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Experience the Ruby’s Inn

Bryce Canyon is one of the United States’ most charismatic national parks. Spanning 56 miles, there’s more to do here than is probably possible to cover in a lifetime. But what are the specifics, and where’s a good place to start? Well, you need a base to venture out from, and we’ve got the perfect spot: The Ruby’s Inn.

Park Proximity

The Ruby’s Inn is just under 10 minutes’ drive from the heart of Bryce Canyon National Park. In fact, when it comes to accommodation, there’s no faster way to get in. Easier still, a shuttle leaves to the park every 15 minutes, ideal for those wishing to leave their vehicle behind (a good idea during the summer months). Shuttles are a great chance to gain unique insight on Bryce, as the drivers will often explain nuanced elements of the park.

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Lots to do

The Ruby’s Inn is the sort of place where you have something to do, all the time. It’s a magnet for adventurers because of its array of activities. Among all the Ruby’s Inn offers, some of the more popular things-to-do include ATV riding, mountain biking, scenic flights, rodeos, and canyon to canyon bike rides. Not only that, the hotel is close to several natural attractions, like the Red Canyon, and Kodachrome Basin.

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Good food for good times

Eating well is essential for exploring and hiking in national parks, especially during the summer. Rest-assured, for this 100-year old set of digs, cuisine is another strong spot. There are lots of places to dine around Bryce, and some of them are great, but within the Ruby’s Inn you’ll find the area’s finest steak, seafood, chicken, and ribs. For that, head the Cowboy Buffet and Steak Room within the hotel. Just next door, the Canyon Diner makes quick food to enjoy at Sunset Point, just 10 minutes away.

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Horseback Riding

They’ve been doing it a while. These tours are available for all ages and skill levels. You’ll delve into some of Utah’s finest scenery, exploring places like Bryce Canyon and the Grand Staircase-Escalante. The guides are locale-experts and will be able to answer your questions thoroughly, and with a good measure of humor. It’s a top way to immerse yourself in Bryce’s nature.

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ATV awesomeness

ATV tours are another notable attraction. These are a year-round favorite because you can opt for a shorter tour of some 30 minutes (or one hour). Short though they may be, they still pack a punch. With ATV tours, you’ll experience a mixture of adrenaline and awe as you meander the stunning topography about the Ruby’s Inn. We recommend embarking on yours at sunset, when the abundant oranges and reds really come to life.

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Ruby’s Inn wrap

The Ruby’s Inn ticks a lot of boxes when it comes to national park adventures. It provides all it does at a great rate, considering what you get, and never compromises quality in the process. In its 100-years, they’ve mastered customer service, and it shows in the experiences you have. It’s the perfect Bryce-base for so many reasons, and worth booking now.

If you are planning a road trip including Bryce Canyon and other nearby parks, check out this itinerary; California and The Southwestern Desert Parks.

This story has been created in partnership with Ruby’s Inn, Utah.




A Diamond in the Rough: The Wind River Reservation

Riverton is in Fremont County, Wyoming. It’s at the southern edge of the Wind River Indian Reservation, and is home to vibrant Native American culture that dates back hundreds of years. Names like Chief Washakie, Jim Bridger, and Sacajawea, are just a few notable figures who have made Riverton the place it is today.

The Wind River Hotel and Casino: Togwotee Pass

The city’s surroundings are stunning, and you can see why the Arapahoe and Shoshone tribes have a strong connection to it. Rolling plains coupled with sudden, protruding mountain ranges constitute the lands they call home.

Enter Yellowstone

It’s an ideal place to enter Yellowstone. You can head north to Cody, or west towards Dubois. Togwotee Pass is by far my favorite entry point to Yellowstone, which can be found heading west from Dubois, one hour from Riverton. As you meander over the pass, you’ll see the Tetons rise like daggers into the sky – it’s breathtaking.

The Wind River Hotel and Casino: Enter Yellowstone

Denver International Airport is little over five hours of scenic drive from Riverton or a 20 min flight to Riverton with Denver Air Connection. From Salt Lake City, it is also a five hour ride. The city prides itself on its close-proximity to the Yellowstone Loop – a renowned road trip that encapsulates the best bits of Yellowstone National Park. For Yellowstone expeditions, Riverton ticks all the boxes.

