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Remote as some of the U.S. national parks may be, millions of travelers are drawn to them every year; for many it's a rite of passage. The country's 58 national parks are havens for backcountry wanderers and backseat explorers alike. Whether they checked in to a grand lodge, like Yellowstone's Old Faithful Inn, floated down Snake River in Grand Teton National Park, or rode a mule along Bryce Canyon's Peekaboo Trail, chances are each visitor has a story to tell.

Have you had a memorable visit to a national park? Share your top photos and experiences of your favorite National Park visit for a chance to win. Ten winners will receive a copy of The National Parks: America's Best Idea by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns and a Fodor's guides of their choice. In addition, if any photographs are selected to be included in a future Fodor's guide, those entrants will also receive a complimentary copy of the guide in which their photo appears.

Enter today and tell friends and family who have traveled to the country's national parks to enter as well. The "Show Us Your National Park" contest closes September 30, 2009.

Photo by mlgb

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Moonrise at Sand Arch

Moonrise at Sand Arch

About 5 minutes before I took this photo, a large thin slab exfoliated and fell from the top of the fin to the far right. Unfortunately the camera was not out! Photo was taken during the "golden hour" and just as the moon was rising.

Photo: mlgb

Photo by berhbs

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Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

The diversity of Yellowstone is illustrated by the Grand Canyon & River.

Photo: berhbs

Photo by LoveAdventure

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Beautiful day in May when the clouds at the peak momentarily dissapated

Beautiful day in May when the clouds at the peak momentarily dissapated

On our day left in Seattle after a family cruise to Alaska, we journeyed to Mt. Rainier for the day. It was a quiet Sunday in the park, and the weather was absolutely beautiful. Spent the day with various stops driving to the top. A definite must see for anyone in Seattle - and such a beautiful place, I definitely will be going back one day.

Photo: LoveAdventure

Photo by LoveAdventure

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Feeling Free

Feeling Free

Sunrise in the Grand Canyon on my 35th birthday. I can't imagine a better way I could have spent the day.

Photo: LoveAdventure

Photo by Laura Ash Joeckel

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Pictured Rocks Boat Tour

Pictured Rocks Boat Tour

The best way to view the colorful and dramatic rock formations is with a scenic boat tour. A variety of minerals account for the kaleidoscope of hues. Located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan on the dark blue shore of Lake Superior, Pictured Rocks also features many great hiking trails.

Photo: Laura Ash Joeckel

Photo by Adam Hlasny

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Lone Tree

Lone Tree

A joshua tree in the azure January sky

Photo: Adam Hlasny

Photo by Adam Hlasny

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Cold Morning

Cold Morning

Some leftover snow dusts the sides of the canyon

Photo: Adam Hlasny

Photo by Venkat Ramasubramanian

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Mysteriously misty grove

Mysteriously misty grove

On the way from Muir woods to Stinson beach is this grove of redwoods

Photo: Venkat Ramasubramanian

Photo by Ashley Tooley

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The Tetons reflected on Jackson Lake

The Tetons reflected on Jackson Lake

We were driving along the road and came around a bend to see this beautiful view. The lake was so still and the mountains and sky were reflected so perfectly we had to stop to enjoy the moment.

Photo: Ashley Tooley

Photo by BetsyKellenberger

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The Bubbles

The Bubbles

The twin peaks across Jordan Pond have always been known as the Bubbles. This location is one of the most popular in this vast park.

Photo: BetsyKellenberger

Photo by berhbs

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Teton Mountain range

Teton Mountain range

Two words I use to describe this photo: Pristine Majestic

Photo: berhbs

Photo by texasbookworm

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Excuse me, Mr. Burns--Exactly WHO owns our national parks?

Excuse me, Mr. Burns--Exactly WHO owns our national parks?

In July 2009 as my daughter, husband and I enjoyed our first trip to Yellowstone, we went to the Mud Volcano area. As we turned a corner along the boardwalk, we saw several bison standing next to the walkway, so we stopped to see where they were headed. Then my usually extremely safety-conscious husband walked a bit closer for a picture; suddenly the thing got up ON the boardwalk and walked toward him! He snapped this picture and then turned back towards us. The bison ambled along a few more steps and then stepped off the boardwalk on his way to join his bison-buddies at another thermal area/bison-spa! My husband said he was totally surprised that the animal stepped up onto the boardwalk; I guess bison just figure it was made for their convenience!

Photo: texasbookworm

Photo by slbchicago

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Mt. Moran's Reflection

Mt. Moran's Reflection

As we were driving through the Tetons, we stopped at Oxbow Bend to photograph Mt. Moran's reflection in Jackson Lake. The water was like glass and the reflection perfectly mirrored the peaks.

Photo: slbchicago

Photo by suzannebyrne

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We didn't see any people for 2 days!

We didn't see any people for 2 days!

It was just us with Nature. It was amazing!

Photo: suzannebyrne

Photo by azzure

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Red shoes at Niagara

Red shoes at Niagara

OK, so I know that Niagara Falls is not a national park. Still, this image intrigues me...where is the owner of these fancy stilettos? One's imagination runs wild...

Photo: azzure

Photo by Laura Ash Joeckel

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Scoville Point

Scoville Point

A leisurely 2 hr. hike through boreal forest and along rocky shoreline brings you to Scoville Point surrounded by the sparkling deep blue Lake Superior waters. Isle Royale, inhabited by a large moose and wolf population, is a true wilderness park accessible only by ferry boat or seaplane.

Photo: Laura Ash Joeckel

Photo by worldwidetraveler

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Yellowstone River

Yellowstone River

View looking away from the Yellowstone Falls.

Photo: worldwidetraveler

Photo by worldwidetraveler

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Eerie Shadows

Eerie Shadows

Dusk at Badlands is something not to be missed.

Photo: worldwidetraveler

Photo by travlingdude

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Awestruck!!!

Awestruck!!!

While hiking the Sunset Rim trail....there was no doubt to where it ended.

Photo: travlingdude

Photo by travlingdude

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Between a rock and a hard place.

Between a rock and a hard place.

Though Delicate Arch is the prize after this hike.....the trail to there is not too shabby!!!

Photo: travlingdude

Photo by Paul Baylin

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In the shadow of destruction...

In the shadow of destruction...

Chaco Culture National Historic Park, in New Mexico, enshrines the ancient architectural relics of an extinct native American civilization. Many of the stone buildings which occupied the most densely built area of the site were destroyed and buried when a large slab of the cliff face collapsed on it. Perhaps the remaining stone structure at the lower left of the picture will suffer a similar demise.

Photo: Paul Baylin

Photo by margotcv

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Stopping by the woods

Stopping by the woods

There is a rest stop along the southwest entry of the park, where I took this photo of the majestic mountain with the trees in the foreground that looked like guardsmen.

Photo: margotcv

Photo by iris1745

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Hermits Rest

Hermits Rest

The beginning of our seven mile walk

Photo: iris1745

Photo by iris1745 Richard

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The 68 year old 'kid'

The 68 year old 'kid'

We were on the 'rim' walk, from Hermits Rest. It's a seven mile walk back to the 'lodges'. This was the easy walk. One mis-step and down. Next day we did a six mile round trip down into the canyon. Incredible 'lady'.

Photo: iris1745 Richard

Photo by louisecaul

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View of Swiftcurrent Lake

View of Swiftcurrent Lake

This was a memorable trip to Glacier National Park and this was my favourite shot. The sheer beauty of the place is beyond words.

