We've been encouraging all of you to find your park for the past year now, and with #FindYourPark accumulating more than 300,000 uses on Twitter and Instagram, it looks like a lot of you have! As we enter the National Park Service's centennial year, let’s take a look at some of the most spectacular national park pictures you’ve posted this winter.
Serenity in Yosemite
Instagram user @codypayne shared this stunning shot of Yosemite National Park. One of the most visited national parks in the United States, Yosemite is home to countless waterfalls, including the 1,000-foot Horsetail Falls, which is known for catching the red hues of the setting sun. Some, like Chilnualna Falls, flow year-round, while others, such as Yosemite Falls, virtually disappear in summer.
Sunset in the Petrified Forest
The first sunset of this year is the most amazing yet. #Chris_at_PEFO #PetrifiedForest #PetrifiedForestNationalPark #Chris_in_AZ @USNationalParkPics #NPS100 #FindYourPark #wanderthewest #NatGeoTravelPic #outsplore #MyPublicLandsRoadtrip #seeforyouself #theoutbound #REI1440Project #OptOutside #flow397 #WeOwnTheWild #neverstopexploring #NationalParkGeek #nakedplanet #wildernessculture #celebrateparks #FYPYes #getoutmore #ihopeyougo #youhikedit #bpmag
This beautiful photograph of Petrified Forest National Park was taken by Instagram user @chrisreyesiii. It perfectly captures the park's unique geology, which includes rock strata that date back more than 225 million years. Visitors can explore Petrified Forest's backcountry hiking trails to find off-the-beaten-path landscapes like this one.
Mountains over Glacier Bay
Courtesy of Twitter user @ATPhoto59, this breathtaking image of Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve highlights how one of the park's less glamorous features — the fog — can completely transform the landscape. Through the mist, you can see the mountains where the water that feeds the park's massive tidewater glaciers originates.
The rugged coast of Maine's Mount Desert Island is a photogenic subject under almost any circumstances, but to get a shot like this one from Instagram user @redlotuslove, you have to be up and in position before dawn. Acadia National Park has dozens of camping options, though, making it easy to catch the day's first light for shots like this.
Moonlight in Bryce Canyon
Sunset Point at Bryce Canyon National Park is—no surprise here—a perfect place to watch the sun set. But as this Instagram photo from @jackaquarius makes perfectly clear, it's a pretty great place to watch the moon rise, too. Here you can see how the moon's ghostly light completely alters the landscape. Sunset Point is easy to get to and serves as the trailhead for the Queen's Garden Trail.
Mountain moment at Glacier National Park
Instagram user @supabs shows that a monochrome palette can make for a beautiful view. Located in northern Montana, Glacier National Park is home to 25 active glaciers and while the average temperatures in the winter fall lower than 20 degrees, braving the cold may be worth it to catch a photo like this.
Starry night at Everglades National Park
If I can work on improving one skill this year while photographing the parks, it will be #astrophotography. I'm just in love with the stars and don't even get me started on the Milky Way. Proud of my first stab this year! Highest of fives to National Geographic, Fujifilm, and Airstream for making this trip possible for @Jonathan_irish and me. #59in52 @NatGeo @NatGeoTravel #FujiFilmX_US @FujiFilmX_US #MyFujiFilm @MyFujiFilm @Airstream_Inc #Airstream #liveriveted #ad #findyourpark @usinterior @goparks @evergladesnp @instagram
Embarking on a national park adventure together, Instagram user @istefpayne and her partner @jonathan_irish shared this stunning shot of a winter night in Everglades National Park. The winter season of mid-December to late March is a peak time to take advantage of organized park tours by boat, foot or even bicycle.
Giants of Kings Canyon
There are so many generations of sequoia trees in this photo, from mature Giants, to the younger non-mature sequoias, all the way down to the little baby snow-covered sequoias. I love Sequoia Groves, they're so quiet and calm, and give great perspective on life. And, believe it or not, this is an completely unedited scan from Portra 400 medium format film, taken with a Pentax 67II, and developed by @thedarkroomlab. I absolutely love medium format, it's all I want to shoot!
Instagram user @trevlee shared a shot that captures several generations of giant sequoias in Kings Canyon National Park, from the ancient giants that form the canopy to the tiny youngsters in the foreground. Sequoias are among the tallest trees in the world, and also the oldest. Some individuals in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks may be more than 3,000 years old.
As we look ahead to the new year, there's still plenty of time to find your park. Go on an adventure this year and post your favorite pictures from the trail on Twitter and Instagram using #FindYourPark and #EncuentraTuParque. And, once you get home, share all the details with us at FindYourPark.com. See you on the trail!