Alaska’s Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve offers exploration in a vast and pristine landscape. The park is a haven largely untouched by glaciation and mostly free of human imprint with prime breeding grounds for the endangered peregrine falcon, calving grounds for caribou, choice paleontological sites, superb recreational waters, and the timeless presence of the mighty and historic Yukon River. Photo by Josh Spice, National Park Service.
Established in 1908, National Bison Range in Montana is a diverse ecosystem of grasslands, Douglas fir and ponderosa pine forests, rolling mountains, riparian areas and ponds. Much of the National Bison Range was once under prehistoric Glacial Lake Missoula, which was formed by a glacial ice dam on the Clark Fork River about 13,000-18,000 years ago. In addition to herds of bison, the refuge supports populations of Rocky Mountain elk, bighorn sheep mountain lions, bears, bobcats and over 200 species of birds. Photo courtesy of Bob Wick.
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Over every hill and around each turn, indescribable beauty awaits you at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. With sweeping views, dynamic skies, surprising wildlife and unforgettable experiences, there’s no wonder Yellowstone is known as the quintessential national park. Photo by Jacob W. Frank, National Park Service.
Standing head and shoulders above the crowd, “the Mountain” dominates the landscape of central Alaska. On clear days, it can be seen from as far away as Anchorage and Fairbanks. Within Denali National Park, it appears and disappears as the Denali Park Road winds its way among the smaller mountains along the north edge of the Alaska Range. If you are lucky enough to catch good weather, the sight of the Mountain will leave you speechless. Photo from Stony Hill by National Park Service.
When describing glaciers in Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Preserve in Alaska, superlatives are hard to avoid. Within our largest national park exists the nation’s largest glacial system, with rivers of ice flowing dozens of miles through majestic mountains. In summer, runoff from glaciers swells rivers and precipitates an explosion of green. From the ground and the air, it’s an epic sight. Photo by Neal Herbert, National Park Service.