I’ve been waiting weeks to say this: Spring is finally here!
Just let that soak in… goodbye, winter! So long, snowfall, and those chilly, barren days! No more storms, either! Or hopefully, at least a few less. Now, if the last of that snowfall would just melt…
Now that spring is here, it’s time to gear up and head outside to see the world in its new beauty! This month is hiking month here at NPD, and we can’t wait to get outside and start making new memories!
Here are a couple of my must-visit locations this spring, all across our country. Some are in driving distance for me. Others, well… I’ll just have to figure something out.
The American River Canyon – Auburn, CA
This is my hopeful first stop for this spring, and it’s only an hour’s drive away!
I’ve been the American River Canyon once in my life, when I was living in the area, and the hike was unforgettable. It was extremely intense (turns out, hiking down is easy – hiking back up is pretty hard), but the sights, the sounds, the utter quiet of the trees and the trickle of the water… they were all things that I wasn’t going to forget, anytime soon.
So, if you happen to live in California and you’re looking for a great spot to start celebrating spring, start here. This little canyon is a wonderfully quiet, fully unique experience to hike. And, since it's your first hike of the season, make sure that you have the essentials - a backpack and water bladder will both be super essential, and, luckily, we actually have a bundle on sale right now, just for this occasion! And if you just need one, well, here's the backpack, and here's the bladder. We actually have a really good deal on the bladders - we have way too many in our warehouse right now.
Zion National Park – Southern Utah
That picture below has been the background on my desktop, every day since I started working for National Parks Depot. Everything about it looks so inviting – the steep canyon walls, filled with spots perfect for climbing. The Little winding roads, begging to be driven on. The lush greenery of the forests, just waiting to be explored.
Everything about this park puts me in awe, and it’s definitely on my must-see list for this year. Can’t wait to pack a bag, rent some rock-climbing equipment (and bring a grappling hook - yeah, we sell those) and spend a weekend there.
Monument Valley – Southern Utah/Northern Arizona
Looks like I’m going to be spending more than one weekend in Utah, this year!
Do mesas fascinate anyone else? I’m not sure what it is about them that fixates me so much, but there’s just something about those enormous formations that screams “climb me!”
Monument Valley is one of my favorite landmarks in the U.S., but like Zion, I’ve never actually been there. So, this year I’ve decided that I’m going to make the trip. If the other trips are good for the body, this one is for the soul.
These rock formations even put our world’s largest buildings to shame. I can’t wait to discover and rediscover this park’s enormous majesty.
Your Local Trail – Anywhere U.S.A.
I know, I know, it’s cheesy, but I can’t really name all of the trails in America. That list would be just a little bit long.
So if you’ve got a local trail – whether it’s a city park or out of town just a ways – this is our invitation to you, to go out and explore it a little bit! We guarantee you have one. Here in Chico, we’ve got more trails running through our parks than I can be bothered to name. Back when I lived outside of Sacramento, there was a major river running through town, with trails all along either side.
If you look around, I guarantee you that you’ll find some little unexplored slice of the wilderness, even if you’re living in the densest urban jungle you’ve ever seen. An urban jungle is still a jungle, after all, and that means that you can still explore it.
So this month, get out and explore! Here at NPD, we’ll be right behind you.