Review of Moon USA National Parks

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Moon USA National Parks

By Jessica Shouse

 

The Complete Guide to All 59 Parks

America’s National Park System is made up of 59 unique parks across the country. Whether you’re searching for extreme adventure, seeking peaceful solitude or planning a family vacation, the National Park System has something for everyone. It most certainly can be overwhelming to choose what park to visit, when to visit, and what not to miss during a visit.

There are 1000’s of guide books out there to assist you in planning your trip to any of the 59 National Parks across the country. You may be asking yourself, “Where do I even start?” The definitive new guide, Moon USA National Parks: The Complete Guide to All 59 Parks by long-time National Park advocate and former guide, Becky Lomax, comes highly recommended.

Lomax kicks off the guide with a short, but stunning introduction and tribute to the park system. “These 59 National parks are masterpieces spread across the United States. The artistry of nature paints their rain forests with mossy green, their lakes a vivid blue, and their canyons in shifting oranges and reds.” The easy to follow, comprehensive guide book provides planning inspiration with practical information to assist all travellers find their perfect destination. The book then offers a list of Lomax’s Top 10 park experiences. These include watching Old Faithful blow in Yellowstone, gazing up at the giant redwoods in Sequoia, and hiking the Narrows in Zion. I had the pleasure of watching Old Faithful for the first time in the Summer of 2018, it is a can’t miss experience for sure.

 

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Yellowstone’s Old Faithful

 

Lomax organizes the 59 National Parks in the book by eight regions, based on location. This makes planning epic road trips easier, as you can plan stops at multiple parks in one trip. I am currently using the guide to help me plan a trip to the Southwest region this Spring, where we will be stopping at Arches and Canyonlands.

 

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Arches National Park: Delicate Arch

 

As a lifelong resident of Colorado, I am blessed to live only 45 minutes from of one of the most visited parks in the country, Rocky Mountain National Park. I frequent the park 1-2 times per month on average, so am most familiar with it. For each of the 59 parks, Lomax provides a map, a short introduction, entrance, visitor center and fee information, and tips for planning your time. A key feature of the guide book that I really like is that Lomax offers her top three experiences for each park. For the parks that I have personally visited, I would also highly recommend the same experiences.

Another key feature of Lomax’s guide that I really enjoy is her “One Day” section. For each of the 59 parks, Lomax describes the must do’s if you only have one day to visit a park. For Rocky Mountain this included things such as visiting the Bear Lake area, driving Trail Ridge Road and visiting the Alpine Visitor’s Center. I very much agree that driving Trail Ridge Road is a can’t miss experience.

 

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Wildflowers in Death Valley National Park

 

Moon USA National Parks: The Complete Guide to All 59 Parks by Becky Lomax is a very comprehensive and well-written guide book. The guide is organized well and very reader-friendly. No matter what type of adventure you are seeking, the guide is sure to have something for you. Whether you are seeking safe encounters with wildlife, peaceful solitude, winter activities or all those can’t miss locations for the perfect selfie opportunity, the guide has it. Wondering where to stay during your visits? Lomax includes lodging and camping information and many other practical tips for each park.

 

Available Now!

 

You can order your own copy today through Amazon by clicking here.  Happy adventuring!

 

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I’m a 30 something, wife, mother, boss babe, photographer, blogger, gear reviewer and avid nature lover. Jessy's my name, and hiking’s my game! I am blessed to call beautiful Colorado home. Getting out and enjoying nature, being in the mountains helps me to escape the pressures of life.  Being up in those peaks takes away all my stress, all my worries. It is my solitude, my peace - my healing place. I go to the mountains to seek guidance and find clarity.

Reconnecting with nature and developing a true passion for hiking and the outdoors has literally saved me. This is why I created Colorado Mountain Momma.  I want to share the incredible healing power of hiking & nature with other Mommas that may be experiencing their own struggles.

By opening a very personal door into my own journey and life experiences I hope to show others that they too can benefit from all nature has to offer. Through Colorado Mountain Momma, I aim to guide others to find a healthy balance between catering to life’s responsibilities and caring for one's self and passions.

