Tori Peglar

Tori Peglar

Tori is the co-brand and content director of National Park Trips Media. She specializes in writing inspiring national park travelogues, foodie adventures and personal, heartfelt stories of people who shape our culture.

In 2018, Tori was recognized for her work with National Park Journal, winning three first-place awards for the Grand Canyon edition of the magazine. Later the same year, Tori was honored as a Folio: 100, a list of the top innovators, entrepreneurial thinkers, and industry-disruptors in magazine media.

Before joining National Park Trips Media, Tori worked for her alma mater as director of marketing for the CU-Boulder Alumni Association, developing and executing campaigns for national and local events and programs. She led an award-winning creative team of six and served as editor of the Coloradan magazine, which won two first-place national awards in 2011 and 2014 for magazine excellence, as well as two regional first-place awards and a second-place award in 2011-14.

Tori's travels have taken her across the globe and she has lived in Hong Kong, Kenya, Ecuador and Nepal. Some of her favorite national park experiences are hiking the Bright Angel Trail in the Grand Canyon, taking the trail down to the Yosemite Valley from Glacier Point, snowshoeing to Lone Star Geyser in Yellowstone and doing Rocky Mountain's East Inlet Trail with her family. When she's not in search of a story, she loves spending time with her family and skiing, running, biking, backpacking and traveling.

The slot canyon known as "The Wave" in Coyote Buttes North.

Kanab's Fab Four Things to Do

Avoid the crowds, enjoy fantastic food and discover the hidden gems along the way to three of the Southwest’s most popular national parks.

Hiking on the Navajo Loop Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

2021 National Park Hotel-Based Hiking Trips

Iconic trails, fantastic meals, natural and cultural history and expert guides to make for an unforgettable national park vacation.

Hiking inside of Fiery Furnace in Arches National Park

Which Trail Should I Hike in Arches National Park?

What to expect on Arches National Park trails, from an incredibly popular arch hike to a difficult desert scramble in a remote area.

Hiker beside the Virgin River with a view of the Watchman in Zion National Park

5 Utah National Parks Plus Grand Canyon Road Trip

Hit every Utah national park, Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Arches, and Canyonlands, plus Nevada's Great Basin and the Grand Canyon, on this 1,453 mile trip.

South Campground in Zion National Park

Where Should I Camp in Zion National Park?

Personalized guide to help you decide from your choice of three park campgrounds to remote backcountry sites and a slice of RV heaven.

Lake Powell near Page, Arizona

Glamp at Under Canvas Lake Powell Grand Staircase

With Under Canvas’ Lake Powell-Grand Staircase location, you can now explore two of the Southwest’s alluring destinations from one stunning glamping spot.

Guided horseback trail rides near Bryce Canyon National Park with Ruby's Inn

Horseback, ATV, Bike Rentals and Scenic Flights Near Bryce Canyon

Ruby's Inn is a concessionaire for activities in and near Bryce Canyon National Park. Ride a horse, rent a bike, take an ATV tour, or go on a scenic flight in an airplane or helicopter.

Cedar Breaks National Monument

Elevate Your Experience at Cedar City and Brian Head

While Southwest Utah is known for its red-rock, there’s a pocket of mountains topped by aspens, wildflowers and pine trees. Stop at these 4 spots.

National park ranger with a mask and gloves to protect against COVID-19

5 Things to Know About Utah National Park Travel Amid COVID-19

In light of the spread of COVID-19, trying to find out what is open and closed in our national parks is a moving target these days. Here are updates.

Zion Canyon from Angels Landing at sunset in Zion National Park

8 Ways to Live in the Moment, Utah-Style

Here are exceptional ways to have fun and be present, Utah national parks-style, even if you can't visit the parks in person.

Snowbird Tram. Photo by Adam Barker courtesy of Visit Salt Lake

Salt Lake City Mythbusting

So you think you know Salt Lake City? We bet you don't know about it's thriving beer scene and five more surprises.

Great Basin National Park in Nevada

Silver State Stopover at Great Basin National Park

In the Great Basin National Heritage Area, you’ll find Nevada’s only national park and surprising history.

Under Canvas dining and lounge tents at the Grand Canyon

The Best Southwest Glamping Road Trip

See seven national park sites on the breathtaking scenic road trip from the Grand Canyon to Arches to Zion.

Under Canvas Moab tent suite with couch

Why Glamping is Great for Families

Elevate your national park vacation when you and your family spend the night at a glamping camp.

Glamping near Zion National Park with Under Canvas

Why Glamping is Great for Non-Campers

Want to sleep under the stars but skip sleeping bags, dirt and pit toilets? Try glamping near Zion, Arches and Grand Canyon national parks.

Under Canvas Moab lounge

Glamp at Under Canvas Moab near Arches and Canyonlands

An outdoor lover’s paradise, this luxury campsite is close to wonderful attractions and adventures.

Woman with backpack at overlook in Bryce Canyon National Park

What to Pack for Utah National Park Vacations

How do you pack for your desert climate that includes river hiking and rafting? Here are the top 16 items to put in your backpack.

