The western United States has vast and beautiful landscapes that seem otherworldly at times. From deep canyons to mountains that reach to the sky, it's a majestic part of the world that you'll never tire of exploring. If you're wondering where to go, look no further than these five amazing national parks of the West to experience and learn more about the wilderness of this beautiful country.
1. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
The Rocky Mountains are located in the northern part of Colorado. The highest mountains in the US, there are over 350 miles of trails that you can hike on. Whether you're an expert hiker who likes a good challenge or a beginner who enjoys a leisurely stroll through some wildflowers, the Rockies are the place to do it. You can ride through the mountains on horseback, go white water rafting in the canyons, fly fishing in the rivers, and so much more.
2. Redwood National Park, California
Home to the tallest trees on the planet, Redwood National Park is definitely one of the coolest sights you will ever see. Standing right along the Pacific coast, it's a rugged and beautiful forest that thousands of people flock to every year. Camping is a popular way to enjoy the forest with its soft pine needle grounds and cool, shaded areas.
3. Grand Staircase Escalante, Utah
Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument (GSENM) covers a vast 1.9 million acres of canyons, cliffs and rugged backcountry, nearly double the combined land of Utah’s five national parks. Managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the monument is bordered by Bryce Canyon to the northwest, Glen Canyon National Recreation area to the east, and Capitol Reef National Park to the northeast. Perhaps the most phenomenal natural monument in Utah is the Grand Staircase Escalante. Though not visited much due to its secluded location, the area has the largest network of slot caves in the state with some of the strangest rock formations in the world.
4. Yosemite National Park, California
If you're hoping to see some real cowboys, head to Yosemite where you'll find cattle ranches nestled in the plains and Sierra mountains. This region is also home to a unique landscape of colorful geysers, crystal clear lakes, powerful waterfalls, and bright blue glaciers. There's so much to explore in the vast and beautiful wilderness of Yosemite.
5. Glacier National Park, Montana
Take a ride down a road aptly called "Going-to-The-Sun Road" and see hundreds of miles of nothing but pure beauty. Glacial-carved mountain peaks and cool, clear lakes are in abundance here. If you enjoy skiing or any other mountain sports, this is the park to let loose in.