Venturing to a national park? What you need to know

Tourists line up for photos at Delicate Arch in Arches National Park near Moab, Utah, in June 2016. Arches and several other national parks have closed down amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Tourists line up for photos at Delicate Arch in Arches National Park
Ravell Call | The Deseret News via AP 2016

The National Park Service is expecting one of their busiest years on record. Pandemic fatigue has sparked a surge of interest in outdoor recreation. 

People are flocking to national parks, but many are finding long lines or limited entry due to overcrowding. As vacationers prepare to venture out for summer, what can they do to make the national park experience more enjoyable?

Friday, two recreation experts joined host Kerri Miller to talk tips on how to plan, be a responsible park visitor, and enjoy the benefits of spending time in nature.


  • Jenny Anzelmo-Sarles is the assistant director for communications and chief spokesperson at the National Park Service.

  • Ashley D'Antonio is a recreation ecologist and assistant professor in the Department of Forest Ecosystems & Society at Oregon State University. 

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