Dog drinking water out of a water bottle

Can I Bring My Pet to Zion National Park?

Leashed dogs are not allowed on any trails or wilderness areas, except the Pa’rus Trail. Access the trail from Canyon Junction or the visitors center.

GyPSy Guide in Canyonlands National Park

Narrated Driving Tour Apps by GyPSy Guide

Listen to an entertaining guide that automatically tells you stories about where you are while you drive.

Stargazer tent at Under Canvas Zion

Glamp at Under Canvas Zion

This glamping camp in America’s gorgeous Southwest is located on 196 acres bordering Zion National Park

Using EcoVessel's Boulder bottle on vacation

Why Reusable Water Bottles Are Important

Here are 5 tips from EcoVessel on why drinking water from a reusable water bottle is so essential both on and off the trail.

The supermoon rises above Turret Arch in Arches National Park

Visit Utah Parks Virtually

You don’t have to visit Utah’s five national parks in person to experience their gorgeous red-rock canyons, spires and ancient ruins.

Rafting in Dinosaur National Monument past Mitten Park Fault near the convergence of the Yampa and Green rivers

Rafting the Desert West’s Best River Stretches with OARS

Tips to incredible rafting trips for families or thrill seekers on the untamed Yampa River, Gates of Lodore and Cataract Canyon in Utah and Colorado

Watching the sunrise at Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park.

5 Romantic Things to Do in Moab and Nearby National Parks

Surrounded by two national parks with incredible redrock formations, the quirky and lively town of Moab is a great base for a romantic getaway.

Rafting on the Green River inside Dinosaur National Monument

Vernal's Hidden Gem says, "Welcome to Dinosaurland"

You’ll dig ancient animal history in Vernal, Utah, located close to Dinosaur National Monument

Paddleboarding in the Sheep Creek area of the Flaming Gorge.

Flaming Gorge Country's Desert Oasis

Take a break from the desert heat by jumping in the sparkling water and spend several days exploring this 91-mile-long reservoir.

Park Avenue rock formations in Arches National Park

5 Stops on Arches National Park's Scenic Drive

Don't miss these awe-inspiring sandstone formations in Arches National Park that can be seen after a short stroll from their parking areas.

Moab Giants Museum exhibit.

9 Things to Do with Kids near Moab, Utah

From a walk past life-sized dinosaurs to rafting the Colorado River, your family trip to Canyonlands and Arches national parks will be full of adventure.

Delicate Arch in Arches National Park

Moab's Top Seven

Gateway to Arches and Canyonlands national parks, as well as Dead Horse Point State Park, and the cool waters of the Colorado River, here are our favorites in Moab.

Salt Lake City Downtown

11 Things to Do in Salt Lake City, Utah

Gateway to national parks and home to Temple Square, Salt Lake City offers endless options for outdoor enthusiasts, cultural art lovers, families and history buffs.

Eating under the big tree in front of Milt's Stop & Eat at sunset

Milt's Stop & Eat, Moab's Oldest Restaurant

Don’t miss dining at this longtime Moab restaurant serving old favorites with sustainably grown food. It's a unique stop after visiting Arches National Park.

Overview of Monument Valley on the Arizona-Utah border

Monument Valley at the Utah-Arizona Border

Located in Southeast Utah and the Northern border of Arizona, this drive has been called the most scenic in America by many and it's no wonder why.

A scene from the Utah Shakespeare Festival's 2016 production of Much Ado About Nothing in the Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre

Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City

The shows attract more than 150,000 ticket holders annually, some of whom come to Cedar City just for the 250 festival performances.

Home of the Cowboy Dinner Show

Ebenezer's Barn & Grill Near Bryce Canyon National Park

Enjoy an unforgettable evening of old fashioned western fun, music and great cowboy food in Bryce Canyon! Doors open at 7 pm late-April thru mid-October.

Court of the Patriarchs in Zion National Park

7 Top Things to Do in Zion National Park

This gorgeous national park offers breathtaking views, lodging and great educational stops. Here are our top seven.

RV driving in Arches National Park

Rent an RV and Get Outdoorsy

Explore the country’s best national parks in style in a camper van, trailer or RV.

Rock spires on the Navajo Loop Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park. Photo by Elisabeth Kwak

Give Back to Bryce Canyon National Park

The iconic Navajo Loop Trail, along with some other sites in Bryce Canyon National Park, needed repair so a local hotel launched the “Dollar Check-Off” program.

Rainbow over Padre Bay at Lake Powell

Living it Up at Lake Powell and Page

Get outdoors and experience the established trails on a canyon hike or rim trail running adventure. Tour the Slot Canyons, Horseshoe Bend or explore Lake Powell’s colorful canyons.

House on Fire Ruins in Utah

Canyon Country Discovery Center

Discover a center dedicated to the Four Corners region and guided outings.

Concert at Tuacahan Amphitheatre

Beyond Zion in Springdale and St. George

Zion National Park's beauty does not end at the park boundary. Here are six ways to experience the area and escape the park’s crowds.