We love mountains! They have great things to offer each season and they will also enchant you with fabulous colors. If you think that this crazy colorfulness can only be found in early spring and late autumn, well, you are wrong.
Spring starts around March at lower elevation, but May and June is the time for it at higher elevations, and the usual time of wildflower bloom in the high northern mountains is July. Summer is the time of lush green meadows and clear blue skies reflecting in clear blue lakes. Then autumn comes with all the shades of yellow, orange and red. Or it’s summer all year in the so very green evergreen tropical forests.
We would like to show you some of our favorite mountain scenes in the amazing parks of the United States in this photo essay. Chasing the beautiful colors of the seasons? Here’s some ideas where to start!
Yosemite National Park, California
Yosemite Valley becomes lush green by May, its huge waterfalls are flowing with all the water from snowmelt and their sound fills the valley.
Glacier National Park, Montana
Glacier National Park is especially magical during wildflower bloom in July. Grinnell Glacier Trail is one of the most wonderful day hikes: it rewarded us with lake views, carpets of wildflowers and a glacier at the top.
Crater Lake, Oregon
If we think of colors in nature, Crater Lake can’t be ignored: it’s the clearest, bluest lake we’ve ever seen!
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Amazing Grand Teton is probably one of the most underrated national parks in the US. Cascade Canyon is among our favorite hikes in the country and it’s especially full of life in June and July when only the highest peaks are covered with snow and the valley becomes green and alive.
We also loved the drive along Jackson Lake and we stopped several times to enjoy the views and the wildflowers on the lakeshore.
King Canyon National Park, California
Kings River in King’s Canyon is full of water by May and it has a very special greenish color. Paradise Valley trail goes along its south fork and offers gorgeous peak views and several waterfalls, too.
Sam’s Point Preserve, New York
We enjoyed all the pink and green colors along Verkeerder Kill Falls Trail in Sam’s Point Preserve – and of course, the waterfall is awesome, too!
Waimea Canyon Drive, Kauai, Hawaii
Kauai surprised us with such vivid colors we haven’t even thought exist in nature. And not only with green and turquoise, but with red, too.
Lake Tahoe’s Desolation Wilderness, California
Desolation Wilderness is home to countless stunning alpine lakes. After our strenuous hike from Wrights Lake to Twin Lakes and back we enjoyed our well deserved late afternoon view at Wrights Lake. 🙂
Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah
The mountains near Salt Lake City are full of popular ski resorts. We are not sure whether their hiking trails are equally famous, but they would definitely deserve it. Big Cottonwood Canyon’s trail to Lake Blanche amazed us with its wildflower wonderland in early July.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming / Idaho / Montana
No doubts that Yellowstone is a colorful park. Think of only Grand Prismatic Spring and all the other colorful hot springs! But large meadows full of blooming wildflowers add even more color to this famous park in July.
Zion National Park, Utah
Zion is a national park which is the best to visit in autumn when it offers sunny and warm weather and very nice yellow and orange colors. They match quite well with Zion’s giant red rocks. 🙂
What are your favorite mountain trails?