20 Things to Do in 2020 in National Parks

New Decade, New National Park Goals
Rebecca GuldinNPF Blog
Hikers raise their arms to celebrate hiking up a steep slope
Denali National Park and Preserve - NPS Photo

A new decade is a fresh start to form new habits, take on new challenges, and have new experiences. We’ve compiled a checklist to set the tone for 2020 – one filled with history, culture, nature, and adventure.  

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  1. Take the Find Your Park Quiz with a friend and make plans to visit your favorite result. 
  2. Roll up your sleeves and volunteer in a national park. 

  3. Tune in to the relaxing sounds of the parks with ParkTracks – online or at one of our tour stops in 2020. 

  4. Start a Facebook Fundraiser benefiting the National Park Foundation in honor of your birthday.  

A visitor and ranger take a selfie picture, with trees in the background

A visitor takes a picture with a park ranger at Lassen Volcanic National Park

NPS Photo
  1. Take a safe selfie with a National Park Service employee and share it on social media (with their permission to post, of course). 

  1. Subscribe to GoParks to receive the latest NPF news, information on how you can support our national treasures, and travel ideas for your next trip to the parks. 

  2. See a different kind of park below earth’s crust. Spelunking and caving add just one more way to explore some of the unique places preserved within the National Park System.  

A ranger dressed as a Buffalo Soldier, giving a presentation at the park

Ranger Murray dressed as a Buffalo Soldier, Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument

NPS Photo
  1. Embark on your own #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque journey by attending an event or activity at your local national park and immerse yourself in the many National Park Service sites that honor and preserve African American heritage. 

  1. Make a national park-inspired playlist for your next adventure and share it on Spotify. Here’s some inspiration to get you started. 

  2. Take the young person in your life to a national park to help foster a connection with nature, love of parks, and lifelong memories. Teach them the Leave No Trace Seven Principles

Light shines through a tent at night, the stars shining above

Camping at Dinosaur National Monument

NPS Photo / Jacob W. Frank
  1. Get inspired, pack your tent, and take a sustained retreat in nature.

  2. Take a hike! There are more than 18,000 miles of trails all across the United States – some are closer to you than you think. 

  3. Visit a volcano – of the 169 active volcanoes existing in the United States today, many can be found within the boundaries of our national parks. 

Park visitor fishing in the Firehole River

Fishing on the Firehole River at Yellowstone National Park

NPS Photo / Jim Peaco
  1. Disconnect from your phone and go fish in a national park. Learn more about what you’ll need and where to go. 

  2. Encourage others to visit your favorite local national park. Share your photo and some details about your trip on our Share Your Park gallery. 

Two people in a boat on calm water

Visitors paddling at New River Gorge National River

NPS Photo / Gary Hartley
  1. Go with the flow and paddle through a national park. 

  1. Visit any of the more than 400 national parks on a fee free day. 

  2. Research a nearby lesser-known park, make a plan to go there, follow through, and share pictures on social media using #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque. 

Bust and paintings of suffragists in Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument

Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument

NPS Photo
  1. Follow the race to ratification and learn about women in our national parks.  

  1. Dine outdoors! Plan ahead, pack a picnic lunch, head to a park, and eat al fresco. 

For more adventure inspiration, download our exclusive National Park Owner's Guides and get travel tips, planning ideas, and more at the NPF Blog to connect with the parks you love.  

Adventure is out there! 

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My husband and I were planning to visit Utah in May. Our grand-kids are both in College in Utah, University of Utah and Utah State. We thought we'd spend sometime with them and take them to see the National Parks. Can you make some suggestions as to, "where to stay, what to see and things to do in the parks. Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks,

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