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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

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

Pros: easy to visit Cons: not really a national park, so don’t visit if you don’t have to Great article about the “park” – Gateway Arch National Park: The Second Newest but does it belong?

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: 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

Pros: amazing landscapes full of colors and changing with the sunlight and seasons, close to other fantastic parks Cons: careful hiking if you not in shape as the park sits 2.4 to 2.7 km above the sea level Official website

Pros: Beautiful canyon that you have to see with your own very eyes as the photos don’t do justice, great drive to the canyon, wildlife Cons: Relatively small park