The West's Best National Parks

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The West's Best National Parks

The West's Best National Parks

Scroll through our gallery of stunning National Park photos

The West's Best National Parks

Denali National Park & Preserve

Ian Shive / Sunset Publishing

Six million acres of untouched wilderness punctuated by staggering mountains

The West's Best National Parks

Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve

Sunny Awazuhara-Reed / Design Pics / Getty Images

Endless summer days and winter's Northern Lights illuminate a glacier-carved wonderland

The West's Best National Parks

Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

Dave Bartruff / Getty Images

Rainforest, fjords, glaciers, and more wonders in one of the world's largest protected areas

The West's Best National Parks

Katmai National Park & Preserve

Courtesy of MacGillivray Freeman Films. Photographer: Brad Ohlund © VisitTheUSA.com

An active volcanic landscape remains a vital habitat for salmon and brown bears

The West's Best National Parks

Kenai Fjords National Park

Kirk Hoessle / Sunset Publishing

The Ice Age lingers in this glacier-strewn wilderness dotted by lush forests

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Kobuk Valley National Park

Fred Hirschmann / Getty Images

Half a million caribou crisscross this park's awe-inspiring sand dunes

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Lake Clark National Park & Preserve

Michael Criss / Design Pics / Getty Images

Shimmering lakes, steaming volcanoes, and thriving salmon are but some of this park's greatest hits

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Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

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A gorgeously rugged landscape stretching from the ocean to one of North America's tallest peaks

The West's Best National Parks

Grand Canyon National Park

Thomas J. Story / Sunset Publishing

A natural treasure that stuns with its immense size, vast geological history, and jaw-dropping beauty

The West's Best National Parks

Petrified Forest National Park

Thomas J. Story / Sunset Publishing

Psychedelically colored remains of ancient trees make for a stunning geology lesson

The West's Best National Parks

Witold Skrypczak / Getty Images

Witness the country's largest cacti surrounded by magnificent desert

The West's Best National Parks

Channel Islands National Park

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An uncrowded natural paradise just a short hop from the SoCal coast

The West's Best National Parks

Death Valley National Park

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Sandstone canyons, a quilt of salt crystals, and rugged peaks in North America's hottest spot

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Joshua Tree National Park

Ian Shive / Tandem / Sunset Publishing

A Seussian landscape of rock formations and desert plants make it a must for your bucket list

The West's Best National Parks

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Thomas J. Story / Sunset Publishing

Clear alpine lakes, wildflowers, and volcanoes dot this mountainous adventureland

The West's Best National Parks

Larry Ulrich / Sunset Publishing

Spy condors, eagles, and more in this unique landscape forged by ancient volcanoes

The West's Best National Parks

Erin Kunkel / Sunset Publishing

The tallest trees on Earth along 40 miles of pristine Pacific coastline

The West's Best National Parks

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

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Giant sequoias, gushing waterfalls, and the tallest mountain in the contiguous U.S.

The West's Best National Parks

Ian Shive / Sunset Publishing

The wilderness that John Muir championed is a testament to the beauty of the High Sierra

The West's Best National Parks

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Witold Skrypczak / Getty Images

A vertical playground of rock, water, and sky sculpted by the mighty Gunnison River

The West's Best National Parks

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

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North America's tallest dunes are but one thrilling attraction in this diverse adventureland

The West's Best National Parks

Thomas J. Story / Sunset Publishing

Iconic cliff dwellings are a highlight of the United States' most significant ancient American ruins

The West's Best National Parks

Rocky Mountain National Park

Ian Shive / Sunset Publishing

Glacier-hewn peaks, turquoise lakes, elk, and more in this high-alpine playground

The West's Best National Parks

A volcano's otherwordly summit gives way to sub-tropical rainforest spilling into rugged shores

The West's Best National Parks

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

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From spewing lava to palm-strewn coastline, behold some of the planet's most striking hiking terrain

The West's Best National Parks

Ian Shive / Sunset Publishing

Sapphire lakes, hanging valleys, and towering peaks are among the park's unforgettable features

The West's Best National Parks

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Explore over 100 caves underground and wildlife-blessed rocky canyons above

The West's Best National Parks

Great Basin National Park

Macduff Everton / Sunset Publishing

Experience staggering beauty and solitude in this park where mountains meet desert

The West's Best National Parks

Crater Lake National Park

Courtesy of MacGillivray Freeman Films. Photographer: Ron Goodman © VisitTheUSA.com

A deep-blue lake surrounded by sheer cliffs form a stunning backdrop for numerous adventures

The West's Best National Parks

Courtesy of MacGillivray Freeman Films. Photographer: Barbara MacGillivray © VisitTheUSA.com

A red-rock paradise of natural stone arches, soaring pinnacles, and more unique formations

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Bryce Canyon National Park

Courtesy of MacGillivray Freeman Films. Photographer: Barbara MacGillivray © VisitTheUSA.com

A psychedelic landscape boasting the largest collection of hoodoos in the world

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Canyonlands National Park

Courtesy of MacGillivray Freeman Films. Photographer: Max Lowe © VisitTheUSA.com

Countless canyons cut by sparkling rivers make for a unique desert adventureland

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Capitol Reef National Park

James Kay / Sunset Publishing

A hidden treasure in the heart of southern Utah's red-rock country

The West's Best National Parks

Dave Lauridsen / Sunset Publishing

Escape the crowds and find the hidden beauty of southern Utah's incomparable canyons

The West's Best National Parks

Mount Rainier National Park

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An iconic active volcano ringed by ancient forest and wildflower-dotted meadows

The West's Best National Parks
The West's Best National Parks

Ian Shive / Sunset Publishing

Dense rainforests, soaring trees, splashing waterfalls, staggering peaks, and empty beaches

The West's Best National Parks
The West's Best National Parks

Our National Parks Guides

There's never been a better time to visit our national parks. For a song, you and your family can enjoy some of the world's greatest treasures-glacier-carved valleys and water-sculpted canyons and snow-dusted massifs that are like nothing else on Earth. The West is home to 39 majestic parks, which you can explore here by hovering over the pins on the map below. Whether you're a first-time visitor or a national park veteran, you'll find everything you need here-except a tank of gas and a taste for adventure.

The West's Best National Parks


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