Incredible Satellite Photos of America's National Parks
From the vibrant colors of the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park, to the hoodoo rock formations in Bryce Canyon National Park, the designs of the American landscape are truly works of art.
Whether you’re heading out on a classic park adventure, or checking out one of America’s hidden park gems, scroll on for some serious inspiration.
Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park
This hot spring in Yellowstone National Park gets its vivid color from pigmented bacteria that grow around the edge of the mineral-rich water. The park was established in 1872 and covers more than 2.2 million acres.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Kilauea is one of the world’s most active volcanoes as it has been continuously erupting since 1983. The park was established in 1916 and covers more than 323,000 acres.
Crater Lake National Park
The awe-inspiring, deep blue water of the lake sits in a crater that was formed 7,700 years ago by the collapse of a volcano. Rain and snowfall compensate for any evaporation as no rivers flow into or out of the crater. At 1,943 feet (592 m), the lake is the deepest in the United States. The park was established in 1902 and covers more than 180,000 acres.
Everglades National Park
Everglades National Park in Florida is the largest tropical wilderness east of the Mississippi River, covering more than 1.5 million acres. The park was established in 1934 to protect the area’s fragile ecosystem and is home to 36 threatened or protected species including the American crocodile and West Indian manatee.
Canyonlands National Park
Canyonlands National Park in Utah contains a colorful landscape that has been eroded into countless canyons, mesas, and buttes by the Colorado and Green Rivers. Author Edward Abbey, a frequent visitor, described the Canyonlands as "the most weird, wonderful, magical place on earth—there is nothing else like it anywhere." The park was established in 1964 and covers more than 337,000 acres.
Bryce Canyon National Park
The park is known for its stunning, vibrant rocks called hoodoos that were formed over thousands of years by weathering and erosion. The park established in 1928 and spans more than 35,000 acres.
Arches National Park
The national park lies atop an underground salt bed, which is the primary reason that roughly 2,000 magnificent sandstone arches have formed here. The park was established in 1929 and covers more than 76,000 acres.
Johns Hopkins Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park
Johns Hopkins Glacier is a 12 mile long glacier located in Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska. Even though the park is not accessible by any roads, more than 400,000 visitors travel via cruise ship to revel in its beauty every year. The park was established in 1980 and covers more than 3.2 million acres.