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40 Stunning Photos of National Parks Covered in Snow

These breathtaking pictures from the National Park Service prove that America is a real-life winter wonderland.

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Winter on the moon

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The uniquely shaped lava fields at Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve in Idaho gave the park its name, but they turn into a winter wonderland when the snow falls. (Check out these spectacular photos of America's national parks.)

Mist over the West Virginian mountains

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New River Gorge National River stretches for 53 miles through the hills of West Virginia.

Snow-capped rocks in Arizona

National Park Service Snow doesn't stay long on the Chiricahua National Monument except at its highest elevations. (Here are secrets park rangers won't tell you.)

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Lonely, snowy coyote

National Park Service Wind Cave National Park in North Dakota is home to native wildlife like elk, prairie dogs, and coyotes.

The ultimate collection of Christmas trees

National Park Service Seven types of conifer (cone-bearing) trees grow in Rocky Mountain National Park, including Colorado blue spruce and Douglas fir—two of the most popular types of Christmas trees.

Snowstorm aftermath

National Park Service Just one snow storm can leave several feet of snow at the Fossil Butte National Monument in Wyoming.

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Even Maui gets snow

National Park Service Views like this at Haleakala National Park are rare since snow doesn't fall every winter and only sticks around for a couple of days. (Here's what to know before booking that Hawaii vacation.)

New snow on Ramshead Lake

National Park Service Ramshead Lake may be one of more than 100 lakes in Grand Teton National Park, but it sure provides a pretty wintry backdrop.

Pristine Alaskan mountains

National Park Service With steep elevations and windy conditions, the Harding Icefield Trail in Kenai Fjords National Park is not for inexperienced hikers, but its views are hard to beat.

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Buffalo plowing through snow

National Park Service Buffalo have continuously lived in Yellowstone National Park since prehistoric times.

America's largest national park

National Park Service Wrangell – St. Elias National Park and Preserve in Alaska is as big as Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Switzerland combined.

Picturesque (but treacherous) snow bridge

National Park Service Weather conditions can change suddenly at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, putting hikers in danger of avalanches and snow bridge collapses. (Read this gripping story of how four friends survived an avalanche.)

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Landslide down snow-covered hills

National Park Service Lahars (volcanic landslides of mud or debris) can travel down Mount Rainier at 40 miles per hour. Maybe that's what Fleetwood Mac sings about...

The Teton Mountain Range

National Park Service Climbers who travel to Grand Teton National Park tackle mountains as high as 12,000 feet.

Frozen spatter cones

National Park Service Spatter cones are mounds of lava fragments that formed around a lava fountain. They are the most notable icons of Craters of the Moon National Monument and Park.

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Sunset over the snow

National Park Service This sunset makes for a pretty fitting shot of Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument.

Camping at the Olympic

National Park Service Campers at Olympic National Park in Washington overlook lakes, mountains, glaciers, and even a temperate rain forest during their stay.

Grandview at New River Gorge

National Park Service This main overlook stands 1,400 feet above the New River Gorge National River and gives a panoramic view of the entire park. It's not hard to see why it's called "Grandview."

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Snowplowing the trails

National Park Service Mt. Oberlin and Mt. Cannon are just two of 175 mountains at Glacier National Park.

Bison treading through deep snow

National Park Service The bison at Yellowstone National Park use the muscles in their humps to plow their heads through the snow.

Inside a Haleakala crater

21. HALEAKALĀ NATIONAL PARK_NationalParksSnow_ 89C0586E-B8DC-B5B7-4B31490C8A546BCCNational Park Service Crowds gather early to watch the sunrise from the crater overlook at the Haleakala National Park Visitor Center.

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Lake Clark and the Neacola Mountains

National Park Service The Neacola Mountains in Lake Clark National Park & Preserve are the southernmost extension of the Alaska Range, which includes Mt. McKinley.

Chilkoot Summit

National Park Service Brave hikers at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park travel through snow all year long.

Cleaning crew at Lassen Volcanic National Park

National Park Service Plows at Terrace Lake Trailhead were trying to clear more than 12 feet of snow when this picture was taken.

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An aerial view of fresh Alaskan snow

National Park Service Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve covers 3.3 million acres of southeastern Alaska.

Fog in the gorge

National Park Service Christmas ferns and ground pine surrounding the New River Gorge National River give the area a festive touch year round.

Footprints across Black Bay Beaver Pond

27. VOYAGEURS NATIONAL PARK_NationalParksSnow_0072AE4D-155D-4519-3E844CC84D93ADCANational Park Service Many beavers build their dams around Black Bay Beaver Pond at Voyageurs National Park.

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Winter in Walnut Canyon

National Park Service Arizona is more than a dry desert. Walnut Canyon National Monument in Flagstaff gets almost five feet of snow each year.

Snow-covered hoodoos

National Park Service These skinny rock spires  are called hoodoos, and no place in the world has as many of them as Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah.

The Cathedral Group

National Park Service Grand Teton, Mt. Owen, and Teewinot make up a group of mountains at Grand Teton National Park called the Cathedral Group.

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Denali from the air

National Park Service Denali—or Mt. McKinley—at Denali National Park and Preserve is the tallest peak in North America, reaching more than 20,000 feet into the sky.

Clouds touching snowy slopes

32. HALEAKALĀ NATIONAL PARK_NationalParksSnow_8995F590-DC8D-F1C9-0CA7CAFB2D7231ACNational Park Service Haleakala National Park is sacred ground for native Hawaiians.

Icy peaks on the Harding Icefield Trail

National Park Service More than 40 glaciers flow from the Harding Icefield Trail at Kenai Fjords National Park.

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Foliage over New River Gorge

National Park Service The New River watershed is made up of three rivers—the New, Gauley, and Bluestone Rivers—which stretch from North Carolina through Virginia and into West Virginia.

Ranger next to a snow drift

National Park Service Lassen Volcanic National Park in California can get crazy amounts of snow. To compare, that ranger is 5'5" tall.

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Hidden Lake at North Cascades National Park is indeed hidden—right in the valley behind Hidden Lake Peak.

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Crown of the continent

National Park Service Glacier National Park is called the Crown of the Continent because it is the headwaters for streams that flow to the Pacific Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, and Hudson's Bay.

Hell Canyon

National Park Service This part of Hell Canyon was originally included in the boundaries of Jewel Cave National Monument. Now it's the beginning of the Hell Canyon Trail on Black Hills National Forest property.

The Historic Oregon Caves Chateau

National Park Service This beautiful hotel has been open to visitors at the Oregon Caves National Monument since 1943.

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Newly fallen snowscape

National Park Service Grand Teton National Park is a popular destination for scenic cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

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