The first U.S. national park, Yellowstone National Park, was established by Congress in 1872 and is known worldwide for its colorful hot springs and the Old Faithful geyser, which shoots water 100 feet into the air. While Yellowstone is the most famous national park, there are so many more amazing parks to explore and experience!
The National Park System is made up of more than 400 parks that cover more than 84 million acres in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, Saipan, and the Virgin Islands.
This summer, if your plans don’t take you to Carlsbad Caverns National Park or Glacier National Park, CDPHP members can discover some of the lesser known parks virtually. Imagine yourself hiking to the summit of an extinct volcano in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, or exploring a shipwreck off the coast of Isle Royale National Park.
Join the Step Into National Parks Challenge
Step Into National Parks is an eight-week step tracking challenge available to CDPHP members with access to CaféWell. The challenge takes you through a virtual tour of a different national park each week. You can sync your activity device or manually track your steps along the way, working toward a goal of 400,000 steps over eight weeks. That breaks down to 50,000 steps per week – an achievable goal as you visualize yourself walking along the bottom of Grand Canyon National Park.
How to get started?
CaféWell, for the uninitiated, is an online platform that gives you personalized activities and challenges to help you meet your health goals. You can join the Step into National Parks challenge by logging in to CaféWell. The program kicks off on May 6, 2019. Upon completion of the program, and reaching 400,000 steps, eligible CDPHP members will earn $25 in Life Points.*
- Become a registered CaféWell member: Log in to the CDPHP member secure site, click the CaféWell or Life Points logo on the home page, and complete the registration.
- (Hint: Make note of your CaféWell username and password. This will allow you to use the CaféWell app for step tracking!)
- Join the challenge: Click “Join” on the Step Into National Parks program card in CaféWell.
- You can only join the challenge from April 29-May18, so don’t put it off.
- Download the CaféWell app to easily track your steps on your smartphone.
- Start (virtually) exploring our National Parks!
The National Parks You’ll Explore
Great Smoky Mountain National Park: Located on the border between North Carolina and Tennessee, this park is world renowned for its diverse plant and animal life. It is the most visited national park in America.
Grand Canyon National Park: This park celebrates its centennial year in 2019. It is highlighted by one of the world’s most iconic geologic structures – a 277-mile river canyon that is up to 18 miles wide and a mile deep.
Rocky Mountain National Park: High peaks, alpine lakes, and world-class skiing and hiking define this 415-square-mile park along the continental divide in north-central Colorado.
Yosemite National Park: In addition to being one of the world’s most popular rock climbing destinations, this park is beloved for its waterfalls, deep valleys, and grand meadows.
Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve: Wild rivers meandering through glacier-carved valleys make this park a site to behold. Caribou migration and aurora-lit night skies make this a one-of-a-kind destination.
Lake Clark National Park and Preserve: Known for its volcanoes and shimmering turquoise lakes, this park is the epitome of wilderness – it can only be reached by plane or boat.
Isle Royale National Park: Moose and wolves roam on this car-free island cluster in Lake Superior, near the border of Michigan and Canada. Numerous shipwrecks make this a popular diving spot.
North Cascades National Park: Grizzly bears, gray wolves, and more than 200 bird species call this conifer-clad mountain range in northern Washington state home.
The National Parks are an American treasure, and there are more than 400 parks available to explore. Log in to CaféWell and check them out!
*Life Points are available to select plan members. Check your member contract for details. Life Points accumulate per calendar year, per contract. Points must be redeemed by December 31 each year or prior to contract termination.