As the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act approaches, we put together a gallery of outstanding images that showcase public lands in their most breathtaking light.
In the spirit of celebrating America's wildlands, we invite you to soak in these amazing views of some of the most beautiful places in the country—wilderness and other public lands—and get inspired to explore these places for yourself.
Mount Jefferson at sunset, in Oregon's Mount Jefferson Wilderness. Photo by Alex Noriega.
Goats in Glacier National Park. Photo by Ryan Dyar.
Redcliff and Coxcomb Peak in Colorado's Uncompahgre Wilderness. Photo by Jack Brauer.
Golden light in California's Del Norte Redwoods State Park. Photo by Miles Morgan.
Blue hour at 20 Lakes Basin, in California's Hoover Wilderness. Photo by Jeff Swanson.
Salt patterns on a playa in Death Valley National Park. Photo by David Thompson.
Late afternoon light on the Painted Hills, in Oregon's John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. Photo by TJ Thorne.
Morning alpenglow at Ediza Lake, in California's Ansel Adams Wilderness. Photo by Mason Cummings.
Half moon over Joshua Tree National Park. Photo by Michael Bollino.
Winter moonlight in the Mount Hood Wilderness. Photo by Dave Morrow.
Departing storm at Stud Horse Point, in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Photo by Willie Huang.