Big Bend National Park

Rio Grande River at the Big Bend National Park

Famous with the Rio Grande that serenely passes through West Texas, through space and time, carrying the secrets of millennia in her waters. Big Bend National Park is in the southwestern part of Texas along the Texas-Mexico border. Its grandeur is defined by the deep river gorges sparkle down below, and canyons … Read more

Bryce Canyon National Park

Thor’s Hammer in the Bryce Canyon National Park

Hoodoos, also called Earth Pyramids, Fairy Chimneys, and Tent Rocks, are thin and tall spires of rock that are naturally eroded and protrude from the bottom of arid badlands and basins. They’re called so because of its eerie, distinct, mushroom-like appearance. If anyone wishes to see what these look like, the highest … Read more

Canyonlands National Park

Bikers on a sunny day at the Canyonlands National Park

Standing as the largest national park in Utah, Canyonlands National Park preserves a colorful landscape eroded into numerous canyons, mesas, and buttes by the Colorado River, the Green River, and their respective tributaries. There are four districts in which the park is divided: the Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze, … Read more

Crater Lake National Park

Overview of the Crater Lake with the rising sun

With its awe-inspiring deep blue water reflecting the clouds in the sky or lack thereof, jagged cliffs lining the lake, peaks in every direction, Crater Lake in Oregon is just worthy of being nicknamed “lake majesty.” The park where the lake is located in 249 square miles of evergreen trees, fields, and … Read more

Denali National Park and Preserve

The magnificent view of the Denali National Park and Reserve

The Denali National Park and Reserve is more than just a mountain. It is also a 6-million-acre stretch of wildland, intersected by a single road and home to thousands of flora and fauna. Denali is the continent’s tallest peak at 6,190 meters. Part of the Alaska Range and found in south-central Alaska, … Read more

Grand Teton National Park

Beautiful view of mountain ranges at Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park is a spectacular national park in Wyoming and just 10 miles from Yellowstone National Park. It is connected by the National Park Service-managed John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway. It covers approximately 310,000 acres. Also, the 40-mile-long Teton Range major peaks are included in the park, and most … Read more

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

The landscape of the Great Sand Dunes with the mountains

A habitat for coastal plants, sand lizards, and the yellow-bellied marmot, sand dunes are mounts, ridges or hills of sand that are formed by the wind. The tallest one in the North American Continent is protected by the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. The well-known Star Dune, towering at 755 … Read more

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Overview of the Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

As its name says, the vast natural area is in southern Alaska, in the U.S., on the Gulf of Alaska, where a place represents 3.3 million miles of glaciers, among other natural phenomena. “White Thunder” as the indigenous Tlingit people call this rugged, snow-capped mountains reaching 15,000 feet high slope down to … Read more

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Clear, shallow water at the Gunnison River at Black Canyon

Encompasses a deep, narrow gorge 15 miles east of Montrose, this natural area in western Colorado is called the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Its hugeness is overwhelming but still intimate enough to feel the pulse of time, Black Canyon of the Gunnison is home to some of the oldest … Read more

Capitol Reef National Park

Cassidy Arch stretches along the crimson sandstone rocks in Capitol Reef, Utah

A Waterpocket Fold is a geologic landform characterized by a monocline or a “step-up” in the rock layers. The term water pocket is used to define basins formed when sandstone layers are eroded by water. These basins occur mostly in folds. The tilted rock layers’ continued erosion gives rise to deep canyons, … Read more

Zion National Park

Restored photo of a small ranch near Zion Canyon (circa 1910s)

Canyons are deep, narrow valleys associated with cliffs on their sides. They are formed through thousands of years of water flow, weathering, erosion, and tectonic activities. The most famous familiar types of canyons are the river canyon. River canyons are caused by the water pressure that cuts a deep and narrow channel … Read more

Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve

Small tarn in a hidden valley in the Itkillik Preserve

This is a large, remote wilderness area in northern Alaska in the U.S. It is part of a vast region of national parks, monuments, and preserves. The park is situated entirely north of the Arctic Circle that stretches for hundreds of miles from west to east. Covering about 8,472,506 acres, the park … Read more

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Cavern National Park entrance

Caves Situated in the Guadalupe Mountains of southeastern New Mexico, the park’s primary attraction is the show cave, Carlsbad Cavern. Carlsbad Caverns is one of the oldest and most famous cave systems in the world. The caverns contain several vast underground chambers, up to 250 feet high, filled with amazing formations of … Read more

Death Valley National Park

Colorful mountains of the Death Valley National Park

It may have a haunting name and a stark appearance, but the valley is a very much alive desert set between high, snow-capped mountains. The name is totally in contrast with the vibrancy of Death Valley. It captures many guests for the life mysteries sustained in this arid and isolated landscape. This … Read more

Grand Canyon National Park

A view of the Grand Canyon with a Rainbow from Hopi Point

“There will never be a photograph of the Grand Canyon that can adequately describe its depth, breadth, and true beauty.” This is a quote from Stefanie Payne, author of the book “A Year in the National Parks: The Greatest American Road Trip,” navigated around all of America’s 59 national parks with National … Read more

