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


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




Desert Parks




Appalachians




Mammoth Cave
Carlsbad Caverns
Cathedral Caverns



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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 - trip report & photos, aerial photos
- March 2012 - America Summer 2012
- November 2012 - America Summer 2012
- January 2014 - trip report & photos, GoPro video Delicate Arch, GoPro video Devil's Garden
- September 2016 - Utah September 2016 web page

Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland & Virginia
- 1967 - 1978, while living in Virginia, (Chris, mom, dad)
- summers 1998 - 2000 (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

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 web page - Islands In The Sky District

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

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

Cathedral Caverns State Park, Alabama
- July 2012 - Cave web page - America Summer 2012
- November 2013 - Cave web page

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

Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah
June 2014 - Grand Staircase 2014 - 2016

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 web page (Chris, Karen, Doug)

Colorado National Monument, Colorado
- Summer 1987 (Chris, mom, dad)
- November 2012 - America Summer 2012

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

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)

Death Valley National Park, California
- Summer 1998 (Chris, Tami, Alex, Eli)
- April 2001 - Grand Canyon April 2001 web page
- 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 web page

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 - web page with ground and aerial photos

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

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

Goblin Valley State Park, Utah
- October 2012 - America Summer 2012

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

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

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Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

12 visits and counting. I have been to the bottom of the Grand Canyon 8 times so far.

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

1988 - Spring Break, visit South Rim (Chris, mom & dad)
- South Rim Village to East Rim / Watchtower
hike by myself, start at South Rim, Yaki Point
1. down the South Kaibab Trail to Phantom Ranch, overnight in dorm
2. up the Bright Angel Trail to South Rim Village

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

1995 - Summer, visit South Rim (Chris, Tami, Alex) (Eli flew back east from Phoenix with grandparents)
- South Rim Village

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

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

2001 - April, start at South Rim, Yaki Point - web page of trip report & photos
- South Rim Village to East Rim / Watchtower
1. down the South Kaibab Trail to Phantom Ranch, camp at Bright Angel Campground
2. up the Bright Angel Trail to Indian Garden Campground, camp, Plateau Point for sunset
3. up the Bright Angel Trail to South Rim Village

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

2009 - July, visit South Rim - America Summer 2009 (Chris, Tami, Nathan)
- South Rim Village to Grandview Point
 
2011 - August, start at South Rim, Yaki Point - web page of trip report & photos
- South Rim Village to Grandview Point
1. down the South Kaibab Trail to Phantom Ranch, camp at Bright Angel Campground
2. up the Bright Angel Trail to Indian Garden Campground, camp, Plateau Point for sunset
3. up the Bright Angel Trail to South Rim Village

2013 - September, North Rim to South Rim - web page of trip report & photos
- South Rim Village to East Rim / Watchtower to North Rim via Lee's Ferry and Jacob Lake
- North Rim Lodge, Bright Angel Point, Point Imperial, Cape Royal Road
1. down the North Kaibab Trail to Cottonwood Campground, camp
2. down the North Kaibab Trail to Phantom Ranch, visit Ribbon Falls, camp at Bright Angel Campground
3. up the Bright Angel Trail to Indian Garden Campground, camp, Plateau Point for sunset
4. 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, visit South Rim - Grand Staircase 2014 - 2015
- East Rim / Watchtower to Grandview Point to South Rim Village
- West Rim / Hopi Point for sunset 

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 Slot, Dance Hall Rock, Hole In The Rock

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)

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

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)

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

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

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

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

Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, Arizona
Castle Dome Peak, Kofa NWR
- March 2013- climb to top, photos, aerial video
- September 2013 - climb to top, photos
- February 2014 - climb to top, photos, GoPro video of climb
- January 2015 - climb to top, photos, GoPro video of climb, Google Earth MyTracks .kmz path
- June 2015 - hike to base of peak, GoPro aerial video Castle Dome Peak
- August 2016 - FPV aerial video

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

Lake Meade National Recreation Area, Nevada and Arizona
- Many visits, 1997 - 2001 (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 web page

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

Painted Desert,  Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
- Summer 1985 (Chris, mom, dad)
- Summer 2000 (Chris, Tami, Eli)
- October 2012 - America Summer 2012

Petersburg National Battlefield, Five Forks, Virginia
-  May 2016

Picacho State Recreation Area, California
- May 2015 - GoPro aerial video
- September 2016 - GoPro head mounted video of slots

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

Red Rocks National Conservation Area, Nevada
- Many visits, 1997 - 2001 (Chris, Tami, Alex, Eli, Nathan)
- April 2001 - Grand Canyon April 2001 web page
- 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 web page
- June 2005 - Desert Parks web page
- August 2008 - Desert Parks web page
- 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 web page
- August 2012 - America Summer 2012 (Chris, Tami, Alex, Eli, Nathan)
- September 2013 - Grand Canyon September 2013 web page
- 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

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 web page

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 web page
- June 2004 - (Chris, Tami, Alex, Eli, Nathan) - Appalachians web page - aerial photos @ RCGroups
- June 2005 - (Chris, Tami, Alex, Eli, Nathan) - Appalachians web page - aerial photos @ RCGroups
- June 2006 - (Chris, Tami, Alex, Eli, Nathan) - Appalachians web page - aerial photos @ RCGroups
- June 2007 - (Chris, Tami, Alex, Eli, Nathan) - Appalachians web page

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 web page

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Utah
- Mt Timpanogos - Utah September 2016 web page 

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

Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona
- Grand Canyon September 2013 web page

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)

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)
- Several visits, 1997 - 2001, (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, GoPro video of Angels Landing
- October 2015 - Utah October 2015 web page - West Rim Trail : Lava Point to the Grotto, Zion Canyon
- August 2016 - Grand Staircase 2014 - 2016 - The Narrows, Zion Canyon