What You Can Do
Whether hiking, biking, riding, driving or building it, the trail begins at Mile Zero.
The Mile Zero Trail Association advocates for development, access, education, preservation, diverse transit and sensible use of parks and trails.
While the National Parks are, as Ken Burns described them, "America's best idea," they were originally only accessible to elite, upper class Americans. The challenge early proponents faced was to convince wealthy Americans to forego their European luxury vacations in order to see America's natural wonders.
The National Park-to-Park Highway Association, along with the symbiotic Good Roads Movement, advocated for greater access to 12 original national parks with better roads as Americans entered the early stage of the car culture century. From the world's first national park, Yellowstone National Park in 1872, for over one and a half centuries, great visionaries, planners and organization leaders have given the people of the United States and the world a fantastic legacy to care for and utilize for health, education and recreation.
The approaching 100-year-anniversaries of the National Park-to-Park Highway, the Appalachian Trail, Great Smoky Mountains, Grand Canyon and Hot Springs National Parks, and many other excellent institutions, call for a renewed vision and commitment to preservation, access and sensible use of national parks and trails in the future.