Accommodation near Yellowstone and great places to eat

Accommodation-wise, the Wind River Hotel & Casino offers comfortable, spacious rooms, and an array of great dining options, all reasonably priced. The Buffalo Restaurant caters dishes from Italy, Mexico, Mongolia and more. It’s a great place to have lunch before traveling into the reservation.

The Wind River Hotel and Casino: Accommodation near Yellowstone and great places to eat

The Red Willow restaurant, also in the Casino, is an all day fine dining restaurant. There I enjoyed an excellent rib eye steak cooked rare and served with a side of mash, and roasted vegetables. Each steak has the option of adding a lobster tail, making for a delicious, filling meal. My second day I returned for lunch, and enjoyed a gorgeous lobster salad with a subtle, creamy blue cheese dressing.

The Wind River Hotel and Casino: Accommodation near Yellowstone and great places to eat

Native American Art

The hotel honors its ancestry with an abundance of artworks, some of which are murals, and all produced by local talent. Nearby to one beautiful work of art by Eugene Ridgely Jr (AKA: Snowball) is the Experience Room. The Experience Room, opened just over seven years ago, highlights the Arapahoe people’s practical and artistic flare. You’ll also see that at the many authentic crafts shows hosted in the hotel throughout the year, where purchasing of reservation goods is made possible by the locals. The gift shops are open year around so you can take home a touch of this great people.

The Wind River Hotel and Casino: Native American Arts

Deep history to match lively culture

There’s intriguing history behind the reservation and within the Arapahoe culture. I loved the Experience Room because I had the opportunity to have it all explained to me, in detail, by elders of the tribe. It’s unique and incredibly insightful. I spoke with Gary – a hardy elder who’s lived in Riverton all his life.

Timelessness was a major talking point, likewise a feeling of connectedness because of the land, of the past and present.

“We’ve been here forever – more than 10,000 years. That means a lot to me. We’ve been here since the beginning of time. We carry on, persevere.”

The Wind River Hotel and Casino: Deep history to match lively culture

Gary informed me of the undying passion within its boundaries. There’s a sensibility for beauty, humanism, and tradition, and you’ll see it all over as you meander the Wind River Indian Reservation. In the summer, dances like pow wows are performed weekly by both the youth and the elders, so to honor their traditions and express their passion. The Arapahoe Tribe heart and character stands out greatly. I’ll be returning soon.

This story has been created in partnership with the Wind River Hotel & Casino, Wyoming.




Cedar City: the best city in Utah

Cedar City was founded in 1851 by Mormon settlers, and is located in Utah. It has a flourishing art community, literary scene, and is an outdoor-adventure mecca. Not to mention, it’s just a few clicks from a ton of national parks.

National parks

From Cedar City, you’re three-hours drive from The Grand Canyon and Capital Reef National Monument, and 90 minutes from Bryce Canyon National Park, the Toadstool Hoodoos, and Zion National Park. Better yet, Cedar Breaks National Monument (the crown of the Grand Staircase), is just 30 minutes out of the city.

Colorful sandstone rock formations compose Cedar Breaks National Monument. In the Fall, a profusion of aspen groves turn vibrant shades of yellow, and it brings thousands of people to sight-see. In early spring, wild flowers bloom, igniting the park with a diverse pallet of color. It’s just a short drive from the heart of Cedar City, and well worth a stop.

A couple more hours south are the Toadstool Hoodoos. The hike up is very forgiving, and will lead you to peculiar mushroom-like structures that have formed over millions of years. The Toadstool Hoodoos are alien in nature, and I highly recommend them.

When you imagine an expedition to America’s west, Zion and Bryce Canyon are at the top of the list. And for good reason. Zion’s charisma comes in the form of impressive vistas, energetic rock formations, and a dynamic array of luscious nature. So perfect a location, rich in resources, it was inhabited by Native Americans, some 800 years ago.

Bryce Canyon is considered the best example of hoodoo rock formations on the planet. It’s home to a passel of spire-like features that protrude skyward amidst a vast, red canyon – but none of them were formed by water. Unlike most canyons, Bryce Canyon came about primarily through frost-wedging and corrosion (acidic erosion).

Food

When you embark on a road trip, you need fuel. Edible fuel. Well, for a great breakfast in Cedar City, visit The French Spot, and try the freshly baked croissants and pastries by Michelin rated chef, Michel Attali. The French Spot prides itself on its passion-prepped dishes, and is well worth a stop.

