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US National Parks (28 travel photos / pictures)

Nearly 400 National Parks are dotted across the US - protected areas preserved for future generations.


The mandate of the US National Parks service is to protect the collection of natural, cultural, and recreational sites which span from coast to coast.

Below is a collection of pictures, photos and information about many southwest US and Alaska National Parks such as:

  • Arches National Park
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Olympic National Park
  • Death Valley National Park
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Denali National Park
  • Kenai Fjords National Park
  • ... and many more

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Silhouetted Balanced Rock Dusk Photo

With the famous Balanced Rock silhouetted during dusk, the bright full moon rises over Arches National Park in Utah, USA.
Shortly after sunset the full moon came up behind balanced rock in Arches NP, Utah. The blue hour provided just the right light to capture this scene with the rocks and the moon. Full moon and ...
Balanced Rock Moon Arches National Park Utah

The famous Balanced Rock in Arches National Park is accompanied by the full moon during dusk in the State of Utah, USA.
Shortly after sunset the full moon came up behind balanced rock in Arches NP, Utah. The blue hour provided just the right light to capture this scene with the rocks and the moon.
Bryce Canyon Sunset Utah USA

The formations of Bryce Canyon fall into part shadow during a cloudy sunset over the state of Utah in the USA.
Low clouds are illuminated during sunset over Bryce Canyon. usually the Canyon is not a top spot for sunset thanks to his geographical orientation to the east, but with clouds glowing like this its ...
Wall Street Bryce Canyon Utah

A pair of trees grow towards the sunlight in the Wall Street section of Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, USA.
A Lonesome tree is growing high to the light in the narrow canyons of the wall street section of the Queens Garden trail down in Bryce canyon NP.
Queens Garden Trail Bryce Canyon National Park

A treasure trove of geological wonders best describes the sights along the Queens Garden Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, USA.
Although the high altitude of more than 6000 ft may affect the individual physical fitness its always worth to take the 4 mile hike through the Queens garden trail and navajo loop trail in Bryce Canyon NP ...
Mesa Arch Sunrise Canyonlands National Park

The horizon seen through Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park is ablaze with color during one of the most magical times of day - sunrise.
The Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park is one of the top attractions, loved by photographers during the early morning hours and sunrise. During this time the underside of the arch is illuminated ...
Katmai Grizzly Bears Alaska

Two Grizzly bears are the welcoming committee for visitors arriving at Naknek Lake in Katmai National Park in Alaska.
When arriving in Katmai's Naknek Lake airport by floatplane it is very common to be greeted by a bear. These two, a mother with her cub, spent the whole morning on the beach between the planes, giving ...
Wonder Lake Night Light

Midnight light at Wonder Lake overlooked by Mt McKinley, Alaska, USA.
Although Mt McKinley is notorious for being shrouded in clouds it usually comes out for some time between dusk and dawn. This is particularly true during the light nights in the summer, when it is ...
Steller Sea Lions Kenai

Steller Sea Lions hauled out on a rock in the pristine Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska.
Stellers sea lions are very common in the waters of Alaska. Here in the Kenai Fjords NP lives a big population, guarded by the NPS. The animals are a big attraction for the tour boats operating out of Seward ...
Mammoth Hot Springs Wyoming

Multi coloured terraces at Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA.
The impressive Mammoth Hot Springs in the Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming are well worth a visit. During a walk through the colorful terraces one can enjoy the beauty of this volcanic wonder. ...
Snowcapped Mt McKinley

A glimpse at the snowcapped Mt McKinley in Denali National Park, Alaska, USA.
During a scenic flight which started in overcast weather at Kantishna airport in Denali National Park we climbed up to the tops of the massive Denali mountain range and finally the snowcapped peak ...
Playful Bears

A couple of playful grizzly bears on the banks of Naknek Lake in Alaska, USA.
While waiting for the path before and behind us to cleared of bears we watched this pair of younger bears playing around in the shallow waters of Naknek Lake.
Brooks Falls Grizzly Bears

A couple of Grizzly Bears fishing for salmon in Brooks Falls.
Every year in July the grizzly bears gather on brooks falls in Katmai NP to catch the spawning salmon in the Brooks falls. The spectacle attracts a lot of photographers and bear lovers from all around ...
Bear Cub

