PHOTOS: National Parks

A tourist views of the Grand Canyon in A
A tourist views of the Grand Canyon in A
Grand Canyon, UNITED STATES: A tourist views of the Grand Canyon in Arizona 05 April 2007. The Canyon, created by the Colorado River cutting a channel over millions of years, is about 277 miles long (445.7kms), ranges in width from 0.25 to 15 miles (0.4-24kms), and attains a depth of more than a mile (more than 1.6kms). Nearly two billion years of the Earth's history has been exposed as the Colorado River and its tributaries cut through layer after layer of sediment as the Colorado Plateaus have uplifted. AFP PHOTO/Gabriel BOUYS
Deer take a look at tourists from the br
Deer take a look at tourists from the br
Deer take a look at tourists from the brush in the Shenandoah National Park November 1, 2008. AFP PHOTO/Karen BLEIER
Fall colors blanket the Shenandoah Natio
Fall colors blanket the Shenandoah Natio
Fall colors blanket the Shenandoah National Park November 1, 2008. Mild temperatures lured hundreds of tourists to Skyline Drive to view the scenery. AFP PHOTO/Karen BLEIER
Aerials Of The Grand Canyon
Aerials Of The Grand Canyon
GRAND CANYON, AZ - JUNE 12: An aerial view of the Grand Canyon June 12, 2009 in Grand Canyon, Arizona. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama (R) and First
US President Barack Obama (R) and First
US President Barack Obama (R) and First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Sasha and Malia (obscured) watch the eruption of the Old Faithful Geyser at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, August 15, 2009. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN
The General Grant Giant Sequoia tree whi
The General Grant Giant Sequoia tree whi
The General Grant Giant Sequoia tree which is the third largest recorded tree by volume in the world, at the King's Canyon National Park in Central California on October 11, 2009. The Redwood trees which are native to California's Sierra Nevada Mountains are the world's largest by volume reaching heights of 274.9 feet (84.2 metres) and a ground level girth of 109 feet (33 metres). The oldest known Giant Sequoia based on it's ring count is 3,500 years old. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON
A black bear scavenges for food beside t
A black bear scavenges for food beside t
A black bear scavenges for food beside tourists near the famous General Sherman tree at the Sequoia National Park in Central California on October 10, 2009. The Redwood trees which are native to California's Sierra Nevada Mountains are the world's largest by volume reaching heights of 274.9 feet (84.2 metres) and a ground level girth of 109 feet (33 metres). The oldest known Giant Sequoia based on it's ring count is 3,500 years old. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON
Florida Scales Back Everglades Sugar Land Deal
Florida Scales Back Everglades Sugar Land Deal
EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, FL - AUGUST 05: The water is still in the Florida Everglades after the South Florida Water Management District announced it may reduce the size of the deal it had announced earlier in the year with U.S. Sugar on August 5, 2010 in the Everglades National Park, Florida. The original proposal, announced in 2008, was to buy all of the U.S. Sugar Corporations assets and use the land to replenish the Everglades, letting water from Lake Okeechobee run its natural route. The plan now because of state budget cut backs is to buy 26,800 acres and retain a 10-year option to buy the rest of the land. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Florida Scales Back Everglades Sugar Land Deal
Florida Scales Back Everglades Sugar Land Deal
EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, FL - AUGUST 05: Clouds loom over the Florida Everglades after the South Florida Water Management District announced it may reduce the size of the deal it had announced earlier in the year with U.S. Sugar on August 5, 2010 in the Everglades National Park, Florida. The original proposal, announced in 2008, was to buy all of the U.S. Sugar Corporations assets and use the land to replenish the Everglades, letting water from Lake Okeechobee run its natural route. The plan now because of state budget cut backs is to buy 26,800 acres and retain a 10-year option to buy the rest of the land. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
View of the Court of the Patriarchs insi
View of the Court of the Patriarchs insi
View of the Court of the Patriarchs inside the Zion National Park in Utah on March 10, 2011. Zion National Park is said to be one of the more spectacular American National Parks with it's geological formations revealing eight layers of sandstone, which have taken two-hundred-million years to carve and mold. This spectacular corner of southern Utah is a masterpiece of towering cliffs, deep red canyons, mesas, buttes and massive monoliths. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON
Tourists wade through freezing water as
Tourists wade through freezing water as
Tourists wade through freezing water as they hike up the Virgin River at an area called the Zion Narrows inside the Zion National Park in Utah on March 9, 2011. Zion National Park is said to be one of the more spectacular American National Parks with it's geological formations revealing eight layers of sandstone, which have taken two-hundred-million years to carve and mold. This spectacular corner of southern Utah is a masterpiece of towering cliffs, deep red canyons, mesas, buttes and massive monoliths. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON
View of the Lower Falls at the Yellowsto
View of the Lower Falls at the Yellowsto
View of the Lower Falls at the Yellowstone Grand Canyon in the Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming on June 2, 2011. Yellowstone National Park, was established by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Grant on March 1, 1872. The park is located primarily in the U.S. state of Wyoming, though it also extends into Montana and Idaho and was the first national park in the world. It is known for its wildlife and its many geothermal features, especially the Old Faithful Geyser. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON
View of the 'Crested Pool' hot spring wi
View of the 'Crested Pool' hot spring wi
View of the 'Crested Pool' hot spring with it's unique colors caused by brown, orange and yellow algae-like bacteria that thrive in the cooling water, turning the vivid aqua-blue to a murkier greenish brown, in the Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming on June 2, 2011. Yellowstone National Park, was established by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Grant on March 1, 1872. The park is located primarily in the U.S. state of Wyoming, though it also extends into Montana and Idaho and was the first national park in the world. It is known for its wildlife and its many geothermal features, especially the Old Faithful Geyser. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON
Record Rains Bring Rare Wildflowers To Death Valley
Record Rains Bring Rare Wildflowers To Death Valley
DEATH VALLEY, CA - MARCH 11: Desert wildflowers bloom on March 11, 2005 in Death Valley National Park, California. The wettest year on record has brought massive blooms of desert wildflowers and left bodies of water over the normally desiccated landscapes of Death Valley and other California desert regions. At 282 feet below sea level, Death Valley has the lowest elevation in North America and its summertime temperatures are among the hottest on the planet. Tourists have flocked here to see the blooms including first lady Laura Bush. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
Death Valley is pictured 19 September 20
Death Valley is pictured 19 September 20
Death Valley, UNITED STATES: Death Valley is pictured 19 September 2006 in California. Death Valley, the largest national park in the US, comprises more than 3.3 million acres of desert wilderness. Anthropologists estimate that roaming humans first settled in Death Valley roughly 10,000 years ago. Some 2,000 years ago, native peoples lived along the edge of a 30-foot-deep-lake. In 1849, a group of gold rush pionneers entered the Valley, thinking it was a shortcut to California. After barely surviving the trek across the aera they named the spot "Death Valley". In the 1880's native peoples were pushed out by mining companies who sought the riches of gold, silver, and borax. AFP PHOTO/GABRIEL BOUYS (
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