You can grab a coffee at The Grind in Cedar City’s historic downtown. It’s a ‘down-to-earth’ venue, and supplies some the finest espresso in Utah. The Grind Coffeehouse serves Utah’s own Café Ibis coffee, as well as flavors from further afield.

Stargazing and Shakespeare


In 2015, Yelp rated Cedar City’s surroundings in the top eight places on the planet to stargaze. Accurate enough, the quality of the night sky here is phenomenal. And this is true particularly of Cedar Breaks National Monument. Consequently, they host star parties throughout the year, where you can look through professional-grade telescopes, and gaze into life’s biggest mystery – the universe.

Summer is home to the Utah Shakespeare Festival, held in Cedar City. The festival pays homage to one of the greatest writers of all time, and offers the chance to immerse yourself in rich history, as well as performances, both street and theater. The Utah Shakespeare Festival has no entry fee, so there’s no excuse not to indulge in this gem.
Cedar City has shown to offer so much in the way of national parks, cuisine, art, and outdoor activities. It really ticks all the boxes.
If you are planning a road trip that includes Utah, check out this itinerary for some great ideas; California & The Southwestern Desert Parks. 
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Grand Kanab, in Southern Utah

Kanab is a small town at the base of the Escalante Grand Staircase, in Southern Utah. It’s surrounded by several world-class landscape attractions, including Zion National Park, the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and the intriguingly named Toadstool Hoodoos.

I visited Lake Powell, Horseshoe Bend, and Navajo Bridge Interpretive Site on my first day. Likewise, the memorable Toadstool Hoodoos: bizarre rock formations, magical by name, and magical to see. Better yet, the hike up to the Hoodoos is short, family-friendly and forgiving. And they’re just 40 minutes’ drive from Kanab.

Lake Powell is a great place to take a swim and kick back, and after you’ve visited Navajo Bridge and the awe-inspiring Horseshoe Bend, you’re going to want somewhere to do that. I ate at Peekaboo Canyon Wood Fired Kitchen later that day. It has a vegan and vegetarian-only menu, friendly and quick service, and fantastic food.

Lake Powell, Toadstool Hoodoos, Navajo Bridge, Horseshoe Bend

My second day was spent in Zion National Park, Kanab Creek Bakery, and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Catching the sunrise at Zion – just 45 minutes’ drive from Kanab – was an excellent way to start the day. I tackled the brief but brilliant Canyon Overlook Trail, which offers spectacular views into Zion Canyon.

On the road, most people need coffee. I’m one of them: I need it to feel sharp. I was in luck, because Kanab Creek Bakery serves some of the best coffee in Southern Utah. It also has an array of delicious, freshly prepared pastries, cakes, and hot or cold sandwiches. Barring a few ingredients, everything is made in-house.

The nearby North Rim of the Grand Canyon was spectacular. It’s little over an hour and a half’s drive from Kanab, and another must-see sight. Few places offer views so vast and mesmerizing as the North Rim.

Zion National Park and Grand Canyon

I rounded off my second day with a meal at Sego, in Kanab. The menu had plenty to choose from; I opted for a Pork Belly and Watermelon tapas – an unusual and colorful combination that could easily become the usual for me. Afterwards I spoke with the chefs. Their passion for cooking was clear not just from the delicious food they served up, but from everything they said.

The following morning was spent gambling – though not for cash. I entered The Wave lottery with the hope I’d win one of 20 spots available to embark on the hotly anticipated North Coyote Buttes hike. Everyone huddled into the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument Visitor Center, excitedly awaiting the draw. Lady luck didn’t shine on me, but it was great fun.

After the fun of the lottery I ventured into Peekaboo Slot Canyon. Peekaboo is stunning, and the experience can only be described as Antelope Canyon, without the herd. I also found time to meander among the Coral Pink Sand Dunes – well worth visiting en route to Peekaboo.

Wave lottery and Peekaboo Slot Canyon

Kanab is an idyllic, ideally placed town, unspoiled and genuine. The surrounding area is hauntingly beautiful: no surprise oodles of Hollywood movies have used it as the backdrop. My advice? Come and see for yourself. You won’t be disappointed.

