National Parks offer some of the most beautiful and stunning settings for exploring, trekking, and enjoyment for anyone to experience. I have always been intrigued by our nation’s national parks and curious about what they are all about.

In 2017, we set a goal to explore all national parks in the U.S. We started our journey by visiting Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park. It was an amazing adventure road trip. The best part of it was that we were able to share with our family. Read all about it here:

In 2018, we visited 12 national parks and it was nothing short of amazing. It was incredible to explore all the protected land and several historical sites. I decided to create a collection from the many photos and video taken from the trips. These photos consist of the places we have visited and explored.

I reviewed many of the photos and chose what I thought were the best and most beautiful for instagrammable spots. We hope you get a chance to see these magnificent national parks one day as well. Take a look and enjoy.

1.Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park. Two parks make up this national park and they are Saguaro West-Tuscan Mountain District, and Saguaro East-Rincon Mountain District. It began with a designation of National Monument in 1933  by President Herbert Hoover. It became officially a national park in 1994.

Saguaro National Park

2.Painted Cave The Channels Islands

Painted Cave: The Channel Islands are comprised of a total of 8 islands of which only 4 are included and designated as the national park. These four islands include San Miguel Island, Santa Rosa Island, Santa Cruz Island, and Anacapa Island. These captions are on Santa Cruz Island of which Painted Cave is located.

Painted Cave, Santa Cruz Island

3. Channel Islands National Park

Channel Islands National Park: Santa Cruz Island

Santa Cruz Island

4. Zabriski Point

Death Valley National Park: Zabriskie Point:  Badlands and rolling hills painted with golden and reddish hues everywhere you turn. This area was once submerged under water creating sparkling lakes. The result of these beautiful badlands today are because of once highly active earthquakes and violent waters.

Zabriskie Point, Death Valley National Park

5. Mesquite Flat San Dunes

Death Valley National Park: Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Death Valley National Park

6. Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park: Located approximately 140 miles east of Los Angeles and a short distance to neighboring Palm Springs area. This protected land is comprised of vegetated high desert and low desert. Much of this land expands across both the Colorado and Mojave Deserts. It is also home to a variety of animal and plant species living in this desert ecosystem.

Joshua Tree National Park

7. Cholla Cactus Garden

Cholla Cactus Garden, Joshua Tree National Park

8. Pinnacles National Park

Pinnacles National Park: The Pinnacles’ Native Americans; the Chalon and Mutsun Indians, were hunter-gatherers and harvested on the local resources. Pinnacles became a popular place for activities, picnics, camping, and exploring at a later time.

Pinnacles National Park

9. Kings and Sequoia Canyon National Park:

Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park

10. Double Arch: Arches NP

Double Arch, Arches National Park, Utah

11. Three Gossips: Arches NP:

Three Gossips at Arches National Park, Utah

12. Canyonlands National Park

Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park, Utah

13. Angels Landing: Zion NP

Angels Landing, Zion National Park, Utah

14. Hidden Canyon Trail: Zion NP

Hidden Canyon Trail, Zion National Park, Utah

15. Capitol Reef National Park:

Chimney Rock, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
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