The last of the Wild West, including some of the most stunning scenery in the world, is preserved forever in these National Parks.
Somewhere between the bright lights of Las Vegas and the monolithic monument to mankind’s ingenuity, the Hoover Dam, lies a little thought of – but expansively wide and diverse – land full of natural wonders rich in cultural and scientific significance.
From sea to shining sea, America is chock-full of natural wonders and in some far-off corners of the country, some truly hidden gems.
From the great heights of Long’s Peak on the western half of the state to the rolling plains east of Denver, the Mile High State is a veritable bounty of natural wonder in all shapes, sizes, and varieties.
Utah’s Mighty 5 National Parks are a veritable bounty of natural wonder with snow-covered peaks, canyons, lakes, rivers, red mesas, and golden bluffs.
The Grand Canyon is a mile-deep gorge, a short drive north of Flagstaff near the Arizona/Utah borders. Experts estimate the mammoth gorge likely formed around 5 to 6 million years ago when the Colorado River began to cut a channel through the layers of rock.
Most people know Redwood as home to the tallest trees on Earth (or maybe the setting for the Forest Moon of Endor from George Lucas’ Return of the Jedi). The park also protects vast prairies, oak woodlands, wild riverways, and nearly 40 miles of rugged coastline.
Yellowstone is the nation’s first national park with a rich geographical and cultural history that continues to attract visitors and inspire artists.
Idaho stretches across diverse landscapes and ecosystems with 38% of the state dedicated to U.S. Forest Service National Park land.