If you are planning a road trip that includes Utah, check out this itinerary for some great ideas; California & The Southwestern Desert Parks. 

This story has been created in partnership with VISIT SOUTHERN UTAH.




Mesa Verde Country – more than a national park

I arrived in Cortez having come from The Great Sand Dunes, near Alamosa. As with my previous trip, storm clouds stalked me as I drove, following me over the mountain ranges dividing the two locations.
Eventually I arrived in Cortez, an unsuspecting little town in a phenomenal part of Colorado – and even the US – called Mesa Verde Country. Home to more intrigue than I can list, it home to history dating back more than 800 years, along with an array of quality dining options, drinking options, and what I felt most drawn to – beautiful, unrelenting landscape scenery.

Mesa Verde landscape

Anasazi Heritage Center

I was greeted on my first day by head of tourism, Kelly Kirkpatrick. We discussed Mesa Verde Country and the things she felt people were drawn to, and the things that people miss. Among many attractions, we talked heavily about the Anasazi Heritage Center – and it’s no wonder. The Anasazi Heritage Center currently preserves over 3.5 million artifacts, all derived from Southwest Colorado.

Within the museum you’ll find hands-on activities among the vast quantities of historical insight – for all ages, might I add. Some of the activities include corn grinding, virtual archeology, pull out draws filled with artifacts, and a walk through a recreated Pueblo pithouse. Being just 10 miles north of Cortez, it’s surprising to hear this place is missed. No doubt, Mesa Verde National Park (which is well worth a visit) sucks up most of the tourism in the area. What so many people don’t realize – what I didn’t realize – is this: there’s so much more equally bewildering history to be found all over Mesa Verde Country. Take Hovenweep National Monument, for example.

Anasazi Heritage Center

Hovenweep National Monument

Hovenweep is part of the Canyon of the Ancients, a canyon simply overflowing with history. There is also a podcast offered for download on their website. I recommend this greatly during your visit to Mesa Verde Country.

Hovenweep was first sighted back in 1854, but didn’t become a preserved site until much later, in 1923. When you visit Hovenweep, you’ll immediately feel the sense that something was being protected; towers, forts, and general housing stand precariously balanced on boulders and cliff edges, perfectly positioned to watch over their prize – water. Interestingly, pollen levels, which can be used to determine quantities of trees in an area, dramatically reduced 700 years back, and this corresponds with the prompt departure of the site’s inhabitants, suggesting that the Pueblo peoples faced a harsh drought, that eventually forced them to leave.

I loved Hovenweep because it felt like a secret, felt like I was discovering it. It was a Monday afternoon and around sunset, and no one could be seen. What should have been bustling with people was quiet, devoid of humankind, as if stumbled upon for the first time – and this was incredible. I have visited Mesa Verde National Park, and I know of its wonders – but now I know there is a near-found rival, just as alluring, just as inspiring.

Hovenweep National Monument

Mesa Verde National Park

However, of course you should not disregard Mesa Verde for Hovenweep. Both locations speak volumes on the history of Native Americans and should be given full attention wherever possible. Mesa Verde National Park has some unique elements that you won’t find at Hovenweep – or anywhere else for that matter. It boasts of some of the most breathtaking scenery in the US, and there’s no doubt its dig sites are some of the best preserved. It’s the only national park in the US allocated solely to preserve a historical site.

In Conclusion

This visit has served to highlight, for me, that Mesa Verde Country represents something unique, something that is so much more than one park. The area seems fundamentally important, not just in Native American history, but humankind’s history.

This story has been created in partnership with MESA VERDE COUNTRY, COLORADO.




Mountain biking – 5 national park recommendations

Mountain biking provides a great way to explore the national parks for those who would rather cycle than walk. And recent developments in park rules and regulations mean there are forty parks where both activities – hiking and biking – are practiced. If you’re the kind of person who prefers exercising with two wheels instead of two feet, these are the parks you need to visit for maximum fun.

Mountain Biking in Canyonlands National Park, Utah

For breathtaking views of sandstone cliffs, you can’t beat the White Rim Trail in Utah’s Canyonlands National Park. The route is suitable for novices and experienced mountain bikers alike. So, it’s a great place to either get started or improve your skills.

