Wild light: 11 images that will transport you into the wilderness

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 Wilderness, photo by Alex Noriega.Mount Jefferson at sunset, in Oregon's Mount Jefferson Wilderness. Photo by Alex Noriega.


Glacier National Park, photo by Ryan Dyar.Goats in Glacier National Park. Photo by Ryan Dyar.


Uncompahgre Wilderness, photo by Jack BrauerRedcliff and Coxcomb Peak in Colorado's Uncompahgre Wilderness. Photo by Jack Brauer.


Del Norte Redwoods State Park, photo by Miles MorganGolden light in California's Del Norte Redwoods State Park. Photo by Miles Morgan.


20 Lakes Basin, photo by Jeff SwansonBlue hour at 20 Lakes Basin, in California's Hoover Wilderness. Photo by Jeff Swanson.


Death Valley National park, photo by David ThompsonSalt patterns on a playa in Death Valley National Park. Photo by David Thompson.


Painted Hills, photo by TJ Thorne 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.


Joshua Tree National Park, photo by Michael BollinoHalf moon over Joshua Tree National Park. Photo by Michael Bollino.


Mount Hood, photo by Dave Morrow.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.