"The mountains are calling and I must go ...

 and I will work on while I can, studying incessantly."

--John Muir in an 1873 letter to his sister


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!

Broad mountain valley in fall.

Rock Art in Alpine Villages

Rock art in the Brooks Range has been associated with high alpine lakeside villages.

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: May 21, 2020

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