Mountain Biking in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

One word: volcanoes. If that doesn’t leave you excited to give mountain biking in this park a try, we don’t know what could! Cycling in this Hawaiian national park will take you around Hawaii’s still-active volcanoes. When you’re finished, you can head off to any of the island’s beaches to reward yourself for a job well done.

Mountain Biking in Redwoods National Park, California

For some truly awe-inspiring scenery, bike your way through the redwoods in northern California. Cruising down any of this park’s trails, dwarfed as you are by the towering redwoods surrounding you, is sure to be an unforgettable experience. Especially adventurous climbers can even choose to surmount the equally impressive 1600-mile Little Bald Hills Trail.

Mountain Biking in Saguaro National Park, Arizona

With miles of tall, skinny cacti to spare, this sparsely decorated, but still majestic national park also serves as the gateway to the Arizona Trail. It features over 800 miles of mountain biking trails for the most avid enthusiasts!

Mountain Biking in Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

Take the Rim Drive route around the park’s namesake for unforgettable views and challenging climbs. And, if you visit on certain days each year, that route even closes to all automobiles. So mountain bikers and hikers have the place to themselves!

Also check out our videos with Alan Mandel (on our homepage). You’ll see other great places where to do some great mountain biking.

Looking for more activities that will make your next national park trip the best yet? Contact the experts at Visit USA Parks, and together we can plan your dream vacation.




Close to Nature: 5 National Park suggestions

There are many reasons you may want your national park vacation to take you really close to nature. Perhaps you’re an adventurer at heart, and you long to explore freely. Or maybe you’re growing weary of this fast-paced world, and you want a vacation that will help you slow down. Any one of these options should do the trick. For parks that will fully immerse you in the natural world, look no further. Here come our 5 suggestions for an amazing, close to nature experience.

Olympic National Park, Washington

This park offers many chances to get close to nature in its variety of activities (hiking, biking, canoeing and kayaking, climbing). But if you really want to get as close as possible to nature, you might consider camping for a night or two in the Hoh Rainforest. This lush green wonderland receives roughly 12 to 14 feet of rain a year, making a visit to this place an unforgettable experience.

Zion National Park, Utah

Maybe you care less about seeing wildlife than you do about participating in outdoor activities. If so, then Zion National Park may be your next vacation destination! You’ll still get close to nature (and in Zion, there’s plenty of beauty to behold in its painted cliffs!). But you’ll do so by rock climbing, river rafting, hiking, and taking part in other athletic pursuits.

Yosemite National Park, California

Surrounded exclusively by nature and many miles from the nearest road, the High Sierra Camps offer a home base for all of your wilderness excursions at Yosemite. Here, it’s easy to lose yourself in seclusion while staying connected to what you’ve come for: the natural features and wildlife all around you.

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

No hotels can be found inside this national park, so if you want to get up personal with and close to nature, this destination’s the one for you. Anyone seeking the comfort of a warm bed after a day of adventures will have to trek into nearby Estes Park, meaning Rocky Mountain is the perfect place to get in touch with your wild side.

Glacier National Park, Montana

With 700 miles of hiking and horseback trails to explore, this park is paradise for those who prefer to get very close to nature. Wander down any of its winding paths and you’re sure to stumble across more than a few natural wonders!

Of course these aren’t the only national parks that will get you close to nature! For more suggestions, contact our experts at Visit USA Parks. Together, we’ll help you craft your dream of getting close to nature.




The 6 Best National Park Scenic Drives

Scenic drives offer great opportunities to see the national parks from the comfort of your car. They’re a fantastic alternative for those with limited mobility or kids. Others may just need a break from all that walking! Be aware that many roads close during the winter months, and to always check for potential closures before your trip. Here are six of our favorite national park scenic drives from across the nation.

Trail Ridge Road, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

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This scenic drive boasts the highest continuously paved route in the United States. On your journey, you’ll reach a maximum height of over 12,000 feet! Along the way, you’ll encounter majestic views of the Continental Divide, flowering columbine, and autumnal golden aspens. Keep an eye out for elk year-round and other wildlife, especially at dusk and dawn.

Going-to-the-Sun Road, Glacier National Park, Montana

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This 50-mile highway crosses the Continental Divide at Logan Pass, where you’ll come face-to-face with magnificent scenery, as well as mountain goats and sheep. A park-operated bus tour can help you avoid road congestion in the summertime, or drive it during the spring or fall to avoid traffic. The Montana national parks truly can’t be beat!

