U.S. Parks

Geyser erupting with steam (Domenico Salvagnin/Flickr)

So you want to manage a national park. Read this first.

The approach to public land management has evolved, influenced by science and public opinion. Here are considerations for managing a public park.
Couple on horseback in field with mountains in background (Courtesy of Montana Office of Tourism)

Montana: Big Sky Country, Glacier National Park and the Old West

Be a cowboy (or cowgirl) in Montana! Its vast landscape is filled with parks and wildlife; watch a geyser erupt or enjoy outdoor winter sports.
Rock formations in sunset (© Danita Delimont/Alamy Stock Photo)

North Dakota: Badlands, American Indian culture and Scandinavian influences

North Dakota is known for its scenic Badlands (barren, rocky formations), farms, ranches and history of Plains Indian life.
Craggy canyon illuminated by the moon at dusk, with a deepening blue sky above (Shutterstock)

South Dakota: Mount Rushmore, prairie wildlife and Western heritage

South Dakota, named for the area’s Lakota and Dakota Sioux tribes, is known for its national parks, windswept prairies and 19th-century frontier history.
Memphis skyline at dusk reflecting in a marina's water (Thinkstock)

Tennessee: Civil War battlefields, music heritage and the Great Smoky Mountains

Tennessee's famous music scene includes country, soul and rock 'n' roll. Take a break from the city and breathe in fresh air from the Great Smoky Mountains.

Utah: Red-rock canyons, ski resorts, dinosaurs and pioneer history

Utah offers unparalleled outdoor recreation — hiking, biking, skiing, snowboarding and camping — as well as prehistoric sites and pioneer history.

Alaska: Auroras, glaciers and bears

The northernmost of all the states, Alaska has mountainous terrain and low temperatures that are ideal for spotting wildlife, and for winter sports.

10 U.S. winter wonderlands

Breathtaking, snowy winter views like the ones captured here appeal to cold-weather lovers. Look to see which of these destinations may be right for you.

Photo contest shares the American experience

Preservation of natural treasures in U.S. national parks has been called the nation’s best idea. Winning images in a 2014 photo contest offer proof.