United States National and State Parks

My parents and sister got me interested in national and state parks at a young age, and I cannot get enough of them.  I have been shooting pictures at parks since I received my first SLR in 1985.  I drive my wife and kids crazy with the photos I am always taking when we go on vacation.  Nikon FE2 SLR: 1985 to 2008, Nikon N2000 SLR: 1988 to 2008, Various point and shoot digital cameras : 2000 - present, Nikon D80 DSLR : 2008 - present, Nikon D7100 DSLR: 2014 - present, Nikon L840: 2016 - present.


Grand Canyon April 2001

Grand Canyon March 2008


Grand Canyon August 2011


Grand Canyon September 2013


Grand Canyon March 2017

America Summer 2009


Arches September 2010


America Summer 2012


Arches January 2014


Grand Staircase 2014 - 2016


Chiricahua & Ft Bowie


Castle Dome Peak


Utah October 2015


Utah September 2016


Utah & Wyoming June 2017


Utah & Arizona Summer 2018


Appalachians



Mammoth Cave
Carlsbad Caverns
Cathedral Caverns

Pre-Digital Camera



Desert Parks




Move your mouse over the map to see the locations of the national and state parks on the list below.  I have visited all of these parks.

Alcatraz Island, California
- August 2012 - America Summer 2012

Andersonville National Historic Site, Georgia
- April 2012 - America Summer 2012

Antelope Island State Park, Utah
- Fall 2011

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California
- June 2015 - "The Slot" - driving-hiking-aerial video
- August 2016 - "The Slot" - driving-hiking video,
aerial video

Appomattox Court House National Historic Park, Virginia
- May 2016

Arches National Park, Utah
- September 2010 - Arches September 2016, aerial photos
- March 2012 - America Summer 2012
- November 2012 - America Summer 2012
- January 2014 - Arches January 2014,
GoPro video Delicate Arch, GoPro video Devil's Garden
- September 2016 - Utah September 2016
- June 2017 - Utah & Wyoming June 2017 (Chris, Tami)
- May 2018 - Utah & Arizona Summer 2018 (Chris, Nathan)

Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland & Virginia
- 1967 - 1978, many visits when living in Virginia (Chris, mom, dad)
- 1998 - 2000, many visits when living in Maryland (Chris, Tami, Alex, Eli, Nathan)

Badlands National Park, South Dakota
- Summer 1985 (Chris, mom, dad)
- August 2009 - America Summer 2009  (Chris, Tami, Nathan)

Big South Fork National Recreation Area, Kentucky and Tennessee
- April 2012 - America Summer 2012  (Chris, Karen, Doug)

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, Colorado
- Summer 1987 (Chris, mom, dad)

Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia
- July 2002 - (Chris, Tami, Nathan)
- August 2014 - (Chris, Tami) - Appalachians web page

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
- Summer 1985 (Chris, mom, dad)
- October 2012 - America Summer 2012
February 2015 - Grand Staircase 2014-2016
- August 2016 - Grand Staircase 2014-2016
- June 2017 - Utah & Wyoming June 2017 (Chris, Tami)
- May & June 2018 - Utah & Arizona Summer 2018 (Chris, Nathan)

Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona
- October 2012 - America Summer 2012

Canyonlands National Park, Utah
- March 2012 - America Summer 2012 - Islands In The Sky District
- November 2012 - America Summer 2012 - Needles District
- January 2014 - Arches January 2014 - Islands In The Sky District
- June 2017 - Utah & Wyoming June 2017 (Chris, Tami)
- May 2018 - Utah & Arizona Summer 2018 (Chris, Nathan)

Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina
- 1967 - 1978, while living in Virginia, (Chris, mom, dad)

Canaveral National Seashore, Florida
- 1978 - 1985, while living in Florida, (Chris, mom, dad)

Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
- Summer 1985 (Chris, mom, dad)
- October 2012 - America Summer 2012 - Fruita, Fremont River
February 2015 - Grand Staircase 2014 - 2016 - Waterpocket Fold
- August 2016 - Grand Staircase 2014 - 2016 - view from Lion Mountain
- June 2017 - Utah & Wyoming June 2017 (Chris, Tami)
- May & June 2018 - Utah & Arizona Summer 2018 (Chris, Nathan)

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico
- Summer 1987 (Chris, mom, dad)
- June 2009 - Caves - America Summer 2009
- July 2012 - Caves - America Summer 2012

Cathedral Caverns State Park, Alabama
- July 2012 - Caves - America Summer 2012
- November 2013 - Caves

Catoctin Mountain Park, Maryland
- Spring 2009 - (Chris, Nathan)

Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah
June 2014 - Grand Staircase 2014 - 2016
- June 2018 - Utah & Arizona Summer 2018

Cherohala Scenic Byway, Cherokee and Natanhala National Forests, Tennessee and North Carolina
- September 2005 - (Chris, mom) - aerial photos @ RCGroups

Chicamauga National Military Park, Point Park, Lookout Mountain, Tennessee
- Many visits, 2005 - 2014

Chiricahua National Monument, Arizona
- February, April, July 2004 & June 2005 & March 2006 & July, August 2008  - ground & aerial photos 
- June 2005 - aerial photos @ RCGroups
- March 2006 - aerial photos @ RCGroups
- July 2009 - America Summer 2009 (Chris, Nathan) - aerial photos @ RCGroups
- July 2012 - America Summer 2012

Claytor Lake State Park, Virginia
- May 2012 - America Summer 2012

Cloudland Canyon State Park, Georgia
- May 2013 - Appalachians (Chris, Karen, Doug)

Colorado National Monument, Colorado
- Summer 1987 (Chris, mom, dad)
- November 2012 - America Summer 2012
- May 2018 - Utah & Arizona Summer 2018 (Chris, Nathan)

Coopers Rock State Forest, West Virginia
- May, June, August, October 2000 - Appalachians
- August 2004, April 2006, August 2008 - Appalachians
- April 2012 - America Summer 2012
- July 2014 - Appalachians

Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, Utah
- October 2015 - Utah October 2015 web page, GoPro aerial video

Coronado National Memorial, Arizona
- April 2004, June 2005 - aerial photos @ RCGroups
- March 2006, August 2008, December 2008
- July 2009 - America Summer 2009 (Chris, Nathan) - aerial photos @ RCGroups

Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
- Summer 1987 (Chris, mom, dad)
- August 2012  - America Summer 2012 (Chris, Tami, Alex, Eli, Nathan)

Everglades National Park, Florida
- 1978 - 1985, while living in Florida, (Chris, mom, dad)

Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah
- June 2017 - Utah & Wyoming June 2017 (Chris, Tami)
- May 2018 - Utah & Arizona Summer 2018 (Chris, Nathan)

Death Valley National Park, California
- Summer 1994 (Chris, Tami, Alex, Eli)
- April 2001 - Grand Canyon April 2001
- July 2009 - America Summer 2009 (Chris, Tami, Nathan)
- August 2012 - America Summer 2012 (Chris, Tami, Eli, Nathan)

Devils Tower National Monument, Wyoming
- Summer 1985 (Chris, mom, dad)
- August 2009 - America Summer 2009 (Chris, Tami, Nathan) - aerial photos

Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado & Utah
- Summer 1987 (Chris, mom, dad)
- October 2015, Dinosaur Quarry, Canyons - Echo Park

Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, Utah & Wyoming
- October 2015 - Utah October 2015

Four Corners Monument, Navajo Nation, Arizona-New Mexico-Utah-Colorado
- Summer 1985 (Chris, mom, dad)
- Summer 1987 (Chris, mom, dad)
- August 2012 - America Summer 2012 (Chris, Tami, Eli, Nathan)

Ft Bowie National Historic Site, Arizona
- June 2005 & August 2008 - ground and aerial photos

Garden Of The Gods, Colorado
- Many visits, 1985 - 1989 (Chris, mom, dad)
- December 2013

