National Parks Day: Happy 97th Birthday National Park Service

August 25th marks the 97th Birthday of the National Parks Service. The National Parks Service was established in 1916 to care for all of the special places we've designated as national parks. Each year people are allowed to access the parks for free on National Parks Day and we are reminded how lucky we are to have such a great collection of parks all preserved within the national park system.

National Parks Day Thousand Island Lake

I personally have visited Rocky Mountain National Park, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Yosemite National Park, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks this summer. These parks all showcase the natural beauty of the land but other parks were established to honor people, historical moments or archeological significance. Our vast national park system preserves these places for the education and enjoyment for future generations.

At the Sierra Social Hub, we are huge fans of the national parks system and National Parks Day. We've included many national parks in our mystery destination series, we've had a national park trivia game and we feature many outdoor adventures that have taken place in national parks.

National Parks Day

Our friends Tim Miner and Dave Creech just launched a new site for sharing national parks adventures called Parks Folio. Check out the great stories on this site and join the fun by adding your own photos and national park stories.

So let's celebrate the foresight of those who developed the national parks service nearly 100 years ago by getting out there to enjoy these natural treasures. If you can't get out to a park on National Parks Day, why not play our national park mystery destination games below:

Mountains, Beaches, Tidepools
Glaciers and a Giant Volcano
Name This National Seashore
Clifs, Waterfalls and Mountains
Canyons, Buttes and Mesas
Deep Blue Lake
Reptiles, Sand and Mountains
A Large, Dark and Uncrowded Park

What is your favorite national park? Enter the name of your favorite park in the comments below.
Andy Hawbaker
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Andy is a hiker, backpacker, snowboarder and outdoor fanatic. When he isn't exploring the Rocky Mountains, burning marshmallows or scratching his dog behind the ear, he shares his experiences here on the Sierra Trading Post Blog.
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