Great Basin National Park

overview of the great basin national park Nevada sky

Famous for its rugged mountain peaks to vast underground caverns, and groves of ancient bristlecone pines, the Great Basin National Park is located at White Pine County in east-central Nevada, near the Utah border. The Park covers 77, 100 acres that seem to be barren yet is home to various flora and … Read more

Guadalupe Mountians National Park

The huge boulders of El Capitan pose high and mighty at the end of Guadalupe Mountains

Coral reefs are amazing products of both biology and geology. They were made of stone but were built by life – sea creatures sculpted rocks to transform their landscape through time. The Earth is blessed with ancient reefs that can even date back a hundred million years ago. These fossils carry archives … Read more

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

River with crystal clear water flowing within the forest in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Pride of the East as the park is one of the most pristine natural areas that offer breathtaking mountain scenery, including panoramic views, whooshing mountain streams, and mature hardwood forests stretching to the horizon. The Smokies are noted for incredible biodiversity; moving from the lowest to highest elevations within the park is … Read more

Hawaii Volcano National Park

Crater of Hawai volcano

The Hawaiian Islands is home to some of the Earth’s out-of-this-world landscapes. It is not an exaggeration – on one corner, you see recent lava flows stretch mile long, on another, you see huge sea waves slamming on the craggy coastline. Not only that, but the island also boasts sea arches made … Read more

Katmai National Park and Preserve

Dormat Volcano Crater

Established in 1918, Katmai aims to protect the volcano-devastated region surrounding Novarupta and the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. At present, Katmai National Park and Preserve continues to guard a 900-year old human history and important home for salmon and thousands of brown bears. What makes Katmai National Park and Preserve a … Read more

Haleakalā National Park

Haleakala Crater landscape

The park got its name from Haleakala, a dormant volcano within the park’s area. Haleakala in Hawaiian means “House of the Sun” belongs to one of the world’s largest volcanic craters. Its rim’s elevation reaches at 10,023 feet (3,055 meters) at Red Hill on the southwest. The crater is 7.5 miles long … Read more

Kenai Fjords National Park

The peaks of Kenai Fjords National Park reflected on the waters

“The next morning’s six-hour tour of the Kenai Fjords National Park was dazzling in a whole new way, as we glided past three towering glaciers, including the majestic Ailik Glacier, where we stopped amid its floating icebergs to hear its thunderous calving. On our journey back to Seward, we passed humpback whales … Read more

Kings Canyon National Park

A view of the Kings Canyon, from the Mist Falls Trail

Sequoias are among the world’s hardiest trees and have bark so thick that they can be resistant to flames. They’re also known as the third longest-living tree species. These marvelous and towering trees are rooted in the Redwood Canyon, the world’s largest grove of Sequoias. The Redwood Canyon is found in the … Read more

Kobuk Valley National Park

Aerial view of Kobuk River passing through the Kobuk National Park

Protecting several critical geographic features including the central portion of the Kobuk River, the 25-square-mile Great Kobuk Sand Dunes, and the Little Kobuk and Hunt River dunes, Kobuk Valley National Park is in the Arctic region of north-western Alaska, located about 25 miles north of the Arctic Circle. The sands produced of … Read more

Lassen Volcanic National Park

A view of Mount Lassen, surrounded by Pine Trees

Lava Domes are circular protrusions that are derived from slow extrusions of viscous lava coming from a volcano. It is quite like a steep-sided mound. Reputed to have the most massive lava dome on Earth Is the Lassen Peak. It is the only Cascade Volcano that rises above 10,000 feet but is … Read more

Arches National Park

Double Arches in the Arches National Park

Million years ago, the surface of an expansive salt bed underwent extreme climate changes. Debris from Ocean waters and flood were compressed into rock, and push the earth down into hollow pockets and upward into domes. Because of these conditions, faults and vertical arches formed. These arches are unique structures, and there … Read more

Mesa Verde National Park

Doe deer at the grassland at Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde or literally “Green Table” in Spanish is a national park located in Southwestern Colorado. This park offers an exceptional opportunity to see and experience a one-of-a-kind cultural and physical landscape. This national treasure includes the famous multi-story Cliff Palace, Balcony House, and Square House and more than 4000 known archaeological … Read more

Lake Clark National Park and Preserve

Overlook of the Mt. Redoubt Cook’s Inket

Volcanoes steam, reflection from the shimmering turquoise lakes of the steep mountains, and vast wildlife are the foundation of Lake Clark National Park and Preserve’s grandeur. The park covers 4,030,015 acres of the Alaska Peninsula’s base in south-central Alaska, and about 100 miles southwest of Anchorage. Approximately 2,637,000 acres lie in the … Read more

Mount Rainier National Park

Glaciated Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier National Park is the fifth national park in the United States. It is located in southeast Pierce County and northeast Lewis County in Washington State. It was established on March 2, 1899, preserving 236,381 acres, including Mount Rainier, a 14,411-foot (4,392 m) dormant volcano. Mount Rainier is an icon in … Read more

Glacier National Park

The View of Lake McDonald in the Glacier National Park

Nicknamed the “Crown of the Continent,” Glacier National Park participates as the world’s first international peace park to celebrate the camaraderie and friendship between Canada and the United States. From 1932 up to this day, the Glacier National Park and the Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberton, Canada collaborate in the sustainability, preservation, … Read more