Gateway Arch National Park, Missouri
- Summer 1987 (Chris, mom, dad)
- Summer 1996 (Chris, Tami, Eli)
- May 2018 - Utah & Arizona Summer 2018 (Chris, Nathan) 

Gauley River National Recreation Area, West Virginia
- September 2015

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah
- Summer 1985 (Chris, mom, dad)
-
October 2012 - America Summer 2012
February 2015 - Grand Staircase 2014 - 2016
- August 2016 - Grand Staircase 2014 - 2016
- June 2018 - Utah & Arizona Summer 2018

Goblin Valley State Park, Utah
- October 2012 - America Summer 2012
- June 2017 - Utah & Wyoming June 2017 (Chris, Tami)
- May 2018 - Utah & Arizona Summer 2018 (Chris, Nathan)

Golden Spike National Historic Site, Utah
- October 2015 - Utah October 2015

Goosenecks State Park, Utah
February 2015 - Grand Staircase 2014 - 2016

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Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

14 visits and counting. I have been to the bottom of the Grand Canyon 9 times so far.

1985 - June, South Rim (Chris, mom & dad)
Rim : South Rim Village to East Rim / Watchtower, West Rim to Hermit's Rest
1. Mule ride down the Bright Angel Trail to Phantom Ranch, overnight in cabin
2. Mule ride up the South Kaibab Trail to South Rim, Yaki Point

1988 - Spring Break, South Rim (Chris, mom & dad)
Rim : South Rim Village to East Rim / Watchtower
1. Hike down the South Kaibab Trail from Yaki Point to Phantom Ranch, overnight in dorm
2. Hike up the Bright Angel Trail to South Rim Village

1994 - Summer, South Rim (Chris, Jason)
Rim :  South Rim Village to East Rim / Watchtower, Camp in South Rim village campground
1. Hike down the South Kaibab Trail from Yaki Point to Tonto Plateau,
    Hike across the Tonto Plateau west to Indian Garden Campground, camp
2. Hike down the Bright Angel Trail to Phantom Ranch, camp at Bright Angel Campground
3. Hike up the Bright Angel Trail to South Rim Village

1995 - Summer, South Rim (Chris, Tami, Alex)
Rim : South Rim Village, West Rim Drive

1996 - February, South Rim (group from work)
Rim : South Rim Village, West Rim to Hermit's Rest
1. Hike down the South Kaibab Trail from Yaki Point to Phantom Ranch, camp at Bright Angel Campground
2. Hike up the Bright Angel Trail to Indian Garden Campground, camp, Plateau Point for sunset
3. Hike up the Bright Angel Trail to South Rim Village

1997 - Summer, North Rim (Chris, Tami, Alex, Eli, Nathan)
Rim : North Rim Lodge, Bright Angle Point, Point Imperial

2001 - April, South Rim (Chris)
Rim : South Rim Village to East Rim / Watchtower
1. Hike down the South Kaibab Trail from Yaki Point to Phantom Ranch, camp at Bright Angel Campground
2. Hike up the Bright Angel Trail to Indian Garden Campground, camp, Plateau Point for sunset
3. Hike up the Bright Angel Trail to South Rim Village

2008 - March, South Rim (Chris, Eli)
- aerial photos on web page , aerial photos @ RCGroups
Rim : South Rim Village to East Rim / Watchtower
1. Hike down the South Kaibab Trail from Yaki Point to Phantom Ranch, camp at Bright Angel Campground
2. Hike up the Bright Angel Trail to Indian Garden Campground, camp, Plateau Point for sunset
3. Hike up the Bright Angel Trail to South Rim Village

2009 - July, South Rim - America Summer 2009 (Chris, Tami, Nathan)
Rim : South Rim Village to Grandview Point
 
