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.
The Grand Canyon
Desert View Point at Sunset, one of the most beautiful viewpoints at the Grand Canyon National Park. Photo by Travelling Dany
Delicate Arch, the iconic landmark at Arches National Park, at sunset with the snow-capped La Sal mountains in the background. Photo: Photo Jeepers
Moose Falls in Yellowstone National Park with rays of morning sunlight streaming down. Photo: Photo Jeepers
This is a shot from Mammoth Hot Springs which is often overshadowed by some of its more famous peers in the park such as Grand prismatic and Old Faithful. Mammoth Hot Springs provide a contrasting landscape with dead trees on solidified white calcium carbonate floor. Photo by Richa Joshi
Bryce Canyon National Park
Thor’s Hammer hoodoo viewed from the Navajo Trail at Bryce Canyon National Park. Photo: Photo Jeepers
Canyonlands National Park
Red and white sandstone formations dominate the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. Photo: Photo Jeepers
After a hiking day, a rewarding double rainbow at Canyonlands National Park in Utah. Photo by Bruna Cazzolato Ribeiro
Joshua Tree National Park
“Had a shoot for a couple in Joshua Tree and came across a lot of trees on the way home. The clouds were perfect in casting a diffused light on everything. I wanted a single tree to be the focus with others in the background to help add depth.” Photo by Corey Kennedy Photography
Shenandoah National Park
Layers of rolling hills with a backdrop of sunset is a magical sight to watch at Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. Photo by Richa Joshi