20 Amazing U.S. Wilderness Areas To See Before You Die

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

The Rocky Mountains are truly a paradise for hikers, backpackers, skiers, and even horse enthusiasts. Visiting during the winter months is great if you love the snow, but each season brings out uniquely beautiful features of the park.

In the spring and summer, you’ll find the place teeming with wildflowers and birds. The fall ushers in some amazing coloration of the area’s trees, and is a great time to see the park’s most famous inhabitants: the majestic wild elk.

Yosemite National Park, California

What has vast green forests, crystal clear streams, deep blue lakes, and world-famous cliff faces? If you guessed Yosemite National Park, you guessed right!

The iconic vistas, diverse bird populations and world-class rock-climbing opportunities attract millions of visitors to America’s most beloved national park each year.

Teton Wilderness, Wyoming

Nestled between Yellowstone and the Grand Teton National Park, the Teton wilderness is the perfect destination for wildlife lovers. The majestic mountains and marshy valleys are home to trumpeter swans, sandhill cranes, grizzly bears, grey wolves, moose, golden eagles, bald eagles, porcupines and even otters.

Death Valley, California

We can understand why you may be hesitant to visit a place called Death Valley, but a trip to the continent’s hottest and driest location is actually quite rewarding. The sand dunes and breathtaking rock formations create stunning landscapes, and in the spring the desert floor is painted with colorful wildflowers. At night, it’s one of the best places in the country to gaze at the stars.