25 thoughts on “Review of Moon USA National Parks

  • March 7, 2019 at 3:47 pm
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    I am a big fan of camping and being out in nature. What a great resource this is. Thanks for the review.

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  • March 7, 2019 at 8:24 am
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    National Parks are the reason why I keep going back to the United States. I am always amazed with the diversity of nature there. This guide will be something worth checking out for me definitely. Thanks.

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  • March 6, 2019 at 6:39 am
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    I am not a big fan of camping but your picture of the wildflowers makes me want to go and just enjoy nature! Thanks for sharing!

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  • March 6, 2019 at 2:14 am
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    This book looks so cool. I will have to check it out.

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  • March 5, 2019 at 3:16 pm
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    I have not been camping in a while but we definitely did not camp at one of these parks. I would have gone more because these parks are stunning.

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  • March 5, 2019 at 12:23 pm
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    Oh wow, This book seems to be really helpful especially when you love travelling and being out in nature. I’ll have to check this out now.

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  • March 5, 2019 at 4:28 am
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    Sounds like such an awesome guide! I am visiting Yosemite National park this july, a book like this will come in handy! Ty for sharing.

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  • March 5, 2019 at 4:18 am
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    My parents have visited more national parks than I have. I need to get on it and travel with the kids.

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  • March 5, 2019 at 2:51 am
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    Checking this book out! I’m not the most outdoorsy person, but I love visiting parks whenever we travel. 🙂

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  • March 5, 2019 at 2:50 am
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    I would love to visit all those National Parks! If only the visa application and plane tickets to the United States are affordable! Haha

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  • March 5, 2019 at 2:50 am
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    Am just hearing about the national guide for the first time. Thanks for sharing this.

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  • March 4, 2019 at 9:58 pm
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    I loved all national parks. This would be a great reference book. Beautiful pictures.

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  • March 4, 2019 at 5:40 pm
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    I ordered this national park guide because it was the newest guide and because it listed “detailed maps” in the description. I’ve added photos of the maps from Grand Canyon and Bryce Canyon since I recently visited both.

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  • March 4, 2019 at 4:14 pm
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    We love national parks and live only hours from Yosemite National Park. This book looks like it would be helpful for anyone who travels to camp or visit parks. We have a camping book for just California cause that is about as far as we get. Thanks for sharing.

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  • March 4, 2019 at 3:36 pm
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    I never heard of this guide before. I have to buy this for my mom because she loves national parks!

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  • March 4, 2019 at 1:48 pm
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    Living close to Edmonton, we often take trips to see the Rocky Mountains! Banff National Park and Jasper National Park are beautiful. I’d love to take a trip down to the States one day and check these out too!!

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  • March 4, 2019 at 1:22 pm
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    Oooh this looks like it would be a very good review for me to consider given a trip I have planned in a while! Thank you!

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  • March 4, 2019 at 11:36 am
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    Wow. Nice photos! Surely will great to see you in action. Hopefully soon which are not anymore from the books

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  • March 4, 2019 at 8:57 am
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    This is a great little guide. It is my dream one day to visit all the National Parks and come across to the USA.

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  • March 4, 2019 at 4:16 am
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    I would love to explore all those great national parks that the USA has. The dreaming outdoors vacation filled with beautiful nature.

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  • March 4, 2019 at 2:50 am
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    USA has so many beautiful and surreal national parks. The book seams like a great guide for it to get the best experience ever!

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  • March 4, 2019 at 2:49 am
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    Looks like an amazing resource for a great summer adventure! Thanks for the recommendation, I’ll be sure to check it out!

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  • March 4, 2019 at 12:44 am
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    Looks like a must own book for exploring!

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  • March 3, 2019 at 8:53 pm
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    The National Parks are America’s greatest treasure. I’ve visited a few of them, but I have so many places to see, as you noted. They are truly special.

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    • March 5, 2019 at 8:54 pm
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      Thanks for reading Taryn! I have so many more to see still too!!!

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