Photo: louisecaul

Photo by Posha

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Bison in a Field of Gold

Bison in a Field of Gold

This group of bison seen from the Grand Loop Road was our first bison sighting in the park. Better in the field than in the road!

Photo: Posha

Photo by Posha

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Orange Spring Mound

Orange Spring Mound

We finally arrived in Mammoth at the end of a very long day of traveling on the Grand Loop Road. When we came across Orange Spring Mound as we neared the end of Upper Terrace Drive we were wowed. The contrast of the orange against the bright blue sky demanded to be photographed.

Photo: Posha

Photo by Erica L. Wainer

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Herd of longhorn on Mt. Washburn

Herd of longhorn on Mt. Washburn

This herd made for a wonderful sight once we reached the top of Mt. Washburn. I just loved how they looked with the blue sky behind them, and the one who seemed to notice we were there.

Photo: Erica L. Wainer

Photo by Erica L. Wainer

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An afternoon at Mammoth Hot Springs

An afternoon at Mammoth Hot Springs

It was a cool, overcast day when we visited Mammoth. I had the same feeling when I arrived that I had when I first visited Bryce Canyon and the Grand Canyon: that I was seeing a place that simply didn't look like anything else I'd ever seen before.

Photo: Erica L. Wainer

Photo by Erica L. Wainer

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Horseback riding

Horseback riding

We had just arrived in the Grand Tetons and this horseback riding group came out of the foothills. I just loved the look of this rider, and his horse was beautiful.

Photo: Erica L. Wainer

Photo by Bill Somerville

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Glacier Park at Dawn

Glacier Park at Dawn

I awoke at dawn to an unworldly glow coming through the window of my room at the historic Many Glacier Hotel. Grabbing my point-and-shoot camera, I went behind the hotel to take this picture of Mount Grinnell. Swiftcurrent Lake is between the hotel and the mountain. The image is unaltered - exactly as it was when the film was developed.

Photo: Bill Somerville

Photo by enzian

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Lake McDonald

Lake McDonald

A peaceful morning on Lake McDonald on the west side of the park. too perfect to break the stillness with a boat. . . I'll just have to wait.

Photo: enzian

Photo by enzian

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Grinnell Point at Sunrise

Grinnell Point at Sunrise

This is the view that greeted me at sunrise when I looked out the window of our room at Many glacier Hotel on Swiftcurrent Lake.

Photo: enzian

Photo by enzian

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Observation Point

Observation Point

We hiked to Observation Point on the East Rim, and ended up looking DOWN on the famous (or infamous) Angel's Landing

Photo: enzian

Photo by enzian

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Glen Aulin camp

Glen Aulin camp

A swim in this lovely pool, even behind the waterfall, is your reward for hiking the 7 miles in to Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp.

Photo: enzian

Photo by enzian

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Paradise in mid-July

Paradise in mid-July

I volunteer to be a "meadow rover" to help protect the fragile meadows by reminding people to stay on the trails. What a gorgeous day this was!

Photo: enzian

Photo by Debi Jenkins

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Foggy Glacier

Foggy Glacier

I was on the Holland America Westerdam ship while taking this photo. Nature at it's best. The contract of rock, greenery, fog and ice along the sea edge. What a beautiful moment.

Photo: Debi Jenkins

Photo by Debi Jenkins

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Calving Glacier in Glacier Bay National Park

Calving Glacier in Glacier Bay National Park

While I was standing on the deck of Holland America's Westerdam ship, I was able to photograph a glacier calving. You can see the remnants of the calving glacier in the frigid ocean water below the glacier. A moment I will never forget!

Photo: Debi Jenkins

Photo by Debi Jenkins

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Her Majesty, the Glacier

Her Majesty, the Glacier

I was on the deck of Holland America's Westerdam ship and photographed this majestic glacier. Nothing can replace being there and hearing the glacier calving. It was an experience like no other. This photo is a reminder of how powerful nature can be by enticing your senses of sight and sound!

Photo: Debi Jenkins

Photo by DianneLeimbach

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Whose afraid of whom?

Whose afraid of whom?

We were just settling in the car and discussing our time spent in Mesa Verde, enjoying the Ancient Puebloans history. As we slowly made our approach to the main road, we met up with this Coyote. I couldn't believe the wonderful opportunity I had to snap the picture. He gave me a look of non concern as I snapped several pictures. This was my favorite!

Photo: DianneLeimbach

Photo by DianneLeimbach

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Sizing Up The Universe

Sizing Up The Universe

Of the 3 Natural Bridges, we got closest to the Kachina Bridge. The 210 ft. tall bridge made us feel so small. I'll never forget the beauty and the awe when I first laid eyes on this remarkable, natural work of art. How grand the Universe is!

Photo: DianneLeimbach

Photo by meme27

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Wild horses

Wild horses

A group of wild horses along the drive through the park.

Photo: meme27

Photo by meme27

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Rugged Beauty

Rugged Beauty

This park has a rugged beauty!

Photo: meme27

Photo by meme27

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Thirsty Elk

Thirsty Elk

I captured this shot at Mammoth Hot Springs of an elk drinking from the water sprinkler.

Photo: meme27

Photo by meme27

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Animals Rule!

Animals Rule!

In Yellowstone the animals definitely control the traffic. This bus was crawling along behind the bison and the passengers were all crowded to the front of the bus taking pictures. The wildlife at Yellowstone was as awesome as the parks natural beauty!

Photo: meme27

Photo by bredhairedgirl

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Close up of the Grottos

Close up of the Grottos

The picture just doesn't show the magnificance of the erosion. Breathe taking.

Photo: bredhairedgirl

Photo by bredhairedgirl

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The Pulpit and the Altar

The Pulpit and the Altar

The colors looked so pretty looking at these rock formations.

Photo: bredhairedgirl

Photo by bredhairedgirl

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Bug from outer space???

Bug from outer space???

Walking down from Weeping Wall, I saw this tree branch with cracks and a few bits of bark left. I thought it looked interesting.

Photo: bredhairedgirl

Photo by jollyjo

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Majestic Half Dome

Majestic Half Dome

A beautiful afternoon looking at the granite monuments was mesmerizing

Photo: jollyjo

Photo by marciacole

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The view

The view

Our early morning hike in Bryce Canyon over Labor Day took us along the rim trail. We surprised a chipmunk, who scurried across the rocks. When it saw that it had reached the end of its escape route, it simply stopped---as if to admire the view.

Photo: marciacole

Photo by marciacole

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Surviving

Surviving

We took an early morning hike around the rim of Bryce Canyon over Labor Day weekend. With the roots exposed, perched on the edge and seeming to cling to the rock, this tree epitomized survival in the Utah canyon.

Photo: marciacole

Photo by ekwest

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Teewinot

Teewinot

I woke up at 5:30 and decided to drive down the road from our campsite and the view of the Tetons was breathtaking. They were enveloped by clouds and then once in a while the sun would break through. It was amazing.

Photo: ekwest

Photo by ElaineF

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Good Morning Yellowstone

Good Morning Yellowstone

Visting Yellowstone and up nice and early to see this gorgeous view

Photo: ElaineF

Photo by ElaineF

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Tetons on a clear morning...

Tetons on a clear morning...

I went to visit my cousin in Colorado, we did a road trip to Grand Teton and Yellowstone. It was amazing! This particular morning was gorgeous when we were leaving Grand Teton.

Photo: ElaineF

Photo by ElaineF

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Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces

Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces

I went to visit my cousin in Colorado, we decided to do a last minute road trip to Yellowstone. What an amazing trip! We had a the time of our lives!

