Road Trip: National Parks edition

For those days when you just feel like an adventure! #NAUSummer

Image for post
Image for post
Image for post
Image for post
Image for post
Image for post

Walnut Canyon

If you’re looking for a mini-getaway, Walnut Canyon is only 12 miles from campus, or a short 20 minute drive!

Hours of operation are 9:00 A.M. to 5 P.M. daily except for Christmas day, so there’s plenty of time for year-round fun — admission is $15 per person and the pass is good for seven days. The canyon walls house remnants of fossils from ancient seas and the park features different hiking trails to view these amazing sights from atop a massive plateau.

Petrified Forest National Park

Image for post
Image for post

Driving through the Petrified Forest you’ll get to see amazing fossils of ancient redwoods, vast wildlife and the beautiful Painted Desert. Along the way, there are stops for gorgeous photo-ops and museums to learn about the park’s history and see fossils of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals found in the park.

Along with the Grand Canyon, the Petrified Forest is something you have to see in person to truly experience. If you want to drive around, hike, and learn new things the Petrified Forest is a great place for a weekend visit.

Grand Canyon National Park

It’s popular for a reason! One of the Seven Wonders of the World, the canyon is approximately 90 minutes from campus!

The park is open all day daily for only twenty dollars a vehicle. Whether you want to hike, observe look out points, visit the visitor and information centers, go rafting, or take photos this place offers something for almost anyone. The canyon offers many different sights year round from the river flowing after rainfall in the summer to the snow covered cliffs around fall in winter — there isn’t a bad time to visit!

#LumberjackTip Reservations are recommend for activities such as guided tours and rafting. The Grand Canyon can provide a day of beauty and fun in the state it calls home and all just a short road trip from NAU.

Wupatki National Monument

Image for post
Image for post

Sunset Crater Volcano

Image for post
Image for post

If you’re in the mood for a quick jaunt off-campus, another nearby monument is Sunset Crater Volcano.

BONUS

Lake Mary isn’t a national park — — but if you’re looking to escape into nature, it’s a short drive from campus to Lake Mary.

Lake Mary

Image for post
Image for post

Written by

It’s always a great day to be a Lumberjack! Join the conversation and share your #NAU story.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store