National Parks

March 31, 2020

National and State Park Closure Updates During COVID-19

A bison by water on a grey day in Yellowstone.

Editor’s note: After a great deal of careful consideration, we are temporarily closing our retail stores nationwide. For more information, review the FAQs regarding REI’s recent store closures. Please consult the CDC or your state health department for advice related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including information on symptoms, testing and how to protect yourself and […]

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January 9, 2020

How to Hike the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim

If it’s true desert wilderness you seek, then you can’t do better than the Grand Canyon, the crown jewel of the national parks system. Carved by water and chiseled by time, the mile-deep gash has enough mind-melting scenery to fill even the largest of memory cards. Twenty-mile views? Check. Soaring pinnacles? Check. Red rock buttes […]

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December 30, 2019

Our Favorite Places for Warm-Weather Camping This Winter

Winter camping doesn’t have to mean cold nights, thick sleeping bags and snow-covered tents. It can just as easily involve T-shirts, sunscreen and, most importantly, warm weather. All you have to do is head south. From the Florida Keys to the American Southwest, here are some of our favorite campsites for a little fun in […]

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December 27, 2019

Best Hikes in Death Valley

Mountains in Death Valley National Park

Towering 11,000-foot mountains, barren salt flats, sand dunes, deep canyons, expansive vistas and hidden oases make Death Valley National Park a hiker's playground. Mild temps and the chance to see wildflower superblooms mean spring is the most popular time to visit, but autumn and winter offer equally pleasant weather and fewer people. Temperatures soar above […]

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September 23, 2019

Best Hikes in Joshua Tree National Park

The sun sets behind a classic park landscape highlighting the iconic Joshua Trees.

Nestled deep within two distinct deserts in southern California, Joshua Tree National Park is within easy reach of Los Angeles, San Diego and even Las Vegas, making it a convenient spot for weekend adventures. However, with numerous campgrounds, ranger programs and recreational activities like hiking and rock climbing, the park deserves much more than a […]

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April 29, 2019

Mikah Meyer: Why I Visted All 419 National Park Sites in the United States

Tall Trees Grove of Redwood National Park

“Who’s gonna stay with George?” My fellow rafters and I asked each other, knowing full well one member of our group couldn’t complete the strenuous side canyon hike—and we didn’t want him pooping in the boat in our absence. It’s not a question most expeditions grapple with, yet it was our reality after a Canada […]

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April 22, 2019

Proficient in Parks

Two girls hold up Junior Ranger badges they collected

When Christine Lindström and her family of five hit the road in 2016 to prioritize a full-time RV lifestyle, she  planned to homeschool her three kids. The family would spend a lot of time in national parks, so Lindström expected to work the parks into her curriculum. But she was surprised to discover how comprehensive […]

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April 1, 2019

REI Introduces Adventures for Pets

REI Adventures has been guiding people on adventure travel trips for more than 30 years. Whether it’s cycling the winding roads of Zion National Park, exploring the unique flora and fauna of the Galapagos Islands or trekking through the Himalaya, REI guides have earned a reputation for delighting wanderers with excursions across the globe. Today, REI […]

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March 13, 2019

The Story Behind Indiana’s First National Park

Indiana Dunes National Park

The vast lands of the Midwest host fewer than a dozen national parks. But on February 15, Indiana Dunes officially became the nation’s newest and 61st national park. The designation marks the final chapter of a century-old conservation story that is also the story of Chicago, and a reframing of wild places beyond the traditional […]

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