2011 - August, South Rim (Chris)
Rim : South Rim Village to Grandview Point
1. Hike down the South Kaibab Trail from Yaki Point to Phantom Ranch, camp at Bright Angel Campground
2. Hike up the Bright Angel Trail to Indian Garden Campground, camp, Plateau Point for sunset
3. Hike up the Bright Angel Trail to South Rim Village

2013 - September, North Rim and South Rim (Chris)
Rim : South Rim Village to East Rim / Watchtower to North Rim via Lee's Ferry and Jacob Lake
Rim : North Rim Lodge, Bright Angel Point, Point Imperial, Cape Royal Road
1. Hike down the North Kaibab Trail to Cottonwood Campground, camp
2. Hike down the North Kaibab Trail to Phantom Ranch, visit Ribbon Falls, camp at Bright Angel Campground
3. Hike up the Bright Angel Trail to Indian Garden Campground, camp, Plateau Point for sunset
4. Hike up the Bright Angel Trail to South Rim Village,
    Trans-canyon shuttle back around to North Rim to get car, sunset at North Rim

2015 - February, South Rim - Grand Staircase 2014 - 2015 (Chris)
Rim : East Rim / Watchtower to Grandview Point to South Rim Village, West Rim, Hopi Point for sunset

2017 - March, South Rim (Chris, Eli)
Rim : South Rim Village to Grandview Point, West Rim Drive to Hermits Rest, Hopi Point for sunset

1. Hike down the Bright Angel Trail to Indian Garden Campground, camp, Plateau Point for sunset
2. Hike down the Bright Angel Trail to Phantom Ranch, camp at Bright Angel Campground
3. Hike up the South Kaibab Trail to South Rim -Yaki Point

2018 - May, North Rim - Utah & Arizona Summer 2018 (Chris, Nathan, Karen, Doug)
Rim : North Rim Lodge, Bright Angel Point, Point Imperial, Cape Royal

Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, Utah
February 2015 - Grand Staircase 2014 - 2016 - Grosvenor Arch, Burr Trail
- August 2016 - Grand Staircase 2014 - 2016 - Dry Fork & Peek-A-Boo, Dance Hall Rock, Hole In The Rock
- June 2017 - Utah & Wyoming June 2017 Willis Creek (Chris, Tami)
- May & June 2018 - Utah & Arizona Summer 2018 Paria River, Grosvenor Arch, Buckskin Gulch, Devils Garden, Peek-A-Boo & Spooky, Coyote Gulch (Chris, Nathan, Karen, Doug)

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
- Summer 1985 (Chris, mom, dad)
- Summer 1987 (Chris, mom, dad)
- August 2009 - America Summer 2009 (Chris, Tami, Nathan)
- August 2012 - America Summer 2012 (Chris, Tami, Alex, Eli, Nathan)
- June 2017 - Utah & Wyoming June 2017 (Chris, Tami)

Great Falls Park, Maryland and Virginia
- July 2000 - (Chris, Tami, Alex, Eli, Nathan) - Appalachians

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado
- Summer 1985 (Chris, mom, dad)
- December 2013

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
- October 2013
- December 2015 - Tail Of The Dragon video

Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas
- June 2009 - America Summer 2009 - aerial photos @ RCGroups

Gulf Islands National Seashore, Florida & Mississippi
- 1978 - 1985, while living in Florida (Chris, mom, dad)
- July 2018 - Utah & Arizona (+ Florida) Summer 2018 (Chris, Tami, Alex, Ashley, Augustus, Eli, Nathan)

Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, West Virginia - Virginia - Maryland
- May 2010 - (Chris, Nathan) - Appalachians
- June 2012

Hawk's Nest State Park, West Virginia
 - Many visits - Appalachians

Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area, California
- March 2017 - Desert Parks

Jane's Island State Park, Maryland
- September 2014 - (Chris, Tami)

Joshua Tree National Park, California
- January 2011 - Desert Parks
- April 2011 - Desert Parks
- September 2012 - America Summer 2012
- June 2014 - Desert Parks

Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, Arizona
Castle Dome Peak, Kofa NWR
- March 2013- climb to top, photos
- September 2013 - climb to top, photos
- February 2014 - climb to top, photos, GoPro hiking video of climb
- January 2015 - climb to top, photos, GoPro hiking video of climb
- June 2015 - hike to base of peak, GoPro aerial video
- August 2016 - GoPro FPV aerial video
- March 2017 - climb to top, photos, GoPro aerial videoGoPro hiking video of climb

Palm Canyon & Crystal Hill, Kofa NWR
- April & May 2015 - GoPro aerial video of Palm Canyon

Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada and Arizona
- Many visits, 1993 - 1997 (Chris, Tami, Alex, Eli, Nathan)
- July 2009 - America Summer 2009  - aerial photos @ RCGroups
- August 2012 - America Summer 2012

Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky
- Summer 1975 (Chris, mom, dad, Karen)
- December 2009 - Cave web page (Chris, Nathan)

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado
- Summer 1985 (Chris, mom, dad)

Montezuma's Castle National Monument, Arizona
- Summer 1995 (Chris, Tami, Alex)
- October 2012 - America Summer 2012

Monument Valley Tribal National Park, Utah
- Summer 1985 (Chris, mom, dad)
- August 2012 - America Summer 2012 (Chris, Tami, Eli, Nathan)
- February 2015 - Grand Staircase 2014 - 2016
- August 2016 - Grand Staircase 2014 - 2016

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota
- Summer 1985 (Chris, mom, dad)
- August 2009  - America Summer 2009 (Chris, Tami, Nathan)

Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument, Washington
- Summer 1987 (Chris, mom, dad)

Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah
-
October 2012 - America Summer 2012
February 2015 - Grand Staircase 2014 - 2016
- August 2016 - Grand Staircase 2014 - 2016

New River Gorge National River, West Virginia
- May 2005 - aerial photos @ RCGroups
- Summer 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015 - Appalachians

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona
- January 2011 - Desert Parks
- March 2013 - Desert Parks

Painted Desert,  Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
- Summer 1985 (Chris, mom, dad)
- Summer 1996 (Chris, Tami, Eli)
- Summer 1997
- October 2012 - America Summer 2012

Petersburg National Battlefield, Five Forks, Virginia
-  May 2016

Picacho State Recreation Area, California
- May 2015 - Desert Parks, GoPro aerial video of Colorado River and desert
- September 2016 - Desert Parks, GoPro hiking video of Narrows slots
- March 2017 - Desert Parks, GoPro aerial video of Narrows slots

Pinnacles National Park, California
- Summer 1987 (Chris, mom, dad)

Red Rocks National Conservation Area, Nevada
- Many visits, 1993 - 1997 (Chris, Tami, Alex, Eli, Nathan)
- April 2001 - Grand Canyon April 2001
- July 2009 - America Summer 2009 - aerial photos @ RCGroups (Chris, Tami, Nathan)
- August 2012 - America Summer 2012 (Chris, Tami, Nathan)

Redwoods State and National Parks, California
- Summer 1987 (Chris, mom, dad)
- August 2012 - America Summer 2012 (Chris, Tami, Alex, Eli, Nathan) 

Roan Mountain State Park, Tennessee
- May 2012 - America Summer 2012 (Chris, Karen, Doug)

Rock Island State Park, Tennessee
- April 2012 - America Summer 2012

Saguaro National Park, Arizona
- August 2004 - Desert Parks
- June 2005 - Desert Parks
- August 2008 - Desert Parks
- July 2009 - America Summer 2009 (Chris, Nathan)

Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, California
Mount San Jacinto State Park, California
- April 2015 (Chris, Tami)
- September 2016 - hike to the top of San Jacinto Peak

