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Crater Lake National Park

This panorama of Crater Lake was taken by James Blakeway. Perched at the crest of the Cascade Mountain Range in the state of Oregon, Crater Lake National Park is one of the snowiest inhabited places in America, receiving an average of 44 feet of snow per year. Open year-round, the park protects the deepest lake in the United States, Crater Lake, known for the purest water on earth and depths up to 1,943 feet. The lake rests inside a caldera formed about 7,700 years ago, when a 12,000-foot-tall volcano collapsed following a major eruption. Today, the volcano’s outer slopes are blanketed with old-growth forests and harbour a variety of plants and animals, including several rare species

Grand Canyon National Park Panorama
This panoramic photograph of Grand Canyon National Park was taken by Christopher Gjevre featuring a view from the South Rim, facing towards the North Rim. Grand Canyon National Park encompasses 1,218,375 acres in Arizona. First protected as Grand Canyon Forest Reserve in 1893, it became Grand Canyon National Park in 1919. The canyon was formed due to erosion and the down cutting nature of the river. The river also sweeps away sediment that is eroded into the river. The floor of the canyon is approximately 4,500 feet below the South Rim and more than a mile below the North Rim. The bottom of the canyon averages 15º to 30º warmer than the temperature on the rims.

Grand Canyon National Park Panorama
The view from Desert View Point in Grand Canyon National Park is a spectacular panorama. At right is Desert View Watchtower, a National Historic Landmark, designed by architect Mary Colter and completed in 1933. Inspired by towers constructed elsewhere in the Southwest by ancestral Puebloan people centuries ago, the Watchtower provides amazing 360 degree views of its surroundings. To the left of the tower, the Grand Canyon unfolds in all its splendor. Visible at the center of the photo is the Colorado River, winding through the canyon bottom, a vertical mile below the rim. The National Park Service works to protect Grand Canyon for future generations, so that all may experience its beauty.