Photo: ElaineF

Photo by Cal Bebee

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Hoar frost in Lamar Valley

Hoar frost in Lamar Valley

Winter camping in the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park means waking to beauty: steam rising from the creek had coated the trees with hoar frost. The total silence of the morning, the crispness of the air and the vista... unforgettable.

Photo: Cal Bebee

Photo by Cal Bebee

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Bison crossing the Madison River

Bison crossing the Madison River

Fishing along the Madison River in Yellowstone Park, a friend and I were surprised by a small herd of bison with several calves. They forded the river practically in front of us! We didn't get many fish that day, but will remember the bison forever.

Photo: Cal Bebee

Photo by Cal Bebee

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Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep

Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep

Hiking along the Yellowstone River (in background), I surprised two Rocky Mt Bighorn sheep grazing above the river in mid-afternoon. They seemed to tolerate my presence, so I photographed them and moved on.

Photo: Cal Bebee

Photo by Brian Mosoff

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One Foggy Morning

One Foggy Morning

Each morning in Yellowstone, we woke up to rolling hills covered in low lying fog. Beautiful to look at and photograph, before the sunrise burns through the mist.

Photo: Brian Mosoff

Photo by Brian Mosoff

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The Famous Lookout at Artists Point After Morning Showers

The Famous Lookout at Artists Point After Morning Showers

Perhaps the most famous waterfall in Yellowstone just after a quick morning shower brought out this sweeping rainbow.

Photo: Brian Mosoff

Photo by Brian Mosoff

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Keeping Warm At Night

Keeping Warm At Night

Though the days are hot, night's in Yellowstone are quite cool, and so, each night a fire was prepared to warm us to sleep.

Photo: Brian Mosoff

Photo by Brian Mosoff

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View from Cunningham Cabin

View from Cunningham Cabin

A view of Grand Teton from inside Cunningham Cabin at high noon.

Photo: Brian Mosoff

Photo by Brian Mosoff

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The Calm at Yellowstone

The Calm at Yellowstone

On a cold and windy evening, walking along Yellowstone Lake, I came across this beautiful shot - a captivating log engulfed by the flowing water

Photo: Brian Mosoff

Photo by Leslie Tiller

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Wild Goose Island

Wild Goose Island

The scenery in Glacier National Park is spectacular although the scale is too awesome to depict in a simple photo. You have to see the beauty and majesty with your own eyes!

Photo: Leslie Tiller

Photo by Linda Bailey

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Hidden Lake

Hidden Lake

We went to Logan Pass and took the Hidden Lake Nature Trail back to the lake. Along the trail we saw many examples of nature. Fields of wild flowers, snow patches and montain goats. But the real beauty was at the Hidden Lake Overlook were you got a great view of the lake and the valley.

Photo: Linda Bailey

Photo by Linda Bailey

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Roaring Beauty

Roaring Beauty

We went to see the "Grand Canyon" of Yellowstone. We walked along the North Rim Trail to see the Lower Falls where the sun was in a great spot and created this beaustiful rainbow in the mist from the fall.

Photo: Linda Bailey

Photo by Linda Bailey

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Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

I went on a photo safari while staying in Yellowstone in July 09. One stop was in the Hayden Valley, were we came across a large herds of buffalo. This one was off to the side and I thought it was a great contrast,a mammoth beast walking into a field of dainty flowers.

Photo: Linda Bailey

Photo by Roger Bravo

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Fox  In The Snow

Fox In The Snow

Took this picture while hiking in Yellowstone in May 08. One of my favorite photos.

Photo: Roger Bravo

Photo by marchpearl

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Bathing Beauties

Bathing Beauties

Where, but in the Everglades, could you find such a concentration of alligators in one place! It appears it was the perfect spot for an afternoon nap in the sun.

Photo: marchpearl

Photo by marchpearl

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River of Grass

River of Grass

I had my camera focused on this Great Egret standing in the tall grasses for about 5 minutes waiting to get a good shot. Just when I decided to turn my camera to another point of interest, the bird took off, affording me this treasured picture of a beautiful Great Egret in flight.

Photo: marchpearl

Photo by marchpearl

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Desert Sails

Desert Sails

This place is truly magical! You KNOW that you’re in the desert of New Mexico, but, at first glance, you could very well be in the ocean with the sun glaring down and boats with full sails all around you.

Photo: marchpearl

Photo by marchpearl

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Tracks In the Sand

Tracks In the Sand

It’s a fun thing, when visiting White Sands, to discover the tracks of the desert creatures that call this awesome place home. Here a Sidewinder’s path is clearly visible but, to our disappointment, no sight of him could be found.

Photo: marchpearl

Photo by jedivader

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The Reef

The Reef

Our first visit to Utah!

Photo: jedivader

Photo by Rebalyn

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Hooray for Hoodoos!

Hooray for Hoodoos!

The amazing orange hoodoos of Bryce National Park in the afternoon light as viewed from Bryce Point.

Photo: Rebalyn

Photo by Rebalyn

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Water and Rock

Water and Rock

The water and rock of Christine Falls surrounded by green, representing the typical beauty of Mount Rainier National Park.

Photo: Rebalyn

Photo by Rebalyn

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Moment of Relaxation

Moment of Relaxation

Looking out over Zion after the short but steep hike to the top of Angel's Landing.

Photo: Rebalyn

Photo by Gerb

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A Monument to Flight

A Monument to Flight

The Wright Brother National Monument marks the spot where modern day flight was invented.

Photo: Gerb

Photo by Kevin Inman

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Dog Friendly

Dog Friendly

Driving across the country from Virginia to California in a Jeep Wrangler groaning with crap. The ticket booth worker at the park was like- do you have any rocks or skulls or whatever in this car?- and we were like no just this awesome dog! She laughed and said the park is dog friendly so we took a picture.

Photo: Kevin Inman

Photo by Timg0104

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Bass Harbor Head Light

Bass Harbor Head Light

This was our first family vacation to Maine. We were struck by how rugged and beautiful the shoreline was. We could see why this light is so often photographed.

Photo: Timg0104

Photo by Jacky Chan

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Virgin River and the Narrow Rock Walls.

Virgin River and the Narrow Rock Walls.

I was blown away by the spectacular rock walls surrounding me. I was in the middle of a river to capture this amazing scene.

Photo: Jacky Chan

Photo by Jacky Chan

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Sunset at the Grand Canyon.

Sunset at the Grand Canyon.

It was so great to be surrounded by the stunning Grand Canyon landscape and it was an added bonus to get the moment of sunset captured!

Photo: Jacky Chan

Photo by chunumber1

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Sunset

Sunset

Sunset clouds over the lodge at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Photo: chunumber1

Photo by akleinester

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Nice View

Nice View

I would say the 4.5 mi trek to this point was definitely worth it. Only saw about 4 other people the whole 9 mi trip. Beautiful vistas and almost all to ourselves. Thanks John Muir!

Photo: akleinester

Photo by jwiley

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Wonder Lake in September

Wonder Lake in September

After a six hour bus drive through clouds and mist on Friday, we woke up to this view on Saturday morning. I cried......

Photo: jwiley

Photo by j.stone

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Mabry Mill

Mabry Mill

The most photographed Mill along the Parkway, just beautiful no matter the season.

Photo: j.stone

Photo by aprillilacs

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Green River sunset

Green River sunset

Camping along the cliffs on a 5-day canoe trip down the Green River allowed us to take in the awesome surroundings, including this stunning nightfall.

