Tori Peglar

Tori Peglar

Tori is the co-brand and content director of National Park Trips. 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, 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.

Opera House in Central City, Colorado

Hidden Colorado Gems in Central City

Strike gold in Central City, a historic Gold Rush town south of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Starry night at Moraine Park Campground in Rocky Mountain National Park

Where Should I Camp in Rocky Mountain National Park?

A personalized guide to help you decide where to spend the night, from car camping paradise and remote backcountry sites to RV heaven.

Sunrise on Wyoming's Snowy Range Scenic Byway near Laramie

Laramie's Top 6

Lose the crowds in Laramie, Wyoming's great outdoors and its fun cultural attractions.

An elk near a cabin at YMCA of the Rockies

A Camp for All Ages at YMCA of the Rockies

Choose between the Estes Park Center on the park's east side or Snow Mountain Ranch on the west side for great activities and lodging options.

Park Ranger with Face Mask and gloves to protect against COVID-19

5 Things to Know About Colorado 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.

Sunset over the dunes at Great Sand Dunes National Park

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

Bring your sled, beach chairs and shade umbrella to explore the tallest sand dunes in North America near Alamosa, Colorado.

Sun setting over cabins at River Run RV Resort near Granby, Colorado

River Run's Rocky Mountain Resort

Park your RV or stay in a cabin or villa rental, Airstream, Conestoga wagon or campsite at this new resort just 20 minutes from Rocky Mountain National Park.

Moose and Red Wing Blackbird at Sprague Lake on the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park

Where to See Moose in Rocky Mountain National Park

Spotting moose is not that difficult. They are so large it's hard to miss them grazing in the low-lying valleys and wet areas near lakes.

Dining alongside the creek in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, in autumn

4 Ways to Relax in Steamboat Springs

Don't miss these top sights one of Colorado's most authentic modern cowboy towns on the way to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Downtown Santa Fe

New Mexico and Colorado National Parks Road Trip

Stunning landscapes, culture and adobe villages await on this 2,121-mile trip starting in El Paso, Texas. See multiple national parks in both Colorado and New Mexico.

Fern Lake Trail horseback riding in Rocky Mountain National Park

48 Hours in Rocky Mountain National Park

Only have 48 hours? Make the most of your time by following our itinerary covering both sides of the park.

East Inlet Trail with a view of Andrews Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park

Which Rocky Mountain Park Trail Should I Hike?

Find your perfect hiking trail in Rocky Mountain National Park by answering a few questions. Then view our personalized guide to the trail.

The Loch in Rocky Mountain National Park

What to Pack for Your Rocky Mountain National Park Vacation

How do you pack for a place where temperatures can fluctuate 35 degrees in one day? Here are the top 14 items to bring to the park.

WeeCasa Tiny House Resort in Lyons, Colorado

Great Getaway in Lyons near Rocky Mountain National Park

Looking for a small historic town near the park but far from crowds? Head to Lyons, a charming 2,000-resident artsy town with great cuisine.

Kids touch dinosaur bones at Dinosaur National Monument

Dinosaur National Monument on the Colorado-Utah Border

A massive piece of protected land at the northern state border of Colorado and Utah, sits one of the world's richest dinosaur deposits.

GyPSy Guide tour of Rocky Mountain 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.

Kayaking on Grand Lake in Grand County Colorado

Grand Adventures in Grand County, Colorado

Leaning up against the national park's west side, Grand County offers unparalleled outdoor opportunities without the crowds most ski towns have.

National Park Trips author Mikaela Ruland taking in the view of Painted Wall in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Best of Colorado Road Trip Featuring 6 National Park Sites

Natural hot springs, high peaks and national park sites dominate this 1,296-mile tour through Colorado starting and ending in Denver.

Laughing girl with butterfly on her nose

Family Fun in Westminster

Stop to walk among butterflies, hop on a go-cart or cool off at an ice rink on your way from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Entrance Sign to Rocky Mountain National Park

Which Entrance Should I Take into Rocky Mountain National Park?

To access the park, there are four entrances, three on the park’s east side and one on the west. Here's how to pick your approach

Elk lounging in the mountainside in Rocky Mountain National Park

Where Can I See Wild Animals in Colorado's National Parks?

Home to thousands of elk, mule deer, marmots, bighorns, and the occasional black bear.

The Strater Hotel in Durango, Colo. at night

Historic Strater Hotel in Durango, Colorado

One of the Southwest’s iconic hotels two blocks north of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, and one hour from Mesa Verde National Park

Using EcoVessel's Boulder bottle in the park

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.

2020 Colorado Journal featured image

Buy the Colorado National Parks Magazine

Get the magazine that's all about Colorado's national parks and journeys to the them. Filled with tips on where to stay, hike, and where to stop on the way.

