Exploring America’s National Parks
Zion National Park
Zion National park is located in Utah and is one of the most beautiful sights you will ever see. Located near the charming city of Springdale, all 229 square miles of this park are filled with nature in its finest form. Zion Canyon is the 15-mile long and half-mile deep landmark that runs through the Navajo Sandstone by the North Fork of the Virgin River. From 3,666 feet at Coalpits Wash to 8,726 feet at Horse Ranch Mountain, you’ll see geological processes here that cannot be viewed anywhere else in the world. The climate and the vegetation allow for rocks that actually tell of the land’s history. Located along the edge of the Colorado Plateau, you can see what has been formed, now known as the Grand Staircase, which are colorful cliffs that range between Bryce Canyon and the Grand Canyon. Zion was a relatively flat basin near sea level 240 million years ago. Now it is home to abundant wildlife that includes many exotic plants and animals that can’t be found anywhere else in the world.
Yosemite National Park
This 1,200 square-mile park tells a story of granite, the power of glaciers, the persistence of life, and the tranquility of the High Sierra. Although most known for its waterfalls, you can also find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, and a vast wilderness area. Located in California, this park reaches across the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Almost 95% of the park is designated wilderness as it was protected against development in 1864 thanks to the Yosemite Grant. Today, over 4 million people visit Yosemite each year, spending most of their time in a tiny picturesque seven-mile stretch called Yosemite Valley.
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park is located mainly in Wyoming but also reaches into Montana and Idaho as well. Yellowstone was the first National Park in the United States and is also widely considered to be the first national park in the world. Though the park is known for its wildlife and geothermal features, perhaps one of the most popular national park landmarks resides here: Old Faithful Geyser. On top of the geysers, hot springs, and mud pots, the park is home to the Yellowstone Caldera, the largest super volcano on the continent. It’s even considered to be an active volcano, having erupted several times in the last two million years. Here, you can explore mountains, abundant subalpine forests and lakes where you get to observe the wildlife in its natural state. With over 2,219,789 acres, Yellowstone is larger than Rhode Island and Delaware combined. It’s home to one of the world’s largest petrified forests, over 290 waterfalls, Yellowstone Lake (which is the largest lake in North America), and also find a vast amount of different wildlife and plant species. Yellowstone offers 2,000 campsites that are available to visitors.