Big Blend’s National Park Travel Planner website is a great place to plan your next visit to a National Park destination. This site, along with Parks & Travel Magazine, is published by Nancy J. Reid and Lisa D. Smith, a mother/daughter travel, radio and publishing team, who through their Big Blend Love Your Parks Tour, are committed to visiting and documenting all 417+ US National Park Units and showcasing what their gateway communities have to offer. Our goal is to promote the full funding and protection of our National Parks and other public lands and programs, and to further sustainable and responsible tourism as a viable industry to the park gateway communities.

PARKS & TRAVEL MAGAZINE: Oct-Dec. 2018 – This issue invites you to explore Northern Quebec and Eastern Canada, Iceland and Scotland’s Shetland Islands, the American heartland cities of Detroit and Cleveland, along with the Chief Joseph Trail Ride and regional portions of California, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Kentucky and Louisiana. Enjoy articles and interviews covering family history and roots travel, art and photography, books and film history, tourism and hospitality.  


Read on Calameo HERE!…


Or Read on Issuu HERE!




Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests The most-visited National Forest and Grassland for recreation in the nation.

Island Time, Ohio Style – Travel writer Debbie Stone experiences Lake Erie’s islands, north of Ohio’s mainland.

Dry Tortugas Artists-in-Residence – Denesa Chan and Gavin Mulvay spend a month on a remote island in Dry Tortugas National Park.

DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun – Seasonal events, visiting artists and current exhibits at the historic Tucson landmark.

Vocalist Joan Hammel – A Big Blend Radio interview covering her award-winning music career and National Park residencies.