Small Cub Trotting Behind His Family in Katmai National Park, Alaska, USA.
While watching the bears in Katmai NP a mother with 4 cubs came wandering just beneath the safe viewing platform. Sadfully it is not unusual that the male bears are killing and eating the cubs, especially ...
Wrangell St Elias Alaska

Sunset over the volcanos of Wrangell St Elias National Park in Alaska, USA.
The chain of volcanos in the Wrangell-St Elias National Park in Alaska glows in the evening light. Mt Sanford and Mt Wrangell can be seen.
Grizzly Bear Welcome

A Mother Grizzly Bear with her Cub are the welcoming committee for visitors to Katmai National Park in Alaska, USA.
When arriving in Katmai's Naknek Lake airport by floatplane it is very common to be greeted by a bear. These two, a mother with her cub, spend the whole morning on the beach between the planes, giving ...
Denali National Park Alaska

The stunning midnight light over Wonder Lake and Mt McKinley, Alaska, USA.
Although Mt.McKinley is notorious for being shrouded in clouds it usually comes out for some time between dusk and dawn. This is particularly true during the light nights in the summer, when it is ...
Balanced Rock Arches Utah

An intriguing formation in Arches National Park in Utah, is the famous Balanced Rock.
Possibly one of the most well photographed rock formations in Arches National Park, Utah is Balanced Rock. Balanced Rock is a free standing formation of a base with a large upright rock seemingly balanced ...
Grizzlies Alaska

Pair Of Grizzlies In Denali National Park in Alaska, USA.
This pair of grizzlies in Denali NP could be spotted and watched during half an hour playing and feeding on the slopes just beside the park road.
Steller Sea Lions Alaska

Scene in the Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska with Steller Sea Lions hauled out onto the rocks.
Steller's sea lions are very common in the waters of Alaska. Here in the Kenai Fjords National Park lives a large population, guarded by the NPS. The animals are a big attraction for the tour boats ...
Wonder Lake Alaska

Midnight at Wonder Lake in Denali National Park of Alaska, USA.
Although Mt.McKinley is notorious for being shrouded in clouds it usually comes out for some time between dusk and dawn. This is particularly true during the light nights in the summer,when it is possible ...
Mt McKinley Alaska

The snowcapped peak of Mt McKinley in Denali National Park, Alaska, USA.
Although Mt.McKinley is notorious for beeing shrouded in clouds it usually comes out for some time between dusk and dawn. This is particularly true during the light nights in the summer,when it is ...
Fall Leaves Washington

The pristine Merriman Creek with fall leaves situated near Quinault Lake in the Olympic National Park of Washington, USA.
The Merriman Falls are situated not far from the side of the road near Quinault Lake in the Olympic National Park in Washington. During early winter the moss covered edges are frosted with ice and ...
Grizzly Bear Cubs

A mother Grizzly Bear teaches her 4 cubs to search for food in Katmai National Park, Alaska, USA.
Walking around in katmai NP during the salmon run is like walking in the Zoo, just without the fences. Bears everywhere! But to spot a mother with 4 cubs is a rare thing even for Katmai standards. ...
Grizzly Cubs

A grizzly bear sow leads her 4 cubs out of the bush in Katmai National Park, Alaska, USA.
Walking around in katmai NP during the salmon run is like walking in the Zoo, just without the fences. Bears everywhere! But to spot a mother with 4 cubs is a rare thing even for Katmai standards. ...
Grizzly Bears

Two Grizzly bears rest in the lush vegetation of Denali National Park, Alaska, USA.
During a bus tour from Denali Visitor Center to Kantishna Roadhouse in the Summer of '06 we stopped for two brown spots in the green grass on the slopes of Polychrome Pass. After waiting for some minutes ...
Grand Teton National Park

Snake River in the foreground while the tops of the Teton Range are caught in the sunrise light in Wyoming, USA.
Although you need to get up early while staying the night in Jackson Hole it's absolutely worth the drive out to Snake River overlook about an hour out of Jackson to witness the first light on the ...
Grizzly Bear Family

A grizzly bear crosses a river with her family in the Katmai National Park in Alaska.
Walking around in katmai National Park during the salmon run is like walking in the Zoo, just without the fences. bears everywhere! But to spot a mother with 4 cubs is a rare thing even for Katmai standards ...
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