U.S. National Parks

A Thinking Person's Guide to America's National Parks - GEDApix images help illustrate essays by park professionals about their connections to the national...

A Thinking Person's Guide to America's National Parks

GEDApix images help illustrate essays by...

Acadia National Park, Maine - Maine's rugged seacoast, including the Schoodic Peninsula and over 300 islands enrapture visitors to Acadia. In addition...

Acadia National Park, Maine

Maine's rugged seacoast, including the S...

Antietam National Battlefield, Maryland - The bloodiest single day of the U. S. Civil War was fought here, near Sharpsburg, Maryland

Antietam National Battlefield, Maryland

The bloodiest single day of the U. S. Ci...

Badlands National Park - Peaks and valleys of delicately banded colors—colors that shift in the sunlight belie the challenges of crossing these peaks,...

Badlands National Park

Peaks and valleys of delicately banded c...

Biscayne National Park, Florida - Coral reefs, keys, and a tropical lagoon, all in Miami's back yard, that's Biscayne National Park. See the reasons people...

Biscayne National Park, Florida

Coral reefs, keys, and a tropical lagoon...

Cabrillo National Monument, California - Overlooking San Diego, California, this 160 acre park commemorates arrival of the first Europeans, preserves an...

Cabrillo National Monument, California

Overlooking San Diego, California, this...

Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina - The heart of the Outer Banks, the beaches and lighthouse of Cape Hatteras are iconic symbols of North...

Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina

The heart of the Outer Banks, the beache...

Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah - Named for  juniper trees, misidentified as cedars, growing on eroded slopes called 'breaks' near Cedar City, Utah

Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah

Named for juniper trees, misidentified...

César E. Chávez National Monument, California - Located in Keene, Kern County, California, this unit of the National Park System recognizes the role of...

César E. Chávez National Monument, California

Located in Keene, Kern County, Californi...

Chaco Culture National Historic Park, New Mexico - A thousand years ago Ancestral Puebloan People built major communities in Chaco Canyon's wild, high-desert...

Chaco Culture National Historic Park, New Mexico

A thousand years ago Ancestral Puebloan...

Channel Islands National Park, California - Five of the eight coastal islands off southern California between Santa Barbara and San Diego and the submerged...

Channel Islands National Park, California

Five of the eight coastal islands off so...

Crater Lake National Park, Oregon - Crater Lake fills the crater of Mount Mazama, a volcano in the Cascade Range, to a depth of 1,932 feet, making it the...

Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

Crater Lake fills the crater of Mount Ma...

Cumberland Island National Seashore, Georgia - The largest of the Georgia sea islands remains essentially wilderness

Cumberland Island National Seashore, Georgia

The largest of the Georgia sea islands r...

Death Valley National Park, California & Nevada - A sprawling desert valley surrounded by towering mountains, Death Valley lies on the California-Nevada...

Death Valley National Park, California & Nevada

A sprawling desert valley surrounded by...

Devil's Postpone National Monument, California - A spectacular example of columnar basalt, 101-foot high Rainbow Falls, and pristine mountain scenery make...

Devil's Postpone National Monument, California

A spectacular example of columnar basalt...

Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida - Coral reefs, tropical islands, seabird rookeries, remnants of Fort Jefferson, the largest masonry structure in the...

Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida

Coral reefs, tropical islands, seabird r...

Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site, California - The American Shakespeare, O'Neill wrote many of his most famous plays here in Tao House on his 1,500-acre...

Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site, California

The American Shakespeare, O'Neill wrote...

Everglades National Park, Florida - The 'River of Grass' flows over ancient limestone flatter than cement can be poured into huge estuaries along the Gulf...

Everglades National Park, Florida

The 'River of Grass' flows over ancient...

Fort Pulaski National Monument - The coastal fort near Savannah, Georgia, where during the U. S. Civil War, rifled canon demonstrated in one day's battle...

Fort Pulaski National Monument

The coastal fort near Savannah, Georgia,...

Glacier National Park - A meeting place where old growth forests, wind-swept prairies, ancient glaciers, deep lakes, and iconic North American wildlife...

Glacier National Park

A meeting place where old growth forests...

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area - Inspiring desert and canyon landscapes combine with Glen Canyon Dam and the Colorado River waters in impounds in...

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Inspiring desert and canyon landscapes c...

Golden Gate National Recreation Area - A bridge, the bay, towering redwood forested headlands backed by beaches and estuaries, a historic island prison,...

Golden Gate National Recreation Area

A bridge, the bay, towering redwood fore...

Grand Canyon National Park - The Colorado River cuts a 277 mile-long chasm across Arizona from Glen Canyon to Lake Mead; this Grand Canyon of the Colorado...

Grand Canyon National Park

The Colorado River cuts a 277 mile-long...

Grand Teton National Park - Rising abruptly from the Jackson Hole valley, the Teton Range contains some the oldest rocks in North America, yet is one of...

Grand Teton National Park

Rising abruptly from the Jackson Hole va...

John Muir National Historic Site - Hiker, explorer, conservationist, writer, advocate of all things wild, and fruit farmer, John Muir's home in Martnez,...

John Muir National Historic Site

Hiker, explorer, conservationist, writer...

Lassen Volcanic National Park - Last active in 1921, Lassen Peak near Mineral California is the southernmost volcano in the Cascade Range, pioneers in...

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Last active in 1921, Lassen Peak near Mi...

Joshua Tree National Park, California - The Mojave and Colorado Deserts converge in the park with a liberal sprinkling of giant yuccas called Joshua Trees...

