Arches National Park has the worlds greatest concentration of natural arches in the world, hence the name. An “arch” must span at least 3 feet in any direction to qualify as one of the National Park’s 2,000 plus arches. Many of these beautiful arches are easily accessed on the park’s 18-mile one-way road and its numerous hiking trails.
Don’t let the serene name and pristine lakes reflecting the grandeur of its towering mountains mislead you, Lake Clark National Park & Preserve is as rugged and extreme as it is peaceful and still. With no roads in the park and swift, unpredictable weather changes, a visit to Lake Clark requires its visitors to plan ahead and be prepared for anything. Due to all of the extremes, much of the 4.03 million acres of land lie vast and untouched by human hands, begging the prepared and vigilant adventurer to explore its unmarred beauty.
Driving in on one of the main roads to the park presents a spectacular view of the majestic snow-covered peaks of Mt. Wrangell and the St. Elias mountains, the park’s namesake. With 13.2 million acres of land, Wrangell St. Elias is the largest national park and is roughly six times the size of Yellowstone National Park. It houses some of the tallest mountain peaks in the country and boasts of over 150 impressive ice glaciers.
The Majestic Basin and Range...
In the shadow of 13,063-foot Wheeler Peak, 5,000 year old bristlecone pine trees grow on rocky glacial moraines. Come to Great Basin National Park to experience the solitude of the desert, the smell of sagebrush after a thunderstorm, the darkest of night skies, and the beauty of Lehman Caves. Far from a wasteland, the Great Basin is a diverse region that awaits your discovery.
Explore the Islands of Sacred Earth
The National Park of American Samoa welcomes you into the heart of the South Pacific, to a world of sights, sounds, and experiences that you will find in no other national park in the United States.
Enjoy this unique national park and the welcoming people of American Samoa. We are here to protect its rich culture and natural resources. Come explore them with us!
In a state where greenery can be scarce, the Arizona based Saguaro National Park has often been referred to as the “Desert Monarch.” It offers beautiful greenery and brilliant blossoming cacti, trees, and wildflowers during the spring months. With its warm colors and year round accessibility, many consider Saguaro to be one of the most inviting and welcoming national parks.
The name “Death Valley” instantly conjures the image of a desert so hot and dry, that life would be impossible to sustain. With roughly two inches of rainfall each year and 115 degree summer days, Death Valley is by far the hottest and driest National Park. With its lowest point measuring at 282 feet below sea level, Death Valley also has the lowest elevation of all the National Parks. Despite the seemingly sterile and infertile climate, the landscape is able to support strong and hardy desert-dwelling animals such as frogs, bats, coyotes, horses, butterflies, and even fish!
If your trip allows, take a stroll at sunset to view the vibrant, yet dainty desert sand-verbena, whose colors respond best to the soft evening light. Plan to stay a few days to give yourself time to take in the rich, dynamic scenery Joshua Tree National Park has to offer and breathe in the refreshing, restorative power of the desert.
“Big enough to be overwhelming, still intimate enough to feel the pulse of time, Black Canyon of the Gunnison exposes you to some of the steepest cliffs, oldest rock, and craggiest spires in North America. With two million years to work, the Gunnison River, along with the forces of weathering, has sculpted this vertical wilderness of rock, water, and sky.”
— National Park Service
For most people, the national parks conjure up an image of large flowing rivers, abundant wildlife, scenic hiking trails and miles of untouched valleys, mountains and canyons. Cuyahoga Valley National Park defies this stereotypical image and creates a recreational haven with its own unique style and flavor. You can hop on a train that whisks you through the scenic views of the park, or visit several old homes, stores and mills rich with the history of years past. Play a few holes at one of the four golf courses, enjoy a concert, or attend a dance with live music. Cuyahoga Valley National Park entails a hodgepodge of activities to enjoy due to its prior status as a national recreation area.
Congaree National Park allows its visitors to travel back in time to a land of dense tree lined waterways framed with hanging Spanish moss and lush green foliage. Nestled in the state of South Carolina, this park has over 26,000 acres to explore. Although it appears to be a swamp, Congaree National Park is actually a flood plain, because it does not have stagnant water throughout the year. Instead water from the Congaree River and Wateree River overflow into the low floodplain during the wetter seasons of the year. Known by some as the “Redwoods of the East”, Congaree has some of the largest trees in the east coast. It boasts of old hardwood trees which have survived and thrived in this massive forest surrounded by water, water and more water.
There are so many great trails for backpacking and hiking to explore in the park. If you'd rather blaze your own trail, the dunes are a great place to do so. The dunes provides a unique backpacking experience without any trails to follow, and challenging terrain to hike. You can set up camp right in the dunes wherever your voyage takes you. Be sure to check the weather forecast before setting out for a backpacking trip in the dunes, lightning and sandstorms are frequent hazards for hikers.
“At America’s Newest National Park, the possibilities for discovery are limitless! Climbing and hiking among the breathtaking spires and rock formations that gave Pinnacles its name is only the beginning of what the park has to offer. Come seek out the California condor in the High Peaks, explore the rare chaparral vegetation and carpets of wildflowers, or just picnic at the visitor center.”
— National Park Service