THIS WEEK IS NATIONAL PARKS WEEK, and the National Parks are kind of our jam here at Matador. They are, as writer Wallace Stegner once said, “America’s Best Idea.” They are our most beautiful swaths of wilderness, and may well be our most precious resources. We’ll be featuring National Parks content all week here, but today, we decided to do something special. We asked the Matador Creators Community to submit their best ever photos of America’s National Parks.
The Creator’s Community is a network of both aspiring and professional travel writers, videographers, and photographers. Naturally, a lot of the photographers have taken some of their most beautiful pictures in America’s most beautiful places. So we asked them for their favorite shots, and got flooded with responses. We narrowed it down to 20 photos from 13 of America’s 59 National Parks. We also let through a photo from one of America’s 129 National Monuments. It fudged the rules a little bit, but we thought the picture was neat. Here are the winners.