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Hey, this is my first time going for a seasonal position, and I'd really love to work in a national park so I can go play in the great outdoors in my free time and meet some new people. Does anyone have any tips for their favorite places to work? What companies did you like best? most fun/good atmosphere? Best places for hiking, backpacking on your free time? Thanks for your help!

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Try trail ridge store, mainly because its retail meaning lots of people exposure on Alpine mtn. and housing is in Estes Park, Co. Truly one of the most beautiful little mtn. towns in the U.S.
Well my favorite seasonal job wasnt even at a National Park. I worked for Stanford Sierra Conference Center in South Lake Tahoe, CA and it was awsome. You have the Pacific Crest Trail and the Tahoe Rim Trail to hike plus hundreds of others trails. You get to work and play with a group of about 40 to 50 other younger travelers. Its a beautiful spot with tons to do. Your out in the wilderness but you're close to town also. I wrote an article about it on my website. http://www.outdoortravellife.com or you can check out their direct website and its http://www.stanfordsierra.com
have fun and good luck.
Teton National Park. Great hiking, great people (especially Signal Mountain Lodge), just great... Try both Jackson Lake and jenny Lake Lodges also. Lake Solitude is one of my favorite hikes there...
Glacier Nat'l Park in Montana was my first seasonal job and remains one of the top places I have ever lived and worked. In fact, I've decided to go back this year! Glacier has some of the best hiking and back country camping of any Park (and I've been to just about them all). Plus, there's whitewater rafting and you're not too far from civilization if you live and work on the West Side of the Park or at Lake McDonald (Also, if you're here then Big Mountain and the town of Whitefish are only about 45 minutes away if your into live music and mountain biking). Lots to do with a lot of great people! G'luck!
Hedi, I worked in Yellowstone this summer as a Dock hand at the lake area, (said to be one of the finer jobs in the park). Xanterra is the company that runs most employees at yellowstone, however its not the best company to work for! I strongly recomend the hikeing, shoshone lake is ranked the in top 5 best hikes in america by backpacker mag. But I have never seen so many employees fired from a resort in my life!! Something to consider!!
Hi Heidi. I went to Denali, Alaska in 2005 and haven't stopped trying to get back since. I am actually heading back this summer. Tons of fun. The work was great. But more importantly the overall experience was out of this world. There are tons of hiking, backpacking, and social opportunities. I didn't have the best job (prep cook) but I still loved every moment. As long as you are staying active you are going to enjoy your job because you will be caught up in the atmosphere. Not only did I hike and backpack my but off, I did it with a great group of new friends. I made many friends from not only all over the US but also from Eastern Europe. I spent 4th of July with two Serbians. That among so many other things made Denali the experience of a lifetime. There are so many great opportunities out there no matter where you go just make sure you go. I hope this helps!
Warm Regards,
Silas

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