"The mountains are calling and I must go ...

 and I will work on while I can, studying incessantly."

--John Muir in an 1873 letter to his sister


Jutting up from the earth to the sky, mountains inspire and stir the imagination. We go to the mountains to study and learn from them, to connect with nature, and in solitude learn about ourselves. Amazing views beckon you to climb to the next crest or explore the depths of the valleys. From the Alaska Range to the Sierra Nevadas, the Rockies to the Appalachians, the National Park Service preserves the places and stories of grandeur.  So go—the mountains are calling.

The Grand Tetons reflected in a lake.

Mountain Values

Mountains hold tremendous aesthetic, artistic, cultural, ecological, economic, educational, recreational, and scientific value.

Last updated: January 6, 2020