Our Adventures with Chris Burkard
At Travelodge, we’re all about adventure—and nobody embodies our passion for exploration better than award-winning photographer Chris Burkard. In partnership with the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), we took a trip to the Southwest and let Burkard lead the way through national parks, a famous photo archive, local haunts, and more.
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER
Meet Chris Burkard
Restoring the spirit of exploration
Acclaimed landscape photographer and conservationist, Chris Burkard has a unique way of seeing the world. Influenced by photographers like Ansel Adams, he believes that memorable images come from embracing the unexpected. Burkard captures stories of untamed landscapes and outdoor adventures that encourage others to take risks, appreciate nature, and support conservation efforts.
An Inspired Trip
Telling a powerful story through photographs makes experiences—even in the most remote places—relatable. Our challenge was to capture the beauty of parts well-known and unknown, and share those experiences with the world.
Grand Canyon National Park
Experiencing a natural wonder like never before
We captured incredible shots of the Grand Canyon’s layered red rock cutting in and out of the Colorado River. Burkard believes national park conservation is America’s best idea and uses his creativity to promote the places he considers sacred.
Canyon de Chelly National Monument
Exploring the Navajo tribal lands of northeastern Arizona
Set in an expansive desert landscape, Canyon de Chelly offers huge sandstone cliffs that surround the canyon, as well as Spider Rock—an 800-foot, sky-piercing spire. Burkard was excited to explore the area’s natural scenery and prehistoric rock art.
The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust
Discovering the power of photography
On display at the University of Arizona’s Center for Creative Photography, Ansel Adams’ famous black-and-white landscape images help make national parks and monuments feel accessible to everyone. His works inspire people to get out and explore for themselves.
Learn more about Ansel Adams.
NATURAL SISTERS CAFÉ | JOSHUA TREE, CA
This popular stop serves up healthy eats—made with locally sourced ingredients—right outside Joshua Tree National Park.
HOODOO | YUCCA VALLEY, CA
This Yucca Valley comic book and record store is known for its extensive collection of classic comics and vinyls.
Keep the adventure going with Travelodge
Learn about our efforts to protect our national parks and encourage exploration.
Get an up-close look at some of the most exciting national parks in the country and discover the must-see sights and hidden gems.
Sleepy’s Adventure Club
We’re helping young explorers make the most of their trips with handy booklets filled with fun activities, adventure logs, and more.