Mikaela Ruland

Mikaela Ruland

Mikaela is a sales and content specialist for National Park Trips Media. She earned her Bachelor’s of Arts degree from the University of Colorado Boulder. Her writing has appeared online for brands like Copper Mountain Ski Area and Keep Nature Wild and in print for the National Park Journals. 

Mikaela’s favorite Utah trail is Fisher Towers near Moab. Because it’s not in a national park, you can hike it with your dog. Just make sure you can lift them - a metal ladder makes the last section a bit tricky. 

Mikaela’s passion is to inspire others to get out and experience life. She spends most of her free-time outside hiking, skiing, climbing, taking photos, camping, snowshoeing, doing yoga – you name it! When she’s not outside, you can find her exploring hipster coffee shops or on the hunt for Denver’s best mac n’ cheese. You can follow her adventures on Instagram @themillennialoutside

Milky Way over a tree's rocky perch in Zion National Park

National Park Photography Workshops

National Park Trips Media and Tamron have teamed up to offer Photo Workshops inside your favorite national parks.

Hiker at Sunset Point looking to Castle Rock in Capitol Reef National Park

Remote Beauty in Capitol Reef Country

Take in Utah’s stunning color palette in and around Capitol Reef National Park.

Metate Arch in Devil's Garden, Grand Staircase-Escalente National Monument

Track Down Solitude in Bryce Canyon Country

Discover the solitude you’ve been searching for just east of Bryce Canyon National Park in towns like Boulder and Escalante, Utah.

Aerial of Park City, Utah

Find Your Trail in Park City, Utah

From mountain biking to al fresco dining to live music, Park City, Utah, has a trail for everyone.

Kolob Canyons in Zion National Park

2 Kolob Canyon Scenic Drives in Zion National Park

Stop by the Visitor Center before climbing 1,000 feet in the 5-miles to the Kolob Canyon Viewpoint. Or drive from Virgin, Utah all the way to the reservoir.

The Subway slot canyon in Zion National Park

The Subway Slot Canyon in Zion National Park

The Zion Subway is one of the most popular slot canyon and canyoneering routes in Zion National Park.

An RV driving on the Mount Carmel Highway Road in Zion National Park

6 Tips for Traveling by RV in Zion National Park

Zion's winding roads among red cliffs can make an RV driver's heart race. Here’s what you need to know about visiting this park in your RV.

King Suite Balcony at Homewood Suites by Hilton Moab

Home Comforts at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Moab

Kitchenettes, an indoor pool and convenient downtown location make Homewood Suites your perfect Moab adventure basecamp.

Exterior of Expedition Lodge in Moab, Utah

Go Retro in Moab at the Expedition Lodge

This lodge pairs modern convenience with retro charm for the perfect adventure basecamp.

Sevag Kazanci (left) and Keith Eshelman (right), co-founders of Parks Project

A Parks Project for Goodness Sake

Giving back to national parks with thoughtful products

Antelope Island under the Milky Way, Utah

Utah’s Playground at Great Salt Lake

Start at Antelope Island State Park, a wildlife watcher’s paradise. Then head to family-owned Lagoon Amusement Park.

Thor's Hammer in Bryce Canyon National Park

Ruby's Inn & Adventures at Bryce Canyon National Park

The closest lodging to Bryce Canyon and near Zion and the Grand Canyon, stay at the hotels, RV park, tipis & campground. Horseback rides. ATV & bicycle rentals.

2018 Photo Contest Winners Collage

Backstories of the 2018 Winning National Park Photos

Want to know how to get a winning shot? Read these behind-the-scenes stories on how our three first-place photographers captured award-winning photos.

Utah Highway 12 passes through two tunnels in Red Canyon that for 90 years have served as the unofficial gateway to Bryce Canyon National Park.

5 RV Tips for Bryce Canyon National Park

This park is a must-add to any Utah RV adventure. Find out where to camp, where to park and how to have a stress-less scenic drive.

Photo workshop participants capture the light on Bryce Canyon's hoodoos as the sun rises

Capturing Starry Nights and Sunburst Days in 3 National Parks

Staffer Mikaela Ruland shares her experiences from the National Park Photography Workshop she attended in Kanab with National Park Trips Media and Tamron.