Our Favorite National Parks & Puzzles

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At Brainstorm Puzzle Co. we take playing in the outdoors seriously, it’s what fuels our creativity and what drives our passion for making you all super fun and cool puzzles. Take one look at our collections page and you’ll quickly get that outdoor vibe; pine tree puzzles, flower puzzles, trail map puzzles, and more. 

Given our love for all things outdoors it should come as no surprise that we are huge fans of our National Parks. So we figured what the hey, let’s write about our Top 3 favorite National Parks and an awesome Puzzle that celebrates each of them! 

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Glacier National Park

We would go so far as to call Glacier the crown jewel of the National Park System, we know that may ruffle some feathers of the Yosemite fans out there but we are who we are. This park is a hiker’s dream, Glacier National Park gives you access to astounding backcountry adventures and is the ideal summer vacation for families looking to explore. We appreciate the rich Native history here and also appreciate that the NPS started the Native America Speaks program in 1982 and is the longest running indigenous speaker series in the National Park Service. Each summer Blackfeet, Salish, Kootenai, and Pend d'Oreille tribal members share knowledge of their history and culture. 


“Old Man (Napi) came from the south, making the mountains, the prairies, and the forests as he passed along, making the birds and animals also. He traveled northward making things as he went, putting red paint in the ground here and there -arranging the world as we see it today.” Blackfeet Creation Legend


Glacier National Park was established by the NPS in 1910 and covers about one million acres of land which includes about 25 “active” glaciers. The park is highlighted by a few distinct areas:

  • Going-to-the-Sun Road, a 50-mile trek that has the most amazing views in Montana
  • Goat Haunt crosses the US-Canadian border and is super remote, if you are looking for solitude this is your spot. 
  • Triple Divide Peak is hydrologically very cool, as water can flow from here into the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic oceans.
  • If secluded wilderness is your flavor Two Medicine has you covered. 
  • The dirt road to North Fork has incredible views of some of the park's many lakes - don’t miss the historic homestead site. 
Glacier National Park Puzzle:
We love this puzzle from the Glacier National Park Conservancy of the Two Medicine Area. This would also look pretty darn sweet framed up on the wall! 

 

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Zion National Park

Located in Southwestern Utah, Zion National Park is home to some of the most awesome canyons in the US. If you want to see stunning rock formations and mesas, or idyllic southwestern plateaus - Zion is the place for you! However, why we really love Zion is the canyoneering, a sport that is like no other and an adventure that will create memories to last a lifetime. Take a peek at some of the people doing this on Instagram, you will be AMAZED. 

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To go canyoneering takes a lot of planning, gear, and knowledge but the rewards are incredible. 

“From swimming one minute to rappelling the next, half of the fun of exploring a canyon is the surprising adventures that are around each turn. Getting involved in canyoneering will blossom into a lifelong love and respect for canyons and the beautiful outdoors” -Zion Rock Guides

We love this Zion National Park puzzle of Observation Point from The Zion National Park Forever Project. 

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Acadia National Park

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Being native New Englander’s we have a special spot in our heart for the “Crown Jewel of the North Atlantic Coast”, Acadia National Park. This gem of a National Park is a “place of rugged coastal wonders and an immersion in Down East culture” according to Outside Magazine. The list of activities at Acadia is an adventurer’s dream - hiking, biking, paddling, rock climbing, sailing, Nordic skiing, birding, and seashore exploration galore. This hardened, picturesque Maine coastal playground is as New England as “Clam Chowdah” and after every visit to Acadia, we find ourselves planning our next trip back. 
We love this illustrated Acadia National Park puzzle from Lantern Press of a lone individual looking out from one of our favorite hikes, Cadillac Mountain. 

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When you Can’t Choose Just One

As puzzlers, the list of National Park Puzzles is long and overwhelming; so to consolidate all this awesomeness in one place we decided to make a puzzle that featured all 62 of our National Parks. This puzzle not only can spur your imagination for your next National Park visit but also helps remind you of those memories from parks you have explored. It’s our tribute to those places that mean so much to us and our fellow outdoor puzzle enthusiasts. 

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These are just a few of our favorite national parks and puzzles, but the list goes on and on. If you are itching for your next puzzle adventure check out our puzzle collections and grab a new puzzle today!