Tori Peglar

Tori Peglar

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

A couple hiking in Channel Islands National Park. Photo courtesy of Ventura County Lodging Association

Channel Islands National Park

Home to eight unique mammal species found only on the islands, including the island fox and deer mouse, you’ll find solitude and beauty at the "American Galapagos."

A classic car show and cruise in Modesto, California. Courtesy photo

Break for Modesto, California

Head west of Yosemite to Modesto where filmmaker George Lucas was born and where the E.&J. Gallo Winery, the largest family winery in the United States, is based.

Cowboy hat and western wheel

Oakdale is Cowboy Country

Turn off the main strip to explore the historic downtown. Start at the Cowboy Museum, then learn about or experience the April rodeo. End the day at the H Bar B.

Sunrise at a vineyard in Sta. Rita Hills near Lompoc

Lompoc's Top 6

Pronounced “Lom-poke,” this scenic valley town offers a ton to see and do year-round including sipping local wine, exploring a mission and strolling on a secluded beach.

Tommy Caldwell hangs from a rope and Kevin Jorgensen relaxes in the tent while climbing Yosemite's Dawn Wall on El Capitan

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Co-director Pete Mortimer shares stories of his documentary The Dawn Wall, which follows one of Yosemite's favorite climbers, Tommy Caldwell, up a sheer face.

Calaveras Big Trees State Park near Yosemite

Jumping for Calaveras

Mark Twain became famous with his story about the frogs of Calaveras County. Here are five reasons why you should stop in this gorgeous corner of California.