Photo: aprillilacs

Photo by Jeffrey_Kramer

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Sirius comes shining through

Sirius comes shining through

At a star party in late April at Joshua Tree National Park, the constellation Orion appears prominently between two Joshua trees. Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky, peaks through the leaves of the tree on the left.

Photo: Jeffrey_Kramer

Photo by Kit Farmer

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Sunset

Sunset

The minutes ticked by as the clouds loomed over the sun. It was almost sunset, and the clouds were everywhere. For a scant minute though, the sun shone through the clouds, and I was able to get this lucky shot.

Photo: Kit Farmer

Photo by Kit Farmer

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Carver

Carver

The Grand Canyon is massive. I don't think a single photo could ever represent that. But this one shows the river that carved the canyon over millions of years.

Photo: Kit Farmer

Photo by Kit Farmer

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Scales

Scales

I wanted to try to get at least part of the scale of this massive canyon into the picture. The small people and the enormous canyon. I don't think a picture can ever capture it fully, but this at least captures part of it.

Photo: Kit Farmer

Photo by Sue Bolton

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Boy Scout Tree Trail, June 17, 2008

Boy Scout Tree Trail, June 17, 2008

We were nearly back to our starting point when I took this photo to remind us of the grandeur and beauty of this place.

Photo: Sue Bolton

Photo by vsoscia

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Half Dome from Sentinel Dome

Half Dome from Sentinel Dome

You can see Half Dome from so many places in Yosemite and in published photos, but Sentinel Dome is my favorite. Its a hot, sunny, dusty, and dry mile from the trail head to Sentinel Dome's base - far enough to feel the over 8,000 foot elevation. Then you must travel the final 100 yards at a very steep angle to the flat top of the dome and the most amazing views of the Yosemite valley. The view gives you a great shot of Half Dome and a larger perspective of the vast and remote park that you don't see from many other places.

Photo: vsoscia

Photo by LCP

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Junior Ranger

Junior Ranger

On his first trip though 3 National Parks, our son was proud to became a Junior Ranger at Zion, Bryce and Grand Canyon. Here at Grand Canyon he earned his third badge and became a Scorpion.

Photo: LCP

Photo by LCP

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Hoodoos

Hoodoos

One of the most unusual and incredible sights -- hoodoos as Bryce.

Photo: LCP

Photo by vic_kesse

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Great Fountain Geyser

Great Fountain Geyser

We had heard stories of the eruptions at the Great Fountain Geyser and there were rumors that it was going to go at any time. It didn't. Even so the sunset was beautiful and I'm glad I was there to experience it.

Photo: vic_kesse

Photo by vic_kesse

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Smoky Mountain Sunset

Smoky Mountain Sunset

Sunsets last only a few moments. I was fortunate to be able to capture this image and now am able to look a it and ponder it when ever I want.

Photo: vic_kesse

Photo by vic_kesse

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Fractured Salt Crust

Fractured Salt Crust

This picture was taken just after sunrise at Badwater Basin. The size of this basin is overwelming and deceptive. It is actually several miles to the mountains in the background. There were paths leading out into the basin. The salt crystals are very sharp and care must be taken if you walk off the main path.

Photo: vic_kesse

Photo by vic_kesse

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Unseen Forces

Unseen Forces

This is at a place called the Race Track in Death Valley. It takes about 2 1/2 hours to get to over a gravel road, but worth the drive. It is a fascinating place full of wonder at the unseen forces that cause the rocks to move in seemingly random paths along the floor of the dried lake bed.

Photo: vic_kesse

Photo by Keith Jorgensen

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Turquoise Pool

Turquoise Pool

The varied colors of the bateria, the deep blue sky and the color of the water made this a captivating scene that demanded to be recorded.

Photo: Keith Jorgensen

Photo by Keith Jorgensen

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Lower Falls of the Yellowstone

Lower Falls of the Yellowstone

For only fifteen minutes each sunny morning can one see the rainbow at the foot of the falls From Artist Point. I went on a photo safari and the guide took us here at the proper time,oherwise I would not have known about this.

Photo: Keith Jorgensen

Photo by Keith Jorgensen

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The Three Bears

The Three Bears

We were so fortunate to see these grizzlies in the woods. The rangers on the site had everyone get back in their vehicles so the female could bring her cubs across the road. She decided to come out of the woods opposite our car and cross right in front of it.

Photo: Keith Jorgensen

Photo by Keith Jorgensen

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Dillon pass

Dillon pass

I was completely surprised by the beauty of the Badlands. I did not expect the myriad of colors and the varied shapes of the landscape. The people in the photo give an idea of the area's vastness.

Photo: Keith Jorgensen

Photo by j.stone

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Hiking the Wash

Hiking the Wash

Capital Reef was an unexpected pleasure. We hiked 7 miles in this wash and never grew tired of what was around the next bend.

Photo: j.stone

Photo by j.stone

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Colorful Pathway

Colorful Pathway

There are no words to express the intensity of colors at Zion. I was in awe at every turn.

Photo: j.stone

Photo by Cheryl Voronko

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Double Arch

Double Arch

We couldn't resist taking this picture of Double Arch in Arches National Park. The red rocks of the arch stood out so boldly against the bright, blue sky.

Photo: Cheryl Voronko

Photo by furledleader

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Hot Springs art

Hot Springs art

The color of the deposits around this hot springs pool in the West Thumb Geyser Basin offered an interesting subject. The blue color is the water of the pool itself.

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Photo by furledleader

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Boiling River

Boiling River

Soaking in the hot water from the Boiling River was one of the most relaxing experiences of our trip.

Photo: furledleader

Photo by furledleader

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Old Faithful from Beehive Geyser

Old Faithful from Beehive Geyser

Getting away from the main viewing area at Old Faithful offered this more impressive shot.

Photo: furledleader

Photo by chinana

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Rim Drive

Rim Drive

The lake is really this blue! The color is always the same but the views along Rim Drive change magically as you drive along. We covered the entire drive in one afternoon with many photo stops. July 2009

Photo: chinana

Photo by hpeabody

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Mt McKinley

Mt McKinley

I was assigned to the National Park's Tundra Wilderness Tour #1 for that day, leaving at 5:20 am. We were lucky to be able to do the 2 hour extension they do only if it is clear enough. This photo was taken at the farthest point we are able to go into Denali National Park.

Photo: hpeabody

Photo by hpeabody

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View From High Atop Anacapa Island

View From High Atop Anacapa Island

It was a beautiful summer day. We boarded the Island Packers boat in Oxnard and made our way to Anacapa Island. We had been hiking for a couple hours on this very primitive island and then came upon this spectacular view.

Photo: hpeabody

Photo by Jan Shellenbarger

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Grand Canyon, along the South Rim, August 2009

Grand Canyon, along the South Rim, August 2009

Aptly named, the Grand Canyon is a mixture of outstanding beauty and wonderful colors.

Photo: Jan Shellenbarger

Photo by Debra Stipe

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Pueblo entry

Pueblo entry

From far away, these openings into homes merely look like holes in the rocks.

Photo: Debra Stipe

Photo by Debra Stipe

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Ruins of houses and kivas

Ruins of houses and kivas

Suggested by a friend to visit, Bandelier was an incredible find.

Photo: Debra Stipe

Photo by Peter Stipe

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Romping Grizzly Bear Cubs

Romping Grizzly Bear Cubs

Their mother was nearby, busily eating the bushes. The cubs wre finished eating and playing. June, 2009

Photo: Peter Stipe

Photo by Gloria Sciolino

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The Depths of Beauty

The Depths of Beauty

After climbing up this part of our hike, I turned around and was awe-struck by the majestic beauty of this canyon.

