The Beauty of America's National Parks | National Park Photography

America's Beautiful National Parks

As we step outside of our homes there is so much to discover and enjoy all the beauty in our world. We have 63 National Parks at our fingertips to discover and make memories in them. I have been extremely lucky to be be able to visit 23 of them so far and want to share just few of these beautiful parks. Whether you're a seasoned park enthusiast or a first-time visitor, we hope that Joe Garza's pictures will inspire you to get out and explore the incredible beauty of our national parks. So, join us on this journey as we discover the wonders of our national park system together!

Grand Tetons National Park | Photos of Grand Tetons

Morning pink and purple sky fills over a snow covered mountains. Trees fill the foreground and frame this winter scene.

Early morning alpine glow fills the sky along the iconic Snake river overlook. The Grand Tetons covered with snow made this morning capture just incredible. This viewpoint is a iconic view point that was made famous by Ansel Adams with his famous black and white images.

Grand Teton National Park established on February 26, 1929 in the northwest part of Wyoming is filled with spectacular landscape rich with majestic mountains, pristine lakes, and extraordinary wildlife. This gorgeous National Park sits between Jackson Hole, Wy and Yellowstone National Park. The main attraction is the Teton mountain range. Of the Teton range, Grand Teton, Mount Owen and Mount Moran are the most recognized peaks within the range. This park is a landscape paradise for photographers and backcountry enthusiasts.
National parks are also home to incredible wildlife, from grizzly bears and wolves to bald eagles and elk. The most famous animal known to this park is a grizzly bear known as Grizzly 399. She has been roaming this park for over 20 years with her offspring over the years that now call the Tetons home. You can also join Light Chasing Photo Tours for a incredible photography experience in Grand Teton National Park.

The grand tetons national parks famous grizzly bear 399 is walking thru the wildflowers with her baby grizzly cubs.

Grizzly 399 is a beast! As she was walking directly torwards me her four little cubs played in the wildflowers. This was exciting and amazing moment to capture some stunning images of her. Her little ones were so cute as they played and bounced around like no one was even watching. What a evening it was in the Grand Tetons National park.

Yellowstone National Park | Yellowstone Fine Art Prints

Early morning sunrise made this scene very dramatic along the yellowstone river and pine trees.

Early morning steam and clouds clearing thru the Yellowstone river was very dramatic among the forest and trees along the river shore. The weather conditions made for some amazing light.

Yellowstone became our first American National Park on March 1, 1872. With 2.2 million acres Yellowstone has the most unique hydrothermal and geologic features than any National Park. This park receives over 4 million visitors from around the globe each year coming to see its incredible landscape throughout the park. The park is home to one the largest calderas with over 10,000 thermal features and more than 300 geysers. It also has one the largest petrified forests in the world. With over 290 waterfalls there is something for everyone in this park. A solid week would be great to see most of the main attractions and even catch a glimpse of some wildlife.

Grand Canyon National Park | Photography for Sale

Mathers point on the south rim turned into a magical moment with a break in the clouds to allow the sun to fill the canyon during this amazing sunrise.

I was sitting at Mathers point on the south rim at the Grand Canyon National Park early morning before sunrise during a snow storm. I was hoping for the storm to get a break in the clouds to get some light in the canyon. The clouds started to break up and then a magical beam of light filled the canyon. It was epic on many levels.

The Grand Canyon National Park is located in the northwest part of Arizona. This incredible National Park has been recognized as the 15th park and was established on February 26, 1919. The Grand Canyon touches four states which are: Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and Colorado. The most accessible and popular state to see the Grand Canyon is Arizona (South Rim) and Nevada (West Rim). Although the South Rim of the Grand Canyon accessed through Arizona is the best way to see Grand Canyon. The views are just breathtaking from every viewpoint. It a view that must been seen in person. This National Park is home to the immense layers of bands of red rock revealing millions of years of geological history that exists all over this park.

Zion National Park | Photos of Zion National Park

Zion National Park located in Utah is a attractive hiking spot. The virgin river has amazing views when hiked several miles upstream.

