New Year's Resolutions to Make for 2017

5 Ideas for Making it an Unforgettable Year in National Parks
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#FYPx Participant Faith Briggs runs along Yosemite National Park’s Vernal Fall Trail
Geoff Livingston

A new calendar year presents fresh opportunities to determine how to improve and what you hope to accomplish. If you want to prioritize self-care and do something new in 2017, consider adding these 5 ideas to your new year’s resolutions. After all, national parks are the perfect place for nurturing your mind, body, and soul!

Visit 3 New National Parks

Commit to visiting three new sites that embody the diversity of the National Park System – you’re bound to find something that speaks to you in any of the over 400 national parks across the country. In honor of the essence of the #FindYourPark/#EncuentraTuParque movement, seek out lesser-known natural, cultural, and historical parks (side note: many parks encompass all three elements, so don’t limit your research).

Wooden ki'I watch over Hōnaunau Bay at Pu`uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park
Steve Gray, Share the Experience

Here are some idea starters:

Take a Park Newbie with You

Few things enhance your appreciation of a park adventure like seeing it through fresh eyes. The next time you plan to revisit a beloved park, invite somebody along who hasn’t been before. Create an opportunity for someone to find their park by sharing the park experience with a loved one.

Run a Race in a Crazy Awesome Place

11 graphics of national park half marathons over an image of Great Smoky Mountains

If training for a race has been on your bucket list, make 2017 the year you will make it a reality! Vacation Races hosts races near some of our nation’s most iconic national parks, including Yellowstone, Rocky Mountain, and Everglades. By registering for an event through Vacation Races, you’ll not only be knocking an item off your bucket list, you’ll also be supporting your national parks! Check out the list of upcoming races and be inspired to make a vacation out of your next race.

  • Yellowstone Half Marathon & 5K (June 9-10, 2017)
  • Glacier Half Marathon (June 24, 2017)
  • Rocky Mountain Half Marathon & 5K (August 12, 2017)
  • Shenandoah Half Marathon (September 2, 2017)
  • Great Smoky Mountains Half Marathon & 5K (September 8-9, 2017)
  • Grand Canyon Half Marathon (October 14, 2017)
  • Lake Powell Half Marathon (2017 Dates Coming Soon!)
  • Everglades Half Marathon (2017 Dates Coming Soon!)

Make Every Step Matter

As you commit to hitting those step goals in the new year, make them count for you and for your national parks. Charity Miles is a free app that allows you to raise money for a charity by walking, running, or biking. Walkers and runners earn 25¢ per mile and bikers earn 10¢ per mile for their charity of choice. Every step you take can make a difference for your national parks, so download the app today, select the National Park Foundation, and get out on the trails!

Give Back to the Places You Love

Two people paddle board at Glacier National Park’s Lake McDonald
Thomas Haney, Share the Experience

As you make plans to venture into the parks in 2017, why not make a resolution to ensure these treasures remain vibrant, relevant, and protected for many years to come? There are many ways to make a powerful impact for your national parks – become a supporting member of the national park community and help us preserve our national inheritance.

No matter how you choose to set your new year’s resolutions, make it an incredible year by committing to #FindYourPark many times over. Be sure to share your adventures with us online and through social channels by using #FindYourPark and #EncuentraTuParque! Here’s to an unforgettable 2017!


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Can you please identify the location of the photo at the top?
Hi Arnold! Is it Mirror Lake, Yosemite???
The Mist Trail,Yosemite National Park,California,USA
Same to say about the killer trail up to Nevada fall.
I've not been there yet, but it looks like the steps along the trail climbing up to Half Dome in Yosemite.
We just watched CBS Sunday Morning and they said there was 59 National Parks. Your letter says 400. Where can we get a map of all of these parks and sites so we can check off those we have been to and make plans to visit others.
Lynn - There are 59 National Parks the others are National Monuments, Historic Sites, National Seashores, Lakeshores, etc. You can find them all at or the National Park Foundation (under Explore tab).
Amateur radio operators recently completed a year of participating at all the National Parks and almost all of the units operated by the national park service. For this 2016 100-year anniversary event they developed a very practical web page that allows a variety of sorting and I find it very functional:
Now I am old and lame but I have memories of 50 National Parks. Tell others to visit them when they can walk the trails, hike the mountains, swim the waters, learn the history. Good memories are what is left.
Is the Every Kid in a Park program still happening? I have a soon-to-be fourth grader and we were looking forward to the free national parks pass. Where do we sign up?

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