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Map Art Wallpapers
The images available here are samplings of Harpers Ferry Center art without labels and symbols. The emphasis on Alaskan, Hawaiian, and western parks reflects the dramatic landscapes found in those places.
Wallpapers are available in four versions:
16x9 Full (Widescreen image extending from edge to edge)
4x3 Full (Standard image extending from edge to edge)
16x9 Inset (Widescreen image bordered by background textures)
4x3 Inset (Standard image bordered by background textures)
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Contiguous United States
There are over 390 national parks in the United States, the majority east of the Mississippi River. This map featuring topography—the colors depict elevations—shows little evidence of human influence on the land, except for dammed rivers and reservoirs.
Alagnak Wild River, Alaska
The Alagnak flows west across the tundra from Kukaklek Lake (upper right) in Katmai National Preserve to the Kvichak River (left) that empties into Bristol Bay. Five species of salmon spawn in the river.
Aniakchak National Park and Preserve, Alaska
Remote Aniakchak is one of the least visited parks. From its source in Surprise Lake inside Aniakchak Caldera, the Aniakchak River flows through a breach in the caldera wall to the distant Pacific.
Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
Intensely blue, the surface of Crater Lake normally conceals a volcanic summit, lava flows, and 1,949-foot depth, which this map reveals. Coniferous forests cover all but the highest peaks and volcanic soils poor in nutrients, such as Pumice Desert (top center).
Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska
Mt. McKinley, the highest peak in North America, crowns the arcing Alaska Range near the center of the scene. Massive glaciers that descend from the range are the source of dozens of rivers. The dark green at lower elevations depicts forest.
Dinosaur National Park, Utah and Colorado
This panorama looks north across the eastern Uinta Mountains (upper left) and the Canyon of Lodore (center) carved by the Green River. Dinosaur Quarry is on the left near where the Green River exits the canyons onto the flats.
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska
Fork-shaped Glacier Bay occupies the center of the map and is 65 miles long. Dark blue in the upper bay (top) represents deeper water gouged out by glaciers. Icebergs from calving glaciers often choke narrow fjords at the bay's head.
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Coconino Plateau and the South Rim occupy the foreground of this northward looking panorama. The higher North Rim and Kaibab Plateau appear in the distance. Forests cover the plateau surfaces in contrast to the desert vegetation below the rims.
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado
Glacier-carved peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Range flank the eastern boundary of the park and its famous dune field (bottom center). The San Luis Valley (left) is the source of sand that southwest winds deposit at the base of the range.
Haleakala National Park, Maui, Hawaii (northwest view)
Kipahulu Valley cloaked in native rain forest occupies center foreground of the scene. Higher up, the floor of Haleakala Crater is dotted with cinder cones. West Maui and the islands of Lana'i (left) and Moloka'i (right) are seen in the distance.
Haleakala National Park, Maui, Hawaii (southeast view)
The 10,000-foot bulk of Haleakala in the background rises gradually above the central isthmus of Maui. A winding road leads to the summit. Knife-edged but much lower West Maui Mountains dominate the foreground.
The Hawaiian Islands is home to seven national parks, which are mostly on dry land. This map created from new ocean-floor data reveals that the topography beneath the waves is as interesting and complex as on the lands above.
This panorama looks northwest across the Big Island toward Kilauea, Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea, and Hualalai volcanoes. Volcanic activity is dramatized—rarely does more than one volcano erupt at once, and lava typically flows underground in tubes.
Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska
From an altitude of 70,000 feet, this northeast-looking scene takes in Naknek Lake, Brooks Camp, an erupting Fourpeaked Mountain, and Cook Inlet. The curved horizon accurately indicates Earth's curvature. What this high view does not reveal are 2,400 brown bears that live here.
Kenai Fjords National Park and Preserve, Alaska
Harding Icefield crowns the mountains of the Kenai Peninsula as the source of many valley glaciers, some reaching the sea. Dense coniferous forests grow along the narrow Gulf of Alaska coast, with its labyrinthine bays, peninsulas, and islands.
Niobrara National Scenic River, Nebraska
The Niobrara flows west-to-east in a braided channel through a patchwork of agricultural lands. Ponderosa pine forests cover the bluffs north of the river. The Sand Hills—petrified sand dunes that formed during the last ice age—are visible in the lower left.
World War II Valor in the Pacific, O'ahu, Hawaii
This view shows O'ahu as it looked on December 7, 1941, at the hour of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Foreground coastline has since changed, including the reef runway at Honolulu International Airport and dredging of Honolulu Harbor.
Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, Arizona
This park occupies the remote "Arizona Strip" between the Grand Canyon in the south and the Utah state line in the north. It is a high, dry land with forested plateaus, sagebrush valleys, lava flows, and colorful cliffs.
Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia
Oriented toward the northeast, this map shows the Potomac River flowing out of the Appalachian Mountains through the rolling piedmont and flat coastal plain to empty into Chesapeake Bay.
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
The continental divide follows a looping path along the spine of the Rockies on this map. Famous Trail Ridge Road, which takes motorists above tree line, follows the relatively small range running from northwest to southeast near the center of the map. The gateway community of Estes Park is on the right side of the map.