Sedona, Arizona
- July 2009 - America Summer 2009 (Chris, Tami, Nathan) - aerial photos @ RCGroups
- April 2011
- August 2011- Grand Canyon August 2011
- August 2012 - America Summer 2012 (Chris, Tami, Alex, Eli, Nathan)
- September 2013 - Grand Canyon September 2013
- February 2014 - Grand Staircase 2014 - 2016
- May 2015 - Grand Staircase 2014 - 2016 (Chris, Tami) - GoPro video from ATV on Schnebly Hill Road
- August 2016 - Grand Staircase 2014 - 2016 - aerial video on Schnebly Hill Road
- March 2017 - Grand Canyon March 2017 (Chris, Eli)

Senator Wash Reservoir Recreation Area, California
- many visits, 2011 to present - Desert Parks

Seneca Rocks, Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia
- Summer 1990 - @ OldTimers, rappelling off Seneca Rock
- August 2009 - America Summer 2009 - aerial photos @ RCGroups
- August 2014 - (Chris, Tami) - Appalachians

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, California
- Summer 1987 (Chris, mom, dad)

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
- July 2000 - (Chris, Eli, Nathan)
- June 2002 - (Chris, Tami, Alex, Eli, Nathan) - Appalachians
- June 2004 - (Chris, Tami, Alex, Eli, Nathan) - Appalachians - aerial photos @ RCGroups
- June 2005 - (Chris, Tami, Alex, Eli, Nathan) - Appalachians - aerial photos @ RCGroups
- June 2006 - (Chris, Tami, Alex, Eli, Nathan) - Appalachians - aerial photos @ RCGroups
- June 2007 - (Chris, Tami, Alex, Eli, Nathan) - Appalachians

Stone Mountain State Park, Georgia
- June 2003
- June 2012 - America Summer 2012
- June 2013

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Arizona
- September 2013 - Grand Canyon September 2013

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Utah
- September 2016 - Mt Timpanogos - Utah September 2016 web page 
- June 2017 - Utah & Wyoming June 2017 (Chris, Tami)
- May 2018 - Utah & Arizona Summer 2018

Valley Of The Gods, Utah
February 2015 - Grand Staircase 2014 - 2016, GoPro aerial video

Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona
- September 2013 -Grand Canyon September 2013
- May & June 2018 - Utah & Arizona Summer 2018, White Pocket, Buckskin Gulch (Chris, Nathan, Karen, Doug)

White Sands National Monument, New Mexico
- Summer 1987 (Chris, mom, dad)
- June 2009 - America Summer 2009 - aerial photos @ RCGroups

Yellowstone National Park, Idaho - Montana - Wyoming
- Summer 1985 (Chris, mom, dad)
- Summer 1987 (Chris, mom, dad)
- August 2009 - America Summer 2009 (Chris, Tami, Nathan)  - aerial photos @ RCGroups
- August 2012 - America Summer 2012 (Chris, Tami, Alex, Eli, Nathan)
- June 2017 - Utah & Wyoming June 2017 (Chris, Tami)

Yosemite National Park, California
- Summer 1987 (Chris, mom, dad)
- July 2009 - America Summer 2009 (Chris, Tami, Nathan)  - aerial photos @ RCGroups
- August 2012 - America Summer 2012 (Chris, Tami, Alex, Eli, Nathan)

Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, Arizona
- April 2011

Zion National Park, Utah
- Summer 1985 (Chris, mom, dad)
- 1993 - 1997, several visits when living in Las Vegas (Chris, Tami, Alex, Eli, Nathan)
- October 2012 - America Summer 2012 - Zion Canyon, Angels Landing
June 2014 - Grand Staircase 2014 - 2016 - Kolob Canyons, Kolob Arch, Zion Canyon
- February 2015 - Grand Staircase 2014 - 2016 - Zion Canyon, Angels Landing- video
- October 2015 - Utah October 2015 - West Rim Trail : Lava Point to the Grotto, Zion Canyon
- August 2016 - Grand Staircase 2014 - 2016 - The Narrows - video, Zion Canyon
- June 2017 - Utah & Wyoming June 2017 - Zion Canyon (Chris, Tami)
- May & June 2018 - Utah & Arizona Summer 2018 - Zion Canyon, Kolob Terrace, Angels Landing - video (Chris, Nathan)