The cold waters of the Virgin River carving thru the Narrows located within Zion National Park. As I hiked several miles upstream the views are just amazing. The Virgin river carves thru the 1000' canyon walls. This area is a very popular hiking attraction located in Zion National Park.

Utah's first National Park - Zion National Park was established on Nov 19,1919 and is surrounded by thousand-foot steep red cliffs and deep canyons. This park is nested in dramatic surroundings around every bend. Zion is a hiker's paradise to explore with the 2000 ft deep canyon throughout the park. Some highlights are hiking the Narrows and the incredible hike into the Subway region of the park. Zion Canyon Scenic Drive cuts through its main section, leading to forest trails along the Virgin River which is also known as the Narrows. This river flows to the Emerald Pools which have waterfalls but when hiking, you must be aware of the weather as this park has been know have flash flooding.

If you're looking for a true adventure, thrill seekers should consider canyoneering a must here in Zion National Park. This outdoor activity combines route finding, rappelling, swimming, and hiking all wrapped up in a single day's adventure. Zion National Park has become one of the premier places in the country to participate in this exciting activity. There are several dozens of different canyons to explore, some barely wide enough for a human to squeeze through. The park offers opportunities that range from trips for beginners to experienced hikers requiring advanced technical skills. You can sign up for a canyoneering tour with many of the local outfitters.

Bryce Canyon National Park | Bryce Canyon Photos with Snow

Red hoodoos peak out from the clouds with fresh snow covered landscape.

A very popular iconic location in Bryce is called Thor's Hammer. Bryce Canyon National Park in Southwestern Utah is famous for the largest collection of hoodoos rock formations is here at Bryce in the world. Just add some mother nature element called snow and everything changes in this park. Enjoy this stunning fine art image for sale.

Bryce Canyon National Park
is located in the southwestern part Utah which was established in February 25,1928. This National Park is famous for the largest collection of hoodoos—the distinctive rock formations at Bryce - in the world. This park has been carved by the weather over thousands of years. It's a true collection of giant natural amphitheaters. These amphitheaters and hoodoos have been formed through stream erosion of the river and lake bed sedimentary rocks. These rocks are red, orange and white colors that showcase its natural beauty.

Bryce Canyon has several overlooks including Sunrise Point, Sunset Point, Inspiration Point and Bryce Point. Best times for viewing are around sun up and sun down. The park transforms completely during the winter months as snow fills the canyon and makes this park into a magical winter wonderland. This is probably my most favorite time to visit this park. You can also join Light Chasing Photo Tours for a magical experience during the winter for a incredible photography experience.

National Park Outdoor Recreation | Hiking and Camping in National Parks

The National Parks are some of the best places in the world for outdoor recreation, and we'll be sharing information about hiking, camping, rock climbing, and other activities you can enjoy in the parks.
It's not just about the scenery. Our National parks are filled with history. There are some amazing stories of the people who came before us and the struggles they faced as navigated through our land. If you're looking for a challenging hike, a scenic drive, or a peaceful retreat, our national parks have it all. It's time to get out and explore these incredible places, and discover the natural wonders that make America so special.

Sunset at a horseshoe shaped turn of the Colorado River in a canyon at sunset with an orange and pink sky and rocks and canyon walls warmly lit with light.

Horseshoe Bend near Page, Arizona is often referred to as the east rim of the Grand Canyon where the Colorado River meanders in a U-shaped bend. Sunset on this particular evening was spectacular and I love the way the light hit the scene in this composition.

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Adventures in National Parks | Grand Teton National Park Photos | Zion Narrows Photos | National Park Photography Workshops

Whether you're looking for a day or a week, National Parks have plenty for adventure seekers or the casual tourist. Check out Joe Garza's collection of photos for images from across 14 states with our beloved national parks and if you're up for a longer adventure, join Joe on a Light Chasing Photo Tours on a trip where you'll bring home photographs of your own and memories to last a lifetime.