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This panoramic photograph of Delicate Arch features a late-day view of Arches National Park's most famous icon. Delicate Arch balances at the edge of a canyon and can be reached via a three-mile (round-trip) walking trail. Water and ice, extreme temperatures, underground salt movement and 100 million years of erosion are responsible for the scenery of Arches National Park. Delicate Arch is carved from sandstone deposited during the Jurassic Period some 150 million years ago. There are more than 2000 cataloged arches in the area, including some of the most scenic arches in the world. In the distance are the snow-covered La Sal Mountains.
This panoramic photograph of Bryce Canyon was taken by James Blakeway and features a sunrise view of Bryce Amphitheater, one of Bryce Canyon National Park's most visited areas. Bryce Amphitheater is the largest amphitheater in the park. Trails along the rim and through the amphitheater allow for spectacular views for the more than 1.5 million visitors the park has each year. The pillars of rock throughout the amphitheater are called Hoodoos. Hoodoos are created by erosion that has shaped the colorful formations into what start as fins, and then further erode into pinnacles and spires.
This panoramic photograph of Canyonlands National Park was taken by James Blakeway. It features a view of Canyonlands as seen looking through Mesa Arch. Authorized as a national park in 1964, the park contains a maze of deep canyons, mesas, spires, arches, and other geological features carved by wind and water. The air quality in this area is reputed as some of the clearest in the country. The snow-capped La Sal Mountains, visible through Mesa Arch, is approximately thirty-five miles in the distance. To a large degree, Canyonlands remains untrammeled. Its roads are mostly unpaved, its trails primitive, its rivers free-flowing. This is wild America.
This panoramic photograph of Cedar Breaks National Monument was taken by James Blakeway and features a late day view of the Cedar Breaks amphitheater. This geologic spectacle is the result of uplift and erosion that created an expanse of cliffs, canyons, columns, and spires that is more than 2,000 feet deep and more than three miles in diameter. From what was once an ancient lake bed located near sea level, these geologic forces are creating the beautiful landscapes of Cedar Breaks and nearby Bryce Canyon National Park. At the right is a 1,700 year-old bristlecone pine tree, which is native to the area's high country, where water is scarce, winds high and soil thin.
This panorama of Crater Lake, taken by James Blakeway, features a stunning blue lake with depths of 1,943 feet and two picturesque islands, surrounded by sheer cliffs almost 2000 feet high. Located in Oregon’s Crater Lake National Park, it is the deepest lake in the United States and ninth deepest in the world. Known for the purest water on earth, the lake is isolated from surrounding streams and rivers, with no inlet or outlet, and receives its primary input from an average of 524 inches of snowfall annually. Almost 7,700 years ago, a 12,000-foot-tall volcano collapsed following a major eruption and created the beautiful lake we know today, whose waters are of unmatched color and clarity.
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 plants and animals, including several rare species.
This panorama taken by James Blakeway spotlights the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and the Glen Canyon Dam, which is located near Page, Arizona. Established in 1972, the recreation area offers visitors over 1.3 million acres of lake, desert, and canyon country for solitude and exploration. The dam forms Lake Powell, the second largest man-made reservoir in the U.S. with a shoreline of 1,960 miles and a capacity of 26.2 million acre-feet of water. Constructed between 1956 and 1966, the dam is the key unit of the Colorado River Storage Project and was built to improve delivery and allocation of river flow, provide water storage for years of drought, and generate hydroelectricity.
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.
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.
This panoramic photograph of Grand Teton National Park was taken by James Blakeway. It features the Teton Range as seen looking across Jackson Lake. The jagged peaks of the Teton Range can be easily seen as they rise from the valley floor. The tallest peak on the left is Grand Teton, a 13,770-foot mountain. Centered in the panorama is Mount Moran at 12,605 feet. Meadows abloom in early July are prevalent in the park. The dark green forests of lodgepole pines occur in the lower elevations throughout the Teton Range. Elk, moose, pronghorn, mule deer, bison, black bear, and occasionally grizzlies can be observed in the park.
National Parks Panoramas
These National Parks pictures capture the geologic wonders that make up the famous National Parks of the United States. Those interested in historical aspects of the U.S. National Park system, including landscape, geomorphology, and regional vegetation should find these National Parks photos of interest. Whether capturing the beautiful variations in colors in naturally eroding rock or the marvels of modern engineering, there is sure to be something in any one of these National Parks pictures that will speak to everyone.
From the temperature extremes of Monument Valley National Park to the snows of Grand Teton National Park, these National Parks panoramas showcase the variation in climate across this park system of the U.S. The views into the Grand Canyon National Park are especially exceptional, with stunning panoramic photography displaying much more of these beautiful views than can be captured with traditional photography.
These panoramic National Parks pictures are perfect to display in any environment and show off the wonder that is Mother Nature. Some of these National Parks photos, such as from Arches National Park, are especially amazing when considering the delicate arch formations were carved in a timespan of over 100 million years of erosion. The Cedar Breaks National Park panorama features an amazing contrast in imagery, with a 1,700 year-old bristlecone pine tree positioned at the edge of an expanse of canyons and cliffs.
With the wonder and natural beauty present in these National Parks pictures, it's no wonder why so many people enjoy displaying these images on their wall. These National Parks pictures provide a sense of amazement to any who view them, and are sure to make a statement in your own home or office.