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!




Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

Gila Cliff Dwellings One of the first monuments in the country showcases how the ancestors of the Puebloan people lived over 700 years ago.

Winter in Pinnacles National Park – Enjoy hiking trails, rock climbing, exploring caves, star gazing, camping and bird watching.

Visit Greeley, Colorado – While offering a small town atmosphere, Greeley bustles with big city amenities, the arts and outdoor activities.

Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge – A southern Arizona destination with spectacular bird and wildlife watching, and hiking trails.

Destination Marketing – Ralph Masengill shares advice on tourism marketing and branding for small and medium sized communities.