Sunrise in Rocky Mountain National Park

10 Ways to Live in the Moment, Colorado-Style

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

Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park

Visit Colorado’s National Parks Virtually

You don’t have to visit Colorado’s national parks in person to experience their spectacular views and trails.

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

Biking past vineyards and the Grand Mesa in Colorado

A Grand Timeline from Red Rocks to Vineyards at Colorado National Monument

How has it gone from a western backwater to the heart of Colorado’s outdoor recreation and wine country? See our Grand Timeline.

Rescued tigers playing in the habitat at Wild Animal Sanctuary

Pat Craig's Wild Idea of an Animal Sanctuary near Denver

See nearly 300 lions, tigers, grizzly bears, wolves, and other rescued large carnivores as they roam freely on the rolling plains of Colorado.

Sunrise reflection at Grand Lake, Colo.

Grand Lake at the West Entrance Town to Rocky Mountain National Park

Grand Lake, Colo. is located just one mile from the West Entrance of the park and is home to the largest and deepest natural alpine lake in the state.

Sunrise at Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park

6 Romantic Things to Do in Rocky Mountain Park

Rocky Mountain National Park and its two gateway towns offer a number of romantic ways to spend time together.

Mitten Park Fault on the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument

Utah and Colorado National Parks Road Trip

Explore some of the country's most amazing red-rock landscapes and soaring granite peaks on this 1,140-mile tour including 5 national park sites.

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 Sheep Creek on the Flaming Gorge Reservoir

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, Utah

5 Stops on Arches National Park's Scenic Drive

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

Elk lounging on a clear spring day in Rocky Mountain National Park

Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park and Yellowstone Road Trip

Hot springs, bison and bears await on this 1,763-mile adventure through cowboy towns and three national parks.

Kids with Steve Peterson on a dog sled at Snow Mountain Ranch, YMCA of the Rockies

Our Family's Dog Sledding Adventure near Rocky Mountain National Park

There is no command for “Stop” when you are being pulled by a team of excited sled dogs running as fast as 25 miles per hour.

Garden of the Gods in front of Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs

6 Adventures in Colorado Springs

From Bigfoot sightings to driving to the top of a 14,000-foot-peak, here are our tips to making the most of your time. The bonus? Most are free.

Great Sand Dunes National Park in Springtime

Sand-Filled Stay in Alamosa and San Luis Valley

Base in Alamosa to tackle the top 6 things to do in and near Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve plus two quirky side trips.

Santa Fe cowgirl at the museum

10 Ways to Find True New Mexico in Santa Fe County

Drive the 62-mile Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway and discover our top ten things to do in Santa Fe County along the way.

White Sands National Monument in New Mexico

Sand and Sun at White Sands National Monument

Play in the giant sandbox of white gypsum in New Mexico

Wildflowers at Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument near Las Cruces, N.M.

7 Hot Spots in Las Cruces, N.M.

Once part of Mexico, the area offers a rich culture woven together with strong strands of traditional influences. Here are the top 7 things to do.

Slaughter Canyon Cave in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Go Below Carlsbad, New Mexico

See world-class caves at Carlsbad Caverns National Park and dip in a natural swimming hole under a waterfall.

Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site near El Paso, Texas

Bordering Food and Fun in El Paso, Texas

Outdoor adventures and a fascinating glimpse of life hundreds of years before Texas became a state. Here are the best things to do.

Soaking at Hot Sulphur Springs Resort

12 Unusual Places to Stay near Rocky Mountain National Park

Don’t let your trip to the park sound just like your neighbors’ vacation. Set it apart by staying at some of the fantastic and unusual places along the way.

Estes Park Aerial Tramway.

6 Things to Do in Estes Park

Known for its lodging, small-town charm, and knowledgeable outfitters, Estes Park serves Rocky Mountain National Park and access to the national forest.

Pawnee Buttes National Grassland near Fort Morgan-Morgan County, Colorado

High Plains Scenery in Morgan County

Stop by Fort Morgan, Brush and Pawnee National Grassland to stretch your legs and experience a different side of Colorado.

The Springs Resort & Spa in Pagosa Springs, Colorado

Soak in The Springs Resort and Spa in Pagosa Springs

At Pagosa Springs, stop and stay where a gorgeous lodge, 23 naturally hot springs and a spa await on the banks of the San Juan River.

Downtown Trinidad

Enjoy the Ride in Trinidad, Colorado

Scenic drives, stunning landscapes and strolls through a historic downtown await in Trinidad, Colo.

6 things to take on a Colorado Vacation

7 Things to Take on your Colorado National Park Vacation

After many trips to Colorado's national parks and monuments, our editor has created a list of her favorite things to bring along.