I've just returned from a 10-day camping trip out west. I stayed at Bryce and Zion national parks.
They were magnificent.
What I noticed while I was at these parks, however, were how few Americans I came across on the trails and in the campsites. Likely as not, when I passed someone on the trail they were German. Some French and Swiss camper were in the adjacent tent sites to us, as were some Dutch.
I'm an American living in Europe, but I don't think it's just a bias on my part. There were a lot of people from elsewhere enjoying the park, and, relatively, fewer people from the U.S.
O.K., it's 25 bucks to get in to each park for a week, but it's hard to imagine that this is much of a barrier.
I wondered if others had a similar experience.