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Pros: small cave tours, fat man’s misery point, knowledgeable park rangers Cons: small park with not too many activities around

Pros: Ribs at McClard’s – Bill Clinton’s favorite place, old school spa ‘experience’ Cons: not really a national park

Pros: iconic trees, desert wildlife, rock piles and boulders Cons: watch where you step and don’t touch cactus Resources: The Ultimate Joshua Tree National Park Travel Guide (Outside Online) Official website

Pros: Guadalupe peak trail – highest peak in Teas, El Capitan during sunset, opportunity to visit White Sands National Monument on the same trip Cons: can get very windy on top More resources: Official website Official map (pdf)

Pros: great camping and hiking, wildlife (black bears), the natural fog that often hangs over the mountains Cons: hungry wildlife (black bears), you need to hide your food well

Great Basin National Park

Pros: amazing hiking among one of the oldest trees on the planet (Bristlecone pine), Lehman Caves (cave bacon & popcorn, soda straws…) surprising colors in the autumn Cons: long drive to the park Overall, it’s a definitely one of the most amazing parks in the US. A place that we want to come back and explore more. Important links: Map of the park Top attractions by Tripadvisor Check out this great guide… Read More

Pros: stunning sunset (e.g. Artist’s Palette), many places of interest Cons: gets hot and nowhere to hide

Pros: opportunities to spot amazing wildlife, each island is different, lots of hiking options Cons: need islands’ flora to regenerate to pre-industrial age as virtually no trees anymore

Pros: Feels like ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth‘, bats and guano extraction Cons: enough activities only for a day

Pros: Mesa Arch, 4×4 100-mile White Rim Road Trail, Dead Horse Point State Park nearby not to be missed Cons: No trees=no cover from the scorching sun