US National Parks

National Parks around the US.

Ancient outcrops of Navajo sandstone rise above a high desert of sage brush, gambel oak and ponderosa pines.  This viewpoint is readily accessible from the Hop Valley trail on the Kolob Terrace section of Zion National Park.  Simply scramble up th...
Just north of Angel's Landing, the West Rim trail passes along a ridge between the main canyon of Zion National Park carved by the Virgin River and the smaller Refrigerator Canyon below Cathedral Mountain.
The Hickman Natural Bridge rises 125 feet above and spans about the same in length across a dry stream bed within Capitol Reef National Park. Rather than being called an arch, the bridge earns its name by having been cut by a true river in the pas...
The Hickman Natural Bridge rises 125 feet above and spans about the same in length across a dry stream bed within Capitol Reef National Park.  Rather than being called an arch, the bridge earns its name by having been cut by a true river in the pa...
The Lost Palms Oasis showcases one of six California Palm groves within Joshua Tree National Park.  A moderate four mile hike (8 miles round trip) starts at the Cottonwood Springs area near the Cottonwood Visitor's center.  The trail takes you ove...
Hidden Valley is a small granite enclosed valley in the western part of Joshua Tree National Park.  On this side of the park, the landscape is dominated by vast piles and mounds of weathered granite, the result of the intrusion and slow cooling of...
A short easy hike along a gravel path, the Cholla Cactus Garden of Joshua Tree National Park glows in early morning and late afternoon sunlight.  Twenty miles north of the Cottonwood Visitors center, this dense patch of panda bear cholla grow at t...
One of several dune fields within Death Valley National Park, the Mesquite Flat dunes owe their existence to the local terrain which slow the winds in the area so that they drop their cargo of sand.  To the south rise the Tucki Mountains.  To the ...
One of several dune fields within Death Valley National Park, the Mesquite Flat dunes owe their existence to the local terrain which slow the winds in the area so that they drop their cargo of sand.  To the south rise the Tucki Mountains.  To the ...
Located in an ancient flood channel, the Natural Bridge in Death Valley National Park looks more precarious than other arches you might see in the desert southwest.  Carved out of the same conglomerate that forms the sides of the narrow gorge, the...
At a little over 6,400 feet elevation, Aguereberry Point offers a spectacular view of Death Valley stretching from Badwater Basin in the south to the Funeral Mountains in the north central part of the park.  The Tucki mountains rise to the north b...
A young geologic feature compared to other geology in Death Valley National Park, the Ubehebe Crater was created by a massive steam and rock explosion some two to seven thousand years ago.  Subterranean magma superheated the groundwater until the ...
Located in an ancient flood channel, the Natural Bridge in Death Valley National Park looks more precarious than other arches you might see in the desert southwest.  Carved out of the same conglomerate that forms the sides of the narrow gorge, the...
At the confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers, the Green river does appear slightly green compared to the red-brown of the Colorado.  Over seven hundred miles from its headwaters in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming the Green carries its lo...
In the early 1900s, Wilson Burns set up his sheep operation near the outlet of the basin the beginnings of which you see here.  The nearby Hamm's Draw near the outlet provided a source of water for the homesteaders in the area.  Managing to hold o...