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National Park Travel Planning Resources - What Gear to Bring & Buy

Prepare Yourself For Adventure & National Park Forests Wont Seem So Remote

National Park Gear Suggestions

A Quick Guide on Preparing for Adventure 

Every Traveler has a list of gear that they pack for a variety of outdoor adventures.  Often, National Park travelers over, rather than under, over pack. Preparing yourself for the scenic, yet remote National Park setting requires thought and research. National Park Central hosts a team of Local Experts who live and breath their National Park experience.  Here are some of their suggestions from Locals at the 4 most visited regions in the National Park inventory. 



1. Hiking boots: Glacier boasts over 700 miles of trails and activity opportunities on many of these well maintained paths. 

2. Camera: Glacier is one of the most scenic locations in the world. It would take a lifetime to capture the beauty of this glaciated park. 

3. Bear Spray: We recommend UDAP - they will even ship to hour hotel. The company was founded by a Bear attack survivor and for release power and dependability, it is our suggestion - but always do your research & refer to the NPS website for more information on Bears, Bear safety and deterrents. 

4. Warm weather & Cold weather gear: It can snow 11 months of the year in Glacier.  Although the average temprature in the summer months is 85F 29.4C, the alpine region can remain cool, even on the 4th of july.  There are also days where Logan Pass will reach 100F 37C and send the wildlife into the highest peaks. 

5. Water Gear: Fishing, rafting, paddle boards, kayaking, boat tours & rentals, swimming...are all part of the Glacier Experience. 

6. Spotting scope: You do not have to venture far off the road or path in order to view the preditors and their pray that existed when the region became a National Park. 


1. Camera - Yellowstone is a filled with World Wonders & Wildlife Habitats like no place on earth. 

2. Touring car - Yellowstone is spread out and diverse.  it can take over a week to find your way around the park and without good wheels you will miss out on a great Adventure. 

3. Fishing Gear: Yellowsone, like Glacier, is filled with natural lakes, streams, and water activities.  You can Fly Fish in the morning, or from a boat at sunset.  West Yellowstone & Gardner both have excellent Guide services. 

4. Tent & Camping Gear: Yellowstone has 12 (BIG) campgrounds in the park that host thousands of visitors each year.  Camping under the Yellowstone starts is a once in a lifetime experience. 

5. Hiking Boots: Yellowstone is a large volcanic creator with diverse landscape.  Some of Yellowstone most hidden secret are only accessable by foot. 


Grand Canyon

1. Cross trainers: The Grand Canyon is a open desert play-land.  Walking, rather than hiking dominates movement.  There are many scenic ledges, vistas, and canyons.  Hiking DOWN and then UP from the canyon requires gear, planning, and prep.  You should consult the Grand Canyon NPS for information and safety tips for longer hikes.  Most of the canyon can be seen in short treks. 

2. Sunscreen, Water, Sunglasses, & a Hat:  The heat is inescapable in the Arizona desert and being prepared will extend your energy and protect your skin.  

4. Riding Gear: The average depth of the canyon is 5000 feet and getting down is only a quarter of he work.  Those who can ride, mule or ATV, often see parts of the Canyon much less traveled.  There are many micro-ecosystems that provide visitors with top and lower canyon experiences, is lke visiting two parks in one. 

6. Reading Materials (A Book): Traveling to the Grand Canyon takes effort. The closest major airport is almost 4 hours drive.  Locations around the park have large distances. The Grand Canyon is a perfect place to unplug from the connected world. Learning about he unique historical and geological aspects of the canyon will make the trip more fulfilling & rejuvenating. 


1. Hiking and Climbing gear:  Yosemite is a large park and has great hiking for those who do their research. The Yosemite Valley is known for its climbing schools and guides, as well as its busy day hike trails.  

2. Bike: Experienced visitors to the Yosemite Valley often bring bikes and camping gear. You can stay at one of two very popular campgrounds in the Yosemite valley and bike everywhere.  There are bike rental services located on the Valley floor. 

3. Camera: Yosemite is home to the Ansel Adams Gallery is located in the Yosemite Valley. It is home to some of the most inspiring photography in the National Park experience.  Yosemite provides photography and video educatoinal and hands on opportunities to capture a once in a lifetime shot.  IT IS IMPORTANT TO BE SAFE WHENEVER SHOOTING NEAR LEDGES OR WATERFALLS. 

4. Tourist HAT: Yosemite is near California's old west Gold Country, Wine Country, and skiing in the High Serrias.  Yosemite valley can be used as a hub of adventure in one of California's most scenic travel and adventure regions. 

How hot is the Grand Canyon in JULY?

The average high daytime temperatures will reach 104 F/40 C during the month of July. Hydration is critical during a mid summer visit.

How long to drive or hike from the North Rim to the South Rim?

The Grand Canyon is like visiting 2 separate desert parks. The driving distance is close to 5 hours. and hiking between the two locations requires ability and 24 miles on foot, a recommended 2-3 day trek.

How do I ride a raft through the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is known for its floats through the canyon. This is a extreme technical process that requires planning and a guide. The Grand Canyon NPS has a page dedicated to River Trips that will help you plan this authentic Grand Canyon Adventure!

How busy is Glacier Park?

Glacier National Park experiences over 2 million visitors during its peak 10 week summer season. the famous Going to the Sun Highway is usually open for 90 days, this means that an average of 22,000 visitors travel over the road each day it is open.


Grand Teton National Park is located directly south of Yellowstone. There is about a 10 minute drive between the parks, but it will take several days to drive the roads considering traffic, wildlife, and attractions.

How to get around in Yosemite Valley?

There is a shuttle, and experienced park visitors bring bikes. You can also rent bikes in the park.

How long is Glacier Parks Going to the Sun Highway?

The GTTS Highway is just over 50 miles long and takes and average of 3 - 6 hours to drive.

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