Q&A with National Park Foundation Supporter Bryan Barreras
Horseshoe Bend: Made possible by millions of years of gushing water. And the support of Bryan Barreras.
The river made the bend. As a member of the National Park Foundation community, Bryan helps make Horseshoe Bend, in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, a place that millions can enjoy each year.
We spoke with Bryan recently to find out what the national parks mean to him:
What is your Find Your Park story?
Vacation (the movie)-like vacation with my brother and cousins when I was a kid, in Yellowstone and Grand Teton. We had it all – broken windows in the trailer, breaking off the extended windows on poles, torrential downpour while on a raft in Yellowstone Lake (barely making it to shore), fishing with broken poles, someone getting sick in the trailer, etc. The story comes out every time we all get together…
How/why did you get involved with the National Park Foundation?
I’ve had such great experiences in national parks, first when I was a kid and now with my own kids. They’re such a great resource and heritage, and I like the idea of doing my part. The best way for people to get involved is to get them to visit the parks and to develop their own love for them. The more people care about the parks, the better chance they’ll survive for generations.
What does the phrase “find your park” mean to you?
The parks all have their own personality, and are all so different and special in their own right, that there’s a perfect fit for me (and maybe it’s just that the one that’s a perfect fit now, or this year, and next trip it’ll be a different one…)
Have you visited any parks that you think are underrated?
Mesa Verde – it’s so rare to actually be able to climb in and through such old dwellings. Climbing around Cliff Palace was so cool – especially for our kids!
Why is it important to keep preserving our national parks?
The parks are a special heritage of our country, and one of the few reminders in this day and age that money, development and capitalism isn’t everything – there’s value in leaving nature alone, for everyone to enjoy. This message will only become more important, and we need to keep it alive for future generations.
Parks need you. Your continued support ensures that the parks remain vibrant, relevant, and preserved for today and always.
So get out and find your park. Share it on social media using #FindYourPark and #EncuentraTuParque. And then support your park – they can’t survive, let alone thrive, without national park supporters like you.