16 Best Images From The Smithsonian’s “Wilderness Forever” Contest

Sometimes you have to take a few moments to appreciate the beauty, enormity, and wonder that is the United States of America. Purple mountain majesties, indeed.

1. Brown bear, Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska

2. Climbing the summit pyramid of Sahale Mountain, Washington

3. Mountain Goat Kids, Mount Evans Wilderness, Colorado

4. Purple sea star, Olympic Wilderness, Washington

5. Snowy owl, Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness Area, New York

6. Bald eagle, Glacier Bay Wilderness Area, Alaska

7. American alligator, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Florida

8. Sandhill cranes, Bosque Del Apache, New Mexico


9. Red fox, Denali National Park, Alaska

10. White Pocket, Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs, Arizona

11. Aurora Borealis over Honeymoon Rock, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Wisconsin

12. Ouachita National Forest, Arkansas

13. Alaska Range, Denali Wilderness, Alaska

14. Banner Peak Alpenglow, California

14. Mount Hood Wilderness, Oregon

15. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

16. Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Minnesota

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