"The best view comes after the hardest climb."


Jutting up from the earth to the sky, mountains inspire and stir the imagination. We go to the mountains to study and learn from them, to connect with nature, and in solitude learn about ourselves. Amazing views beckon you to climb to the next crest or explore the depths of the valleys. From the Alaska Range to the Sierra Nevadas, the Rockies to the Appalachians, the National Park Service preserves the places and stories of grandeur.  So go — the mountains are calling!

Tall snow capped mountains with golden aspen slopes rise above sand dunes and a grassy valley floor.
Explore Mountain Parks

Find mountain parks and browse through a sampling of them from the Alaska Range to the Sierra Nevada.

Man climbs cliff at Rocky Mountain National Park
Find Things to Do

Looking for outdoor recreation opportunities? Discover some of the things you can do at your mountain park.

Researchers install equipment on a mountain top.
Science in Mountain Parks

Science conducted in mountainous regions can expand our knowledge about the impacts of a changing climate.

Last updated: December 4, 2023