Sports add a new dimension of fun to any family vacation in the national parks. But there’s more to consider than just hiking and fishing! To add some extra adventure to your next national park trip, consider the suggestions in the following list, and prepare for your sportiest park visit yet!
The national parks offer plenty of rafting options for the adventurers in your party, and these can be magnificent ways to sightsee in canyons or along rivers. Just be sure to note everyone’s skill level and the water conditions at the time of year you’ll be visiting. That way, you’ll plan an excursion everyone will enjoy!
Sure, you can rock climb at a gym, but there’s nothing like doing so in a national park. Try Yosemite for a variety of walls and climbs suited to all skill levels, from the extreme trip up El Capitan or Half Dome, to beginner trips offered by Yosemite Climbing School.
If winter sports are what you seek, the national parks won’t disappoint you. Visit Yosemite National Park to try California’s oldest downhill ski resort, Badger Pass. You can also try cross-country skiing or snowshoeing at Grand Teton, Rocky Mountain, and Glacier National Parks. Whatever your interests, you’ll find plenty of sports to entertain you in the national parks during winter months.
Cycling and Mountain Biking
To experience the national parks from a new perspective, try cycling along the scenic driving routes. If you’re especially adventurous, go mountain biking along trails with varied terrain and obstacles to keep your journey exciting. Check out My Yellowstone Trail (see Trailer) for some great inspiration.
Because virtually any of the hiking trails in the national parks can be taken at a run, and running requires no special equipment apart from a sturdy pair of shoes, trail running is an easy sport to add to your next vacation. Just be sure to drink plenty of water and assess your fitness level before choosing a trail.
Our experts at Visit USA Parks can provide you with more information about all of the recreational activities, including sports, available in the national parks. Contact us today for help planning your next vacation!