As the summer sun rises, the sunlit trails that stretch through the mountains are beginning to get a little bit more colorful.
But that is just the start of a trend that is being celebrated across the nation.
More than 30 states and Washington, D.C., have launched programs to celebrate the trails, which were once synonymous with summer tourism.
The Oregon Trail is an example.
The Oregon Trail Conservancy in Eugene, Ore., began issuing $25 commemorative tickets last summer to celebrate its 50th anniversary, and in the fall, the park opened a new, longer-lasting trail.
A new trail, the Cascade Mountains Trail, will open in 2019.
And in 2018, the California-Oregon Trail Alliance partnered with the nonprofit, Oregon Trail Fund, to create the Cascade Trails National Park Conservancy.
The program is designed to help people who want to visit the national park in 2018 and 2019, said Laura Cusick, the director of the park.
The Oregon trail, which is the longest in the world, offers an expansive landscape of mountains and rivers that are accessible to hikers, cyclists and bikers, according to the state.
It is one of the last of the great outdoor recreation areas in the United States.
The Cascade Trails are a favorite destination for families, and there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the park as well.
The trail can be completed in just six to eight days, depending on the season.
The trails are located near popular destinations such as Bend and Bend’s Lake Oswego, and are easily accessible from the parking lot at the National Park Service’s headquarters in Beaverton.