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Look Deep into Nature: Explore National Parks for Free

Apr 22, 2019 View Comments by

I just returned from an awesome motorcycle tour chasing butterflies and wildflowers. You can expect the full article on the wildflower super bloom at Joshua Tree National Park and surrounding areas in an upcoming issue of RoadRUNNER. In the meantime, you can read more about this awesome park in my article, In Pursuit of Wildness: […]

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‘Your Pass Now’ Helping to Reduce Congestion at National Parks

May 17, 2017 View Comments by

Imagine: your saddlebags are packed, your gear’s on, the sun’s out, and you’re excited to spend several days exploring Sequoia National Park. You roll out of the driveway in a great mood. Then you get there and see the long line to purchase a park pass. Developed in conjunction with the National Park Service, Your Pass Now is […]

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Free Admission to All National Parks April 22-23

Apr 18, 2017 View Comments by

National Park Week is April 15-23, and to celebrate the National Park Service is hosting fee-free days at all national parks April 22-23. National Park Week is an excellent time to make great connections, explore new places, discover open spaces, and enjoy affordable vacations. April 22 is Earth Day, and April 23 is the second annual […]

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Free Admission to U.S. National Parks August 25-28

Aug 25, 2016 View Comments by

The National Park Service turns 100 today, August 25, 2016, and everyone can take part in the celebration. From August 25-28, the NPS will offer free admission to all U.S. national parks. America’s more than 400 national parks span 84 million acres, terrain that is historic, sacred, and enriching—and RoadRUNNER continues to explore them, from Arches to […]

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In Pursuit of Wildness: Rocky Mountain National Park

Jun 22, 2019 View Comments by

Bear with me, as it’s been 1,200 miles since I left Three Rivers, CA, and the wild views before me are stunning. The Rocky Mountains in Colorado stand majestically before me. The Quaking Aspens tremble in the wind. The weather is mild. I’m on a “rocky mountain high,” and this is where this story begins. […]

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In Pursuit of Wildness: Chiricahua National Monument

Jan 17, 2019 View Comments by

I’m on my motorcycle, heading west on I-10 back to California, when I see the sign for a destination totally unfamiliar to me: Chiricahua National Monument. Just the name sparks my interest. Although best known for being the home of the Grand Canyon, Arizona is rich with more than a dozen less-frequented national park areas, […]

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Discover Kentucky’s beautiful State Parks

Oct 17, 2018 View Comments by

If you’re looking for delightful riding and country scenery, fall is the perfect time to discover the Blue Grass state and its 49 state parks, some of which feature resorts and campsites that offer special military discounts for reservists, veterans, national guards, military retirees, and members on active duty. You can enjoy a 10% discount […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Cruising the Loess Hills National Scenic Byway

Oct 15, 2018 View Comments by

During the last Ice Age, some 10,000-plus years ago, winds picked up soils, which had been ground as fine as flour from glacial activity, and deposited them in dunes along what is today Iowa’s western border. In time, topsoil was formed and anchored by native grasses. The land became exceptionally fertile for farming, which attracted […]

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In Pursuit of Wildness: Zion National Park

Sep 17, 2018 View Comments by

In Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the two bank- and train-robbing bandits sought these red canyons as their hideout from the law. I was mesmerized by Paul Newman and Robert Redford in this modern-day Western, but honestly, the scenery captivated me more. I knew that one day I would have to visit the wild […]

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Classic Roads: Colorado US 34: Trail Ridge Road National Scenic Byway

Jul 16, 2018 View Comments by

This 64-mile Classic Roads adventure begins in the historic mountain resort town of Estes Park, Colorado, the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, and rolls along a stretch of US 34, which is the highest continuous paved road in the U.S. It has been a popular destination for motorists since its completion in 1938. The […]

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In Pursuit of Wildness: Death Valley National Park

May 28, 2018 View Comments by

Death Valley National Park is the hottest, driest, and lowest national park in America. It’s a summer day and I’m filling up my motorcycle gas tank in Baker, CA, when I asked the gas station attendant how hot it is. I’m a bit surprised when he points upwards and says, “The thermometer reads 112 degrees. […]

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Sequoia National Park Entrance Sign Restored

May 23, 2018 View Comments by

Sequoia National Park’s entrance sign, whose powerful presence greets visitors at the boundary, is back in place after almost six months of restoration. Since 1935, this sign has welcomed visitors to the nation’s second-oldest national park. Carved more than 80 years ago, the mammoth 4-foot by 10-foot sign emerged from a slab of sequoia wood, from […]

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National Park Week 2018

Mar 13, 2018 View Comments by

“There can be nothing in the world more beautiful than the Yosemite, the groves of the giant sequoias and redwoods, the Canyon of the Colorado, the Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Three Tetons; and our people should see to it that they are preserved for their children and their children’s children forever, with their majestic […]

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Classic Roads: Michigan’s River Road National Scenic Byway

Nov 06, 2017 View Comments by

The Au Sable River, which flows 138 miles through Michigan’s Huron National Forest on its way to Lake Huron, packs plenty of history. The “River of Sand” is a designated National Wild and Scenic River, and River Road, which twists along the southern banks of the Au Sable from the town of Oscoda to M-65, […]

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In Pursuit of Wildness: Mount Rainier National Park

Sep 13, 2017 View Comments by

“Of all the fire mountains which, like beacons, once blazed along the Pacific Coast, Mount Rainier is the noblest …” —John Muir Mount Rainier is the fifth highest peak in the contiguous United States, and America’s fifth oldest national park. But for my family, we simply called this park home. When my tour ended with […]

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