Park Loop Road, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

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Mountains, meadows, and lakes, oh my! Grand Teton’s star attraction offers a spectacular scenic drive through diverse plains and mountains. You’ll also see plenty of wildlife. Be careful as the bison and elk don’t always look both ways when they cross the road!

Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park, Maine

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Travel up this mountain for the first glimpse of the sun’s rays as they brush the eastern coast first thing in the morning, and the first tentative appearances of the stars as they emerge in the night sky. You won’t be able to help feeling awed and peaceful here. Moose sightings are not uncommon in this area, especially at peak sunrise and sunset time.

Kolob Canyons Road, Zion National Park, Utah

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Sweeping red mountains tower over the earth along this scenic drive through Zion National Park. And at only five miles, it requires less of a commitment than the others on this list —great if you want to pause and take a short hike or some photos along the way!

Tioga Pass, Yosemite National Park, California

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Begin at Tioga Pass and travel through marble mountain ranges dotted with shrubs and trees. You’ll drive through picturesque Tuolumne Meadows on your way to shimmering Tenaya Lake, then take out your cameras at Olmstead Point to capture some great photos of Half Dome. Plan about three hours for a round trip, but definitely don’t miss this one!

You can learn more about scenic drives available in Yosemite and Zion, plus others found in the American Southwest, by reading our itinerary here.

Want to learn more about scenic drives through the national parks? Contact our experts at Visit USA Parks for more information, and for help crafting the perfect vacation.

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5 Spots to Go Fishing in National Parks You Wouldn’t Expect

Have you always wanted to go fishing in national parks? Going fishing in Yellowstone surrounded by wildlife, or fishing in Yosemite, with Half Dome as your back drop sound like the ideal way to experience the parks.

The national parks system has a huge variety of rivers, lakes, and streams—meaning there are plenty of opportunities to throw in a line during your next vacation. Finding good fishing in national parks can be a challenge, especially with the widespread increase in outdoor recreation. This summer, try exploring these five gems not typically known for their fishing.

Rules and Regulations for Fishing in National Parks

Make sure to research the fishing regulations of the places you intend to visit, and confirm whether or not you will need a state license, fishing permit, boat permit, stamps, or something else entirely before you begin, as laws vary greatly by location. Some parks may even impose limits on how many fish a single angler can catch in one day, as dwindling fish populations in recent years have encouraged more stringent measures. The National Parks Service is a great resource for any of

Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida

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Dry Tortugas National Park was originally named for the turtles discovered there by Ponce de Leon on his exploration to the “new” world. Today, Dry Tortugas National Park teems with marine life and opportunities to reel in your next big catch. Grab a boat permit and a Florida Saltwater Fishing License before heading out onto the water, and avoid the Research Natural Area where fishing is not allowed.

Fishing in Yosemite National Park, California

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While Yosemite is better known these days for its iconic climbing, you can fish in the park’s lakes and reservoirs year-round. Those massive stony backdrops provide the perfect spot for some excellent rainbow and brown trout fishing. The streams and rivers are only open from April through mid-November. You’ll need a fishing license from the state of California if you are over 16. Catch and release fishing is most common here, and there are seasonal limitations to how many fish you can take home with you. Yosemite does not allow bait fishing.

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

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For first-rate fishing in a national park, visit America’s first park. Cast your line in one of its sparkling rivers and the trout will practically falling onto your line. Fishing in Yellowstone is not only scenic, but affords opportunities to see other wildlife as well. Keep in mind that there are limits on the kind and number of fish you can decide to hold onto each day, and barbed hooks are not allowed. Don’t forget your bear spray!

Little Piney Creek Blue Ribbon Area, Missouri

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While not technically a national park, blue ribbon fisheries are those areas designated as being the best of the best. At Little Piney Creek, you’ll find an abundance of trout some of the most beautiful, wooded fishing areas around. Montana, Utah, and Michigan also have blue-ribbon fisheries.

Lake Powell, Utah and Arizona

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For an iconic experience nestled in magnificent red desert rocks, take a trip to Lake Powell in Utah and Arizona. Explore the lengthy coastline to find your next catch, or rent a boat from their marina.

If you still need help deciding on the perfect location for your American fishing trip, contact our national park experts with any questions. Get ready to fish the day away!

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