Who Needs Mars When You’ve Got Canyonlands?
62 Parks Traveler started with a simple goal: to visit every U.S. national park in one year. Avid backpacker and public-lands nerd Emily Pennington saved up, built out a tiny van to travel and live in, and hit the road. The parks as we know them are rapidly changing, and she wanted to see them before it’s too late.
Pennington has returned to traveling and is committed to following CDC guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the safety of herself and others. She’s visiting new parks as they open and closely adhering to best safety practices.
“This is a no-fall ride, so if you see something that looks intense, feel free to walk it,” our mountain-biking guide told our group. He’s a curly-headed outdoor addict who wanted everyone to have a good time. “Slickrock stair climbing on a bike is a uniquely Moab skill set,” he added. “There’s no need to push, dude.”