PHOTO: Enjoy national parks without all of those pesky crowds. (Photo via Flickr/Davis Doherty)
TomTom is getting into the spirit of National Park Week.
To celebrate the annual occasion, it’s doing its part to stave off rampant crowding taking place at parks all over the country.
It has launched a website that offers hikers the ability to quickly and easily find trails that are off the beaten path.
Head over and find trails sectioned off by state. There is also a nifty group called influencer favorites. These are paths picked out for their beauty by social-media savvy travelers such as outdoor photographer Kat Carney and adventurer Christine Donaldson.
Carney supplied the map for Glen Canyon Trail, which gives you an idea of how immersive these itineraries can be as it advises at least two days be set aside to conquer the gorgeous landscape that will take you from Hurricane Wash to Coyote Gulch.
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This isn’t all because TomTom has promised $5 will go to the National Park Foundation from every TomTom Adventurer device sold from April 10-23.
This represents a period coinciding with National Park Week (April 15-23), which is a few days when national parks across the country waive their entry fees.
Having at least a few maps to rarely seen trails is an amazing opportunity, let alone getting access to this trove of hiking possibilities.
Savoring nature loses some of its luster, however, when you have to share it with busloads of tourists meandering the area.
The point of a nice amble is to lose yourself in the moment, and these maps will go a long way to accomplishing just that – especially as overcrowding continues to beset some of the nation’s more popular parks.
Back in January, TravelPulse’s Donald Wood reported that national parks enjoyed record attendance in 2016.
However, having that many people visit means overcrowding and littering. For some of these parks, such as Zion and Yellowstone, visitor limits or reservations have been considered.
One of the more egregious examples of traffic jams takes place at Maui's Haleakala where visitors line up to see one of the most picturesque sunsets in the world.
Crowds have become so abundant that the National Park Service had to implement a reservation policy.
While having a secret map to unique trails is nothing close to a solution for national parks’ persistent overcrowding, it does help those hikers now in the know.
Get on out there and get lost in nature.