Bats, Volcanos, Crocs: 15 Hair-Raising National Park Adventures from Bats, Volcanos, Crocs: 15 Hair-Raising National Park Adventures

Bats, Volcanos, Crocs: 15 Hair-Raising National Park Adventures

Hawaii Volcanos National Park, National Park Foundation’s Share the Experience photo contest/Jason Chu

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Bats, Volcanos, Crocs: 15 Hair-Raising National Park Adventures

This year marks a century since the establishment of the National Park Service, the organization preserving conservation forests, mountains, gardens, lakes, wildlife and rivers in national parks across America.

The second century of stewardship and the celebrations marking it will officially begin August 25 but you don’t have to wait until then to enjoy the riches these national “treasures” offer. You get to visit all parks for free during National Parks Week, April 16-24.

Recent studies have shown that merely a walk in the park can calm the mind while changing the way the brain works in ways that improve mental health.

Whether you travel alone, with friends or with a large family, there are quests for everyone. Some are quite challenging, others can be are very scary or intriguing. You can go wolf-tracking, sandboarding, wildlife watching, or on a hot air balloon ride.

With help from the National Park Foundation, we compiled a list of the best exploits.

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