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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Find Uncrowded National Park Trails

Above, Towers of the Virgin at Zion National Park. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Our national parks are more popular than ever and with that popularity comes crowds.

It is hard to enjoy a national park when there's people all over the place. But there's a new app that will aid people to find trails to "get off the beaten path" and away from everyone else.

According to Condé Nast Traveler:
The road less traveled—it’s an old adage, sure, but also advice worth taking when it comes to exploring U.S. national parks. After all, our beloved parks are crowded: Last year, they had a banner year, with 325 million visitors enjoying (sometimes free) time in the great outdoors. Particular park trails, though, are more crowded than others, and in 2016, 24 million people traveled the U.S. National Parks’ "most popular" trails—a more than seven percent increase from 2015. 
That’s where GPS wearable TomTom comes in. In an effort to prevent overcrowding (parks like Utah’s Zion National Park are bustling even in the off-season), the company has teamed up with the National Park Foundation to develop curated digital maps of "off-the-beaten-path" trails throughout the national parks.

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