Most people know that the National Park Service cares for national parks, a network of nearly 400 natural, cultural and recreational sites across the nation. The treasures in this system have been set aside by the American people to preserve, protect, and share the legacies of this land. People from all around the world visit national parks to experience America's story, marvel at the natural wonders, and have fun. The American system of national parks was the first of its kind in the world, and provides a living model for other nations wishing to establish and manage their own protected areas. The park service actively consults with these nations, sharing what they've learned, and gaining knowledge from the experience of others. Below you will find links to galleries of our national parks photos.
Zion National Park — Located in the very southwest corner of Utah, Zion is small in scale but grand in scenic vistas. From the mighty sandstone towers, to the cleansing of the rushing Virgin River, Zion is sure to excite one and all. To experience Zion, you need to walk among the towering cliffs, or challenge your courage in a small narrow canyon. These unique sandstone cliffs range in color from cream, to pink, to red. The Internet Brothers stayed 3 days in April 1998, and again in July 2009, and loved every minute.
Bryce Canyon National Park — A short two hour drive northeast from Zion, Bryce claims the highest elevation of all Utah's parks. Hovering near 9000 feet, most views are from above, on the canyon rim. Famous for amphitheatrical panoramas, geological erosion creates the marvelous spires, known as hoodoos. Because Bryce transcends 2000 feet of elevation, the park exists in three distinct climatic zones; spruce / fir forest, Ponderosa Pine forest, and Pinyon Pine / juniper forest.
Canyonlands National Park — Canyonlands preserves a colorful landscape eroded into countless canyons, mesas and buttes by the Colorado River and its tributaries. Four parks in one, Utah's largest entices visitors with the Islands in the Sky, the Maze, and the Needles districts, as well as a small non-adjacent extension called Horseshoe Canyon. Experience nearly 3000 feet of elevation change as you 4-wheel it from area to area. Each district retains its own character and offers different opportunities for exploration.
Capitol Reef National Park — The Waterpocket Fold, a 100-mile long wrinkle in the earth's crust known to geologists as a monocline, extends from nearby Thousand Lakes Mountain to the Colorado River. A monocline is a regional fold with one very steep side in an area of otherwise nearly horizontal layers. This national park was established to protect the colorful geologic feature, as well as the historical and cultural history that abounds in the area.
Arches National Park — One of the largest concentrations of natural sandstone arches in the world, the park preserves over 2,000 of them, like the world-famous Delicate Arch, as well as many other unusual rock formations. The arches and numerous other extraordinary geologic features, such as spires, pinnacles, pedestals and balanced rocks, are highlighted in striking foreground and background views created by contrasting colors, landforms and textures. Conveniently located in southeastern Utah.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park — Ridge upon ridge of forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in this wondrous national park. World renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, this is Americaís most visited national park. Elevations in the park range from 800 feet to 6,643 feet.
Shenandoah National Park — Gazing across the horizon from the peaks of Shenandoah National Park itís hard to believe you are just 75 miles from the bustle of our nationís capital. Take Skyline Drive along the crest of the mountains through the woods and past spectacular vistas of the Shenandoah Valley, or hike in the shade of oak trees along the Appalachian Trail or in the canyons that spill to the Virginia piedmont. The wildlife is plentiful, and the sights are grand for the entire family to enjoy.
Rocky Mountain National Park — From New Mexico to British Columbia, for 2,700 miles the great Rocky Mountain chain forms the backbone of North America, the world's longest mountain barrier. Set in the Southern Rockies, Rocky Mountain National Park could be called "the top of the world for everybody." Here treeline and tundra—the miniaturized alpine world—are accessible to all along the park's Trail Ridge Road. This highest major highway in North America tops out at 12,183 feet above sea level not far from the Alpine Visitor Center. Park your car and take a walk in this beautiful alpine realm.
Grand Canyon National Park and Arizona — Located in the Hualapai Indian Reservation, Grand Canyon West is approximately 120 miles east of Las Vegas, NV, and 72 miles northwest of Kingman, AZ. Grand Canyon West is the only location throughout the Grand Canyon where visitors can access the river and water recreation activities at the bottom of the canyon via helicopter tours. The perspective is different in Oak Creek Canyon. The main road runs through the canyon, and your experience is mainly looking up at the natural wonders as opposed to Grand Canyon where most people look down from the rim. Sedona, AZ is the gateway to spectacular scenery and outdoor recreation in Oak Creek Canyon and the surrounding Red Rock Country of Arizona's Mogollon Rim.
The Blue Ridge Parkway derives its name from the balancing act it performs along the crest of the famous mountain range that is the signature of western Virginia and North Carolina. Following a winding, manicured path from its start as The Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park to its ultimate end at the entrance to Great Smoky Mountain National Park, this nearly 500 mile beauty of mid-twentieth century engineering traverses some of the most breathtaking forest land found in the eastern United States. We've travelled the full length of the Parkway and enjoyed every mile. So much, in fact, that NC Bro lives within a half hour access.
National Parks Conservation Association — The gradual, accelerated warming of our planet will have disastrous consequences for America's national parks. But all is not lost. Although the situation seems dire, NPCA's report, Unnatural Disaster, says we can still halt the most severe effects of climate change if we take action now. The national parks offer a unique opportunity to draw attention to Americaís priceless resources at risk, and to showcase opportunities to act to protect them.