Announcing the Winners of The Outbound's #NPS Story Contest

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On this day 100 years ago, the National Park Service was born.

As a result of a campaign to promote the protection of America’s most stunning landscapes led by several leading conservationists, businessmen, and journalists, President Woodrow Wilson signed the National Park Service Organic Act. We couldn’t be more grateful that he did and based on the amazing stories that have been shared in our #NPS100 contest, we know you agree. Thank you to everyone who participated, we loved reading your stories. Check out the winning stories below and be sure to get outside this weekend and explore your local NPS site - it might be closer than you think!

Exploring America’s Last Frontier: Gates of the Arctic National Park


Photo: Sonja Saxe

5 Reasons Why You Should Get Married in a National Park


Photo: Alyssa Aaron

You are Probably Closer to an NPS Site Than You Think


Photo: Johnathan Valdez

Cover photo: Sonja Saxe

Published: August 25, 2016

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Climbing in 18-Degree Weather to Shoot the Sunrise

Vantage, Washington

One of the things that I love about photography is how the quality of light can make or break a photo. When shooting outdoors it is those early hours in the morning that I love the most.

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Our Hike to Angels Landing: Dangerous? Maybe. Amazing? Definitely.

Angels Landing, Utah

Three weeks before my sister turned 24 she texted me to ask if I wanted to go on a trip for her birthday. She wasn’t sure where she wanted to go but she knew she wanted to be outdoors.

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Southern California's Off-Season Gems: Mojave, Death Valley, Alabama Hills, and Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree National Park, California

It all started with a simple Google search. My buddy, Cameron, and I were procrastinating studying for our law school finals when we started daydreaming about a getaway.

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