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The REI CO-OP National Parks Guide App Is the Shiz

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If you have been hanging out under a rock or something lately and haven’t yet seen the phone app that REI and the National Parks Service recently collaborated on, you really need to check it out!

First off, this thing is beautiful, which when it comes down to it is why we spend so much time outdoors! It’s available in the App Store for iPhone or on Android.

They’ve created extremely detailed listings of all of the most popular national parks with the plan to complete listings for all of the 58 national parks within the US within the coming years. The app ties right in with HikingProject.com, which has beautiful interactive maps of trails within the parks.

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Some of the highlights of the REI / National Parks App

  • Beautiful imagery, in abundance, of all of the park
  • Searchable by closest park, most popular, or by good old alphabetical order
  • Because it’s partnered with HikingProject.com, there are in depth routes on hundreds of hikes within the parks
  • You can create a to-do list within each park of the things you plan so that when you get there you’re all ready to explore
  • A listing for “Gems” of each park show crowdsourced, rated areas within the park that are essentially must-sees.

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Other Bonus Nuggets in the App

  • Additional Park Details — like operating times, visitor center info, seasons, etc.
  • Visiting Tips — like fee information, vehicles allowed, pass details, etc.
  • Camping and Lodging — like costs, reservation information and links, backcountry info, etc.
  • Shops, Shuttles and Tours — links to program offerings and ranger guided tours… all of which are free
  • Maps and Guidebooks — park specific free maps from the nps.gov website listings for the specific park
  • Food and Drink — like what’s available onsite and in the region, etc.
  • Other Activities — like additional things not necessarily affiliated with the park but available in the park region

Seriously. Do yourself a favor and check this one out.

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