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Game Spotlight: Trekking the National Parks

Game Spotlight: Trekking the National Parks

Molly Smith   |   07/28/2020

Our Game Spotlight this week highlights an award-winning tabletop game called Trekking the National Parks. This family-friendly board game has simple rules that anyone can learn!

Trekking the National Parks is fun and educational which makes it perfect for family game night, a gift for a board game lover, or even an outdoor enthusiast! Each game lasts 30-60 minutes and is designed for 2-6 players ages 8+.

The story behind Trekking the National Parks is just as great as the game itself.  It all started in 2009 when John and Terry Binkele decided to go on a journey. As they were approaching retirement age, they made it their goal to visit all of the major U.S. national parks. While it required a great deal of time and planning, they set off and captured thousands of beautiful photos, which prompted the creation of Trekking the National Parks. John and Terry approached their son Charlie (game designer and artist) with the question: “What if we made a game about visiting the national parks?”

Players compete in a cross-country race to visit the national parks and collect the most points. Gathering colored trek cards allows players to move across the map and claim valuable park cards. If a player is the first to visit a National Park, they collect that park’s colored stone, which award bonus points at the end of the game.

Every park card features an interesting fact and gorgeous photograph that will inspire players to explore the protected natural wonders of America. Each game also begins with a unique setup that alters the play experience in surprising ways, allowing for endless replayability.

The next time you visit the Meeple, make a night of it and plan on Trekking the National Parks! We hope to see you soon!

Molly Smith

Molly Smith is a wanderer of the Wasteland, a lover of all that is hoppy, and only burns grilled cheese half the time. She spent her college days trekking around Franklin Hall at Kent State University where she pursued her degree in marketing and advertising. Her passion for guest satisfaction and love for event planning led her to the Malted Meeple and Ravenwood Castle.