Photo: Gloria Sciolino

Photo by EAhlgren

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Serenity

Serenity

You just can't make up something this good.

Photo: EAhlgren

Photo by jcasale

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Bass Harbor Head Light

Bass Harbor Head Light

The most photographed lighthouse - our favorite way to see it is by boat. Whenever possible we take guests out to see it - they are never disappointed with the view!

Photo: jcasale

Photo by pitufina

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Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

A beautiful day in the grnad Canyon. Admiring millions of years trapped in the horizon.

Photo: pitufina

Photo by gretchengebhardt

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Sand Beach

Sand Beach

One of my favorite spots to watch geology in action. This location changes on a daily basis!

Photo: gretchengebhardt

Photo by gretchengebhardt

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Sunset from Champlain Mountain

Sunset from Champlain Mountain

This is my favorite view and time of day to hike in Acadia, on this trip occurred at the height of a wonderful summer on Mount Desert Island with a great group of friends.

Photo: gretchengebhardt

Photo by rko

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Sand beach

Sand beach

I capture this image from sand beach hiking (great head trail) trail. Beautiful site to see... both pond and ocean in one shot.

Photo: rko

Photo by mellifluous

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Unbelieveable Vastness

Unbelieveable Vastness

I wanted to try to show some perspective as to how hugely vast the Grand Canyon is. I was standing on the south rim looking west. It was late in June and hot and hazy in the distance. There are shrubs and trees growing on the side of the rim with huge outcroppings of rock. Looking into the distance, the canyon goes on for miles and miles. Amazing.

Photo: mellifluous

Photo by pitufina

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Living on the Edge!

Living on the Edge!

Enjoying the greatness of the Grand Canyon and feeling so small at the same time.

Photo: pitufina

Photo by Monnie

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Wright Brothers National Memorial

Wright Brothers National Memorial

Just about every year for the past 20 or so, my husband and I have spent a week on the North Carolina Outer Banks. A highlight of the trip is a visit to the Wright Brothers National Memorial, a tribute to the brothers who achieved the first successful airplane flights in 1903.

Photo: Monnie

Photo by patbean

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Clouds over Canyonlands

Clouds over Canyonlands

I was about to hike a rim trail at canyonlands when I looked up. It just seemed a magical moment that vanished almost within seconds. I was pleased to have captured it.

Photo: patbean

Photo by vsoscia

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Tetons

Tetons

I finally got a photo of the mountains. My daughter and I had been in the park for a few days, and we had seen the mountains in the morning, afternoon, sunset, from the east, north, and south - each time they were mostly obscured by the clouds. On our last chance on the morning of our departure, they came (mostly) out to see us off.

Photo: vsoscia

Photo by vsoscia

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Grand Canyon from the falls

Grand Canyon from the falls

My daughter and I had just entered Yellowstone National Park for the first time. As we entered we were promptly greeted with a snow storm - it was the second week of June! We made our way to the canyon and then trekked to the bottom of the canyon viewing area, then there it was. Spectacular!

Photo: vsoscia

Photo by Archie Eliason

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Our Deer!

Our Deer!

We were driving near Colter Bay and saw this deer grazing. We got out and took this picture with my wife so close you could hear him eating the grass.

Photo: Archie Eliason

Photo by Natalia Eliason

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Our meeting with a Grizzly

Our meeting with a Grizzly

We were driving out of Yellowstone NP and just entering GTNP and we saw this Grizzly in the woods.My wife got out and took several pictures, we were so close you could hear his breathing and grunting.He seemed to not even notice us!

Photo: Natalia Eliason

Photo by Victor Sutan

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Escape

Escape

Redwood National Park is unique with it's redwood trees. When you are intimidated by the tall trees, you could always access the coast part of the park.

Photo: Victor Sutan

Photo by Victor Sutan

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The Blues

The Blues

At freezing temperature that day, a bunch of us fighting our way through the fog around the rim of the Crater Lake. We finally caught a glimpse of the lake with the Wizard Island. It was well worth it.

Photo: Victor Sutan

Photo by CarlB9090

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Down the Navajo Loop Trail

Down the Navajo Loop Trail

The Navajo Loop Trail drops steeply in a series of switchbacks before entering a narrow gorge called Wall Street.

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Photo by CarlB9090

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Belgian Pool

Belgian Pool

The Belgian Pool was named to honor the memory of a newspaper editor from Belgium who died after falling into the pool in 1929.

Photo: CarlB9090

Photo by aggiegirl

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Wide open sky in Bandelier National Park

Wide open sky in Bandelier National Park

Bandelier National Park is a place where the sky feels enormous yet so close you feel like you can reach out and touch it. There's something very inspiring and spiritual about this land previously inhabited by Native Americans. This is a must see park for anybody visiting northern New Mexico. It's especially convenient to Los Alamos and Santa Fe.

Photo: aggiegirl

Photo by chinana

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No wonder they named it Paradise

No wonder they named it Paradise

Taken at Paradise on Mt. Rainier. It is the nearest thing to Switzerland this side of the Atlantic!

Photo: chinana

Photo by IraENY

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Bear

Bear

Bear jam @ Sequoia noticed bear feeding on hillside. This was taken May 27,2009

Photo: IraENY

Photo by Mike Champa

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The Beehive doesn't look as scary from here!

The Beehive doesn't look as scary from here!

If you've ever climbed the Beehive at Acadia with kids, you'll know what the caption means.

Photo: Mike Champa

Photo by CarlB9090

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Orange Spring Mound

Orange Spring Mound

Driving through the Highland Terrace section of Mammoth Hot Springs, we found Orange Spring Mound with a perfect crown of clouds.

Photo: CarlB9090

Photo by travelwoman1

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Rafting the Colorado River

Rafting the Colorado River

I used a waterproof disposable camera to take this shot of our river rafting adventure through the Grand Canyon. It was spectacular!

Photo: travelwoman1

Photo by Gerb

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Blue Waters

Blue Waters

Looking down from the Prince of Wales Hotel, this view actually includes Canada and the United States. Amazing blue skies,and calm blue water.

Photo: Gerb

Photo by Kimberly Jozwiak

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A Remote Getaway

A Remote Getaway

Inpired by a sign touting "the largest Spruce tree in the world", we took a detour off Route 101 onto Old State Highway 9 to see this magnificent giant. As we curved along the narrow two lane road, we stopped at Lake Quinalt Lodge to stretch our legs. Looking around, I promised myself that I would come back here to stay in this remote escape.

Photo: Kimberly Jozwiak

Photo by Kimberly Jozwiak

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Restorative Rain Forests

Restorative Rain Forests

We were the only ones on on the trail near the Quileute tribe's Lonesome Creek Hatchery. The rainforest's canopy disappeared in the misty sunlight. All sounds of civilization were muffled by the abundant and lush vegetation. The lack of sound combined with the earthy smells and stunning beauty stilled my soul. I meditated on the earth's abundance and whispered thanks.

Photo: Kimberly Jozwiak

Photo by Kimberly Jozwiak

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There are Giants Among us

There are Giants Among us

It was as if an entire forest was spewed onto the shoreline. As far as the eye could see, gigantic fallen trees lay resolute. We balanced along one log after another, seeing that little animals used these giants as their dwelling places. Nature in her vast wisdom renews, replenishes, and recycles.

