30 Stunning Photos of National Parks in Full Bloom
Spring has sprung in national parks across the country—now's the time to take in the wildflowers. Whet your appetite with these stunning shots.
Wildflowers brilliantly bloom beneath majestic Mount Ranier National Park in Ashford, Washington. Towering more than 14,000 feet above sea level, the peak is actually an active volcano and an iconic part of the state’s landscape.
Red Rock Canyon
Trees and shrubs grow in bright green bursts in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area in Las Vegas, Nevada, allowing the striking red-hued mountains and cliffs to take center stage.
Saguaro National Park
The sunsets on an impressively spiky landscape in this beautiful park near Tucson, Arizona. The park is named for one of the largest cacti species in the world—saguaro—which the region is home to. Here are more spectacular photos of America’s national parks.
The Great Smoky Mountains
Purple rhododendrons provide a pop of color to the lush forest landscape of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which straddles the border of North Carolina and Tennessee. You can find wildflowers in bloom year-round at this sprawling park.
In spring, wildflowers begin to sprout along Herman Gulch Trail in Arapaho National Forest near Idaho Springs, Colorado. Make sure you’re ready for this trek, though. The elevation hovers around 10,000 feet for the seven miles of the out-and-back trail.
Glacier National Park
Wispy bear grass mingles with wildflowers in Glacier National Park, a more than 1,500-square-mile wilderness area in central Montana. Streams flow throughout, and some of them travel all the way to the Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Hudson’s Bay.
Desert sunflowers thrive in Death Valley National Park in California. Spanning parts of California and Nevada, it’s known for its ghost towns, colorful terrain, salt mounds, and being home to North America’s lowest elevation: Badwater Basin.
Beavertail cactus clusters share a habitat with cheerfully bright wildflowers in Joshua Tree National Park in California. Home to two desert ecosystems, the region is known for gusty winds and surprise torrents of rain.
Paintbrush blooms wave high above the spray from Nevada Falls in California’s Yosemite National Park. The nearly 600-foot waterfall is known for its “bent” shape, as it takes a turn partway down. Check out some of these hidden national parks this spring.
Yellow irises sway next to Beaver Marsh in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, a wildlife haven just a short distance from several bustling Ohio cities.
Beautiful wildflowers and sunny skies are not strangers in the Rockies. This view is found specifically in Colorado, but the Rockies stretch 3,000 from British Columbia all the way down to New Mexico.
Zion National Park
The Everglades is a tropical wetland found at the tip of Florida with an abundance of wildlife including many, many alligators.
Acadia National Park
This picturesque coastal landscape is situated at Schoodic Peninsula within Acadia National Park in Maine.
Gates of the Arctic
All of the greenery in this river valley up in Alaska doesn’t make the Gates of the Arctic look very arctic. Check out these practically secret national parks that you’ll definitely want to visit during the springtime.
Badlands National Park
Little House on the Prairie in Minnesota isn’t the only beautiful grassland around. This prairie part of Badlands National Park in South Dakota boasts breathtaking flowers, clear skies, and mountains.
Big Bend National Park
The rugged and remote region of Big Bend in West Texas runs along the United States/Mexico border. The Rio Grande river creates a natural boundary between the two countries.
Biscayne National Park
Boca Chita beach overlooks clear waters known for extensive coral reefs and an abundance of sea life. Check out these beautiful quotes about nature that will remind you how much you love the outdoors.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison
The steep gorges of Black Canyon were carved by the Gunnison River and boast some of the steepest cliffs in North America with spectacular geological rock formations that victors travel to from all over the world to witness.
This canyon in Utah is known for its rusty-colored spire-shaped rock formations called hoodoos.
Channel Islands National Park
These volcanic rocks are known as Inspiration Point on Anacapa Island, offering one of the best views in the park. Don’t miss this list of the best hiking trails in each state.
Congaree National Park
Cypress Forest in South Carolina is known for its towering trees and swamps. The park is a preservation site for the largest old-growth bottomland hardwood forest in the country.
This park in Southern Oregon gets its name from the now-collapsed volcano Mount Mazama and is the deepest lake in the United States.
Denali National Park
Alaska Cotton populates the area around this lake reflecting the mountains from Denali National Park. Check out these photos that prove Alaska is just as stunning in the winter as well.
A stunning meadow of wildflowers in Jackson Hole floods the grassland in front of the Teton Mountain Range.
Grand Basin National Park
Great Basin contains the majority of the South Snake mountains in eastern Nevada.
Haleakala National Park
Hawaii isn’t all beaches and palm trees. This luscious park is named after a dormant volcano and houses Makahiku Falls, a 200-foot horsetail waterfall. See this list of the most gorgeous waterfall in each state.
Kings Canyon National Park
Kings Canyon is adjacent to Sequoia National Park in California and is known for its colossal trees and wildlife such as bears, cougars, and rattlesnakes.
Rosy Spiraea decorates this small lake in this recreation area in North Cascades, Washington. The mountain in the distance is called Table Mountain, one of the most distinct landmarks and challenging hikes in the park.
Shenandoah National Park
These forested hills of Shenandoah encompass part of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the state of Virginia. The park is known for Skyline Drive, a 105-mile road that runs the length of the mountains. Before you start packing your hiking gear, make sure you read these tips that park rangers want you to know.