Best U.S. National Park Views

Go off the beaten path to find these gorgeous vistas of untamed mountains, deep forests, pristine lakes, and wide-open spaces.

Park Avenue at Arches National Park in Utah

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The View: It’s a flat, one-mile hike to get up-close-and-personal with sandstone Park Avenue. “You’ll see geologic layers, small ephemeral rock pools (sometimes with fairy shrimp), the occasional animal tracks, and a variety of plants like old man sagebrush and shinnery oak,” says park ranger Lee Ferguson. “I’ve been told it really does resemble Park Avenue in New York City. It reminds me of a miniature version of Monument Valley.”

Getting There: It’s a quick walk from the Courthouse Towers viewpoint, near the park’s south entrance in Moab Canyon. To avoid crowds, go in late November through early March (and aim to hike in the early morning or late afternoon).

 

 

Best U.S. National Park Views

Park Avenue at Arches National Park in Utah

The View: It’s a flat, one-mile hike to get up-close-and-personal with sandstone Park Avenue. “You’ll see geologic layers, small ephemeral rock pools (sometimes with fairy shrimp), the occasional animal tracks, and a variety of plants like old man sagebrush and shinnery oak,” says park ranger Lee Ferguson. “I’ve been told it really does resemble Park Avenue in New York City. It reminds me of a miniature version of Monument Valley.”

Getting There: It’s a quick walk from the Courthouse Towers viewpoint, near the park’s south entrance in Moab Canyon. To avoid crowds, go in late November through early March (and aim to hike in the early morning or late afternoon).

 

 

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