National Park Quest

Running is one of my favorite ways to see the world. Some of my most memorable runs have taken place in America’s National Parks. My husband and I have fallen in love with our National Park Service, and we’ve made it our goal to visit all 59 parks throughout the United States. While some runners are on a quest to race in every state, we’re trying to hike in every National Park (and hopefully run there too).

Twenty-seven states have National Parks, as well as the American Samoa and the United States Virgin Islands. The most National Parks are in California (nine), followed by Alaska (eight), Utah (five) and Colorado (four). We have a lot of trips to take! You can follow our journey on this page as we visit new parks and create memories of a lifetime.

Parks Visited

  1. Acadia (Maine) – Read my recap
  2. Arches (Utah) – See a few highlights
  3. Crater Lake (Oregon) – Read my recap
  4. Glacier (Montana) – Read my recap
  5. Grand Canyon (Arizona) – Read my recap
  6. Grand Teton (Wyoming) – Read my recap
  7. Mesa Verde (Utah) – See a few highlights
  8. Saguaro (Arizona) – Read my recap
  9. Yellowstone (Wyoming) – Read my recap
  10. Yosemite (California) – See photos from my Yosemite run
  11. Zion (Utah) – See a few highlights

Parks Still on the To-do List

  1. American Samoa
  2. Badlands (South Dakota)
  3. Big Bend (Texas)
  4. Biscayne (Florida) (Planned for winter 2018)
  5. Black Canyon of the Gunnison (Colorado)
  6. Bryce Canyon (Utah)
  7. Canyonlands (Utah)
  8. Capitol Reef (Utah)
  9. Carlsbad Caverns (New Mexico)
  10. Channel Islands (California)
  11. Congaree (South Carolina)
  12. Cuyahoga Valley (Ohio)
  13. Death Valley (California/Nevada)
  14. Denali (Alaska)
  15. Dry Tortugas (Florida) (Planned for winter 2018)
  16. Everglades (Florida) (Planned for winter 2018)
  17. Gates of the Arctic (Alaska)
  18. Glacier Bay (Alaska)
  19. Great Basin (Nevada)
  20. Great Sand Dunes (Colorado)
  21. Great Smoky Mountains (Tennessee/North Carolina)
  22. Guadalupe Mountains (Texas)
  23. Haleakalā (Hawaii)
  24. Hawaii Volcanoes (Hawaii)
  25. Hot Springs (Arkansas)
  26. Isle Royale (Michigan)
  27. Joshua Tree (California)
  28. Katmai (Alaska)
  29. Kenai Fjords (Alaska)
  30. Kings Canyon (California)
  31. Kobuk Valley (Alaska)
  32. Lake Clark (Alaska)
  33. Lassen Volcanic (California)
  34. Mammoth Cave (Kentucky)
  35. Mount Rainier (Washington) (Planned for summer 2018)
  36. North Cascades (Washington) (Planned for summer 2018)
  37. Olympic (Washington) (Planned for summer 2018)
  38. Petrified Forest (Arizona)
  39. Pinnacles (California)
  40. Redwood (California)
  41. Rocky Mountain (Colorado)
  42. Sequoia (California)
  43. Shenandoah (Virginia)
  44. Theodore Roosevelt (North Dakota) (Possibly planned for spring 2018)
  45. Virgin Islands (U.S. Virgin Islands) (Planned for April 2018)
  46. Voyageurs (Minnesota)
  47. Wind Cave (South Dakota)
  48. Wrangell–St. Elias (Alaska)