It's finally happening! After months of full or complete closures, the National Park Service has announced that individual parks are in the "reopening" stage. That means several of the 62 U.S. National Parks are now fully open, and many others are in various stages of reopening.
For our poster art team at Anderson Design Group, that couldn't be more exciting! We are poster artists and National Park adventurers all in one, and the American National Parks inspire much of the artwork we create. Each year, we travel to various National Parks and National Monuments, seeking both adventure and inspiration. We take reference photos and immerse ourselves in the beauty of the parks. And when we return to our Nashville art gallery, we get to work on creating National Park poster designs inspired by our travels!
A Look at Recent National Park Re-Openings
Since May, several of the parks have begun the process of reopening. Granted, there are still some degrees of closure at sections of parks where social distancing is not all that feasible, but for the most part, visitors can still enjoy much of what each park has to offer.
Here are some updates on a few of our favorite parks:
Congaree National Park. Scheduled to fully reopen on June 18th, Congaree National Park in South Carolina will soon service visitors and travelers who seek to walk the boardwalks, paddle the waters, fish, bird watch, picnic, or camp. Social distancing rules and other safety guidelines will still be implemented for the foreseeable future.
Glacier National Park. Located in Montana and offering some of the most incredible views and vistas imaginable, Glacier National Park is also on a scheduled re-opening program. This park will reopen in stages throughout June, allowing visitors to experience magnificent attractions like the Going-to-the-Sun Road, Lake McDonald, Swan Mountain hiking and horseback trails, and more.
Arches National Park. Located in Utah, Arches National Park reopened all of its park roads, trails, and restrooms on May 29th. Climbing and canyoning permits are now available, and campgrounds will likely reopen on July 1st.
Badlands National Park. Located in South Dakota, Badlands National Park is taking a common approach to reopening. Namely, the park has reopened all of its trails, campgrounds, and roads in its north unit, but the visitor center and entrance stations will remain closed until further notice.
Big Bend National Park. On June 15th, visitors will be able to experience the beautiful canyons, rivers, and rockscapes of Big Bend National Park. Keep in mind that the park is reopening some attractions but keeping others closed. Be sure to check with the park's website when planning a trip there.
Voyageurs National Park. As of June 1st, visitors to northern Minnesota can once again experience the joy and beauty of Voyageurs National Park. The Kettle Falls Rental Villas have also reopened, giving guests a comfortable and cozy place to stay during their visit.
Yellowstone National Park. June 1st marked the day that America's first National Park reopened all of its entrances and the majority of its attractions. The park remains constrained to day-use activities (no overnight camping allowed at this time).
Yosemite National Park. Yosemite reopened just about all of its attractions and activities, but park officials are only allowing a certain number of visitors into the park each day. According to their current policy, park rangers plan to limit access to 3,600 vehicles per day (or about 50% of what the park is used to seeing at peak season).
Zion National Park. As it is located in a sprawling, arid, and open location, Zion National Park officials in Utah decided to reopen on May 13th. Some aspects of the park (like shuttle buses) are still unavailable. Furthermore, some of the park's more heavily traveled attractions, like Angels Landing and the Kolob Canyon system, remain closed, but with plans for reopening in the summer.
Shenandoah National Park. Located in Virginia, Shenandoah National Park is open 24 hours/day. The park's backcountry is full open, including camping shelters and huts. In the more populated areas of the park, campsites and visitor centers are also reopening, but with social distancing rules in place.
Inspiring Your Journey with National Park Poster Art
Our 62 American National Parks collection features over 250 original designs, vintage prints and illustrations that take inspiration from the iconic WPA-commissioned artwork of the early-1900s. From Acadia National Park in the far Northeast to Yosemite National Park in the West, Everglades National Park in the Deep South, and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in the wilds of the Alaskan North, our vintage travel posters represent the majesty and wonder of our country's natural lands.
Not only are there over 250 unique designs to choose from, but each design is also available in a variety of styles. Whether you live in an uptown suite or a rustic cabin, we have a vintage design style that will fit your home decor needs. All of our National Park posters are available as prints, banners, canvases, metal signs, notecards, postcards, or framed postcards.
Artist Collaborations - A Unique Take on National Park Art
Much of our National Park art collection was made right here at our Nashville art studio, hand-rendered by local Music City poster artists. But our founder, Joel Anderson (in photo below), is always looking for new talent, artists who embody similar styles to our own. We've collaborated with multiple artists across the country, including Kai Carpenter, a highly talented oil painter, and Kenneth Crane, a skilled poster artist.
Both Kai and Kenneth have created beautiful renditions of the National Parks and the aspects of those parks that inspire them the most. These retro-styled art pieces can be found in Kai's or Kenneth's own ADG collaborator collections, or they can be found in the 62 American National Parks collection.
Summer Adventures and National Park Poster Art
Whether you're planning a list of parks to visit over the next few years and you want to create a "bucket list wall" of National Park poster art, or you've just traveled to a park and would like to commemorate it with poster art, we have several designs for each of the 62 National Parks! You can decorate to your heart's content and show off your National Park pride and your love for the parks in the form of a stylish, timeless, and warming display of vintage poster art.
Also, keep in mind that our team here at ADG donates a portion of our profits each year to the National Park Foundation. That way, every time you purchase National Park art from us, you are also supporting conservation efforts to keep our parks flourishing for future generations to enjoy.
Hope to see you on a park trail this summer! (six feet apart of course),
Anderson Design Group Writing Staff