Photo: Kimberly Jozwiak

Photo by Gerb

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Sunset in Glacier

Sunset in Glacier

As we traveled through Glacier on the "Road to the Sun", we took a quick hike to stretch our legs. As the sun started to set we began our return and couldn't help but notice the richness of color in the landscape. Our shadows created the perfect memory of our hike.

Photo: Gerb

Photo by Nancy Stuart

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"Hoodoo" you love?

Hoodoos of every shape, size and color pop up from the earth's floor. What's great about Bryce Canyon is that you don't even have to get out of your car to enjoy the magnificence of the landscape. Anyone who is physically challenged can still see the amazing beauty of Bryce Canyon National Park.

Photo: Nancy Stuart

Photo by Nancy Stuart

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View of  The Window

View of The Window

A view of The Window from the Chisos Basin Stone Cottages. Even with the same view, so many different colors emerge, depending upon the time of day. Just goes to show how our lives are constantly changing though we may not always realize it.

Photo: Nancy Stuart

Photo by Nancy Stuart

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Sunset behind The Window

Sunset behind The Window

An amazing view, but they all are, in Big Bend National Park. This sunset view of The Window was taken from the Stone Cottages at Chisos Basin in Big Bend National Park.

Photo: Nancy Stuart

Photo by tucsontraveler

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Late Afternoon at the North Rim

Late Afternoon at the North Rim

This was in June 2008,We were celebrating birthdays and had never been to the North Rim. We had just hiked some of the trails and this was just too good of a photo to pass up.

Photo: tucsontraveler

Photo by Monnie

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View from Cadillac Mountain

View from Cadillac Mountain

Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park is the highest point on the North Atlantic seaboard. From the top (roughly 1,532 feet), the view of Bar Harbor is nothing short of spectacular.

Photo: Monnie

Photo by panecott

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Inspirational View

Inspirational View

The mountains form an inspirational backdrop to the altar inside the Chapel of the Transfiguration on Moose Wilson Road.

Photo: panecott

Photo by Christina Collucci

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Grand Prismatic

Grand Prismatic

On our last day in YNP, we finally had the chance to see Grand Prismatic, the one site my 6-year-old had anticipated most. I was happy to capture this carefree moment as she “glided” along the boardwalk ahead of me around the hot spring.

Photo: Christina Collucci

Photo by Karen Bergmann

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Beaver on Horseshoe Lake

Beaver on Horseshoe Lake

Taken 6 August 2009. At the base of the tree is an adult beaver grooming himself while overlooking Horseshoe Lake.

Photo: Karen Bergmann

Photo by Karen Bergmann

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Mount McKinley

Mount McKinley

Taken on 4 August 2009. Rare clear view of summit.

Photo: Karen Bergmann

Photo by Karen Bergmann

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Mount McKinley

Mount McKinley

Taken 4 August 2009. Only 1% of visitors to the park ever see Mt McKinely fully in view, unobstructed. This was a lucky clear day.

Photo: Karen Bergmann

Photo by Susanwoosen

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Showing my daughter the greatness

Showing my daughter the greatness

No one sees the Grand Canyon without being changed forever. It's just too awesome, too majestic, too vast. Every angle, every vista is without comparison and the journey is so universal. From all over the planet the visitors stare in wonder at this miraculous and unique beauty. We were no exception!

Photo: Susanwoosen

Photo by bildstl

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Geyser Basin - Old Faithful

Geyser Basin - Old Faithful

An eerie empty boardwalk in the Yellowstone Geyser Basin.

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Photo by bildstl

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Grand Prismatic Spring

Grand Prismatic Spring

In an effort to get away from the popularized boardwalk, I climbed the highest point near the Grand Prismatic Spring. This off-trail adventure led me to this unique view.

Photo: bildstl

Photo by Lisa Boice

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Bryce Canyon NP caught in the fog

Bryce Canyon NP caught in the fog

My then-boyfriend (now husband) and I traveled to Bryce Canyon NP only to find it enveloped in fog. I'd been to Bryce Canyon before, but had never seen it this way. It's already an unusual place, but the fog really added to the drama of the park. While hiking we felt like we were walking on the moon.

Photo: Lisa Boice

Photo by hotzim

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Green River

Green River

Follow the Trail of Tilted Rocks to this wonderful spot where the Green River flows by Split Mountain. This was taken in very late fall.

Photo: hotzim

Photo by surfdolfin

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Yosemite Valley first views

Yosemite Valley first views

After exiting the 1/2 mile tunnel, this is the first full vista of the Valley with El Capitan on the left and Bridalvail Falls on the right.

Photo: surfdolfin

Photo by cyndyq

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rest stio walking down the canyon

rest stio walking down the canyon

This was my first rest stop walking down into the canyon.

Photo: cyndyq

Photo by Carrie Giddins

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Angles in Arches

Angles in Arches

The black shadow, red rocks and white mountain balanced this view perfectly heading in to Arches.

Photo: Carrie Giddins

Photo by Carrie Giddins

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Another Day, Another Amazing View

Another Day, Another Amazing View

We were biking from Jackson Hole and I was certainly falling behind the group, as I stopped a lot to take pictures. This one framed itself. The farm house/ranch and the looming mountain on a warm summer day.

Photo: Carrie Giddins

Photo by Carrie Giddins

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Summer on Teewinot Mountain

Summer on Teewinot Mountain

A clearing summer day as we hiked around Jenny Lake. Looking back, the clouds began to clear and made the great pattern in the sky as they mimicked the snow on Teewinot.

Photo: Carrie Giddins

Photo by Susan Helmey

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A View of the Peak

A View of the Peak

En route to Mt. Ranier, I spotted this beautiful view of the peak. You can imagine the beauty once we arrived and saw it in its complete majesty.

Photo: Susan Helmey

Photo by Susan Helmey

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El Capitan

El Capitan

While traveling in California with our two granddaughters, we toured Yosemite and were awed by the beauty of the park. The ranger told us that he could see climbers on the side of El Capitan, but, as hard as we tried we couldn't see them. Can you?

Photo: Susan Helmey

Photo by ChuckSpence

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Old Tree Keeping Watch

Old Tree Keeping Watch

After three days of rain the clouds parted for a brief moment to take this shot.

Photo: ChuckSpence

Photo by mbrosen

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Yosemite at Sunset

Yosemite at Sunset

The clouds, sun, sky and shadows were spectacular.

Photo: mbrosen

Photo by hitman023

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Baby bear in a tree

Baby bear in a tree

Baby bear in a tree eating to get ready for winter.

Photo: hitman023

Photo by panecott

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Jenny Lake

Jenny Lake

The boat ride to Hidden Falls was no longer operating in October, so I hiked the scenic trail along Jenny Lake to the falls, enjoying scenery like this along the way.

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Photo by panecott

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Wonder Lake

Wonder Lake

After clouds and snow flurries on the high elevations in Denali, the skies cleared as our park bus arrived at Wonder Lake and we were greeted with this lovely sight.

Photo: panecott

Photo by Rita Bellanca

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Along the Hoh River

Along the Hoh River

Summer heat along the Hoh River

Photo: Rita Bellanca

Photo by Nancy A. Hann

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Deck Chairs at Crater Lake Lodge

Deck Chairs at Crater Lake Lodge

The rustic deck chairs on the back porch of Crater Lake Lodge are rarely empty. But there's always room to enjoy the view and the discussions when the twice daily Ranger's Choice talks are given.

