I pledge to protect Rocky Mountain National Park.” To prevent fire scars and human-caused fires, I… Read More

Pros: ancient history and archaeological sites, beautiful colors in the autumn Cons: small park

Pros: beautiful sand dunes with magnificent mountains in the background, sand-boarding Cons: enough activities just for a day (night) or two, need to visit in the winter again to e.g. hike Zapata Falls Relevant links: Official Park’s website Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve (Wikipedia) Local adventure with 9 activities to explore

Pros: that pleasant feeling of a place that you know from pictures, but is a hundred times better in real life; best sunrise ever; Bright Angel Trail – on of the best day hikes I have NOT done Cons: you will want to come back, you will not look at other canyon the same way