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The Best National Parks to Visit, Camp & Hike in May

As winter's grip loosens and nature awakens from its slumber, May emerges as the prime time to embark on unforgettable national park adventures. Crowds are thinner, temperatures more moderate, and vibrant landscapes are adorned with spring's colorful brush. Grab your gear and Cordova Outdoors’ National Parks coolers and stickers, and embark on the spring’s most epic adventures!

Zion National Park:

A striking desert sanctuary in southwestern Utah, Zion National Park's towering sandstone cliffs and narrow slot canyons create a desert scene that will leave you breathless.

May is the perfect sweet spot to tackle iconic hikes like Angel's Landing and The Narrows without scorching summer heat. Weave through Zion's labyrinth of canyons and be rewarded with panoramic vistas that will make you feel like you discovered earth's most mesmerizing natural cathedral. After conquering the heights, celebrate with an ice-cold beverage from your Zion inspired National Parks Collection cooler from Cordova Outdoors, uniquely designed to complement the park's warm red and orange hues.

The Great Smoky Mountains:

A verdant Appalachian escape straddling the borders of Tennessee and North Carolina, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a lush, emerald-toned paradise. 

In May, its dense forests come alive with vibrant wildflowers, gurgling streams, and misty waterfalls. Historic hiking trails like Chimney Tops and Alum Cave offer stunning payoffs with minimal crowds. Spot black bears, synchronous fireflies, and uncover tucked-away gems like serene Laurel Falls. After immersing yourself in the Smokies' rich biodiversity, kick back fireside with your Great Smoky Mountains National Park Cooler and toast to this iconic Appalachian wonder.


A geothermal marvel sprawling across Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, Yellowstone National Park is a geothermal wonderland like nowhere else on Earth. 

Explore its kaleidoscope of hot springs, mudpots, fumaroles and geysers in relative solitude while avoiding summer's peak visitation. Iconic attractions like Old Faithful and Grand Prismatic Spring are in full spectacle come May. Witness bison roaming the landscape and spot elk, bears, and wolves on the Fairy Falls hike. As the day's adventures wind down, your National Parks Collection Yellowstone cooler, inspired by the park's geothermal marvels, will keep drinks and snacks perfectly chilled.


A granite masterpiece in May, Yosemite National Park's granite icons – El Capitan, Cathedral Rocks, Half Dome – are bathed in warm spring sunshine as waterfalls cascade at peak furor. 

Soak in sweeping vistas on the Mist Trail as you ascend to the powerful spray of Vernal and Nevada Falls. Get lost among ancient sequoia groves or quietly admire the park's striking geology and diverse wildlife. After conquering Yosemite's granite cathedrals, celebrate with an icy cold drink from your National Parks Collection Yosemite inspired cooler, designed to evoke the park's thundering liquid marble.

May your May National Park Adventures Be Monumental

No matter which iconic national park you set your sights on, Cordova's rugged yet stylish National Parks Collection coolers will keep you fueled for adventure. With superior insulation and styling inspired by each destination's unique character, these outdoor essentials are geared for the explorers, trail-crushers, and memory-makers. Lace up your boots and get ready to experience America's greatest natural wonders in all their spring splendor.

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