The Grand Canyon at Sunset. Words cannot describe the awesome beauty of this national park, at any time of day or year

Western National Parks

Congress created Grand Canyon National Park during the Wilson Administration and it, along with scores of others in the Western United States, are cornerstones of our national heritage.  Here are scenes from Yosemite, Zion and many other National Parks in the western states.

Black and White view of Bridalveil Falls in Yosemite National Park
Black and White view of Bridalveil Falls in Yosemite National Park
Slice from Tunnel View
Slice view of Yosemite National Park from Tunnel View showing a bird in flight near El Capitan with Half Dome and Yosemite Falls
The Virgin River in Zion National Par
The Virgin River in Zion National Par
A stormy day with infrequent rain hovers over Capital Reef National Park
A stormy day with infrequent rain hovers over Capital Reef National Park
Park Avenue, a stop near the entrance to Arches National Park in southern Utah
Park Avenue, a stop near the entrance to Arches National Park in southern Utah
Park Avenue, a stop near the entrance to Arches National Park in southern Utah
Park Avenue, a stop near the entrance to Arches National Park in southern Utah
Another icon in Arches National Park is the famous Double Arch
Another icon in Arches National Park is the famous Double Arch
A tricked out view of the same shot, Another icon in Arches National Park is the famous Double Arch
A tricked out view of the same shot, Another icon in Arches National Park is the famous Double Arch
ANother iconic view in Arches National Park, the famous North Window, given scale by a young man and his son
ANother iconic view in Arches National Park, the famous North Window, given scale by a young man and his son
Bryce Canyon, whether in full sun or shrouded by mist, is an awesome sight in southern Utah
Bryce Canyon, whether in full sun or shrouded by mist, is an awesome sight in southern Utah
This snag seems like a dancing hag in Canyonlands National Park
This snag seems like a dancing hag in Canyonlands National Park

 

Striation patterns on snow-covered mountains in Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park
Striation patterns on snow-covered mountains in Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park

 

Wupatki, an ancient Native American dwelling site, is not far from the south entrance to the Grand Canyon
Wupatki, an ancient Native American dwelling site, is not far from the south entrance to the Grand Canyon

 

The travertine terraces near the northern entrance to Yellowstone National Park have captured long dead trees to create a surreal landscape
The travertine terraces near the northern entrance to Yellowstone National Park have captured long dead trees to create a surreal landscape

 

Giant saguaro cactus forms a dramatic exclamation point in the Saguaro National Monument in Tucson, Ariz.
Giant saguaro cactus forms a dramatic exclamation point in the Saguaro National Monument in Tucson, Ariz.

 

A rider in Canyon de Chelly on the Navajo Indian Reservation in northeast Arizona rides home along the canyon bottom
A rider in Canyon de Chelly on the Navajo Indian Reservation in northeast Arizona rides home along the canyon bottom

 

Monument Valley in southeastern Utah has dramatic views of mesas and other formations
Monument Valley in southeastern Utah has dramatic views of mesas and other formations

 

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