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10 Stunning Photos of National Parks in Full Bloom


By Alyssa Jung, Reader`s digest

Spring has sprung in national parks across the country—now's the time to take in the wildflowers. Whet your appetite with these stunning shots.



Wildflowers near Mount Ranier

[post_ads]Wildflowers brilliantly bloom beneath majestic Mount Ranier National Park in Ashford, Washington. Towering more than 14,000 feet above sea level, the peak is actually an active volcano and an iconic part of the state's landscape.



Stunning greenery in Red Rock Canyon

Flowers aren't the only beautiful blooms! Trees and shrubs grow in bright green bursts in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area in Las Vegas, Nevada, allowing the striking red-hued mountains and cliffs to take center stage. Here are more spectacular photos of America's national parks.



Cacti at dusk in Saguaro National Park

The sun sets on an impressively spiky landscape in this beautiful park near Tucson, Arizona. The park is named for one of the largest cacti species in the world—saguaro—which the region is home to.



Rhododendrons in the Great Smoky Mountains

Purple rhododendrons provide a pop of color to the lush forest landscape of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which straddles the border of North Carolina and Tennessee. You can find wildflowers in bloom year-round at this sprawling park. Check out some of these hidden national parks this spring.


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Spring flowers in Arapaho

In spring, wildflowers begin to sprout along Herman Gulch Trail in Arapaho National Forest near Idaho Springs, Colorado. Make sure you're ready for this trek, though: The elevation hovers around 10,000 feet for the seven miles of the out-and-back trail.



Bear grass in Glacier

Wispy bear grass mingles with wildflowers in Glacier National Park, a more than 1,500-square-mile wilderness area in central Montana. Streams flow throughout, and some of them travel all the way to the Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Hudson's Bay. Don't miss these national parks that are even more incredible on starry nights.



Sunflowers in Death Valley

Desert sunflowers thrive in Death Valley National Park in California. Spanning parts of California and Nevada, it's known for its ghost towns, colorful terrain, salt mounds, and being home to North America's lowest elevation: Badwater Basin salt flats sit 282 feet below sea level. Add these American campsites to your summer bucket list.


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Cacti and flowers in Joshua Tree

Beavertail cactus clusters cohabitate with cheerfully bright wildflowers in Joshua Tree National Park in California. Home to two desert ecosystems, the region is known for gusty winds and surprise torrents of rain.



Blooms in Yosemite

Paintbrush blooms wave high above the spray from Nevada Falls in California's Yosemite National Park. The nearly 600-foot waterfall is known for its "bent" shape, as it takes a turn part way down.


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Flowers near the Cuyahoga

Yellow irises sway next to Beaver Marsh in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, a wildlife haven just a short distance from several bustling Ohio cities. Before you make your national park trip to see the blooms up close, check out these things park rangers want you to know.

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