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Bryce Canyon National Park ( pron.: / ˈ b r aɪ s / ) is a national park located in southwestern Utah in the United States. The major feature of the park is Bryce Canyon , which despite its name, is not a canyon but a collection of giant natural amphitheaters along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau . Bryce is distinctive due to geological structures called hoodoos , formed by frost weathering and stream erosion of the river and lake bed sedimentary rocks .
Grand Canyon Visitor Center at South Rim. Shuttle Bus for Kaibab Rim Route near Grand Canyon Visitor Center. Grand Canyon National Park is the United States ' 15th oldest national park . Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, the park is located in Arizona . The park's central feature is the Grand Canyon , a gorge of the Colorado River , which is often considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World . The park covers 1,217,262 acres (1,902 sq mi; 4,926 km 2 ) of unincorporated area in Coconino and Mohave counties.
Map of the park showing old Monument land (light green) and the expanded Park land (dark green) Death Valley National Park is a national park in the U.S. states of California and Nevada located east of the Sierra Nevada , occupying an interface zone between the arid Great Basin and Mojave deserts in the United States. The park protects the northwest corner of the Mojave Desert and contains a diverse desert environment of salt-flats, sand dunes, badlands, valleys, canyons, and mountains. It is the largest national park in the lower 48 states and has been declared an International Biosphere Reserve .
Joshua Tree National Park on a 2003 Landsat image Joshua Tree National Park is located in southeastern California . Declared a U.S.
Yosemite National Park ( pron.: / j oʊ ˈ s ɛ m ɨ t iː / yoh- SEM -it-ee ) is a United States National Park spanning eastern portions of Tuolumne , Mariposa and Madera counties in the central eastern portion of California , United States.
Zion National Park is located in the Southwestern United States , near Springdale, Utah . A prominent feature of the 229-square-mile (590 km 2 ) park is Zion Canyon, which is 15 miles (24 km) long and up to half a mile (800 m) deep, cut through the reddish and tan-colored Navajo Sandstone by the North Fork of the Virgin River . The lowest elevation is 3,666 ft (1,117 m) at Coalpits Wash and the highest elevation is 8,726 ft (2,660 m) at Horse Ranch Mountain. Located at the junction of the Colorado Plateau , Great Basin , and Mojave Desert regions, the park's unique geography and variety of life zones allow for unusual plant and animal diversity. Numerous plant species as well as 289 species of birds, 75 mammals (including 19 species of bat ), and 32 reptiles inhabit the park's four life zones: desert , riparian , woodland , and coniferous forest . Zion National Park includes mountains, canyons, buttes, mesas, monoliths , rivers, slot canyons , and natural arches .