Photo: Nancy A. Hann

Photo by Rita Bellanca

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Daisy, Hoh Rainforest

Daisy, Hoh Rainforest

A daisy entices you to step into the Hoh Rainforest

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Photo by Rita Bellanca

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Ruby Beach

Ruby Beach

Picturesque Ruby Beach

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Photo by Rita Bellanca

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Swamp

Swamp

The Beauty of a Swamp

Photo: Rita Bellanca

Photo by Nancy A. Hann

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Hoh Rain Forest

Hoh Rain Forest

Hoh Rain Forest is one of the largest temperate rain forests in the United States. Annual precipitation averages about 12 to 14 feet! That explains the resulting moss covered telephone booth.

Photo: Nancy A. Hann

Photo by Kelly Urban

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String of Canoes

String of Canoes

This was such a crisp outdoor shot with the sun shining on the canoes in the foreground and the mountains in the background.

Photo: Kelly Urban

Photo by Kelly Urban

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Mountain Reflections

Mountain Reflections

The perfect symmetry of sky and water, the mountains towering in the background and the spring colors coming back to life make this one of my favorite shots.

Photo: Kelly Urban

Photo by David Boxer

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Sprague Lake

Sprague Lake

Normally, this is one of the busiest trails in the park, but I only had to share it with a few elk at 7am.

Photo: David Boxer

Photo by mdwahoo

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Feel the Rush

Feel the Rush

Crossed over these falls while hiking Cascade Canyon trail to Lake Solitude in August, 2008. It captures the wild beauty of Grand Teton- I can still hear the wonderfully loud sound of the water rushing over the rocks. It is completely unique as even just seconds later the current, lighting, foliage, and scene can be different when photographing nature.

Photo: mdwahoo

Photo by sharondi

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Grizzly on the lake shore

Grizzly on the lake shore

On our first full day at Yellowstone, we were treated to a number of incredible wildlife sightings including this beautiful grizzly at the Lake.

Photo: sharondi

Photo by funtravlr

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This fellow didn't mind the crowds watching, he was sleepy!

This fellow didn't mind the crowds watching, he was sleepy!

There was a herd of elk just grazing in the grass around the buildings at Mammoth Springs. When we drove back through an hour later, this one was curled up asleep!

Photo: funtravlr

Photo by bythecee521

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Cemetary @ Little Bighorn Battlefield

Cemetary @ Little Bighorn Battlefield

Beautiful

Photo: bythecee521

Photo by Kim Brolet

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Half Dome

Half Dome

The classic photo of Half Dome. One of the great things about Yosemite is that most of the big attractions can be seen without even getting out of your car! But, seeing the views from above are worth the work.

Photo: Kim Brolet

Photo by tab hauser

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The Road Less Traveled

The Road Less Traveled

We decided to pass on driving the paved road going from Bryce Canyon to Lake Powell by taking the dirt road.I stopped on a ridge to soak in and take a photo of the sheer beauty and vast remoteness of Esclante National Park

Photo: tab hauser

Photo by Brian Munari

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Another World

Another World

Standing at the Upper Terraces in Mammoth Hot Springs while a thunderstorm is rolling towards us. An eerily, unearthly sight.

Photo: Brian Munari

Photo by tabhauser

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Wild Horses At Zion

Wild Horses At Zion

While driving on a dirt road on the border of Zion National Park we saw these beautiful horses.When we stopped to observe them they just looked up and posed in this majestic back drop

Photo: tabhauser

Photo by Daniel McFadden

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Desert Flower

Desert Flower

The morning light was perfect when we came arcoss this magical field of flowers

Photo: Daniel McFadden

Photo by Irongirl

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View of Grand Prismatic Springs

View of Grand Prismatic Springs

Taken on the hike to Fairy Falls, this is a great view of the colors of Grand Prismatic Springs.

Photo: Irongirl

Photo by Michael P. Kirk

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"Mr. Majestic"

Big Horn Sheep... He couldn't be shaken by the crowd gathered with their cameras.

Photo: Michael P. Kirk

Photo by Michael P. Kirk

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One of the resident

One of the resident "Big Guys"

Who's going to challenge his right-of- way... as he takes a seamingly leisurely stroll down the middle of the road without a care!

Photo: Michael P. Kirk

Photo by dkula

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Ambient Coffee

Ambient Coffee

It was completely dark when we drove into the park in the middle of the night. We slept in our car in the parking lot for a few hours waiting for sunrise, drove around a bend, and were greeted with this vista. Needless to say, coffee was unnecessary that morning.

Photo: dkula

Photo by dkula

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Castle Road

Castle Road

This looked like an ancient natural castle, the feeling was perpetuated by the eerie dusk glow and the full moon rising above the turrets. We ended up camping a quarter-mile off of this very location, set up to watch the stars alight the castle.

Photo: dkula

Photo by KristinaZ

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Baby Moose at dawn

Baby Moose at dawn

It was around 6:00 am and I was driving through the Moose region in the Tetons. Exhausted and confused as to why I was waking up so early on vacation I then saw this little guy in a marsh. The air was crisp and biting and he was so tranquil, it made my day.

Photo: KristinaZ

Photo by KristinaZ

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Hayden Valley

Hayden Valley

My family and I were caught in almost an hours worth of traffic leaving Yellowstone. Exiting the lower loop through Hayden Valley, herds of Bison were stopping crazy amounts of tourists! Frustrated from all the people and the traffic I looked to my left and realized I had forgotten where I was. Everything was so gentle and peaceful. The river slides its way through the valley and the calm water and reflections of the trees and the clouds made me realize how beautiful and serene nature really is. The people, the noise, it didn't matter. The scenery calmed the New Yorker in me and the traffic was no longer a concern.

Photo: KristinaZ

Photo by Judy Weiss

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Waves keep rolling in

Waves keep rolling in

Captivating shoreline that could be watched endlessly

Photo: Judy Weiss

Photo by Judy Weiss

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White blanket over water

White blanket over water

The fog rolled in so quickly and everything was still.

Photo: Judy Weiss

Photo by John Vaccarelli

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Zion Canyon

Zion Canyon

Zion as shot from The Angel's Landing Trail.

Photo: John Vaccarelli

Photo by John Vaccarelli

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The Narrows

The Narrows

Hiking through the Virgin River in Zion NP.

Photo: John Vaccarelli

Photo by Jennifer Petoff

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Family Portrait

Family Portrait

The Saguaro National Park namesake cactus is what makes the park so special. It's like each one is just waiting to be photographed and has a natural story to tell. I found myself naming some of the more memorable groupings. In this family portrait, Mom and Dad pose for the camera while Junior plays in the foreground. Saguaro National Park simply captures the imagination at every turn.

Photo: Jennifer Petoff

Photo by Jennifer Petoff

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Ocotillo

Ocotillo

The ocotillo also dotted the landscape in Saguaro National Park. The brittle spikes are deceptive. When it rains, the ocotillo sprouts small lush leaves and demonstrates how life can thrive by being opportunistic in a harsh desert environment.

Photo: Jennifer Petoff

Photo by Jennifer Petoff

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Tastes Like Kiwi

Tastes Like Kiwi

A curator at the Desert Museum told me that the fruit of the barrel cactus was not only edible but was actually tasty. I had to give it a try. We were hiking in the Saguaro National Park on a cold December day when I spied a prime specimen laden with yellow fruit. It was full of seeds but did indeed taste yummy -- a bit like kiwi.

Photo: Jennifer Petoff

Photo by Lisa Hamel

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Awe-Inspiring Nature

Awe-Inspiring Nature

The insignificant size of a man, silouetted on the right, only begins to hint at the vastness of the Grand Canyon. The storm, far off in the distance, adds to the awesome beauty nature provides us.

