Gus + Steel's new National Parks Collection was created to celebrate the wonder and beauty of our national parks. These limited-edition prints pay tribute to some of the most iconic landscapes in the United States. We hope that our collection inspires you and your family to explore and experience the natural wonders of these parks for yourselves.
Saguaro National Park
As the first blush of dawn rises in the Sonoran Desert, birdsong breaks through the hush of early morning. Located in Tuscon, Arizona, Saguaro National Park is a birdwatcher's paradise. The park is home to more than 100 bird species, including rare and threatened species like whiskered screech owls and the Mexican spotted owl.
The Saguaro cactus, a towering cactus plant that is an icon of the American West, inspired the park's name. If you plan a trip in May or early June, you'll be able to see the cacti blooming with creamy white flowers. Each flower opens at night and closes the following afternoon. The park is most well known for the Saguaro cacti but is also home to desert succulents and other plants that have adapted to the hot, dry climate.
In addition, it is home to some unique animals, including coati, roadrunners, kangaroo rats, and Gila monsters. Hiking is a popular park activity but bicycling and horseback riding are allowed on selected routes and paths. A hot air balloon ride offers the opportunity to experience the park from a different perspective, with views that will take your breath away. If you are feeling especially adventurous, the Rincon Mountain District offers limited wilderness camping. Saguaro National Park holds a special place in our hearts, as Gus + Steel was lucky enough to do a photo shoot at this location.
Redwood National Park
Redwood National Park is located on California's northwest Pacific coast. Known for its towering redwood trees, you'll find some of the oldest and largest trees living here. As you hike through these mysterious and ethereal forests, sunlight streams through the canopy far above your head, dappling the forest floor below. After you've finished hiking, use the Sky Trail to get a closer look at these spectacular trees. Soar through the treetops on this enclosed gondola ride that will take you to an observation deck with a magnificent view of the Pacific Ocean.
Kid's and adults alike will love visiting Fern Canyon, a lush canyon filled with hanging ferns, cascading miniature waterfalls, and moss-covered rocks. As you explore, you may notice some of the scenery looks familiar. Jurassic Park 2: Lost World filmed scenes in this very spot. Wait, was that the sound of a raptor? Don't worry; there aren't any dinosaurs roaming around here, even though it's easy to imagine them hiding amidst the foliage. You may, however, spot a Pacific Giant Salamander, which can grow to be nearly a foot long, or brightly colored banana slugs. At the end of the canyon, a stairway leads up to Gold Bluffs Beach. This rugged rocky shoreline harbors sandy beaches laden with driftwood and shells. On a nice day, the beach makes a perfect picnic spot.
Redwood National Park is so well-known for its magnificent redwoods that you may be surprised to learn that it also features prairies and rivers. This park's varying habitats sustain a diversified wildlife population, including black bears, Pacific fishers, and wild elk herds. The rivers in this park are home to salmon, trout, and our personal favorite, the steelhead. Activities include kayaking down the Smith River, and kayak rentals and guides are available, providing enjoyment for paddlers of all skill levels. The Redwood National Park is more diverse than most people realize. With its soaring majestic forests, wild, rocky beaches, rivers, and prairies, this park has something for everyone.
Summer is a great time to relax and enjoy life at a slower pace. Make the most of your summer vacation by visiting someplace you've never been with your family. Your next adventure awaits you in the great outdoors!