It's so easy to take for granted when you grow up in Wyoming around it, but some of our most iconic wildlife has been captured in pictures by the National Park Service.
If you're not aware, the National Park Service makes its galleries of pictures available to all. Their photographers have collected some truly staggering pictures over the years covering virtually every Wyoming animal you can imagine. Here are some favorites.
The beauty of the National Park Service photo gallery is their database belongs to you. I've included some of the best pictures shared by National Park Service photographer Jane Gamble here, but the truth is you can search for any American place, animal, or landmark and find it in the pictures they've collected.
I know I've been guilty of taking it for granted, but it's something that shouldn't happen. Our wildlife and landmarks are something to cherish and document every chance we get.
National Park Service Pics of Wyoming's Most Iconic Wildlife
LOOK: Stunning vintage photos capture the beauty of America's national parks
Today these parks are located throughout the country in 25 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The land encompassing them was either purchased or donated, though much of it had been inhabited by native people for thousands of years before the founding of the United States. These areas are protected and revered as educational resources about the natural world, and as spaces for exploration.
Keep scrolling for 50 vintage photos that show the beauty of America's national parks.
RANKED: Here are the most popular national parks
To determine the most popular national parks in the United States, Stacker
compiled data from the National Park Service
on the number of recreational visits each site had in 2020. Keep reading to discover the 50 most popular national parks in the United States, in reverse order from #50 to #1. And be sure to check with individuals parks before you visit to find out about ongoing, pandemic-related safety precautions at www.nps.gov/coronavirus