Photo: Lisa Hamel

Photo by Lisa Hamel

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Wildlife in the Canyon

Wildlife in the Canyon

Friendly squirrel posed for us right after greeting us at the Grand Canyon

Photo: Lisa Hamel

Photo by mardi2gras debra becker

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taking it in

taking it in

Going along the Glacier point trail, I happened to walk by my husband loving his moment, his experience. It was candid, made it all the more special

Photo: mardi2gras debra becker

Photo by mvt785

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Road to Nowhere

Road to Nowhere

This picture was taken in the early winter morning after a night of camping. I rose early to the sound of a coyote rubbing against my tent. At this point I decided to take a brisk morning walk in the near freezing weather when I stumbled upon this awesome scenery. This picture happened at the perfect time while the fog was still lingering in the air just enough to hide the road in front of me. This summed up my extraordinary stay within the great confines of the beautiful and majestic scenery of Arches National Park. I will be sharing this story for years to come.

Photo: mvt785

Photo by James Dikel

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Yosemite Falls Spring Snow

Yosemite Falls Spring Snow

We went to Yosemite for my birthday but didn't expect to see snow. On my birthday (April 4), we woke up to a steady fluffy snowfall and decided to walk to the falls. It was worth it.

Photo: James Dikel

Photo by Erin S. Contour

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Fall Color Along Hiking Trail

Fall Color Along Hiking Trail

Astounding foliage color may be found along nearly every hiking trail in the Fall.

Photo: Erin S. Contour

Photo by Erin S. Contour

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Geyser Basin

Geyser Basin

The minerals / extreme temperatures found in the geyser basins are a severe natural environment, but in that very severity you find beauty.

Photo: Erin S. Contour

Photo by Anthony B

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On the Edge

On the Edge

Bike trail on the edge of Arches National Park close to Moab. Truly one of the best off road bike routes in the world. Views across to the national park and 12 miles of downhill fun.

Photo: Anthony B

Photo by lvk

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Triple Sequoia Tree

Triple Sequoia Tree

As if the "Sequoiadendron giganteum" were not gigantic enough, here are three of them growing together.

Photo: lvk

Photo by lvk

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Otherworldly

Otherworldly

It was a hot day at our Palm Desert hotel, but a cool, windy day in Joshua Tree. It was cooler still, in the San Jacinto Mountains beyond.

Photo: lvk

Photo by jim7577

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Don't make me come down there!!

Don't make me come down there!!

While hiking in RMNP we spotted this guy keeping a check on our progress. The bighorn sheep were wary but actually would get quite close to hikers.

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Photo by jim7577

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Roaring Stream

Roaring Stream

Trails through RMNP criss cross many streams. This picture shows the pristine qualities of the park.

Photo: jim7577

Photo by alfwilde

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Photo: alfwilde

Photo by alfwilde

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Morning on Swift Current Lake

Morning on Swift Current Lake

You leave Many Glacier Lodge on the way to hike with this beautiful, magestic sight in front of you.

Photo: alfwilde

Photo by Andrew Mirhej

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MacDonald Lake

MacDonald Lake

MacDonald Lake

Photo: Andrew Mirhej

Photo by Margaret Walton

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Ubehebe Crater, Death Valley

Ubehebe Crater, Death Valley

Ubehebe is a volcanic crater which carries some of the strongest winds I have ever experienced. Those winds helped relieve the 115 degree heat.

Photo: Margaret Walton

Photo by Margaret Walton

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Zabriskie Point, Death Valley

Zabriskie Point, Death Valley

Zabriskie Point captures all of the beauty of a desert landscape. I love the colorful, nearly vertical layers of sediment which depict the turbulent geological history of the region.

Photo: Margaret Walton

Photo by John Sellier

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Sunset Crater, AZ

Sunset Crater, AZ

More of the flow.

Photo: John Sellier

Photo by John Sellier

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Lava flow from Sunset

Lava flow from Sunset

I love this area of the country, so much to see in such a small area.

Photo: John Sellier

Photo by John Sellier

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Sun setting

Sun setting

seconds before the sun dissapears. Stunning.

Photo: John Sellier

Photo by John Sellier

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At Sunset

At Sunset

Drove back the next day just to see the sun setting on this beautiful canyon. I've been to this area several times since I was a child but never got to see it at sunset.

Photo: John Sellier

Photo by Steve Lewis

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Sunset Over the Stormy Grand Canyon

Sunset Over the Stormy Grand Canyon

Watching a stormy sunset on the Southern Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Photo: Steve Lewis

Photo by Steve Lewis

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Overhanging Rock

Overhanging Rock

At the Glacier Point overlooking the Yosemite Valley at Sunset.

Photo: Steve Lewis

Photo by Steve Lewis

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Vernal Falls

Vernal Falls

About an hour into this two hour hike to the top of Vernal Falls, standing on a large rock in the middle of the Merced River.

Photo: Steve Lewis

Photo by WendyVH

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Red rocks

Red rocks

Shades of reds appear as pinks to crimsons as the sun hits during the day.

Photo: WendyVH

Photo by destrothers

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Glacier View

Glacier View

When landing on a glacier everything seems so vast and you seem so small. The glaciers are huge and beautiful

Photo: destrothers

Photo by destrothers

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Seals basking in the sun

Seals basking in the sun

These seals were not bothered by anything and just wanted to pose for us on a nice August afternoon.

Photo: destrothers

Photo by Rita Waldron

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Stark Beauty

Stark Beauty

Stark beauty captured in August 2008 on vacation with the family.

Photo: Rita Waldron

Photo by Rita Waldron

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Cades Cove

Cades Cove

Perfect weather for Thanksgiving weekend !

Photo: Rita Waldron

Photo by Michael Riccobono

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Sonny's Big Drink

Sonny's Big Drink

Although Fairmount Park is not considered a National Park, the eclectic veiws over it's 9,200 historic acres in the heart of Urban Philadelphia are worth mentioning.

Photo: Michael Riccobono

Photo by Patty Reiser

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The trail of the Joshua Tree

The trail of the Joshua Tree

I got up one spring morning before sunrise and ventured into the park. I was able to capture this photograph just as the sun was coming up over the horizon to the east.

Photo: Patty Reiser

Photo by Brianna Simmons

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The Narrows

The Narrows

Hiking through the Virgin River at the Narrows is one of the most memorable hikes I've taken

Photo: Brianna Simmons

Photo by Brianna Simmons

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sunrise

sunrise

The colors of the canyon at sunrise are truly worth getting up early for.

Photo: Brianna Simmons

Photo by Brianna Simmons

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Aialik Glacier

Aialik Glacier

There is nothing like seeing a glacier calve!

Photo: Brianna Simmons

Photo by Brianna Simmons

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Three Hole Island

Three Hole Island

Just one of the many stunning views to be had on a Glacier/wildlife cruise at Kenai Fjords NP

Photo: Brianna Simmons

Photo by monpetit

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07/23/2009

07/23/2009

Is it far for the overlook??

Photo: monpetit

Photo by monpetit

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08/01/2009

08/01/2009

Beauty and the beast

Photo: monpetit

Photo by monpetit

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07/19/2009

07/19/2009

Thunderstorm's evening is coming

Photo: monpetit

Photo by monpetit

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07/24/2009

07/24/2009

Nice contrast between colored springs, heat, smoke and the cloudy sky with a cold temperature

Photo: monpetit

Photo by monpetit

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07/23/2009

07/23/2009

A nice eruption of this geyser with a blue poll around, but no way to swimm.

Photo: monpetit

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