National Parks and the Great Outdoors

Nothing beats time in the great outdoors. For our family, this is especially true in the Fall. We love getting out to explore when the temperature is cooler, the leaves are changing colors, and camping is comfortable. The smell of bonfires and pumpkin-spice everything really makes my world go round!

When traveling through New Mexico in the Fall, a great place to visit is Gallup. There are so many things to do there, especially if you enjoy the changing leaf colors as I do. You can enjoy many options for biking and hiking, or you can take a hot air balloon over the red rocks and enjoy all that Fall has to offer from the sky. There are also many cultural explorations to enjoy as you learn more about the rich history of the Native American tribes, Zuni and Navajo. All this can be done within a fifty-mile radius, too, making it quite convenient. While learning about the Native American tribes, you can participate in one of their dances or explore the Native American art that is on display throughout the community. If you enjoy the art, you can visit the Saturday Flea Market where much of it is on display and you can purchase silver and turquoise jewelry at a discount price. Be sure to bring cash so you can bargain! Gallup also offers many walking tours for families in the downtown area.

If you have a fourth grader in your family, check out the free program called “Every Kid in a Park.” This program gives the entire family free access to every national park. You can use the program to explore a monument or park nationally owned anywhere in the United States. It’s a great way to explore everything this country has to offer.

No matter what you and your family decide to do this Fall, make sure you include many options to get outside and explore. There are many wonderful learning opportunities available, you just have to get out and find them.