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The Best National Parks to Visit for Spring Wildflowers

Updated: Jan. 06, 2023

These national parks really show off how beautiful the colors of nature can be in the spring.

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Flowers and mountain, glacier national park
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Glacier National Park, Montana

At Logan Pass, Clements Mountain towers above a swath of Lewis’ monkey flowers. About mid-July, the wildflowers move in as snow recedes in the Pass. The Hidden Lake and Highline trails lead to breathtaking views. If you want to avoid crowds, you’ll want to visit these practically secret national parks this spring.

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USA, Washington, Mt. Rainier National Park, wildflowers and hiker
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Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

Gorgeous patches of Arctic lupine, paintbrush and beargrass decorate many meadows in the park’s Paradise area beginning in mid-July. To see this iconic scene, follow the High Lakes Trail to Mazama Ridge. These spectacular photos of national parks will leave you awestruck.

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Acadia National Park field of lupine
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Acadia National Park, Maine

Though not native to Maine, lupines are a favorite in the park. In late spring, these flowers carpet meadows and roadsides. They are a favorite subject of photographers and painters alike. If you want to stay overnight, these are the best places to camp in national parks.

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Grand Tetons
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Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

“Nothing compared with the beauty and majesty of the Grand Tetons,” says Anne Duvall. “Though snow remains on the mountains, the bright yellow flowers are a vivid reminder of spring and the new life that accompanies it.”

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Kenai National Park
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Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska

“I took this picture in Seward when visiting Kenai Fjords National Park,” says Sharon Gilbert. “What an amazing experience to get on the water and see porpoise, whales, otters, sea lions, eagles and glaciers.” Before you snap a picture of these beautiful sites, make sure to avoid taking these photos in national parks.

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Olympic National Park
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Olympic National Park, Washington

“In the middle of July, a friend and I drove a road less traveled in Olympic National Park,” says Sally Slotterback. “Rounding a bend, a vast expanse of avalanche lilies spread out before us. The snow had just melted, and each little beauty was smiling in peak radiance.

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San Juan Island National Historical Park
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San Juan Island National Historic Park, Washington

“Upon moving to the Pacific Northwest, I discovered the pleasure of taking a ferry to San Juan Island and cycling to San Juan Island National Historical Park,” says Sally Slotterback. “Pedaling down Cattle Point Road in spring, a divine feast meets the eye as acres of California poppies blanket the bluffs above the sea.”

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Canyonland National Park
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Canyonlands National Park, Utah

“During a vacation to Canyonlands National Park in Utah, we took a short hiking trail off the main road,” says Jim Evershed. “It opened into a small canyon that was full of color, from blooming flowers to the green shrubby trees that lined the canyon floor. It was almost as if Mother Nature had saved this wonderful display for our special viewing.” If you want to bring your dog along, these are the national parks that are pet-friendly.

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Big Bend National Park
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Big Bend National Park, Texas

“This spark of beautiful color captured my eye as I was hiking along a trail in Big Bend National Park,” says Dana Hardy. “Seems simple, but to me, it is a symbol of the beauty that is around us every day if only we take the time to open our eyes to see it.”

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Super Bloom in Death Valley
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Death Valley National Park, California

“This picture shows the Super Bloom in Death Valley,” says Hannah Henry. “The yellow flowers pop against the painted hills in the background and the bright blue of the sky.”

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Driving Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia
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Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

“A trip along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park is always a highlight each spring,” says Anne Duvall. “On this day, the skies were clear and the yellow wildflowers were blowing in the breeze.

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This Elk in Yellowstone
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Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

“This elk walked right into our camp at Yellowstone for a little dinner,” says Christopher Cybulski. “His sheer size and power contrasted with the meadow full of delicate wildflowers.”

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

“I was walking through Cades Cove in Great Smoky Mountains National Park when I saw these swallowtails enjoying Joe Pye weed,” says Paul Bay. “Their wings were beautiful against the pink and purple flowers.”

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California Desert not far from Joshua Tree National Park
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Joshua Tree National Park, California

“I live in the California desert not far from Joshua Tree National Park,” says Melody Marks. “Springtime brings many beautiful varieties of wildflowers. People come for all over the world to view the colorful blooms, like this hedgehog cactus, in the park and in surrounding areas.” Now, check out these other photos of national parks in full bloom.

Originally Published in Country