"The mountains are calling and I must go"

So said John Muir over a century ago. Mountains captured the imagination then and now.

Jutting up out of the earth like stairsteps to the sky. Layers of landscape that stir the imagination. Amazing views beckon you to explore the depths of their valleys. They challenge many to make the climb by foot or car. From the Blue Ridge to the North Cascades and beyond the National Park Service preserves the places and stories of grandeur and grand views. So go—the mountains are calling.

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Last updated: September 22, 2017