Joshua Tree National Park, California

The Mojave and Colorado Deserts converge...

Lava Beds National Monument - Giant volcanoes, lava tube caves, and amazing petroglyphs set in a historic landscape are major features of Lava Beds National...

Lava Beds National Monument

Giant volcanoes, lava tube caves, and am...

Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park - Located in Johnson City, Texas, this park contains the reconstructed birthplace, boyhood home, and ranch of...

Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park

Located in Johnson City, Texas, this par...

Manzanar National Historic Site - Conflict—Rememberance—Apology: Manzanar, in California's Owens Valley, is one of ten camps in the United States of America...

Manzanar National Historic Site

Conflict—Rememberance—Apology: Manzanar,...

Mojave National Preserve - The Preserve protects Mojave desert landscapes, including tortoise habitat, towering sand dunes, the Kelso Railroad Depot, and...

Mojave National Preserve

The Preserve protects Mojave desert land...

Mount Rainier National Park - The greatest single-peak glacial system in the U.S. radiates down from the summit of an ancient Cascade Range volcano with...

Mount Rainier National Park

The greatest single-peak glacial system...

Mount Rushmore National Memorial - A monumental inspiration for the continuance of America's democratic republic personified by four of her greatest leaders...

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

A monumental inspiration for the continu...

Muir Woods National Monument - An ancient coast redwood forest and redwood creek watershed were protected here by a local businessman and his wife, who...

Muir Woods National Monument

An ancient coast redwood forest and redw...

Olympic National Park - Almost a million acres of wilderness with glacier-capped mountains, lakes, 60 miles of ocean beach, and spectacular temperate rainforest

Olympic National Park

Almost a million acres of wilderness wit...

Petrified Forest National Park - The park features petrified logs composed of multi-colored quartz, shortgrass prairie, and Painted Desert landscapes in...

Petrified Forest National Park

The park features petrified logs compose...

Pinnacles National Park - Faults, volcanoes, and erosion create critical habitats for California critters just south of the high-tech communities of Silicon...

Pinnacles National Park

Faults, volcanoes, and erosion create cr...

Pipe Spring National Monument, Arizona - Springs here sustained Ancestral Puebloans, modern Paiutes, and Morman pioneers. Historic structures from 1870s...

Pipe Spring National Monument, Arizona

Springs here sustained Ancestral Puebloa...

Point Reyes National Seashore - Ocean beaches, wilderness estuaries, wildlife, and a great place to fly kites over pastoral landscapes.

Point Reyes National Seashore

Ocean beaches, wilderness estuaries, wil...

Rocky Mountain National Park - Backbone of the Continent, the park protects the heart of the world's longest mountain barrier, 2,700 miles (4.300 km) from...

Rocky Mountain National Park

Backbone of the Continent, the park prot...

Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park - Arsenal of Democracy, Mass Production of Miracles, Women's roles in winning WWII were played...

Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park

Arsenal of Democracy, Mass Production of...

Saguaro National Park - Unique to the Sonoran Desert, Giant Saguaro Cacti range from desert valley floors up to ponderosa pine forests in the mountains...

Saguaro National Park

Unique to the Sonoran Desert, Giant Sagu...

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park - Four Spanish frontier missions tell stories of colonization in the 17th, 18th, and 19th Centuries near...

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

Four Spanish frontier missions tell stor...

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park - At the heart of San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf, this park uses museums, historic ships, and a stunning...

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

At the heart of San Francisco's Fisherma...

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, California - Basking in a Mediterranean climate,  mountains rise above Los Angeles from Santa Monica Bay...

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, California

Basking in a Mediterranean climate, mou...

Scotts Bluff National Monument - A sentinel on the Nebraska plains, the massive sandstone bluff, 800 feet high (240 m), was a milepost on the Oregon Trail...

Scotts Bluff National Monument

A sentinel on the Nebraska plains, the m...

Sequoia National Park - America's second oldest national park, established in 1890, the park is home to the world's largest tree and Mt. Whitney, the highest...

Sequoia National Park

America's second oldest national park, e...

Virgin Islands National Park - This amphibious national park occupies 75% of the island of St. John and nearly 6,000 acres of submerged lands with coral...

Virgin Islands National Park

This amphibious national park occupies 7...

Walnut Canyon National Monument - Cliff dwellings built by the Sinagua People 800 years ago under limestone ledges near present day Flagstaff, Arizona...

Walnut Canyon National Monument

Cliff dwellings built by the Sinagua Peo...

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area - Precious water, forests, wildlife, gold, and fun are all reasons people come to Whiskeytown NRA.

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

Precious water, forests, wildlife, gold,...

Wright Brothers National Memorial - The site of man's first sustained flight in a heavier-than-air machine hosts the Kill Devil Hill Monument and life-sized...

Wright Brothers National Memorial

The site of man's first sustained flight...

Yellowstone National Park - The volcano at the Earth's surface and up-close, personal encounters with charismatic megafauna still inspire awe in people...

Yellowstone National Park

The volcano at the Earth's surface and u...

Yosemite National Park - Granite domes, carved by glaciers & graced by waterfalls, tower above broad meadows in the heart of the Sierra Nevada; groves...

Yosemite National Park

Granite domes, carved by glaciers & grac...

Zion National Park - Colorful canyon and mesa scenery includes erosion and rock fault patterns that create diverse plant and wildlife habitats in southern...

Zion National Park

Colorful canyon and mesa scenery include...