We have created a list of US Southwest National Parks guides, tips, and packing checklists to help you plan your trip.
People often ask us for US National Park vacation ideas, especially for the parks in the American Southwest, where we live.
We’ve asked our travel friends to share their guides and tips for visiting National Parks by state in the Southwest USA: Arizona, Southern California, Southern Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah.
You’ll find 40+ resources for planning the perfect US Southwest vacation to visit the National Parks in this region of the country.
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National Park Packing List
When you are visiting US National Parks it is important to be prepared. This includes wearing the proper clothes and shoes to be comfortable for the climate and the terrain.
→ CHECK OUT: National park packing lists for spring, summer, fall and winter!
- Merrell Moab hiking shoes or Oboz hiking shoes
- Darn Tough hiking socks
- Water – carry a hydration pack or a refillable water bottle in your backpack
- Healthy food that’s portable and filling!
- Columbia fleece jacket
- Wicking, quick-drying clothing
- Lip balm with UV protection
- Sun protection – sunscreen (even in the winter) and a sunhat
- UV sunglasses are good for summer and winter
- Travel hand sanitizer
- Flashlight or headlamp
- US National Park travel guides and maps
- First aid kit
- Insect repellent
- Camera gear – DOWNLOAD the free checklist!
A Photo Tour of Utah National Parks
Take a visual tour through all five Utah National Parks to see the stunning landscapes you’ll see when you visit!
Arizona National Parks
Arizona National Park Guides and Tips to plan your vacation.
Southern California National Parks
National Park Guides and Tips to plan a vacation to the parks in Southern California.
Southern Colorado National Parks
Southern Colorado National Park Guides and Tips to plan your vacation.
Nevada National Parks
Tips and guides for visiting the one National Park in Nevada.
New Mexico National Parks
New Mexico National Park guides and tips to plan your trip!
Texas National Parks
Guides and tips for visiting the National Parks in Texas.
Utah National Parks
Resources to help you plan a trip to visit the Utah National Parks.
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