America's Great Outdoors
A moose looks for aquatic plants in Wonder Lake in Denali National Park. NPS Photo/K. Lewandowski

A moose looks for aquatic plants in Wonder Lake in Denali National Park.

NPS Photo/K. Lewandowski

Blue sky day on the east side of Glacier yesterday.Photo: National Park Service

Blue sky day on the east side of Glacier yesterday.

Photo: National Park Service

Come and experience Glacier’s pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains, and spectacular lakes. With over 700 miles of trails, Glacier is a hiker’s paradise for adventurous visitors seeking wilderness and solitude. Relive the days of old through historic chalets, lodges, transportation, and stories of Native Americans. Explore Glacier National Park and discover what awaits you.Photo: National Park Service

Come and experience Glacier’s pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains, and spectacular lakes. With over 700 miles of trails, Glacier is a hiker’s paradise for adventurous visitors seeking wilderness and solitude. Relive the days of old through historic chalets, lodges, transportation, and stories of Native Americans. Explore Glacier National Park and discover what awaits you.

Photo: National Park Service

"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings." -John Muir. Photo taken on top of Divide Mountain in Denali National Park by Daniel A. Leifheit

"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings." -John Muir.

Photo taken on top of Divide Mountain in Denali National Park by Daniel A. Leifheit

This week, Glacier National Park turns 104. Please join us in wishing them a very happy birthday!Photo: Adam Jewell (www.sharetheexperience.org)

This week, Glacier National Park turns 104. Please join us in wishing them a very happy birthday!

Photo: Adam Jewell (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Sometimes you need to stop and smell the flowers and take in the amazing view from the Sun Road in Glacier National Park. Photo: Shan Lin (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Sometimes you need to stop and smell the flowers and take in the amazing view from the Sun Road in Glacier National Park.

Photo: Shan Lin (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Sunsets don’t get much better than this one over Grand Teton National Park. Photo: Robert McKinney (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Sunsets don’t get much better than this one over Grand Teton National Park.

Photo: Robert McKinney (www.sharetheexperience.org)

As spring grows ever-stronger, and snowfall makes way for rain at higher and higher elevations in the mountains, the Cascade Mountains begin to truly live up to their name. Mount Rainier National Park contains hundreds of waterfalls, from tiny seasonal streamlets that curtain the roadside cliffs on the way up to Paradise, to the massive thundering cataracts that plunge off the upper mountain. This is one of my favorites: Silver Falls, a short hike above Ohanapecosh in the southeast corner of the park, photographed in July of last year by Jeff Moore.

As spring grows ever-stronger, and snowfall makes way for rain at higher and higher elevations in the mountains, the Cascade Mountains begin to truly live up to their name. Mount Rainier National Park contains hundreds of waterfalls, from tiny seasonal streamlets that curtain the roadside cliffs on the way up to Paradise, to the massive thundering cataracts that plunge off the upper mountain. This is one of my favorites: Silver Falls, a short hike above Ohanapecosh in the southeast corner of the park, photographed in July of last year by Jeff Moore.

Oolah Valley in Gates of the Arctic National Park offers hidden delights to the intrepid hiker willing to explore off the beaten path.Photo: National Park Service

Oolah Valley in Gates of the Arctic National Park offers hidden delights to the intrepid hiker willing to explore off the beaten path.

Photo: National Park Service

Alpenglow on Denali. NPS Photo/Daniel A. Leifheit 

Alpenglow on Denali.

NPS Photo/Daniel A. Leifheit